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Posted
October 26, 2021
School
Position
Director of Admission and Enrollment
Description
www.frechamercian.org
www.internationalsf.org

The Director of Admission and Enrollment will lead a warm, community-oriented, and collaborative admission team of four—two of whom focus on Pre-K and K admission and two of whom focus on high school admission. The Director will also serve as a member of an experienced, strong, and deeply
committed Senior Leadership Team. As the face of a mission-driven institution with a commitment to a global community and equity and inclusion, the Director of Admission and Enrollment will have the opportunity to share and celebrate the school’s place in the competitive Bay Area independent school market. This position is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, creative, strategic, culturally competent,
and community-oriented educator with extensive admission and enrollment experience. The current
priorities, challenges, and opportunities include:

• Recruiting students and families who are at different ages and stages in their family lives. Since the
primary entry points are PreK/K and Grade 9, the next Director must understand how to connect and
engage with prospective students and families in thoughtful developmentally and culturally aware
ways. PreK/K families consider French American’s bilingual K-8 program, while Grade 9 students
and their families consider International High School’s academic program that includes both French
Bac and the IB programs, which is open to non-French speakers. “It’s a complicated but compelling
story to tell and sell,” commented a current parent.
• Continuing to raise the school visibility and to develop and cultivate relationships with educators at
a broad range of schools, programs, and organizations whose students and families may be well
suited for French American and International.
• Developing a plan to increase enrollment. As the school prepares to build a new upper school
facility, there is the opportunity for the Director, in partnership with the Head, the Board, and school
leadership, to lead and guide this growth.
Collaborating with, inspiring, supporting, and guiding a hard-working and mission-aligned admission
team. The Director has the opportunity to support, encourage, and leverage the team’s creativity
and energy to continue to reach out broadly and to find ways to welcome new students and their
families.
• Partnering with a talented, collaborative, and strategic senior leadership team. With the guidance of
Head of School Melinda Bihn, the leadership team has developed a high degree of capability and
commitment as well as a strong team culture, expressed in the code that guides their work together:
1. Be better together, 2. Assume good intent, 3. Expect excellence, 4. Say it here, 5. Cultivate
delight.
• Partnering and strategizing with the CFO to manage a $8M financial aid budget to support and
encourage a socioeconomically diverse student body.
• Strategically implementing a plan to increase retention. Students and families have many K-8
and 9-12 options in the Bay Area. The Director of Admission and Enrollment partners closely with
colleagues to encourage students and families to stay at the school and in the community.
• Succeeding a long-serving, respected, and effective predecessor. Andrew Brown, who has served
as Dean of Admission for over a decade, has been connected to French American and International
for 30 years as a teacher, Upper School Principal, and parent. Andrew’s deep connections to,
understanding of, respect for, and care of the community provide a wonderful springboard for the
incoming Director of Admission and Enrollment. An external appointee will need to be confident in
seeking understanding and in offering new perspectives.

DESIRED QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

The Director will need to be a skilled communicator, connector, collaborator, motivator, and mentor, able
to work across the divisions of a complex PreK-12 program. In addition, the school is most interested in
candidates who possess many, if not all of the following:

• Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred.
• Significant leadership experience in admission and enrollment work with a deep understanding of
best practices, innovative and engaging programs, and data analytics.
• An authentic, warm, approachable presence that welcomes conversation and connection while
respecting the views of others.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
• Demonstrated success in managing people, one that is characterized by integrity, collaboration, and flexibility.
• Experience in and enthusiasm for an international community and capacity to thoughtfully and
respectfully navigate different cultures.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with inspiration and clarity to prospective families and community organizations, students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members.
• Experience leveraging financial aid resources to meet enrollment goals.
• A strategic mindset to develop and implement tactical marketing ideas.
• A leadership approach that empowers colleagues and accomplishes objectives.
• Experience with educational marketing within a highly competitive environment.
• Love of schools, school communities, and a sense of joy and humor.
• Ability to speak and understand French desired, but not required.
• Candidates must already be legally authorized to work in the United States.

TO APPLY

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence. Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:
• A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
• A current résumé;
• Two writing samples authored by the candidate, e.g., parent communication, newsletter, open house
speeches, blogs, or articles.

Jennifer Wong Christensen
Senior Search Consultant
[email protected]
Contact
Kenya Williams
[email protected]

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