• Full Time
  • Seattle
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Website Seattle Country Day School

Seattle Country Day School

Seattle Country Day School Job Opening

Job Title: Director of Admissions

Reports To: Head of School

Starting Date: July 1, 2022

Seattle Country Day School (SCDS) is an independent school that serves more than 400 gifted students, grades K–8, on a 2.4-acre campus on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington.

At SCDS, we know gifted children can be intense, verbal, and imaginative; we also know that gifted children come from every community, every race, and every socioeconomic class. At SCDS, our students find a warm, welcoming classroom, one based around the concept of inquiry, a method where teachers encourage students to explore, to ask questions, to experiment, and to create. The school also prioritizes social-emotional learning, which is informed by diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. This attention to the whole child, and to the world they live in, stimulates children’s intellect and imagination and helps foster qualities such as flexibility, empathy, integrity, and compassion.

In our work and in our hiring processes, SCDS is guided by a multi-year strategic plan that focuses on two interconnected priorities: retaining and attracting excellent faculty, especially faculty of color, and increasing the racial and socioeconomic diversity and inclusivity of our school.

SCDS is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at SCDS are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran, military, or marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other status protected by applicable law. SCDS will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

We encourage everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Qualifications for the Position

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of all aspects of admissions, enrollment management, and recruitment, preferably with experience in independent schools. Must be able to articulate Seattle Country Day School’s mission, core values, program, and culture to prospective families, as well as represent the school to all constituents. Must have the ability to supervise and manage staff and parent volunteers. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be exceptionally organized, accurate, and flexible. Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience as a director of admissions is required.


–        Respond to general school and admissions inquiries;

–        Receive, process, and evaluate all applications for admission;

–        Communicate admissions decisions to all applicants;

–        Schedule and conduct student and parent visitations including school tours, open houses, and student visit days;

–        Maintain accurate and complete candidate files;

–        Review and assess all data on each candidate;

–        Collaborate and consult with division heads and the head of school to make admissions selections;

–        Maintain current and historical statistical data on applicants and current student population;

–        Network with admissions directors from other area schools, and be familiar with other local school programs. Represent the school at educational fairs and other events;

–        Coordinate all new student and parent orientation activities;

–        Oversee all written communications with new families;

–        Communicate with senior leadership regularly regarding admissions;

–        Review and assist in the updating of public relations materials and school brochures;

–        Assist with outreach and student recruitment consistent with the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

–        Work with middle school division head on all aspects of the high school transition process for 8th grade students and their families;

–        Supervise the assistant director of admissions and parent volunteers;

–        Other duties as assigned.

This position is full-time and based on a 12-month schedule. Flexibility and availability to work hours outside of the regular school day are required.

SCDS offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance and long-term disability, excellent retirement plan, and section 125 plan.

Application Process

Applicants should download an application from seattlecountryday.org/about-scds/employment. Submit this completed application, a letter of interest, and a resumé with references to humanresources@seattlecountryday.org.