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Director of Admissions

Green Meadow Waldorf School

Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA

Full time

Administration

Apr 12

Now accepting applications for the position of Director of Admissions at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, located in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Salaried position, Full time, benefits included.
Reports to: Director of Operations
One direct report: Admissions Coordinator - Early Childhood

The major role of the Director of Admissions is to offer a compelling picture of the school and its philosophy of education to prospective students and their parents/guardians, as well as to facilitate the admissions process for each family. The Director of Admissions strives to enact processes that promote healthy enrollment across the admissions continuum from recruitment to retention.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
-Bachelor’s degree and five plus years experience in Admissions and Enrollment or a related field
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Ability to effectively communicate the school’s mission and engage with prospective families and students
-A self starter with a strong work ethic and attention to detail, combined with high degree of professionalism and discretion; confidentiality around the legal admissions process
-Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, service-oriented office
-Availability some evenings and weekends as needed
-Proficiency with student information systems and other databases (Ravenna and Mailchimp preferred)
-Willingness to embrace all aspects of the school, including engagement in events, festivals, philanthropic initiatives
-Team-oriented; collaborative working style

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

ADMISSIONS/ENROLLMENT
-Events: host in-person and virtual admissions events
-Coordinate and conduct private and group tours for prospective families
-Relationship management: lead a high-touch, responsive, service-oriented, and legal admissions process with prospective families from inquiry to enrollment
-Process applications, request records, schedule visits/interviews, and communicate decisions for 1-12, including matriculating International Students and exchange students
Regular admissions process review meetings with Educational Support Coordinator and School Counselor
-Establish and execute procedures that welcome and integrate new families into the school
-Coordinate and internally communicate applicant and courtesy visits; greet families in the morning and end of school day

RECRUITMENT/PROMOTIONS
-Collaborate with Marketing & Communications in recruitment efforts such as web page, video content, social media, advertising, etc.
-Coordinate production of Admissions materials in collaboration with Marketing & Communications
-Collaborate with Marketing & Communications on Outreach program that reaches our target prospective families across all four sections of school (Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School, High School) within a 30-mile radius
-Collaborate with Institutional Advancement Team (Admissions/Marketing/Philanthropy) and Parent Leadership to engage, activate, and train current and alumni parents, faculty, and staff to become ambassadors and volunteers as needed
-Represent the school at in-person and virtual events such as School Fairs, Farmers’ Markets
-Establish good relationships with feeder schools and other institutions that can be helpful in attracting prospective students
-Help to develop and promote new recruitment initiatives

RETENTION
-Support re-enrollment process through follow-up communications with first year families
-Work with pedagogical sections to establish practices that encourage conversion between school sections
-Identify reasons why families leave the school and initiate proactive procedures to reduce attrition
-Conduct exit interviews and report results with Administration leadership, Collegium Committee, Marketing & Communications
-Collaborate with Institutional Advancement Team on other events that support enrollment

ADMINISTRATION
-Oversee the admissions office (files, ordering); evaluate and refine procedures
-Event registration and communications
-Student applicant files
-Aggregate and report monthly admissions statistics and analytics
-Enrollment and retention statistical reports
-Attrition statistics: track and report
-Partner with the Scaled Tuition Committee/Finance Committee, and Business Office as needed; communicate trends, recommend policy changes, etc.
-Budget oversight

TEAM RELATIONSHIPS
-Increase effectiveness of systems involving faculty and Business Office for processing applications/enrolling new families.
-Develop effective and positive working relationships with colleagues across departments
Meet with admissions team members regularly, set time goals for application turnaround, create tracking spreadsheets for teachers to view current applicant details, regular meetings with Section Chairs. Increase diversity representation in Admissions with additional team members, specifically for information sessions.
-Participate on at least one school committee
-Attend regular staff, institutional advancement, and full faculty/staff meetings

ABOUT GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL:
Green Meadow Waldorf School was founded in 1950, and is a PreK-12 private school located in Rockland County, NY on a pastoral campus, which includes a school farm, woodlands, gardens, and meadows. Green Meadow is committed to providing students with opportunities for outdoor education and to learn within an inclusive community that reflects the diversity of New York State.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, generous retirement and health insurance contributions, and access to subsidized housing. We seek a flexible, enthusiastic colleague with a sense of humor, who will participate wholeheartedly in the life of the school. Our school encourages professional development with support for attending conferences and courses. An interest in and previous understanding of Waldorf pedagogy and its roots in anthroposophy is preferred.

The successful applicant will be joining a vibrant staff and faculty, and will be able to partake of the benefits of an anthroposophical community of sister organizations in suburban New York, established in 1926. Chestnut Ridge is about 20 miles from the cultural offerings and diversity of NYC and close to large state parks. Our school contains an enlivening mix of seasoned, maturing, and newer staff and faculty. The current enrollment of our school is 242 students. Our school is accredited by NYSAIS and AWSNA.

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to Director of Operations, Lynne Wu: lwu@gmws.org

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