Associate Director of Admission
  • Admissions

Fay School, Southborough, MA 

Accredited by AISNE

Founded in 1866, Fay serves 475 students in Kindergarten through grade nine on a 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles west of Boston. Fay School was the first junior boarding school in the United States, and today 150 of Fay’s students are boarders in grades 7-9 who hail from 22 countries and from across the United States. Fay’s core values of academic excellence, honorable conduct, dedicated service, earnest effort, and wellness of mind, body, and spirit, are the foundation of its broad and challenging program empowering students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character. 

Description:

The Associate Director of Admission provides leadership and strategic vision regarding boarding and day student enrollment, with an emphasis on recruitment of diverse candidates who will contribute to Fay’s multicultural student body. The Associate Director reports to the Director of Admission. This position is full-time with benefits. Campus housing may be available; employees who live in campus housing perform duties in the Upper School residential life program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing recruitment initiatives for day and boarding students, particularly those underrepresented in Fay’s applicant pool, to increase qualified applications in support of the School’s strategic enrollment goals
  • Anticipating enrollment challenges and proposing solutions that sustain a robust, well-matched, and diverse student body; proposing strategies and recommendations for expanding outreach to a broad audience of potential applicants through a variety of marketing efforts, including the creation of publications
  • Presenting to audiences on and off campus to inspire parents and students from around the area and throughout the world to apply to Fay; communicating Fay’s values and cultivating strong relationships with educational consultants, placement organizations, feeder school placement directors, parents, and students
  • Representing the School at on- and off-campus domestic and international admission events, including open houses, conferences, and recruiting events such as information sessions, receptions, consultant visits and school fairs; attending events on evenings and weekends and traveling nationally and internationally, as required
  • Serving as the School’s liaison with access programs including, but not limited to, Prep for Prep, ABC, IYM, and SEEDS
  • Leading campus tours, conducting admission interviews, and serving as a voting member of the admissions committee
  • Providing applicant families with excellent customer service, from their initial inquiry through enrollment
  • Leading Office of Admission yield efforts for day and boarding students
  • Assuming supervision of day-to-day operations of the Office of Admission when the Director is away, including running staff meetings, communicating with external constituencies, and chairing Admission Committee meetings
  • Assisting the Director of Admission with all aspects of the School’s financial aid and tuition assistance programs

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience working in independent school admissions. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. The position requires several essential talents and skills:

  • A collaborative work style and the ability to interact effectively with students, parents, and employees at all levels with warmth, tact, and professionalism
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgment and the ability to resolve complex problems quickly, creatively, and independently as needed
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail while multi-tasking within the demands of a fast-paced work environment
  • Proven ability to handle confidential material in a discreet manner
  • Experience with database systems in a network environment and various software applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with or ability to learn SchoolAdmin
  • Experience managing financial aid processes (preferred but not required)

Fay School seeks candidates who will reflect and enhance the racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of our school community. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to Educator’s Ally at leadershipsearch@educatorsally.com.

 Fay School admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic background, or with any disability that can be reasonably accommodated by the School, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Fay School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of such factors in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, or other school administered programs.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Diane Byrne, Director of Finance & Operations

Fay School, 48 Main Street, Southborough, MA 01772

508-490-8213

compliance@fayschool.org

 

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.