Upper School Director of Admissions
Website Grace Community School
Total Enrollment: 957
Location: Tyler, Texas
The role: Upper School Director of Admissions
Meet Grace Community School:
Grace Community School exists to assist Christian families in educating, equipping, and encouraging their children to influence the world for Christ. A school that strives to “Teach Jesus” in all that they are and do–together the community reflects the core value of “Life as Worship.”
Grace is the only East Texas private school recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education for high academic achievement at the elementary and high school levels. Grace is also a charter member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) and is one of the first two schools in the country to be recognized with Exemplary Accreditation status by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Every year since 1999, Grace Community School has finished in the top five for the TAPPS Henderson Cup which recognizes schools’ excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics, and won the Cup last year. As we celebrate our excellence, our primary focus remains to Teach Jesus.
God calls us to excellence, to love our God with all our minds. As a result, Grace is committed to giving kids a top-notch education. Grace students have attended colleges and universities all over the country and have succeeded there. Classes with National Merit Scholars are the rule, rather than the exception. Grace graduates have received millions of dollars in scholarships, and many have attended our nation’s service academies. The commitment to academic excellence is just one reason why Grace has become the largest private school in East Texas.
About the Upper School Director of Admissions:
Grace Community School is looking for an Upper School Director of Admissions who is responsible for the entire admissions process, from initial inquiry, enrollment, and annual re-enrollment. This individual needs high energy and drive, excellent communication and listening skills, organizational skills, and strategic planning. Discretion is paramount to this role. The Admissions Office is the face of the school to prospective students and families. This individual should know our faculty, curriculum, and current students, and be prepared to speak knowledgeably about each to guests and the community. This individual will supervise admissions together with the Co-Director for Admissions for the Lower School. The Director of Admissions supervises the admissions coordinator and volunteers.
The Upper School Director of Admissions Will Have the Following Responsibilities:
Serve as the face of the school to prospective students and parents of the upper school (grades 5-12).
Work as part of a cohesive team, with the Lower School Director of Admissions and the Admissions Coordinator.
Prepare, maintain, and analyze statistics regarding recruitment, retention, and attrition and report annual enrollment statistics.
Develop, manage, and adhere to the admissions department budget, including accurate forecasting of needs.
Oversee the international student program.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Attend school board and leadership team meetings.
Develop, maintain, and coordinate the admissions process with each campus principal.
Attend conventions, meetings, and conferences, as necessary, to maintain knowledge of existing and new admissions and recruiting policies, practices, and procedures.
Communicate with parents, as needed, throughout the admissions process – tour to enrollment.
Orchestrate the efficient handling of applications and track the submission of supporting documents.
Communicate with principals regarding final admission decisions and then contact the family.
Work with the Director of Accounting on communicating financial aid, payment plan, and tuition information, and help families navigate the financial aid process.
Shepherd new families into the community of Grace Community School.
Manage the continuous enrollment process for current families.
Develop and execute a communication plan for continuous enrollment.
Coordinate health and retention teams on all three campuses.
Plan, develop and execute enrollment strategies to drive application growth and achieve enrollment goals.
Research, plan, coordinate, and implement all events for recruitment, retention, and community outreach, including the marketing of these events.
Organize and oversee recruitment events, including open houses and the Cougar Experience, Cougar Crossovers, and Roundups.
Organize and train Cougar Ambassador student representatives.
Work with the Director of Communications in developing admission and marketing materials, mailings, and publications.
Oversee the content on the admission portion of the school’s website.
Work with Cougar FAN program parent representatives.
What You Bring:
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Excellent communication and managerial skills. Ability to formulate and articulate policies, procedures, expectations, and practices. Strong analytical, problem solving, mathematical/statistical, time management, and organizational skills. Ability to use technology efficiently and appropriately.
The ideal candidate would have a working knowledge of Christian education. Experience working in a Christian School and with collaborative decision-making processes is preferred.
Ability to speak fluently about Christian education in various contexts.
Comfort in speaking to small and large groups – bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
Ability to take initiative and work independently.
Excellent computer skills including database and spreadsheets – Knowledge of School Admin, Timely, and Hubspot preferred.
Ability to work well with others and with volunteers.
Ability to delegate and supervise tasks.
Friendly, warm, courteous, good listening skills.
Enjoys meeting people, personable yet professional in demeanor, especially on the phone and in personal meetings – ability to establish immediate rapport.
What It’s Like to Live in Tyler, Texas:
The Rose Capital of America, Tyler is located in the piney woods of East Texas, with a New South feel. It is a regional hub, less than two hours from Dallas and three and a half hours from Houston. It is thriving economically, based primarily upon the energy, medical, and technology industries. Tyler has hundreds of churches, a strong Christian ethos, a thriving arts culture, and was named by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as the most generous city in Texas.
As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher education students, a College of Engineering, and a University Health Science Center, two regional, billion-dollar hospital systems, and a variety of technology startups. The region’s higher education institutions include the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, both part of the University of Texas System, as well as Texas College, the city’s only HBCU, and Tyler Junior College. Plans are underway to launch the UT Tyler School of Medicine, which is projected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars of biomedical research industry and support services into the community.
Tyler has world-class medical care. It is the regional medical hub for East Texas. Gleaming, sprawling new hospitals and medical centers have attracted top healthcare professionals from all over. Christus Trinity Mother Francis’ cardiology is ranked in the top five of the nation behind only the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Other specialties from oncology to neurosurgery abound. Tyler city government runs a tight ship, keeping their city clean and well kept, with low crime and robust new infrastructure. People entertain and hang out with each other, making Tyler a more easygoing, family-friendly place. Tyler has a highly favorable cost of living in a state already known for no statewide income tax.
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