Assistant Director of Admission – Multicultural Recruitment

Staff / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Assistant Director of Admission – Multicultural Recruitment

Full Time

Salary Range:$50,000.00 To 55,000.00 Annually

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an Assistant Director of Admission for Multicultural Recruitment to join the Admission team.

The Assistant Director is an integral member of the Admission team and is responsible for helping coordinate all aspects of the admission process with a dedicated focus to the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of BIPOC and international students. The Assistant Director not only recruits new families to Walnut Hill, but will serve as a trusted adult during students’ entire time at the School. This is a full-time (12-month) position reporting to the Director of Enrollment Management.

As a boarding school, opportunities to live on campus and work as a dorm parent in the Residential Life program may be available. Dorm parent hiring is managed through the Student Life Office. Applicants interested in pursuing a position as a dorm parent may indicate their interest in the online application process.

Responsibilities

Admission Duties:

  • Assist the Director of Enrollment Management to develop a plan to support the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of a highly diverse student population, helping the School increase and sustain representation of BIPOC and international students;
  • Organize and conduct extensive travel on behalf of the School to visit feeder schools and community-based organizations (CBOs), meet with prospective families, and build relationships with schools, organizations and educational consultants; domestic and international travel includes evenings and weekends;
  • Develop detailed outreach plan to engage and recruit BIPOC and international students
  • Guide prospective students and families through the admissions and enrollment process;
  • Interview prospective students and families and produce a comprehensive interview report;
  • Read and evaluate applications as a member of the Admission Committee;
  • Conduct presentations or information sessions for prospective families;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of all on- and off-campus programs for prospective students and families such as Open House, Accepted Student Days, and Counselor/Consultant visits; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Community Involvement & Engagement

  • Speak authentically about the imperative for diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools; be committed to learning about and practicing anti-racist work.
  • Attend and participate in communal programs outside the classroom including but not limited to, assemblies, guest speakers, and special programs; model and encourage appropriate behavior and monitor students during events and programming;
  • Plan, chaperone, and participate in field trips and outside activities as appropriate;
  • Attend student performances, art openings, and art events throughout the year; support and engage richly in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances; and
  • Attend Family Weekend, Open House, Class Night, Boar’s Head, Candlelight, Awards Ceremony, and Graduation; attend other events as required.

Advising & Other Duties

  • Serve as a student advisor or the equivalent; work individually with each advisee to maximize their experience at Walnut Hill and provide students with a consistent and caring adult relationship while at school;
  • Maintain appropriate and open communication with the Dean of Students, Associate Director of Student Life, the Class Dean, School administration, faculty, and parents regarding student issues;
  • Remain current on the school’s academic and artistic program requirements to actively guide students through planning and course registration;
  • Join Student Resource Committee (SRC) meetings as needed;
  • Serve on the School’s Diversity Committee; and
  • Serve as an affinity group advisor or the equivalent or provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office.

Collaboration, Professional Development, and Training

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment for students and employees to support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
  • Attend and participate in required faculty and staff meetings and department meetings; participate and engage fully in individual reviews and evaluations; be open to feedback and work with supervisor to set goals and expectations for the future;
  • Pursue PD opportunities in and out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection.

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
  • 2+ years of admission, academic counseling, student services, or related experience preferred;
  • Possess strong cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to work with a wide range of people and respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and engaged student and parent population;
  • Outstanding organizational, time management, presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong collaboration skills and team-oriented;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill;
  • Experience with, or interest in, working with international students and families;
  • Possess exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in more than one language is preferred;
  • High integrity and the ability to handle highly sensitive information with discretion;
  • Possess strong computer skills and a high level of proficiency with a variety of technology and cloud-based computing systems, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications;
  • COVID-19 vaccination & booster or valid exemption required; and
  • Outgoing and energetic attitude, passion for arts and education, and a sense of humor.

Physical Demands

Physical demands include dexterity for office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

About us:

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.

Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. Adults at Walnut Hill participate in school events, support students in their arts, embrace the immersive, residential mission of the school, and support other employees in a warm and caring community of high expectations.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender