Fishburne Military School
Waynesboro, VA
www.fishburne.org
Grades 7 - 12 with 130 students

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Fishburne Military School (FMS), the oldest and smallest all-male military boarding school in Virginia, seeks an admissions professional/enrollment leader to serve as its next Director of Admission. FMS serves young men in grades 7 – 12 with an optimal enrollment between 150 – 175 cadets. Day students typically comprise one quarter of the student body. International enrollment is < 20% of total enrollment. Boarding is open to all grades. Long term challenges in the domestic boarding market coupled with the recent pandemic have seen enrollment settle to approximately 100 cadets. Planning at all levels is underway to chart a course back to desired enrollment. The new director will be an important member of an executive team charged with strategizing, implementing, and supporting this plan that will include both recruitment and retention initiatives. He/she will be expected to work collaboratively as a member of a team and implement best practices in boarding school admissions. Domestic travel is an expectation of the role. The office currently includes two admissions officers and one support person. Marketing, travel, and financial aid budgets are well resourced for a school its size.  The Director of Admission reports to the President and is a member of the senior administrative team.   
 
The ideal candidate is a dynamic mid-career professional with significant experience in a small boarding school admission office. Less experienced individuals will be considered but must have relevant boarding school experience. Similarly, advancement officers with a boarding school background who have become interested in admissions work may prove a good fit. Finally, individuals with independent school, constituent relations, and/or sales experience will be considered. An undergraduate degree is required and working knowledge of Blackbaud systems is preferred. Military experience is not essential.
 
This position offers a unique opportunity to transition into a senior level administrative role. The current director plans to retire in the near future and will be in a position to onboard and support the new director. Compensation and benefits are consistent with other small boarding schools. Assignment as an advisor and/or coach is negotiable. School housing is a possibility.
 
Located in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia, in the bucolic Shenandoah Valley 30 minutes from Charlottesville, Fishburne Military School is a private non-profit non-sectarian boarding school for boys in grades 7 – 12. It is governed by an independent board of trustees comprised of alumni and past parents. Fishburne is the oldest military boarding school in Virginia (1879) and the board is committed to its small scale and all male mission. When founded, FMS was modeled after nearby Virginia Military Institute and Fishburne’s iconic barracks quadrangle reflects this. The relationship between the two schools remains close. As a non-sectarian school, the FMS Army JROTC program is part of US Army Cadet Command and rated an honor school of distinction. FMS is accredited by VAIS and is a member of NAIS and TABS.   
 
Fishburne embraces its new brand … We see what’s great in you. The student body is comprised of a core of young men with an affinity for the military and a desire to get an early start on this career. Along with this group are many other boys who were overlooked in their previous settings and not growing to their potential. With its small scale and structure, individual attention, and dedicated faculty and military staff, all of whom understand leveraging relationships to develop young men; Fishburne excels at enabling its cadets to reach their full potential. FMS has a conventional college prep curriculum, but one which is evolving in new and exciting ways with community partners and to develop life skills in our boys. Required athletics and physical training produce not just resilient young men but several each year who go on to play collegiate sports. The vast majority of FMS graduates will go on to civilian higher education. A significant number each year do matriculate to one of the US Service Academies or military colleges. Some boys will elect military enlistment to obtain GI Bill benefits before going to college and still others may pursue specialized technical training. 
 
FMS is a small close knit community that feels like family and this is certainly true of the employees. Most FMS administrators, faculty, and staff are dedicated educators without military experience. The personnel of the Army JROTC Department and Commandant’s Office all possess military backgrounds and direct the Corps of Cadets. In the spirit of “bricks & mortar do not a school make”, these professionals are a great strength. Fishburne offers a wonderful opportunity for a true professional with heart to join this team as its next Director of Admission. 
 

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