The Director of Admission and Affordability is one member of a four member Admission Team that guides and assists prospective students and their families with the application and enrollment process. The Director of Admission and Affordability is responsible for serving as the primary deputy in the Admission and Financial Aid offices, whose function is to recruit, select, and enroll mission and program appropriate students for Chatham Hall. Requirements of this position include recruiting (locally, nationally and internationally), interviewing, and evaluating candidates for admission. The Director of Admission and Affordability will assist the Chief Enrollment Officer with the development of a network of constituents and work closely with these constituents (feeder schools, local organizations, current and past families) to develop strong community relationships.
Chatham Hall is in the very exciting position of carrying out the final pieces of its most recent strategic plan. At the core of that plan is the health and wellness initiative which strives to create balance in the lives of both students and adults. Aspects of “Living Well At Chatham Hall” include:
moving away from AP classes in favor of our own advanced classes
implementing a January Term beginning in the next school year.
creating a new daily schedule that should allow students and teachers time to take the deep dives as well as time for reflection to process learning.
Beyond these dynamic initiatives, we have also looked closely at diversity, equity, and inclusion, wanting to ensure that we are providing role models for all of our students in this diverse and warm community as well as a curriculum that reflects the world in which we live. To that end, we have engaged consultant Trina Gary, principal consultant at Brown-Gary Associates, LLC, who carried out our climate assessment in 2019-2020 and led several professional development workshops on the topic of implicit bias and other pertinent subjects. Additionally, we have engaged Ayo Magwood, principal of Uprooting Inequity to educate adults on the history of race and racism. Chatham Hall is committed to ensuring that students and adults feel included in this diverse community.
Attract, enroll, and retain mission appropriate candidates and families and support a diverse student body;
Work toward the goal of increasing enrollment and diversifying the student population;
Recruit students on campus and through extensive travel internationally and domestically;
Provide on-going consultations to prospective girls, applicants, and their families;
Plan and execute extensive travel to boarding school fairs, feeder schools, and admission functions;
Serve as the coordinator for the Financial Aid Program, determine financial aid award packages for newly-admitted students;
Perform needs analysis, packaging, counseling, and all contact with current and prospective financial aid students;
Help with the evaluation and distribution of financial aid;
Assist as needed with data entry for inquiries: telephone, walk-in, and email;
Interview and evaluate admission candidates;
Read and review applications; respond to applicant inquiries, and counsel prospective girls and their families;
Participate in strategic planning to identify ways to increase conversion and yield rates of applicants;
Coordinate and schedule on-campus visits and interviews;
Serve on the Admission Committee and the Financial Aid Committee;
Serve on the Attrition Risk Management Committee.
In this dynamic community, teachers serve as advisors to a small group of students, keeping track of their academic progress, social involvement, and creating a family away from home. Teachers contribute to the residential life program by either living on-dorm or covering the dorm during study hall and nighttime check in. Teachers also participate in some way in the athletic program as well as weekend activities. Teachers are also involved in the committee work that helps us continue to grow and move forward as a community.
The Director of Admission and Affordability reports to the Chief Enrollment Officer.
This position requires a person with energy, good judgment, and outstanding communication skills, both orally and in writing.The Director of Admission and Affordability must believe in the boarding school tradition and understand the benefits of an all-girls education. The Director of Admission and Affordability must also exhibit competence with technology commensurate with the job and should possess an outgoing personality with a sense of humor. Being able to exhibit grace under pressure is essential to this job. The Director of Admission and Affordability must be a team player. A Bachelor's degree is required. Five to seven years of experience in enrollment management is preferred.
This staff position is full time (12 months/37.5 hours per week) and benefits eligible. Normal hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Significant weekend and evening work is required.
This position description is not all-inclusive, and other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.
Chatham Hall seeks candidates who will contribute to and are committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices. Chatham Hall seeks candidates who demonstrate a dedication to working in a diverse community. The school seeks candidates who communicate effectively with diverse populations, create an inclusive work environment, and will engage in professional development opportunities to further develop inclusive management practices.
Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and list of references to Wynne Overton, Director of Admission and Affordability, [email protected]
About Chatham Hall
Chatham Hall, an all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, seeks a dynamic, collaborative advancement professional to grow its fundraising programs and manage relationships with key constituents and groups, all in support of the school’s strategic priorities.
ABOUT CHATHAM HALL:
A leader in all girls education, Chatham Hall inspires integrity, academic excellence, and global perspectives in tomorrow's leaders. Its signature academic, community, and athletic programs provide comprehensive preparation for college and for productive lives. Now in its 125th year, Chatham Hall is grounded in Episcopal heritage and includes a vibrant extended community of more than 3,000 alumnae plus dedicated families and friends. The school is located on a 360-acre campus in Chatham, Virginia, within driving distance of Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville.