Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Admissions

School Year Abroad, North Andover, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Job description

SYA Admissions is a high-energy, fast-paced and creative department that enrolls nearly 200 students every year to attend our schools in France, Italy and Spain. The Assistant Director of Admissions is a key member of the admissions team whose primary responsibility is student recruitment and enrollment management. The Assistant Director of Admissions is an entry-level position which reports to the Associate Director of Admissions and is based at SYA’s home office in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Key duties of student recruitment:

  • 8-10 weeks of domestic travel to promote SYA and recruit students.
  • Prioritize memberschools, develop contacts, build itineraries of 8-10 school visits per week and deliver compelling and convincing presentations.
  • Plan logisticsfor travel including finding competitively priced airfare, hotels and rental cars.
  • Conduct thorough follow-up from school visits including sending thank you notes to school contacts and inquires to Admissions Operations Manager within 48 hours of the visit.
  • Update the admissions database regularly to ensure most accurate information.
  • Manage admissions funnel and convert inquiries into enrolled students by proactively contacting inquiries and families by phone, e-mail and in-person from the office and during recruiting trips.
  • Plan and attend conferences, regional receptions and parent weekends at select member schools.

Key duties of enrollment management:

  • Read applications and evaluate candidates for an assigned country and one additional country.
  • Coordinate Merit Scholarship program and select winners for your assigned country.
  •  Yield admitted students to your assigned country.
  • Send enrollment/orientation communications to your assigned country.
  • Serve as department expert for your country’s visa process and assist families through this process.
  • Liaise with your country’s Resident Director to communicate status of student enrollment.
  • ther duties as necessary to enhance the ability to recruit students or promote SYA’s mission.


The ideal candidate is someone who has studied abroad, lived with a host family and has 2-5 years of relevant work experience. Other qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (required).
  • Familiarity with U.S. independentschool culture.
  •  Admissions, marketing experience and/or sales experience (highly desirable).
  • Strong work ethic and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to establish rapport with, and command respect of, students, families, school admins and faculty.
  • Flexibility, good humor and high energy.
  • Willingness and ability to travel by air, sometimes abroad and with limited notice.
  • Ability to attend to detail with thoroughness and accuracy.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable with basic database management and reporting.
  • Proficient in MS Office. o Valid driver’s license (required).

SYA welcomes candidates who would add to the racial, cultural and gender balance of the organization. SYA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply, please email a cover letter and résumé to Alec Wall, Associate Director of Admissions: