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Director of Admission and Enrollment

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Palo Alto, CA, USA


Founded in 1973, Keys School is a two-campus, grades K through 8 independent school in Palo Alto that not only upholds high academic standards for students but also nurtures the whole child. Because Keys School holds the developmental needs of students at its core, the school maintains an exceptional curricular program that celebrates the life of the mind. A visit to either campus will find: impassioned educators working to ensure that every student is seen, known, and valued in a supportive and dynamic learning environment; engaged, kind students who are critical thinkers, able-problem solvers, and nimble learners and leaders; and the preservation of the magic of childhood through an educational program that promotes wonder, inspiration, inquiry, and exploration.

Guided by its mission and respect for every child’s life experience, Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world. Keys is seeking a director of admission and enrollment to develop and implement principles and practices that center equity, justice, and the social-emotional wellbeing of students. Funding exists to support participation in professional development and personal growth opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and professional associations.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.



Application Deadline: February 21, 2022

Semifinal Round: Early March (remote)

Final Round: Week of March 21 (on-site)

Decision Announced: April 4, 2022

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Areas of Responsibility: 


  • Work with the head of school and the leadership team to provide strategic leadership in an effort to strengthen admission initiatives and build an environment for sustained growth.
  • Regularly share admissions data and assessment with the head of school, the director of finance, the director of advancement, the director of communications, division heads, and the board of trustees when appropriate.
  • Manage the admissions process from inquiry to enrollment, with a special focus on outreach and yield strategies, particularly in relation to students from minoritized social groups.
  • Hire, train, and mentor admission colleagues, and work closely with support staff to ensure an exceptional experience for students and families as they engage in the admission process.
  • Track national and school-specific admission trends and analyze data to continuously improve recruitment, enrollment, and retention, particularly for students and families of color, LGBTQIA+ and working-class students and families.
  • Use the academic, athletics, and arts programming of the school, as well as its co-curricular and local community initiatives, to help promote the school and ensure prospective students and their families understand a Keys education.
  • Interview and assess interested students and their families seeking admission to Keys School, and make recommendations regarding admissibility based on a holistic review process.
  • Coordinate and manage financial assistance policies and programs.
  • Attend school fairs, visit and present at feeder schools, serve regularly on related local and national panels and committees, and attend other admissions events within public and independent school education.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with feeder schools, consultants, and current families to determine effective practices and significant areas of recruitment.
  • Submit reports to the head of school, director of finance, and board of trustees when required.
  • Commit to ongoing professional development, and maintain a presence for Keys at the annual National Association of Independent Schools and the NAIS People of Color conferences in addition to conferences and events hosted by the California Association of Independent Schools.
  • Partner with the school’s technology team to analyze website traffic and the effect of special recruitment initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An understanding that the admission of a child to a school is also the enrollment of a family in the life of a school
  • A readiness to engage in the social-emotional development of students and educators, based in emotion science, and programs such as Responsive Classroom, YCEI (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence), SELA (Social-Emotional Learning Assessment), and Bank Street’s ERP (Emotionally Responsive Practice), among others
  • Respect for the life of the child
  • The ability and desire to work across differences, both intellectually and socially
  • Joy and a respectful sense of humor
  • Compassion, integrity, and open-mindedness in all interactions
  • Collegiality, approachability, flexibility, and adaptability
  • An interest in and willingness to use new and different approaches to recruitment and enrollment
  • A commitment to using respectful, and gracious interpersonal and professional communication
  • A collaborative approach with all faculty and staff at the school
  • Outstanding communications skills in writing and public speaking
  • Exceptional organizational skills and impartial professional practices
  • Efficient and effective approaches to spending and deploying resources
  • Adept use of multimedia
  • Creative and unique approaches to the promotion of the school, recruitment, enrollment, and retention



  • An ability to learn and manage all aspects of a K-8 admission cycle, which can be fast-paced and complex at times
  • A willingness to embrace, develop, and implement creative forms of financial assistance admission policies
  • A willingness to leverage data systems for managing, planning, and evaluating both the admission and enrollment processes
  • An ability to design and implement robust recruitment and sustained enrollment at an independent school, including: developing a blueprint to attract prospective students; managing an admission office; and establishing guidelines and requirements for recruiting, admitting, and enrolling students
How to Apply: 


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

Organization Info

Keys School

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Annual Budget : 
51-200 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jan 19 2022
Active Until: 
Feb 19 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Keys School