Assistant Director of Admission and Multicultural Enrollment
  • Admissions

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Accredited by AISNE

For over one hundred years, Shady Hill, a school of 521 students (PK-VIII) and 90 faculty, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. Grades B-II pursue a variety of Thematic Studies that reflect the Central Subject Methodology by integrating areas of learning, but in shorter, age appropriate units. Grades 3-8 engage in Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long Central Subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Central Subject faculty are responsible for the skills and content in both social studies/history and language arts and with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty, the integration of these disciplines.

Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful, and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a diverse school, we believe that an inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who share this commitment and demonstrate the skills of culturally competent educators.

Shady Hill School is also a teacher training institution.  Its long-standing Teacher Training Course, which brings as many as eighteen apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented aspiring teachers for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school often seeks teachers with certification.


The Assistant Director of Admission and Multicultural Enrollment is an integral part of the Admission Office team with shared responsibilities for all the Office’s activities during the year. The Office welcomes hundreds of families every year during the Admission season, processes applications for these families, and is the first and most extensive point of contact for many people’s experience with Shady Hill. As a member of the admissions team, this position will play a key role in the recruitment, selection and ongoing engagement and success of a diverse student population as outlined by our Diversity Mission Statement. The position will also have a focus on the engagement of prospective and current families from underrepresented populations. The Assistant Director’s duties include a wide array of tasks and management for all the varying aspects of the Admission cycle.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing and organizing the recruitment, enrollment and success of students from diverse and underrepresented populations
  •  Coordination of student visits for Middle School applicants
  • Shared responsibility for attending and follow-up from all pre-school fairs, diversity fairs and other outreach events
  • Assisting the Director of Admission in managing the office’s interviewers, specifically: preparing materials for interviewing training, collation and entry into Portal of interview notes
  • Assisting the Director of Admission in managing the Tour Guide Program, specifically: preparing materials for tour guide training, annual revisions to the tour guide scripts, daily management of volunteers and tour adjustments
  • Managing advertising and media communications for the Admission Office
  • Interviewing prospective families
  • Assisting the Director of Admission in preparing for Beginner and Kindergarten screening days, specifically: arranging for staffing, review of files for special circumstances, preparing paperwork for the events, coordination of parent volunteers
  • Assisting the Director of Admission in preparing for Admissions Day, specifically: formation of all AD teams, coordination with Division Heads regarding staffing, coordination with teachers in creating assessment packages and preparation of same, management of all documentation resulting from AD
  • Preparation for Lower School and Middle School Open Houses
  • Review of Middle School files and participation on Admission Committees for each grade
  • Drafting of decision letters
  • Coordination of summer mailings to incoming students and families
  • Annual review and updating of the admission material for visiting families

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to establish and manage multiple priorities, and ability to maintain accurate records
  • Excellent cultural competency and interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop positive, professional relationships with colleagues, students, and families
  • Punctuality and dependability
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment successfully and with a sense of humor

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of admission experience in independent schools
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Knowledge of In Resonance preferred
  • A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary 

How to Apply:


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Be sure to include “Assistant Director of Admission and Multicultural Enrollment” in the subject line of the e-mail. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan and paid time off. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at

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