Dean of Admissions

Dean of Admissions

Reports To: Associate Head of School 

Employment Status: Exempt

Summary

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking an experienced Dean of Admissions to oversee and direct student recruitment and the admissions process for prospective families and students. The Dean of Admissions will serve as the initial point of contact for interested applicants, and will be responsible for attracting passionate students to join our community of powerful learners and leaders. They will be an enthusiastic ambassador for Eagle Rock and our mission of reengaging high-school youth, will be student-centered in every interaction and decision, and will embody our commitment to antiracism and social justice in their work and personal presence. As an admissions department of one, this position will independently manage the admissions process, though they will collaborate extensively with other departments and external partners. Internally, they will work closely with the Director of Students and the Student Services Team as part of an admissions committee, to ensure student enrollment meets the current needs of our school community. Externally, this position will work to build a sustainable pipeline of partner organizations and schools to support recruitment. The Dean of Admissions will be able to both deliver on strategic and ambitious enrollment goals, and also stay closely connected and dedicated to student applicants and their parents/guardians throughout their admissions journey.

A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org

Qualifications, Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Social Work, Education, or the Behavioral Sciences), Master’s degree in Social Work, Education or related field preferred
  • 7+ years of experience working directly with students and their families in an educational setting, 3+ years in recruitment, admissions or a similar field
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish highly preferred
  • Effective at utilizing various interviewing techniques and evaluating applicants for fit 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; effective public speaker and listener
  • Strong organizational, time management and leadership skills                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Experience living and working in a residential setting preferred
  • Ability to work with families from all backgrounds to ensure the admission process is accessible, respectful and inclusive

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; diligent follow through with external partners and applicants; willing and able to travel for recruitment; high levels of discretion, attention to professional boundaries in the handling of privileged and confidential information; pleasant, courteous, professional, and proactive customer service skills; proficient with web-based admissions software, ability to navigate information systems and databases, as well as Google Workspace (including gmail, docs, drive, calendar, sheets, etc); a sense of humor; visionary thinking as well as demonstrated follow-through; strong initiative and ability to work both independently and through collaboration across departments; timely and thorough completion of tasks without supervision or needed follow-up; ability to thrive in a work environment with multiple, simultaneous projects and frequent interruptions; a commitment to professional and personal growth; seasoned judgment. Candidates must be willing and able to work and live at a year-round, community-focused, residential high school. 

The position requires experience working with diverse populations, including students and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ students and families, and students and families from low-income backgrounds. Candidates must express a demonstrated commitment to engage deeply and fully with our organizational priority of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Responsibilities

Admissions:

  • Develop strategic approaches to admissions, marketing, and recruitment to attract and enroll a diverse body of mission-aligned students
  • Set annual enrollment goals in accordance with the initiatives and expectations of the school team and Eagle Rock’s Board of Directors
  • Build and maintain relationships with organizations and schools nationwide, including first contacts, monthly correspondence, individual conversations, etc. 
  • Travel throughout the country for recruitment initiatives
  • Design and distribute marketing and communications materials for recruitment
  • Manage the admissions process from first contact until the student arrives on campus
  • Stay informed about Eagle Rock curriculum, programming, expectations and culture, in order to speak knowledgeably with prospective families
  • Engage with prospective applicants and families/guardians to answer questions and support the application process
  • Coordinate and facilitate Q&A sessions, open houses, tours and other recruitment events
  • Collect, store, and maintain application and enrollment materials 
  • Review applications to determine interview decisions
  • Interview students and parents/guardians for possible admission to ERS
  • Conduct mental health screenings of applicants (only if candidate holds the appropriate education and training)
  • Head the admissions committee process and case conferencing of each student against criteria that reflect Eagle Rock’s community values and commitments, and our capacity to support the student’s needs
  • Organize welcome and informational admissions materials for new students, share information about new students with the community
  • Help build and implement new application & enrollment software
  • Manage admissions budget
  • Organize and analyze enrollment data to prepare board reports and  inform enrollment plans

Student Support:

  • Serve as a liaison between new students/families and Eagle Rock staff
  • Communicate with parents/guardians and sponsors when needed
  • Provide information to Houseparents and staff as needed
  • Consult with school nurse and counselors as needed
  • Meet with students as needed
  • Keep abreast of student behavior and mental health concerns
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Students regarding student issues

School-Wide Involvement: 

  • Take on other residential duties as assigned by the Associate Head of School and Director of Students
  • Be open to working as a residential Houseparent for student housing
  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams, including mentoring students through advisory
  • Co-create and deliver engaging student programming opportunities as part of an evening program team; regularly work one night a week on this team and with students
  • Engage in weekend programming and supervision of students through the rotating weekend staff schedule 
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS, including advisories, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, and other community events
  • Share your unique skills with the school, e.g., sports, art, music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, etc.
  • Engage in weekly staff DEI affinity and alliance spaces, commit to individual/alone DEI learning 
  • Be a role model and active member of the ERS community beyond this job description

Essential Physical Job Functions

The person in this position will: constantly operate a computer, frequently communicate with students and staff, observe students in the classroom and during residential programming, and frequently move about campus grounds – including ascending/descending stairs. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time, and may frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Occasional travel for work may be required.

Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package: 

  • Salary range for this position: $50,000-$80,000, based on education and experience
  • Annual Bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision plan 
  • Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
  • 401(k) 
  • Flexible start times 
  • Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program 
  • Educational assistance program available

Hiring Timeline

We are hoping to fill this position immediately – with a start date as close to July 1 as possible. This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process. While we intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this timeline, we are committed to finding the right person; we realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan. We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline.

  • Initial Application Review: June 4 (then rolling deadline until filled)
  • Phone and Onsite Interviews: Mid June
  • Start Date: July

This job description is subject to change at any time.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as ONE document submitted through https://tinyurl.com/EagleRockAdmissions. Clarifying questions can be sent to Christi Kelston, ckelston@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls, please.  We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. 

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.