The Kew-Forest School, a preschool (3-year-olds) through 12th grade, co-educational day school founded in 1918 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, seeks an experienced and dynamic individual to serve as Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance (DATA). The ideal candidate is a relational and collaborative leader who demonstrates creative, strategic and critical thinking; cultural competency; emotional intelligence; and a sense of humor. The new DATA will relish the opportunity to serve as “the ambassador in chief" to the entire Kew-Forest community. The DATA will have significant experience in both enrollment management and tuition assistance administration.
The DATA reports to the Head of School and serves on the School’s eleven-member senior leadership team. In that role, the DATA contributes to operations and short- and long-range planning for the School. The DATA works closely with other school administrators to implement short- and long-range recruitment, enrollment, retention, and tuition assistance strategies to reach enrollment and budgetary targets.
Plans, implements, and oversees the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Admission Office
Manages the Admission & International Student Coordinator (AISC) and works with the AISC in recruiting, reviewing, enrolling, and supporting the School's international student population
Maintains and provides applicant support for Admission Office databases (Ravenna and FAST)
Leads new student enrollment, oversees the reenrollment of current students in close collaboration with school leadership, and works closely with divisional leadership on retention-related issues
Directs the entire application review process, and assigns reading and committee assignments to associates in the office, faculty, and staff
Coordinates preparation, distribution, and collection of enrollment contracts for new students and re-enrollment contracts for returning students
Organizes and administers the School’s tuition assistance program and budget in conjunction with the Head of School and Business Manager
Coordinates and hosts all on-campus visitation programs including Open Houses, applicant tours, candidate interviews, retention events including Middle School and Upper School Preview Nights, and spring accepted student programs
Recruits and manages student, parent, and faculty volunteers to embrace a customer service orientation and advocate on behalf of the School at events and on platforms, such as the PeerPal parent ambassador system
Works directly and in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications on the management and creation of all admission publications and communications, including the school’s view book and other print materials, and the Admission Office’s portion of the web site
Cultivates and maintains relationships with sending schools, community organizations, and partner programs (e.g. A Better Chance, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, TEAK Fellowship, etc.)
Maintains statistical and trend data related to admission, enrollment, and tuition assistance. Presents statistical and trend information to the leadership team, Board of Trustees, and faculty, as needed
Develops the research necessary to inform decision-making at administrative and board levels
Attends board meetings when appropriate
Represents the School at ISAAGNY (Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York), NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), and other admission-specific organization events, recruitment fairs, and workshops
Serves as an integral leader for the school community and participates fully in daily community life of the school
Extends oneself beyond the responsibilities of a job description when the need arises
Fulfills other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School
Identifies and pursues professional development activities appropriate to the position
Adheres to the Employee Handbook and Conditions of Employment
Minimum 4 years of relevant experience as admission/financial aid officer
Experience in and strong understanding of financial aid processes and calculations
Strong understanding of independent school education, philosophy, and practice and a commitment to PreS-12 education
Superior communication skills both written and spoken
Superior interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and managerial skills and attention to detail
Skilled and facile with technologies that support student record management, analytical reporting, office operations, and social media; fluency with database management software preferred
Willingness to work in a cooperative environment and collaborate closely with colleagues and families
Commitment to confidentiality and good judgment on sensitive matters
Positive attitude, abundant energy, flexible approach, and warmth
Ability to manage multiple complex tasks, tight deadlines, and changing demands
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Head of School Carla Jantos MacMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are The Kew-Forest School.
Our community nurtures lifelong learners from around the world.
Our educators inspire young people to think boldly and find their voices.
Our students support each other and explore thoughtfully as they shape the future.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The Kew-Forest School believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity. The School prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, culture, background, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected classes or classifications. No employee or job applicant will be discriminated against in recruitment, compensation, promotion, or termination practices.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).