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The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Director of Enrollment Management

The Little School seeks a director of enrollment management to join our community serving 160+ children age 3-11 on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. This is an exciting opportunity and challenge for an admissions professional committed to progressive education ideals and practices.

The Little School is at a particularly exciting juncture in its history. We are in an intentional enrollment growth phase with a target of 200 students. Simultaneously we are engaged in a master planning process which will lead to a capital campaign and campus and building renovation projects. The current strategic plan is a powerful guide with a strong focus on program, great teaching, diversity and community. The Little School is a vibrant community of cultures, languages and nationalities from around the world. Looking forward, the school is committed to its progressive roots enriched by a diverse learning community that is indeed little, albeit with big ideas. The director of enrollment management will be a critical member of our leadership team as we work toward these goals.

This is a central relationship building position with current and prospective families, Little School staff, the Eastside community at large, peer institutions and educators. The director of enrollment management serves as an inspiring and articulate public voice and face for the school.

Director of Enrollment Management Primary Responsibilities:

  • Present and celebrate the school’s mission and practices to prospective families through admissions fairs, inquiries, tours and admissions events
  • Activate outreach initiatives on the Eastside focused on building a more diverse school community
  • Articulate a clear sense of the most suitable applicants for the school’s mission
  • Manage admissions process from initial inquiry to the first months of school
  • Maintain statistical data on all aspects of enrollment providing analysis with a focus on active use of data and trends in enrollment program decision making 
  • Maintain the family and prospective family database (inResonance)
  • Communicate and administer the financial aid philosophy and program for the school
  • Coordinate new family welcomes, orientation and buddy-family program
  • Manage and assess the re-enrollment process for current families
  • Work with all staff to build a culture of shared responsibility for enrollment management with a concentration on retention
  • Work collaboratively with the business office and development office
  • Assess and improve school’s marketing plan
  • Participate in the strategic plan implementation
  • Provide middle school outplacement counseling in concert with school counselor
  • Build relationships with area public and independent middle schools and peer enrollment professionals
  • Work to grow enrollment to 200 students

Strong candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments:

  • Bachelors’ degree from a four-year college or university required; Masters’ degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in a similar position, preferably at an independent school
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong verbal, written, organizational and relational skills
  • A collaborative mindset and a willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • The ability to provide and receive critical feedback in direct, honest, and respectful ways
  • The ability to maintain confidential information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other database software programs
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Creativity and initiative
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion, and social justice

 

This is a twelve-month position with a competitive salary, paid vacation and holidays, health, vision, dental and retirement benefits.

Submit a resume, cover letter of interest and the names of three references to employment@thelittleschool.org. The job begins July 3, 2017.

 

Teaching Assistant

The Little School is currently looking for teaching assistants to work in our Early Childhood/Primary Level and Elementary classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year. We serve children ages 3-11 on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue. This position will typically work Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., supporting two classroom teachers. We are seeking candidates who understand and appreciate the power of childhood and the possibilities of children as unique individuals learning in a social context. The 10-month position begins August 21, 2017.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Split time between two classrooms. Communicate on an ongoing basis with both teachers to exchange information and to develop effective strategies and plans.
  • Become aware of the general principles of developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom and the typical social, emotional and academic needs of the students.
  • Become familiar with classroom routines and expectations, and be consistent with each classroom teacher’s approach.
  • Work with students individually, in small groups and as a class, to support their learning as well as their social and emotional growth.
  • Independently supervise outside time, maintaining appropriate limits and boundaries, and supporting our goal of outside time being an extension of the classroom that is meaningful time to play and learn.
  • Help with classroom chores (sorting, organizing, cleaning, etc.)
  • Have an authentic interest in being part of a passionate progressing educational community.

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with preschool or elementary school age children.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field.
  • Prior experience working collaboratively with another adult in a school or similar setting.
  • Technology skills, including word processing and ability to help students use laptops.

Compensation:

Compensation will be based on candidate’s experience and background and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.

To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter of interest and the names of three references to employment@thelittleschool.org. Submissions are due by June 15, 2017.

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It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families and staff. The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.