The Director of Admissions/Enrollment Management is a member of the senior administrative leadership team. The Director is responsible for admissions management, research, and marketing and will direct the admissions process from inquiry through enrollment and registration. This includes overseeing the admissions team; working cooperatively with senior leadership and the Board of Trustees; and developing marketing and strategic plans to position RCDS in the competitive Fairchester independent school market. The Director plays a vital role in the RCDS community, providing leadership and setting the school’s recruitment and enrollment management strategies and goals and takes initiative to conduct research, do community outreach, and stay abreast of best practices within the enrollment management and admission field.
The Director will be a dynamic, highly skilled, and visionary leader who is able to develop a strategic plan for Admissions and lead a collaborative effort to implement both short-term and long-term recruitment strategies to ensure RCDS meets enrollment objectives. The ideal candidate will be a data-driven decision-maker; an experienced admission and financial aid professional; and a creative leader in admission, recruitment, and retention. The Director will lead inclusive outreach efforts to draw diverse families to the school and ensure that RCDS continues to enroll promising students who both thrive as part of the school community and in turn contribute to the community as a whole.
Represent RCDS and serve as the face of the school to the school and broader community and with prospective families while communicating the mission; engage and inform prospective parents and students about RCDS and the benefits of an RCDS education on an individual, small, and large group basis
Create, lead, and manage a comprehensive enrollment program that incorporates best practices in recruitment, admissions, institutional research, marketing,record management, registration, and financial aid
Successfully enroll and retain students that reflect RCDS’s mission and commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusion
Oversee and manage all aspects of admissions events
Oversee admissions committees in all three divisions
Attend Admissions related outreach programs during the school year
Assist the Office of Financial Aid’s with the application process for prospective families, including production of application materials and tracking required forms; support the financial aid process and participate in policy decisions, messaging/communications, award review meetings, and efforts with community partners
Manage and collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop brand identity and messaging for RCDS through school publications, webpages, admissions materials, and other media vehicles; lead and develop a communications plan with prospective families to move them from inquiry to enrollment; monitor and assess data to evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment efforts including social media, marketing, and other emerging technologies that enhance yield with potential students and their families
Inform school leadership about current research, demographics, and admission and enrollment trends, ensuring that changes and challenges are anticipated, understood, and addressed; collaborate on high level institutional demographic research projects, including market research surveys to students and families offered enrollment to gauge their experience of our admissions process and their high school decision process
Maintain statistical and trend data related to enrollment, assessing student demographic data to ensure alignment with the School’s mission
Inspire the community to actively participate in admissions events including individual and group tours, student shadow visits, curricular information sessions, student observations/testing/interview, family-to-family connections, and individual family conversations
Establish and maintain positive relationships with area educational constituencies including area schools, preschools, consultants, admissions directors, and organizations and create networking opportunities; cultivate relationships with non-profit organizations working with underserved youth
Coordinate systematic and efficient processing of applications and communications with parents of applicants so that the process supports and honors the student and their family.
Manage parent and student expectations and deliver admissions decisions in a manner that is honest, caring, and diplomatic
Manage admissions staff including providing clear communication regarding responsibilities, practices, and feedback; lead and engage direct reports by establishing performance expectations; analyze key performance indicators; coach and mentor the admissions team; provide feedback, and resolve concerns in a timely and fair manner
Manage the admissions budget
Ensure campus compliance with any and all laws (International, Federal State and/or Local) surrounding enrollment management
This position is a full-time, 12-month, staff position beginning the summer of 2021.
A bachelor's degree and five years of progressively responsible admission management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job
An entrepreneurial spirit, a proven record of implementing best practices, fresh thinking, and an eye for innovation and creativity
A commitment to the school’s mission and values and an ability to speak compellingly to current and prospective families to articulate the school’s mission and philosophy
Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
A high level of cultural competency and the ability to interact comfortably with a variety of people
Demonstrated analytical, strategic, and problem-solving ability
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to motivate and manage a large parent and student volunteer base
Experience and success recruiting students and families from diverse, under-represented communities
Aptitude with student information database/systems
Personal qualities of integrity, resilience, approachability, kindness, warmth, humor, positive energy, self-motivation
Superior interpersonal, organization, prioritization, and leadership skills, including the ability to make clear and assertive decisions aligned with School’s mission and vision
Empathy for prospective families and an awareness of the needs and sensitivities of parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators and ultimately be able to manage expectations and deliver admissions decisions in a manner that is honest, caring, and diplomatic
Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools
Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, Prek-12, college preparatory school located in Westchester County, New York dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all students can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community.
RCDS seeks faculty and staff who support our mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world, and who share our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive multicultural learning community. The school is committed to providing invigorating and supportive work experiences for its diverse community of employees. Faculty and staff are offered meaningful opportunities for professional development, growth, and leadership; highly competitive salaries; and extensive benefits. RCDS is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the community and curriculum. Please visit our website-http://www.ryecountryday.org – to learn more about the school’s rigorous curriculum, values, and strategic initiatives.
Rye Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws, which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.