Cambridge Friends School, the only Quaker School in Massachusetts, is a renowned leader in teaching social justice and equality, with a commitment to project-based, experiential learning. Guided by the six Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship, Cambridge Friends School focuses on educating the whole child in an environment that best positions the child for their success. Cambridge Friends School is deeply committed to preparing each child for the road ahead in high school and beyond, and to inspiring a life-long love of learning.
The Director of Admission and Financial Aid is responsible for all activity in the Admission Office from the point of inquiry through matriculation and retention. The Director of Admission and Financial Aid will be supported by the Administrative Assistant to the School and Admission Office, a new position at the School. Reporting directly to the Head of School, and as a member of Administrative Team, the Director of Admission and Financial Aid represents the school and its mission to prospective families and the community. The Director of Admission and Financial Aid is responsible for managing all facets of the admission process in the School’s effort to enroll and retain a diverse and dynamic student population.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee the program of admission of new student to the School, including all stages of the admission funnel as well as assist with re-enrollment of current families
Through collaboration with other Administrators, develop a strategy to collect and analyze data, then implement this data to drive enrollment decisions
Through collaboration with other Administrators and the Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees, create a strategic recruitment and marketing plan to reach target audiences, with a goal of maintaining sustainable and diverse enrollment. Ensure maximum diversity within enrollment, in keeping with the School’s mission
Develop admission and marketing materials: admission information, application documents, the CFS website, social media, and print advertisements. Accurately represent CFS to internal and external constituents through these media
Professionally and efficiently represent all aspects of the School to prospective families and outside organizations. Train admission staff, faculty, and volunteers to accurately represent CFS both internally and externally to ensure consistency of message
Recruit and manage a network of volunteers: parents, former parents, alumni, students, faculty and staff, etc. to assist in admission and outreach efforts
Design, organize, and oversee admission and community events including: open houses, visit days, school fairs and community outreach, yield events, retention events, and new family events
Ensure efficient handling of admission process: inquiry processing, family outreach, communication with candidates, processing of application materials, communication of decisions on enrollment and financial aid, and enrollment and placement
Chair the Admission Decision Committees. Recruit and train committee members from the faculty
Organize, manage, and administer the financial aid program for the School, in collaboration with the Financial Aid Committee and the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, leveraging financial aid to help students overcome economic and cultural barriers in order to create a diverse student community
Chair the Retention Committee. Serve as the point person for developing strategies to retain current families and communicate with community members to increase student and family retention
Provide timely and comprehensive oral and written reports to all constituents as necessary. Report regularly to the Head of School, Administrative Team, and the Board of Trustees with admission statistics updates and enrollment management information
Manage the Admission Office staff, including the Admission Assistant
Manage the admission budget
Master’s degree preferred
3-5 years experience in an independent school admission office
Superior oral and written communication skills
Familiarity with financial aid policies and procedures. Experience with SSS preferred
Familiarity with Blackbaud’s onBoard Enrollment Management system
Ability to prioritize and organize projects and manage an admission team of full-time and part-time staff, and volunteers
A demonstrated ability to use new technology to communicate and market the school’s brand and mission
Self-motivated, collaborative, and willing to work beyond traditional office hours including evenings and weekends
A knowledge and understanding of current admission trends, demographics, and diversity recruitment and retention models
It is Cambridge Friends School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, pregnancy, identity, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law.
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to:
Cambridge Friends School (CFS), is a Quaker elementary school (grades pre-K – 8), located in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the leading independent schools in Greater Boston, CFS offers an outstanding education guided by Quaker principles and a deep commitment to social justice.
We seek candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community.