Associate Director of Auxiliary Programs & Admission
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA
Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an Associate Director of Auxiliary Programs and Admission to join the team. The Associate Director is responsible for the planning, administration, management and supervision of auxiliary programs. This is an innovative position with a unique opportunity to build and sustain a vibrant suite of summer and auxiliary programs that support the mission of Walnut Hill.
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 and supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.
Auxiliary Program Duties:
- Support the planning and execution of all summer programs;
- Develop detailed outreach plan to engage and recruit students;
- Provide support to all auxiliary program offerings;
- Develop and maintain relationships with CBO’s, and Access Programs, to increase the diversity of the auxiliary programs;
- Explore opportunities for leveraging the artistic and physical assets of the school;
- Recruit, hire, train, and support the summer programs faculty and staff;
- Serve as primary recruiter to all summer programs;
- Identify and follow-up with participants who have strong potential to convert to student prospects; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- Organize and conduct extensive travel on behalf of the School to visit feeder schools and organizations, meet with prospective families, and build relationships with schools, organizations and educational consultants; domestic and international travel includes evenings and weekends;
- 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.
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;
- Serve as a club advisor or the equivalent or provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office.
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; and
- Attend student performances, art openings, and art events throughout the year; support and engage richly in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances.
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 all 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.
Administrative and Additional Responsibilities
- Keep records of correspondence with parents, progress of advisees, and utilize Finalsite appropriately to communicate student issues;
- Complete required paperwork, forms, surveys, employment documents, background checks, fingerprinting, online training programs, request and report absences, accidents, and injuries, and follow other school policy and legal requirements by established deadlines; and
- Perform other administrative or educational duties as assigned by the Head of School or his designee.
Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
- Demonstrated experience in the development of innovative programming;
- Self-starter with the 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;
- Well-developed commitment to collaborative leadership and the ability to manage and grow a team’s skills, vision and cohesion;
- Exceptional communicator with outstanding written, organizational, analytical, time management and interpersonal skills;
- Ability to create and maintain budgets and reports;
- Commitment to and strong understanding of cultural competency;
- Strong computer skills and demonstrated proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office Suite;
- Problem-solver; and
- Outgoing and energetic attitude and a passion for arts and education.
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.
Physical demands include dexterity for science tools and equipment and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/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.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.