Director of Lower School Admissions
Job Details
The Fessenden School - West Newton, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Exempt / Salaried

About Us

The Fessenden School, in West Newton, MA, is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students from Pre-K to Grade 9. The School seeks to employ individuals who will share our commitment to supporting The Fessenden School’s mission to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. 


Position Summary

Fessenden’s Director of Lower School Admissions reports to the Director of Admission & Enrollment Manager and oversees all aspects of Pre-K through Grade 4 admissions. In addition to managing the Lower School enrollment process, this person will work closely with the Head of the Lower School, Lower School faculty, and Lower School admissions team to facilitate the admission process as well as to monitor student progress after enrollment. The Director of Lower School Admissions must display a passion for elementary education, celebrate boys and boys’ education within and beyond the Fessenden community, and always champion and support the School’s mission.



Twelve-month position starting July 1, 2021


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Admission & Enrollment Manager and Director of Diversity Recruitment to provide strategy for the enrollment of a full and diverse Lower School

  • Direct the Lower School admissions process and manage part-time Lower School admissions associates to implement school’s enrollment strategy

  • Partner with the Director of Equity and Inclusion to establish best practices towards developing a diverse Lower School

  • Interview prospective families, provide campus tours, review applications, conduct group assessments, facilitate re-visits, manage admission committees

  • Enlist support of Head of Lower School, Director of Learning Resources, and School Psychologist for consultation with the applicant review process when needed

  • Attend Lower School faculty meetings to report on admission activity, keep apprised of program developments, and track progress of newly enrolled students

  • Engage with sending school directors and outside specialists (ex: speech and language experts) when necessary to understand applicant profiles

  • Counsel families through the decision-making process and through the denial process when needed

  • Establish and manage Parents Association Admission Committee support including Lower School Ambassador Program

  • Design and lead Lower School admissions events as part of full admissions team including Open Houses, information sessions, Lower School Welcome Program, and programming for incoming parents

  • Collaborate with the Director of Financial Aid to support Lower School admission allocations

  • Represent Fessenden at area admission functions such as AISNE profession gatherings, diversity consortium, school fairs, and sending school events

  • Work with Director of Marketing to maximize outreach to potential families

  • Collect and provide data to inform best Lower School admissions practices

  • Collaborate and plan initiatives with other AISNE Admissions Officers to benefit all area schools

  • Oversee annual review of assessment tools



  • Five years of elementary school admissions experience

  • Warmth, enthusiasm, and a love for elementary education

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency,  multicultural education, and diversity, including previous outreach to underrepresented populations

  • Open, collaborative, and supportive work style

  • Integrity, a strong work ethic, and demonstrated leadership ability

  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters discreetly

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

  • Commitment to boys and boys’ education

  • Successful criminal background check


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Occasional lifting, bending, and climbing stairs

  • Frequent talking, listening, walking, sitting, and standing

  • Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks and function in a fast-paced working environment


To Apply

Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site. Please include a resume, cover letter, and three references.