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Porter-Gaud School, an Episcopal, independent, coeducational day school for 1,650 students in preschool through grade 12, is seeking an Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admission. In this full-time, exempt, 12-month position, the Assistant Director will be responsible for seeking, selecting, and enrolling students that are appropriate for the School and whose abilities and talents are consistent with the School’s mission. This position will manage the school’s efforts to attract a diverse, passionate, and excellent pool of applicants. The Assistant Director will be required to thoroughly understand and articulate the School’s mission, value, programs, and competitive differentiators while also presenting a warm, welcoming sense of community that serves to guide families through all phases of the admission process. The Assistant Director will display a continuous commitment to developing the attitudes, knowledge, and skills (intercultural competence) to engage in appropriate and effective communication with students, colleagues, and families from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We desire candidates who will contribute to the school’s efforts to continue creating a more inclusive and equitable community where all individuals can develop a sense of belonging. The Assistant Director will report directly to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Parent Engagement.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Work collaboratively with the Admission Team in all aspects of the admission process.
Manage all aspects of the Middle and Upper School admission process to include communicating and cultivating relationships with prospective families and stewarding them through the entire admission cycle.
Build and maintain relationships with area schools as well as with community-based organizations.
Build and maintain relationships with the parents, students, faculty, and staff in the Middle and Upper Schools.
Conduct student and family interviews, school tours, and follow-up communications.
Lead Middle and Upper School open houses and welcome/orientation events to support admission office goals
Lead Middle and Upper School admission testing sessions.
Organize, manage, and facilitate admission committee work.
Provide Middle and Upper School statistics and data to the admission team for analysis, review and goal-setting
The successful candidate will possess:
Strong organizational skills with acute attention to detail
Ability to handle sensitive and often confidential information with discretion, compassion, and proper judgment
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
Independent school experience is required; Prior admission experience is preferred.
Proficiency with data information systems is required; Blackbaud experience a plus
Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds with comfort and poise