Associate Director of Admissions
Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
Gann Academy is seeking a full-time Associate Director of Admissions. In direct partnership with the Director of Admissions, the Associate Director of Admissions ensures effective and efficient admission efforts of the school, from seeking new potential prospects to generating interest among known prospects and stewarding families through the full application process. The Associate Director of Admissions has a portfolio of prospective students for which they serve as the key contact person from the first point of inquiry through enrollment. This position supports the external and internal recruiting efforts of the school including responsibility for planning, coordinating, and supervising specific programs or projects.
Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees take part in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, vendors, allies, and others.
- Develop and implement an intentional student ambassadorship program that will include selection, training, and deployment of current Gann students for the benefit of the increasing conversion of inquiries to applicants and applicants to matriculants.
- Create replicable strategies and tactics to increase the number and range of students who inquire about admission to Gann to be used by Enrollment colleagues; develop deep and mutually beneficial institutional partnerships as select feeder schools and select synagogues.
- Meet with prospective students and their parents to discuss admission procedures, school policies, and the unique merits of a Gann Academy education; conduct tours, interviews, and other meetings with prospective students and their families; create individualized plans for families using materials, events, and student ambassadors varying family and student interests.
- Create, support, and monitor individual outreach and stewardship plans for prospective students using Gann’s prospect management software; ware; retain excellent prospect records.
- Serve as a member of the Admissions Decision Committee to make decisions for the families you steward.
- Develop and keep confidential and positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, board members, and donors; support all constituents as needed.
- Represent Gann at independent school and Jewish community events and external school fairs.
- Attend all Gann recruitment and yield admissions events.
- Build enthusiasm among accepted families to maximize yield.
- Serve as a student advisor
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions or designee.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Two to four years of admissions, development, or stewardship experience required; experience in an academic or school environment is a plus
- Possess excellent skills in written and oral communication, logistics management, and program organization;
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people— students, parents, faculty, staff, board members, and community members;
- Interest in working collaboratively with a team of Admissions, Development, and Marketing professionals;
- Possess excellent interpersonal skills, customer service skills, and professional phone and email etiquette related to content and response time;
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
- Excited to learn new skills and techniques related to this evolving role.
- Ability to prioritize multiple projects, assimilate information with accuracy and consistent attention to detail, and meet schedules and deadlines; and
- Self-starter with the ability to make thoughtful decisions quickly.
- Possess strong computer skills in MS Office Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.; fluent with web-based communication and technology;
- Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.
Gann Academy offers an attractive and competitive package of benefits to our employees. Health and wellness benefits include individual and family plan health insurance, group life insurance, temporary and long-term disability benefits, and health savings and flexible spending accounts. In addition, employees benefit from a very generous amount of time off, including vacation and sick time, and for both Jewish and secular holidays. Gann also has a 403(b)-retirement plan with employer matching.
Life at Gann Academy
Gann Academy is mission-driven and innovative and is committed to a diverse professional community. Professional engagement with diversity and multiculturalism informs both our pedagogy, our work, and our programming.
Most of all, Gann offers a community of smart, collaborative, and compassionate professionals who care about their work, their school, and their colleagues. We help one another learn, solve problems, and have fun. Consistently, Gann professionals tout the support and teamwork of their colleagues as a unique highlight of their Gann experience and one in which Gann is different from any other school or community. Come find out for yourself!
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, copy machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, and reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the aid of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.