Director of Admissions

Marin County, CA
Start date: July 1, 2021

Required Qualifications:

  • At least three years in recent full time admissions position
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with and strong understanding of Montessori education
  • Experience with early childhood education
  • Marketing and branding experience

School & Position Overview:

With 265 students, sought after graduates, over fifty years educating Bay Area children and teens, and located on two bustling, beautiful campuses in Corte Madera and San Rafael, Marin Montessori School is seeking its next Director of Admissions to join our vibrant school community.

A senior administrative position, the Director of Admissions works closely and collaboratively with the Head of School, administrative team, and faculty. Our shared goal is to attract and retain families from the San Francisco and Marin County areas who, even if not yet familiar with Montessori, seek an education for their children that is what we offer: a highly intentional education that cultivates independence, emotional intelligence, rich curiosity, intellectual aptitude, and an instinct toward and capacity for collaboration.

If not yet already conversant with Montessori pedagogy and philosophy, the incoming Director of Admissions will need to be a quick study and have a keen interest and excitement to learn. The position requires exceptionally positive interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. The Director of Admissions cultivates vital relationships with faculty and prospective and current families, and is responsible for managing all aspects of admissions and enrollment management for programs that include toddler, primary, elementary, and junior high school levels. 

Marin Montessori School recently completed a $3.5mm capital campaign and the expansion of our Corte Madera campus, creating a stunning waterfront and nature-rich elementary wing. Committed to inclusion, $1mm of MMS’s $9mm annual budget is awarded in tuition assistance every year. As a Green-Ribbon awarded school committed to making a positive impact on our environment, MMS was proud to welcome former Vice President Al Gore as the keynote speaker in 2019-2020; he spoke on climate change and youth activism at the school’s annual fundraiser in support of tuition assistance. This coming spring, chef and food activist Alice Waters will serve as the keynote speaker.

This is an especially thrilling time to join Marin Montessori School, a school with recognized accreditations from both AMI (Association Montessori International) and CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools). With recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review touting the benefits of a Montessori education, along with the knowledge that students from our Junior High program are thriving and matriculating to outstanding high schools, Bay Area families are increasingly interested in making MMS their long-term school. Marin Montessori School is a community of passionate educators, flourishing students, and engaged and enthusiastic families.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage prospective students and families from inquiry through enrollment
  • Lead digital marketing strategies and implementation
  • Administrate database management of prospective, accepting, and reenrolling families 
  • Analyze enrollment patterns and predictions with metric based tools
  • Serve on the Tuition Assistance Committee
  • Supervise school’s Registrar & Database Manager to coordinate enrollment materials and management
  • Direct Open Houses
  • Regularly observe classes and attend parent education events
  • Work with Head of School to most effectively translate the strengths of a Montessori education into the language of current parents unfamiliar with Montessori or education in general
  • Create vibrant parent tour experiences
  • Collaborate with faculty and Level Directors to promote effective parent education and understanding of the educational program
  • Work with the Head of School and Development Office to create robust marketing materials
  • Develop best practices for and participation in area pre-school and independent school fairs
  • Participate in Bay Area Director of Admissions meetings and ongoing professional development
  • Cultivate an office atmosphere of openness, enthusiasm, and support

The successful candidate will be:

High Functioning:

  • Skillful in managing the multi-faceted, fluid needs of the day-to-day operations, along with other administrative and long-term strategic visioning, planning and implementation needs
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, punctual, and with a demonstrated track record of independently and calmly managing and meeting deadlines
  • Fully reliable: does what they say, and says what they do
  • Superlative writer, discussion facilitator, and public speaker

High Integrity

  • Inspires self and others to continually strive for excellence, possessing the vision, empathy, and humor needed to make the hard work of school life energizing and unifying
  • Maturely self-possessed and self-aware: doing what is right for the school’s health even if not always popular
  • Direct communicator: eschews gossip, triangulating, and “venting,” and models direct, compassionate, forward-looking communication and problem solving
  • Internal locus of control: takes full responsibility and actively and resiliently strives to affect positive change, regardless of the level of challenge; resonates with the motto, “Don’t blame the world; find a solution”
  • Rock solid inner-ethical compass and core; habitually honest

High Warmth:

  • People person: loves and is energized by conversations with families and thrives on interpersonal connections
  • Infectious enthusiasm for education, parenting, and children of all ages
  • Compassionate and patient with parental anxieties
  • Exceptionally positive interpersonal and communication skills, including mature conflict resolution capacities, a generally optimistic attitude, and a strong capacity to create warm connections with others
  • Emotionally intelligent, with the ability to convey a non-anxious presence and access both vulnerability and strong, decisive leadership to connect and inspire
  • Transparent with motivations and thinking. Confident, not arrogant. Humble, not meek. Inclusive and kind to all

High Process-Oriented

  • Skillful in collaborating with colleagues through inclusive, thoughtful, and consistent processes, while also knowing when their decisiveness is called for—even should the decisions be unpopular
  • Systems thinker: can identify root causes of challenges and smart strategies for creating systemic improvements and solutions
  • Powerfully “growth mindset” oriented in all they do

The salary and benefits package is very competitive