Start Date: Aug 30, 2021 Salary: commensurate with experience
About the School
A leader in progressive education for more than 100 years, the Bank Street School for Children provides students, from nursery through 8th grade, an education that engages their natural curiosities, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Through a teaching approach that is fundamentally hands-on and child-centered, Bank Street students develop the courage and confidence to think independently, work collaboratively, understand themselves and others more deeply, and possess the compassion to make a positive impact in the world.
Note: This position is a one-year commitment (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) with the potential for extending this 12-month role for ongoing employment depending on circumstances and performance.
The Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid works closely and collaboratively with the Director of Admissions and other members of the admissions team, sharing the responsibilities in the daily operation of the admissions office throughout the admissions process. At other times of year, the Assistant Director plays an integral role in helping to initiate, maintain, and revise all other roles and expectations of the Admissions Office.
At times during the admissions season, the schedule for the admissions team requires working evening and weekend events. The candidate must be flexible, have a strong work ethic, demonstrate creative thinking, show initiative, and possess a good sense of humor.
Work in close partnership with the Director of Admissions & Enrollment to develop and execute on an effective vision for admissions experience and family relationship-building
Participate as a member of the Children’s Programs leadership team with the Director of Admissions, the Dean of Children’s Programs and other key leaders of the School for Children and Family Center
Assess applicants to the Lower School (preschool through first grade), facilitating or observing during admissions visits and working closely with admissions interviewers
Manage visits and conduct assessments for applicants to Middle School (2nd through 4th grade)
Oversee the process of applicant assessment
Interview parents of applicants
Help shepherd families through the admissions process and respond to admissions inquiries
Support the maintenance of family relationships as they become part of the community and seek to re-enroll in the following year(s)
Collaborate with the admissions team to develop and execute admissions events, including Open Houses, tours, and welcome receptions
Represent Bank Street at informational school fairs and admissions meetings
Read and review applications for admissions decisions
Participate on the Admissions Committee to make decisions about applicants
Manage the admissions waitlist
Coordinate welcome events, programs, and materials for accepted and incoming families
Develop or maintain relationships with nursery schools through visits, tours and other events
Manage orientation events for new students
Collaborate on marketing and enrollment efforts
Help maintain and coordinate admissions statistics and support the use of data in admissions decision-making and adjustments to the process
Partner, as needed, with the Parent Association to support prospective family engagement
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions
Oversee all aspects of the financial aid application process
Guide families through the financial aid process, from application to decision, communicating effectively and with sensitivity
Collaborate closely with the Director of Finance and the Financial Aid Committee, organizing meetings and updating committee members regularly
Manage, organize, and review application materials
Maintain updated statistics for financial aid
Collaborate with the communications team to update financial aid information on the website
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong communication and public speaking skills
Strong organizational skills with close attention to detail
Strong observational and note-taking skills
Strong technology skills
Ability to multitask
Commitment to and understanding of progressive education
Personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity, including an ability to reflect on and articulate one’s racial identity development
Experience understanding and relating to families of diverse backgrounds
3 Years or more experience with children in early childhood and elementary settings
BA required; MA preferred
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
About Bank Street School for Children
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.