Cathedral School for Boys current openings...
Director of Admission
Cathedral School for Boys is seeking its next Director of Admission to begin July 1, 2018. This position will replace the current Director, who plans to retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year after thirteen years in this role. The Director of Admission is a senior administrative position and reports directly to the Headmaster.
Since its founding sixty years ago and as charged by its Mission, Cathedral School for Boys has sought to enroll and develop a “diverse student body of strong academic potential.” The incoming Director will inherit an established program at a school with an excellent reputation within one of the strongest independent school admission markets in the country.
Working with an Admission Associate and parent volunteers, the Director of Admission is responsible for designing and implementing the School’s annual admission process. This process includes various key components, such as open houses, school fairs, parent tours, student visits and screenings, preschool site visits, and parent interviews. The Director of Admission also works closely with the Director of Communications & Marketing to design the printed and electronic materials used in the admission effort, and with the School’s Division Directors to make admission decisions.
Cathedral enrolls 265 boys, and its primary entry points are kindergarten, where we enroll 24 boys, and fifth grade, where we expand to 36 boys per grade. While the School, from time to time, has contemplated growing its enrollment, the School’s size distinguishes it in the marketplace and allows it to remain highly selective. The School is fortunate to receive multiple applications for open positions. Cathedral School benefits from excellent student retention of 98% to 99% in any given year. Maintaining the efficacy of Cathedral’s admission process within a changing market will represent an important responsibility of the incoming Director.
Cathedral School recently completed a year-long strategic study, and the Admission Office figures prominently into many of its plans. Cathedral continues to strive for diversity in all of its forms. Almost 40% of the student body identifies as non-white, and roughly 35% of the students receive some form of need-based financial assistance (know as “Adjustable Tuition.”) There are sixteen preschools represented in the current kindergarten class. Due to the changing demographics of San Francisco, though, the Director of Admission will need to help the School think more expansively and creatively about its diversity efforts and outreach.
This is a highly rewarding position, but it is also a demanding one. The desire to work hard and the willingness to collaborate with a talented, engaging, and motivated group of staff members are vital to success in this position. We seek applicants who can maintain a level of professionalism that is commensurate with the School and yet perpetuate the warmth and humility that have been hallmarks of our admission process.
While all interested applicants are encouraged to apply, Cathedral is particularly interested in those with at least five years of admission experience at a comparable independent school. We are especially interested in applicants with experience in Bay Area independent schools or experience in other competitive independent school markets. A Master’s degree is preferred. Also please note, applicants lacking a sense of humor need not apply.
Cathedral’s salary and benefits are some of the most competitive in the area.
The school will review applications this fall and coordinate phone interviews towards the end of the calendar year. Campus visits are expected to begin in late January. Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references (one of whom should be the applicant’s current manager) by e-mail to Harrison Wilkes, Assistant to the Headmaster, at email@example.com