The Assistant Director of Admissions reports directly to the Director of Advancement and Enrollment Management. As the first face of the school for prospective families, they are responsible for overseeing and providing support throughout the entire application cycle from inquiry through decision.
Responsibilities and Duties
Represent all facets of an IDS education effectively verbally and in written materials.
Recruit prospective families and student applicants.
Articulate the school’s mission and values to potential applicants and their families.
As the first face of the School for prospective families, provide information and support through the admissions process. Follow inquiries and applications in process to completion
Manage the completion and evaluation of admission application and financial aid materials.
Conduct tours, interviews with prospective students, meet with parents, write interview summary reports, and have follow-up communication with families.
Evaluate applications for admission and participate in the committee selection process.
Work closely with the Director of Advancement and Enrollment Management to assist families with all aspects of the financial aid process.
Participate in the development, planning, and implementation of IDS’s marketing and yield efforts.
Manage admissions calendar including school tours, interviews, and visit days.
Play an integral role in the planning and execution of all on-campus recruiting and yield events such as Fall Festival, Open Houses, Spring Revisit Days, etc.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement and Enrollment Management related to the admission and financial aid functions of the school.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Willing and able to work some evenings and weekends.
Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required.
Knowledge of independent schools; prior experience working in an admissions office and/or financial aid experience (elementary, secondary or higher education) preferred.
Strong sense of initiative to identify and engage new opportunities that move the collective work of the admission office forward.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Detail-oriented with strong organizational and project management skills.
A high degree of comfort and experience with computer technology.
An ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
A comfort level to speak in front of a variety of audiences including large and diverse groups.
Strong sense of teamwork and enthusiasm for working with students.
A good sense of humor and an ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, HRA, 403b.
About The Independent Day School
The Independent Day School is a Pre-K – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.