Director of Admission

Administrator / Full-Time

Lesley Ellis School, Arlington, MA

Lesley Ellis School


Director of Admission

Start date: July, 2024

Independent school (preschool – grade 8) seeks dynamic and innovative individual to serve as our next Director of Admission. The Director of Admission has primary responsibility for all aspects of enrollment management, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students preschool through grade 4; oversees all aspects of financial assistance; and works closely with the Middle School Admission Director and Director of Communications. The Director of Admission is a member of the school’s administrative team.

Respecting and embracing differences has been at the core of a Lesley Ellis education since the school’s early days. Our anti-bias curriculum is rooted in a developmental model of learning that engages children’s innate desire to observe, question, consider, and eventually think deeply about complex interpersonal and societal issues. In 2005, we received the Leading Edge Award for Equity and Justice from the National Association of Independent Schools, and we continue to learn and work against systems of injustice, including racism, by practicing behavior that demonstrates appreciation for multiple perspectives and engaging in conversations and actions that confront bias at all developmental levels.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage student recruitment, including meet with and tour prospective parents; maintain a file for each applicant, coordinate screening of early childhood and elementary student applicants, and make admission decisions in consultation with the Admission Committee and Head of School.
  • Correspond with prospective families prior to and after admission decisions are communicated and prepare correspondence regarding re-enrollment for current students.
  • Oversee all aspects of financial assistance, including communicating information to current and prospective parents, supporting families during the process, administering financial aid program and awards, and providing current information to and being a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
  • Plan, implement, and assist with admission events to draw new families.
  • Participate in production of marketing materials and website content to address information needs of prospective families.
  • Participate in development and implementation of the school’s marketing plan.


  • Bachelors’ degree and a minimum of three years admission experience.
  • Independent school affinity.
  • Cheerful, flexible, enthusiastic personality.
  • Experience working with early childhood and/or elementary students. 
  • Professional communication skills in writing, in-person, and over the telephone. 
  • Proficient in use of technology, including digital organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Commitment to actively work toward an inclusive, antiracist and anti-bias school environment

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Head of School, Deanne Benson at

Lesley Ellis School is an equal opportunity employer.


Lesley Ellis School

Arlington, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender