Admissions and Placement

  • Develop and maintain relationships with a network of representatives from feeder schools, churches, civic, and community-based organizations, Alumni, and other volunteers
  • Design and lead presentations that accurately and competently explain the educational programs available to our students
  • Create a strategy for recruitment activities that are aligned with our institutional brand, mission and long range plan
  • Oversee the coordination and execution of Testing Days (benchmark and official)
  • Create a plan for and oversee the execution of a strategy to increase our conversion rate between inquiries and applicants
  • Develop and train staff on admissions best practices
  • Train and lead admission and placement team on advocating for candidates with our partner school leaders and admissions officers
  • Oversee the development and execution of all placement related activities, including but not limited to parent and student workshops on interviewing, financial aid, and test preparation
  • Manage all relationships with vendors associated with school placement (for ex. EMA, ERB, Ravenna, etc.)
  • Lead the admission and placement team on individual family counseling and curating school list based on fit
  • Develop and execute a growth strategy for partner schools
  • Steward relationships with and instill enthusiasm for our program at our Partner Schools


  • Co-lead the Summer Program with Director of Scholar Support which includes curriculum planning and hiring of faculty and staff
  • Plan and lead the Fall, Winter, and Spring Classes initiative which includes, hiring faculty, identifying classroom space, managing workflow of full-time staff, and overseeing data collection
  • Collaborate with the Director of Scholar Success as needed on a variety of Scholar related initiatives including planning and executing Recognition Ceremony
  • Participate in Oliver’s organizational and fundraising efforts as requested (e.g. providing content for grant proposals, funder visits, and  Annual Gala)
  • Collaborate with Manager of Marketing and Communications in the development of printed communications and social media strategies as it relates to student recruitment
  • Assist with projects and other duties as needed and requested within the organization
  • At times, staff will be required to perform additional duties beyond those specified. Management retains the discretion to change the duties of the position at any time


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of college or selective high school admissions and/or student placement at selective schools
  • Proven supervisory experience in a high-volume, fast-paced, student-centered environment
  • Deep understanding of the broad educational issues facing educational systems and students of color in particular
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to lead or facilitate meetings
  • Proven ability to counsel students and families
  • Demonstrated ability in building partnerships
  • Willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus
  • Valid driver’s license; able to do some domestic travel


  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to learn new techniques and procedures; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
  • Innovation & Initiative – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention; looks for, and takes advantages of, opportunities
  • Planning/Organizing & Project Management – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; has ability to look at situations from several points of view and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels (internally and externally); remains open to others' ideas and tries new things
  • Analytical Skills – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures; aligns work with strategic goals
  • Judgement & Leadership – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in timely decision-making process; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; accepts feedback
  • Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems; develops alternative solutions; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; develops strategies to achieve goals; understands organization's strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions


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