In direct partnership with the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success, the Assistant 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 Assistant 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.
This position is a key element to the success of the Gann Academy admissions efforts and is an integral part of the school’s full enrollment team.
This is a 12-month, full-time, in-person position, and will report to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success. The salary range is $56,000 and $64,000 annually, depending on experience.
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 participate 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 increasing conversion of inquiries to applicants and applicants to matriculants;
Lead enrollment team efforts to create and execute key interest, cultivation, and yield events as determined in consultation with Gann admission and feeder school colleagues, including negotiation of contracts and management of budget and vendors;
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 additional meetings with prospective students and their families; create individualized plans for families using publicity materials, events, and ambassadors varying from standard activity as necessary;
Conduct 8-10 family tours and interviews per week based on the timing of the admission cycle; steward those families though the admissions process
Create, maintain, and monitor individual outreach and stewardship plans for prospective students using Gann’s prospect management software; maintain excellent prospect records;
Respond quickly and professionally to all interested families; suggest connection points to others in the Gann community when necessary;
Use existing Gann Academy publicity materials, events, and ambassadors for the effective stewardship of families;
Serve as a member of the Admissions Decision Committee to make wise decisions of the families you steward;
Develop and maintain confidential and positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, Board members, and donors; provide assistance to all constituents as needed;
Represent Gann at independent school and Jewish community events and external school fairs; and
Build enthusiasm among accepted families to maximize yield;
Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success or designee.
The above responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
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 a plus
Commitment to the mission of Gann Academy, the Boston-area pluralistic Jewish high school;
Goal-oriented, high-performing, committed to excellence;
Ability to work effectively with wide range of people— students, parents, faculty, staff, Board members, and community members;
Interest in working collaboratively with team of Admissions and Marketing professionals;
Possess excellent interpersonal skills, customer service skills, professional phone and email etiquette as related to content and response time;
Understanding of sales cycles and customer service;
Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
Excited to learn new skills and techniques related to this evolving role.
Possess strong computer skills in MS Office Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.; fluent with web-based communication and technology;
Possess excellent skills in written and oral communication, logistics management, program organization;
Ability to prioritize a number of projects, assimilating information with accuracy and consistent attention to detail, and meet schedules and deadlines; and
Self-starter with ability to make thoughtful decisions quickly.
About Gann Academy
Gann Academy is an independent high school (grades 9 - 12) in Waltham, MA, serving students from the Greater Boston area. The mission of Gann Academy is to educate, to inspire, and to empower intellectually confident, passionately engaged, ethically responsible Jews who, through critical thinking and the contribution of their unique voices, will create a vibrant Jewish future and build a better world where human dignity will flourish.
Central to a Gann education is our commitment that all students in our school will have adults who know them well and care about their growth and development, not only as scholars but as unique individuals. Gann’s outstanding faculty sharpens our students’ intellects, challenging them to become both analytical as well as creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.
Gann’s curriculum is broad and deep and includes courses from introductory to advanced in the humanities, arts, sciences and Jewish Studies. Classes are discussion based and emphasize critical thinking and analysis. At Gann, excellence is not measured in a grade or score, but in the achievement and satisfaction that come from thoughtful work, intellectual growth and the willingness to embr...ace real academic challenges.
From weekly assemblies to arts to sports to clubs to social activities and student organizations, a Gann education includes a wealth of extracurricular and creative opportunities to explore new passions and discover new talents. These activities extend classroom learning, encourage students to develop new skills such as collaboration and leadership, and inspire their compassion and curiosity.
Gann Academy seeks employees who will not only be highly skilled experts in their fields, but who will embrace the school's culture and be active members of our community. Gann offers attractive career paths and professional challenges within a welcoming and energetic school community. We are proud of our competitive salary and benefits package and our extensive professional development program.
Gann Academy is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.