Notre Dame de Sion Schools of Kansas City is seeking a strategic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Director of Grade School Admissions. Located in historic Hyde Park, Sion is the only independent Catholic grade school in Kansas City. Founded in 1912 by the Congregation of the Sisters of Sion, our mission is to provide an excellent education that transforms the hearts of our students and prepares them to make an impact in the world.
Reporting to the President and working with the Grade School Administrative Team, the Director of Grade School Admissions will lead, plan, direct and implement overall strategy for all student recruitment initiatives on behalf of the Locust Campus School. The Director will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design, budget, and production of on- and off-site recruitment efforts and events to support enrollment.
The Director of Grade School Admissions, in conjunction with the Senior Director of Communications & Marketing, will oversee the development of all advertising and publicity related to the attraction of new students and the retention of existing students. The primary objective of the Director of Grade School Admissions is to increase the school’s enrollment, with a focus on building the early childhood programming and converting Montessori families into two full kindergarten classes. To achieve this goal, the Admissions Department will work closely with the Marketing Team, the faculty, and the Administration.
The Director of Grade School Admissions will have the following types of experience and qualifications:
A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; an advanced degree is preferred.
Five years of increased leadership experience in Admissions, preferably in an independent school.
Outstanding speaking and writing skills.
Deep knowledge of the admissions process in schools and in using all relevant communication channels effectively for this purpose.
Ability to develop, monitor, and adhere to budgets and production schedules.
Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines.
Ability to ensure accurate reporting through our internal database.
The successful candidate should be:
A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Notre Dame de Sion’s vision and mission.
A good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
A tactful leader; determined yet respectful of others’ concerns; someone with the flexibility and creativity needed to find alternate ways to reach objectives when barriers arise; a skilled negotiator.
A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on activities when needed.