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Santa Barbara Middle School
Reports to: Admissions Director
Start Date: Flexible 2019-20 Academic Year
Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) is currently seeking candidates for the position of Admissions Associate. S/he will report to and work in close partnership with the Admissions Director to advance the SBMS Admissions Department. We anticipate a flexible start date that would begin during the 2019-20 academic year.
Founded in 1976, Santa Barbara Middle School is a co-educational middle school (grades 6-9) offering students a profound educational experience combining Academics, Creative Arts & Sports, Outdoor Education, and Community Involvement, better known here as our ‘four sides of the diamond’. Serving approximately 165 students, our educational environment facilitates academic achievement, while also bolstering all aspects of a child’s well-being. We challenge students to develop life skills in all areas, with the stability of a safe and nurturing community. Leadership, self-advocacy, creative problem solving, compassion for others, and global awareness are just a few of the traits that distinguish our graduates. Working at SBMS is a challenging and rewarding career. After-hours and occasional weekend events and participation in the school’s Outdoor Education program are integral and required aspects of this job. For more information about us, go to https://www.sbms.org/.
Facilitate the admission and enrollment of new students to Santa Barbara Middle School
Present the school to prospective students and parents and the wider community by giving tours, planning Open House events and doing community outreach
Handle application process and communications with candidates, parents and staff in a systematic, friendly and efficient manner
Schedule tours, shadow days, interviews and admissions tests with candidates and families
Work with other SBMS departments to develop internal and external promotional materials for Admissions to ensure strong application numbers and long range goals for admissions are met
Obtain required student applicant credentials from various sources
Create and organize student files
Work with Admissions Committee annually to determine acceptances for following academic year
Enthusiastic participation in all SBMS school activities, including the Outdoor Education Program, Deal meetings, and Electives
Perform other duties as assigned
Key Characteristics of Successful Candidate:
Skilled communicator, effectively delivering the SBMS culture to students and parent applicants, and providing information to Faculty, Staff, and the Admissions Director
Strong ability to self-manage and produce results, showing a strong sense of follow-through
Ability to ‘think outside the box’, envision systems to improve efficiency without losing quality and SMBS ‘culture'
Collaborative mindset, able to work productively with a small, motivated team of diverse, individuals
Creative, curious, with personal drive to exceed expectations
Problem solver - able to troubleshoot and find a way to solve complex ‘big picture’ issues as they arise, can turn “lemons into lemonade”!
Compassionate yet firm when working with challenging dynamics
Ability to be discreet when handling sensitive information
Strong computer skills, able to create spreadsheets for analysis and visuals for presentation, quick learner of new software/platforms
Outstanding organizational and planning skills,and attention to detail
Professional, positive, approachable, enthusiastic and fun!
What You’ll Need:
BA or above in Psychology, Education, Communication or related field
1-3 years of experience with independent school admissions process, academic marketing and recruitment of students
Experience managing a team (optional/preferred)
Enthusiasm for working in a middle school setting (You enjoy children this age!)
Experience and demonstrated success interviewing (students and families)
Willingness and ability to introduce and/or learn new systems and applications
Physical capability and enthusiasm to fully participate in SBMS’ Outdoor Education Program, including +/- 25 days and nights per year on trips
Benefits Offered by SBMS:
Health, Dental, Vision, Life insurance
Retirement benefits (5% of annual salary contribution)
Professional Development Opportunities (paid)
Flexible Spending Account (Medical and Dependent Care)
Staff Discounts at SBMS Deli and the SBMS Warehouse (outdoor gear store)
Annual stipend for Outdoor Trip Gear ($300)
Bike stipend (for purchase of mountain bike for trips - $400 every 3 yrs)
Upward mobility - this job has room to grow if it fits you!!!
Santa Barbara Middle School is an Equal Opportunity Employer