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Director of Admissions & Placement

Oliver Scholars

Published: 1/12/2019
Employment type: Full-Time (Paid)
Function: Education/Training
Primary domain: Education
City: New York
Postal code: 10038

State: New York
Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

OrganizationSummary: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.

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Position Summary and Reporting: Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Admissions & Placement is a key member of the organization and serves on the leadership abilities Team. S/he has both an internal and externally facing function and is responsible for operational success for the Admissions and Placement department. The Director must have admission practice, knowledge of independent day and boarding schools, managerial expertise, an engaging personality, and a desire to help people. The Director must be a creative and innovative thinker, excited and motivated by working with underserved youth and their families, able to prioritize, organize, and multi-task in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. S/he must also be able exercise good judgement, think strategically and critically and be capable of developing relationships that will further the mission of Oliver Scholars.
Job responsibilities:

Admissions and Placement
   » Develop and maintain relationships with a network of representatives from feeder schools, churches, civic, and community-located organizations, Alumni, and other volunteers
   » Design and lead presentations that accurately and competently explain the educational programs available to our students
   » Create a strategy for recruitment activities that are aligned with our institutional brand, mission and long range plan
   » supervise the coordination and execution of Testing Days (benchmark and official)
   » Create a plan for and supervise the execution of a strategy to increase our conversion rate between inquiries and candidates
   » Develop and train staff on admissions best practices
   » Train and lead admission and placement team on advocating for candidates with our partner school leaders and admissions agents
   » supervise the development and execution of all placement related activities, including but not limited to parent and student workshops on interviewing, financial aid, and test preparation
   » Manage all relationships with vendors connected with school placement (for ex. EMA, ERB, Ravenna, etc.)
   » Lead the admission and placement team on individual family counseling and curating school list located on fit
   » Develop and execute a growth strategy for partner schools
   » Steward relationships with and instill enthusiasm for our program at our Partner Schools

   » Co-lead the Summer Program with Director of Scholar Support which includes curriculum planning and hiring of faculty and staff
   » Plan and lead the Fall, Winter, and Spring Classes initiative which includes, hiring faculty, identifying classroom space, managing workflow of full-time staff, and superviseing data collection
   » Collaborate with the Director of Scholar Success as needed on a variety of Scholar related initiatives including planning and executing Recognition Ceremony
   » Participate in Oliver's organizational and fundraising efforts as requested (e.g. providing content for grant proposals, funder visits, andAnnual Gala)
   » Collaborate with Manager of Marketing and Communications in the development of printed communications and social media strategies as Information technology relates to student recruitment
   » Assist with projects and other tasks as needed and requested within the organization
   » At times, staff will be required to execute additional tasks beyond those specified. Management retains the discretion to change the tasks of the position at any time

Appropriate qualifications:

   » Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
   » 5+ years of college or selective high school admissions and/or studentplacement atselective schools
   » Proven managery practice in a high-volume, fast-paced, student-centered environment
   » Deep knowledge of the broad educational issues facing educational systems and students of color in particular
   » Excellent verbal and written communication expertise including the capability to lead or facilitate meetings
   » Proven capability to counsel students and families
   » Demonstrated capability in building partnerships
   » Willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed
   » Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus
   » Valid driver's license; able to do some domestic travel
Desired Competencies:
   »Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
   »Adaptcapability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to lgain new techniques and procedures; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
   »Innovation & Initiative - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention; looks for, and takes advantages of, opportunities
   »Planning/Organizing & Project Management - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget
   »Interpersonal expertise - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; has capability to look at situations from several points of view and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels (internally and externally); remains open to others' ideas and tries new things
   »Analytical expertise - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and practice to complement data; designs work flows and procedures; aligns work with strategic goals
   »Judgement& leadership abilities - Displays availability to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in timely decision-making process; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to execute well; accepts feedback
   »Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems; develops alternative solutions; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; develops strategies to achieve goals; understands organization's strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions


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Commensurate with practice

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Application Process:

For consideration, please forward your cover letter and resume to Please note, “ [Director of Admissions & Placement] - [your last name] ” in the subject line of your email. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success. Oliver Scholars is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will be considered for employment without discrimination located on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, discapability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, citizenship status, or current employment status. Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

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Job Location: New York, New York
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