The Cambridge School of Weston, a national leader in progressive education, seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking, senior leader; one who is skilled and experienced in understanding independent school markets (in particular the highly competitive Greater Boston area), who has deep insight into the needs of families and a passion for building diverse robust communities. Our ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial mindset, be able to forge dynamic and generative relationships, and will bring innovative thinking and approaches to the challenge of building and sustaining a thriving enrollment management strategy.
The director of enrollment management is an integral member of the school’s senior leadership team and is responsible for managing all facets of the admissions and financial aid process in the school’s effort to attract, enroll, and retain a diverse and dynamic student population. The director of enrollment management reports directly to the head of school and partners actively with the director of marketing and communications, the chief financial officer, and the chief development officer. This individual will directly lead a team of five and effectively engage the entire school community in the work of enrollment management.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities The director of enrollment management will:
Advance the mission and standards of the school by recruiting and retaining students who will benefit from the school’s unique culture and programmatic offerings and make a meaningful contribution to the school community.
Understand the culture and climate of our progressive school and its role within the broader educational landscape.
Oversee enrollment management and financial aid budgets.
Formulate forward-thinking, strategic application, admission, and enrollment policies.
Integrate four essential elements to ensure a competitive admissions process and the long-term health of the student body and broader alumni/ae base:
admission management (the tracking of prospective students from applicant to enrollment and beyond)
student retention efforts
research (analyzing data that affect enrollment)
optimal marketing and communications efforts, in close partnership with the director of marketing and communications
Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents, and students throughout the admissions process and beyond.
Be sensitive to economic, cultural, and other issues present in the enrollment of a diverse student body.
Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and prospective students.
In partnership with the director of marketing and communications, develop a strategic recruitment and communication plan to reach targeted audiences, including identifying and implementing best-practice web-based technologies.
Recruit day and boarding students and understand the nature of day and boarding schools; understand the international admissions market.
Build a strong and empowered team of enrollment management staff.
Work closely with the chief financial officer and the Business Office.
Partner with dean of student life, dean of equity and inclusion, and academic departments.
Serve as a liaison to the board of trustees regarding admissions and enrollment, providing regular reports and updates to full board meeting and meetings of the Finance Committee
Actively participate, and lead, in local and national professional development and networking opportunities, always seeking to serve the greater needs of the school.
Establish and leverage a reputation as a thought leader in enrollment management and a highly visible ambassador for the CSW brand.
Identify potential donors within our broader community: graduates, parents, friends of the school.
A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
Seven to ten years of experience in enrollment management in high schools and/or higher education with at least three years at a proven leadership level.
Ability to think critically, openly, creatively and with an entrepreneurial mindset, demonstrating a willingness to generate and adopt new leading-edge ideas about enrollment management.
Proven success in a senior administrative role, preferably working with a board.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, including high-level collaboration and effective teamwork.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills; appropriate technical expertise.
Ability to travel as needed, including internationally; attendance at school fairs, neighborhood gatherings, etc.
To Apply for This Position:
Please send a cover letter, including a statement of educational philosophy; a resume; and the names and contact information of three to five references to: email@example.com
Other Duties The director of enrollment management will serve on appropriate all-school committees and task forces, including the Finance Committee of the board of trustees. The director will also serve as administrator-on-duty during assigned weekend and other hours.
A leader among America’s progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886. At this day and boarding high school located in Weston MA, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions — with curiosity and courage. Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, they find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community, and the world.
The Cambridge School of Weston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law. We are an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates who will increase our diversity to apply