Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses spanning the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Founded by James A. Hawken, a John Dewey-inspired progressive educator, more than 100 years ago, we’ve returned to our progressive roots in the last decade and established ourselves as an industry leader in progressive education, including founding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life.
In August 2020, building on a decade of iteration and innovation, we launched a new high school in the University Circle neighborhood in the city of Cleveland. We opened with 9th & 10th graders and will add one grade a year until we’re full. We’re designing the The Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:
Learning experiences are organized around real-world problem-solving, where students learn while working on challenges with community partners.
We use new methods of teaching designed around individual growth, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning.
Our mastery assessment model emphasizes feedback for growth and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning using mastery credits.
Committed to strengthening our relationship to our city, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering a significant number of seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland. Read more about us here: http://masteryschool.hawken.edu.
We are seeking a proactive, thoughtful, innovative individual to be the Admission Counselor & Coordinator for the Mastery School of Hawken. As a critical member of the Mastery School staff, you’ll provide practical and organizational support to the Director of Admission & Community Partnerships. You’ll represent the school to prospective families, greeting and assisting them over the phone and in person. Throughout the Admission season, you’ll take the helm of logistically planning an array of events and opportunities to engage. You’ll also manage the many admission process systems and the application data for our new, multi-building, community-facing school.
You’ll join two highly collaborative teams: the long-standing Hawken Admission team as well as the Mastery School founding team, which has been working together to design, build, and implement every aspect of a new school with structures and systems designed to support individual growth for each student. Building on the vision and the work we’ve done so far, you’ll have the chance to showcase our campus to prospective families and their schools, ensuring our population grows steadily and intentionally.
This is a full-time, 12-month position beginning July 1, 2021.
Willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs
Enthusiastic about working with adolescents and their families, greeting guests, and
creating a welcoming environment
Strong communicator who enjoys working collaboratively with multiple teams and stakeholders
Able to guide projects to completion and to catch details both large and small
Skilled at juggling and prioritizing multiple tasks
Interculturally competent and committed to active ongoing development of cultural competence
Philosophically aligned with the mission of the Mastery School
Within one month, you’ll:
Get to know our campus, the Mastery School staff, and our approach to learning
Engage with fellow Hawken Admission team members to learn their roles and the systems already in place to support the Mastery School Admission process
Become acquainted with the admission databases (Ravenna, Filemaker Pro: PORTAL) and the procedures used to manage and record data
Familiarize yourself with the Admission calendar and the steps of the application process
Begin to represent the school to prospective families via email, phone, and in person
Within three months, you’ll:
Maintain the Mastery School admission databases as new inquiries come in
Become familiar with campus operations and ordering systems to support Admission events
Take the lead on organization and logistics for recurring Admission events such as prospective student visits and parent information sessions
Manage Mastery School Admission communications and the overall communication plan
Co-advise our student ambassador organization
Within six months, you’ll:
Receive, organize, and manage all incoming application materials to the Mastery School and assist in the preparation for admission decisions
Initiate personalized outreach to inquiring families, local schools, and prospective students
Produce relevant reports of current and prospective applicant data
Run additional events such as 8th grade visits to campus, ISEE testing, Fall Open House, and more
Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.
About Mastery School of Hawken
Hawken School is committed to doing school differently and better. This means developing an inclusive and accepting community where adults feel empowered to design educational experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects. Hawken School seeks culturally competent teachers who are committed to equity and social justice, comfortable taking risks, and who embrace a growth mindset. Our faculty members are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students. Successful candidates for any role at Hawken School must demonstrate skill and commitment in all the following key areas:
Mission, Culture, and Philosophy Alignment: Candidates must show they can thrive at Hawken and are highly motivated by the school’s mission.
Fair Play /Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice: Candidates must indicate a commitment to and have experience with serving students and communities equitably.
Relationship Building and Cultivation: Candidates must show they can build relationships throughout the Hawken community.
Content Knowledge: Candidates must ...demonstrate that they can lead and guide colleagues and/students to depth in their work.
Humility and Growth Mindset: Candidates must be eager to learn new approaches and methods and be able to team effectively with others.
Approach to Work: Candidates must show initiative and agency with a commitment toward feedback and flexible problem solving.