Job Posting: Director of Admission

Deerfield Academy seeks to fill the position of Director of Admission, a full-time administrative faculty role, working 12 months per year with 7 weeks of vacation.  We seek applicants who care deeply about students, work collaboratively with their colleagues, and are sincerely committed to developing an inclusive community. As a private boarding school, Deerfield offers an outstanding working environment, rich benefits, and students who are motivated to learn.  Deerfield actively seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty.

ABOUT DEERFIELD: Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in Western Massachusetts, with 630 students and 120 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

Deerfield offers an unmatched environment for working and learning.  Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire College, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s 300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities that enable powerful adult-student relationships, both in and out of the classroom. Our students are engaging and excited to learn—and they are willing to work hard at their studies. Outside the classroom, our community is focused on active and ethical living.

Our employees are committed to ongoing renewal. We seek candidates who are genuinely committed to their own growth, who are eager to work with colleagues to review the programs we offer, and who can model critical thinking, empathy, and determination in our students. As a boarding school, our faculty teach, mentor, and model—in the classroom, in the dorm, at the dining hall, and on the playing field.

Diversity is essential to Deerfield’s success. Diverse perspectives within our school population fuel creative and innovative thinking, build empathy and consideration, and provide varied skills and experiences from which the entire community can benefit. Deerfield actively seeks candidates who represent or support traditionally underrepresented groups—especially in terms of race, sexual orientation, and educational background.

 

Job Responsibilities

Operations Management:

  • Provide day-to-day management of admission employees and operations in support of annual goals for candidate identification, recruitment, selection, and yield, and in accordance with enrollment goals established by the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid; assign responsibilities to Admission Officers in areas of international recruitment, minority student recruitment, feeders/affiliates, office operations, fairs/events/hospitality, and tours; develop and manage an annual recruitment plan across all aspects of the admission process, with a focus on the needs of the applicant and in response to the realities of a competitive environment. 

Message Management:

  • Ensure admission officers proactively engage, cultivate, and recruit prospects, especially through electronic communications and social media; messaging is aligned and consistent across all admission employees and throughout the admission process, including fairs, events, interviews, tours, and publications, in collaboration with the Communications Office; content and format of admission messaging complies with guidelines provided by the Strategic Marketing Council, the Communications Office, and the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid; admission talk tracks, publications, and electronic communications are factually correct and accurately reflect the Academy’s program.

Performance Management:

  • Recruit, hire, and train superior admission employees; manage assignments and performance of all admission officers, ensuring they engage with strategic priorities; review and approve all travel plans for admission representatives; establish practices, standards, and policies designed to ensure a consistent process for each applicant and an equitable workload for each admission employee; assist with annual performance reviews, establishing metrics, and gathering data and feedback; encourage and coordinate professional development for admission employees; ensure Gift and Conflict of Interest policies are strictly enforced; manage work schedules to ensure that the admission office is properly staffed enabling the department to pursue its strategic objectives.

Administrative and Other Duties:

  • Assist with the management of the departmental budget; optimize efficiency, adjusting systems/processes for greater quality and consistency; conduct interviews of prospective students and families; oversee Admission technology, including portals.

Job Specifications

The successful candidate will possess: a Bachelor’s Degree is required, Master’s Degree preferred; 5 – 7 years of educational administration, including admission and financial aid experience; excellent leadership and communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to  manage a complex function; ability to use data and information effectively in planning and decision-making; superior interpersonal, organizational, and managerial skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; diplomacy and the ability to manage confidential information; a strong commitment to inclusion and cultural competency; a willingness to travel.

 

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Deerfield Academy is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.