Education & Youth Development

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
Organization Mission: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latinx 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.
JOB TITLE: Director of Development
REPORT TO: Chief Enrollment& Academic Officer
DEPARTMENT: Admission and Placement
POSITION TYPE: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
LOGISTICS: Temporarily Remote
SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a Director of Admissions who is responsible for leading and directing admissions and recruitment operations; specifically for the external recruitment of students and the internal management of the admissions process. The Director also leads the planning and execution of engagement and outreach efforts in order to promote the Oliver Scholars mission.
The Director should be motivated by working with youth and families from under-resourced communities and excited by working in an entrepreneurial environment where being innovative and creative is celebrated. During certain times of the year, the Director may be required to work Tuesday – Saturday. During the summer program, the Director will be required to supervise scholars overnight in a residential setting.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Recruitment & Admissions:
▪ Meet enrollment goals while upholding ethnic, cultural, and financial diversity objectives.
▪ Develop and maintain relationships with a network of representatives from feeder schools, churches, civic and community-based organizations, Oliver Alumni, and other volunteers
▪ Collaborate with the Chief Development Officer and Communications & Marketing Director to develop and maintain Oliver Scholars’ recruitment and marketing plan to promote the organization’s visibility in the community and general recruitment efforts.
▪ Deploy the department’s communications plan as it relates to feeder public schools, prospective students, parents, admitted students, and other community-based institutions.
▪ Speak publicly to individuals and groups, both internally and externally.
▪ Assist prospective students with the admissions application process, conduct placement testing and interviews, and gather student data and transcripts from previous schools.
▪ Work with the Chief Enrollment & Academic Officer to evaluate and execute admissions decisions on applicant files.
▪ Manage enrollment database and develop and monitor statistical reports to enhance admissions strategies, future forecasting, operational efficiency, and enrollment initiatives.
▪ Manage registration process for admitted families.
▪ Lead recruitment efforts for Oliver Scholars
▪ Supervise the Assistant Director of Admissions
▪ Attend middle school and high school fairs/open houses
▪ Organize large mailings for all public, private, and parochial schools
▪ Research and analyze data of NYC public and charter schools
▪ Screen applications for prospective students, collaborate with the Admissions team to select applicants
▪ Manage volunteers at Oliver admissions-related events

Scholar Support:
▪ Provide support during Winter and Spring Scholar Immersion Program Classes
▪ Provide support in the planning and execution of the Summer Scholar Immersion Program
▪ Serve as an Academic Advisors during the boarding week of the Summer Scholar Immersion Program

Other Duties:
▪ Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
▪ Event planning experience
▪ Demonstrated strong written communication skills to disseminate program direction and philosophy and relate to applicants, parents, and organizations.
▪ Ability to work independently and as a team player.
▪ Proficient in Google Suite, Microsoft Suite Professional Office applications,
▪ Collaborate with other program directors as needed on Scholar-related initiatives
▪ Participate in Oliver’s organizational and fundraising efforts as requested (e.g., providing content for grant proposals, funder visits, and Annual Gala)
▪ Assist with projects and other duties as needed and requested within the organization
QUALIFICATIONS
▪ Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
▪ A minimum of 5-6 years experience working with students and families at another student-focused nonprofit, in K-12 or higher-ed.
▪ Possess a high energy, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate should have the ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for the mission and values of Oliver Scholars.
▪ Should possess a competency for analyzing recruitment-related data and assessing admissions activities as part of an overall strategic enrollment planning initiative, must understand the uses of technology in the admissions process.
▪ Has experience working with diverse populations.
▪ Deep understanding of the issues facing educational systems and students of color.
▪ Outstanding public speaking and writing skills.
▪ Commitment to the mission of Oliver Scholars.
▪ Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
▪ Able and willing to work some late evenings and weekends and a Tuesday – Saturday schedule, at times, during the year.
▪ Bi-lingual/bi-literate in English and Spanish encouraged but not required.
▪ Familiarity with schools, independent and highly selective public schools.
▪ Valid driver’s license and ability to travel domestically.
DESIRED COMPETENCIES
▪ Superior analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills, with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
▪ A collaborative approach to problem-solving and the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels (internally and externally).
▪ Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, changing environment while conforming to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines.
▪ Demonstrated willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
▪ Ability to look at situations from several points of view.
▪ A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethics and a diverse workplace.
HOW TO APPLY: For consideration, please forward your cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please note, “Job Title – [Your Last Name]” in the subject line of your email. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and are vital to our success. Oliver Scholars is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, 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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