Director of Admissions and Placement

Job Type

Full Time Contract


Minimum: $90,000.00
Maximum: $100,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



805 Columbus Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, a progressive k-8 Jewish day school, seeks a Director of Admissions and Placement with experience in administration, demonstrated commitment to Jewish education, a collaborative orientation to teachers and other staff, and the skills and personality to connect with and support New York City parents and children as they make educational choices.   The Director of Admissions and Placement works closely with the Educational Leadership Team, and reports directly to the Head of School.

Schechter Manhattan is distinguished by its student-centered and active approach to teaching and learning, and its warm and caring Jewish community.   The powerful combination of progressive pedagogy with joyful Jewish living and learning at Schechter Manhattan has produced impressive graduates- accomplished, resourceful, reflective, caring, Jewishly-identified young people, who are sought after by competitive high schools throughout NYC.  Our school is small by design, with one class per grade and a target size of 18-20 students per class. In 2017-2018 there were 125 students and we are growing towards a full school of over 160 students. We are fortunate to have widespread community support and we are seeking to widen our admissions funnel.

In both admissions and high school placement, orderly administration, warm support of families, and clear articulation of our education mission are integrally connected.


Schechter Manhattan families enter our kindergarten from over 30 Jewish and secular preschools.  They choose our school from among many other options, including other Jewish day school, independent schools, and public schools including Hebrew language charter.  The Director must be able to

  • Support awareness of Schechter Manhattan in the community through
  • relationships with preschools, synagogues, and school advisers
  • selection, training, and support of parent ambassadors
  • establishing relationships with inquiring families and connecting them to others in the Schechter Manhattan community
  • our website admissions portal
  • school fairs, flyers, print ads, etc as appropriate
  • Plan and manage events in the admissions cycle, including
  • Open houses and parlor meetings
  • Parent tours
  • Play groups for kindergarten applicants, half-day visits for transfer applicants, and school visits as needed
  • Admitted families spring event
  • Communicate regularly, warmly, and clearly with families
  • Throughout the inquiry, admissions, and enrollment processes
  • Through financial aid process where appropriate
  • Through issuance and receipt of contracts and deposits
  • Manage the school’s admissions decisions processes, by
  • convening and supporting our admissions committee,
  • maintaining criteria for enrollment
  • with educators, evaluating potential students for fit
  • supporting Financial Aid committee in evaluating applications
  • Track, evaluate, and report recruiting and enrollment data of
  • individual families through inquiry, application, and enrollment processes
  • total school enrollment, including new family contact information
  • the overall admissions pool, to support robust enrollment

High School Placement

Schechter Manhattan’s educational commitment to integrating Jewish and other aspects of life, and to treating every child’s educational needs, extend to our support of our students’ high school placement process as they approach graduation. Our students apply to and enroll in a range of public, independent, and Jewish high schools; graduates have attended more than thirty different high schools.  The Director

  • Connects with outside institutions so that they are aware of our school and our students, including admissions directors at Jewish and independent schools, coordinators at public schools and staff at the Department of Education
  • Advises and supports our middle school students and their families as they learn about their choices and make decisions, including
  • Planning and leading sessions for students in their Advisory class
  • Planning and leading evenings for students and parents
  • Updating our written guide to the High School process
  • Meeting individually with families to help them
  • Choose and learn about schools to apply to
  • Plan testing as needed
  • Complete all application steps on time
  • Answer questions as they arise
  • Track and manage paperwork including
  • Teacher recommendations and school letter
  • Transcripts, including converting to required DOE format when needed
  • DOE portal, test tickets, etc

The successful candidate will be

  • a clear and vivid writer and oral communicator
  • experienced and comfortable with technology including data management and enrollment systems
  • able to articulate what makes Schechter Manhattan’s education and community special
  • happy working with children, parents, and educators
  • conscientious, organized, detail-conscious, and calm in a sometimes fast-paced professional environment


health insurance, long term disability, life insurance, sick leave, paid vacation days

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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