Associate Director of Admissions

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
 
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.
 

Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., seeks an Associate Director of Admissions for its Lower School. The Associate Director is responsible for leading the Lower School admissions and enrollment efforts in order to attract a broad, diverse, and mission-aligned applicant pool to enroll in our foundational grades. As the primary ambassador for our Lower School program, this individual will play a crucial role in influencing applicant families to make a significant financial and emotional investment in their children’s early learning years.

As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.

This full-time position reports to the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Cultivate and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with school and partner organizations to support the recruitment of mission-aligned families to GDS
  • Understand and seek out trends in the enrollment industry specifically as related to Lower School that can support best practices at GDS
  • Develop deep knowledge of the school’s academic program, able to articulate why, how, and what the GDS educational environment offers students
  • Represent the school at open houses, school visits, and fairs
  • Play a leading role in representing students and in the admissions committee process
  • Conduct family interviews that assess mission and program alignment
  • Collaborate with learning specialists and faculty to develop protocols for student assessment and faculty feedback
  • Train and evaluate Play Visit observation teachers
  • Greet visitors to campus daily
  • Communicate regularly with faculty to support their continual engagement with the Admissions Team
  • Align goals and communicate as needed with colleagues across the school, especially but not limited to Advancement, Communications, DEI, Leadership, and key faculty and advisors
  • Collaborate on open house planning to develop event goals and coordinate logistics

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. A degree in elementary education is preferred.
  • A background in elementary education, either as an admissions officer or a teacher.
  • A passion for working with students and families in a diverse, inclusive educational setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • A strong work ethic and a delight in a job well done.
  •  Superior organizational skills and heightened attention to details.
  • Integrity, professionalism, high ethical standards, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively.
  • A sense of humor and abundant patience.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and, list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org. 

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Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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