Girls Preparatory School inspires each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others.
Girls Preparatory School (GPS) seeks an innovative, experienced, and highly engaged Director of Enrollment Management to partner with the Head of School, a thoughtful Administrative Team, a dedicated admission department, and a highly supportive Board of Trustees to continue the school’s history of educational success. Founded to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education, GPS has proudly graduated almost 6000 young women since 1906. Currently, 131 faculty and staff serve about 600 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts and STEM courses, and co-curricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
Girls Preparatory Schools seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial connector who will leverage the passionate GPS alumnae, devoted past and current parent body, and our strong community reputation to build a responsive network of professionals and volunteers who will inspire and support our students and alumnae in finding their life’s purpose. Through established and new programs, the Director of Alumnae and Community Engagement will lead important initiatives related to our strategic plan, Reaching Our Highest Potential. By engaging those who know GPS’s strong track record and introducing new communities to our well-educated, hard-working and honorable students and alumnae, the Director will create opportunities to expose and/or provide experiences for our students and alumnae to new career opportunities. Through curricular and co-curricular programming, workshops, internships, job shadowings, and networking events, the Director will leverage the various professional and volunteer communities within the GPS landscape to curate individualized mentorship and sponsorship opportunities for both students/alumnae and mentors/sponsors/volunteers.
Establish an internship and job shadowing program for students and recent graduates.
Offer an annual Winterim course that is tied to career/college major exposure and experiences. This should include ways to involve alumnae, past/current parents, and friends of GPS.
In collaboration with the Director of Special Events and Parent Engagement to create a comprehensive database of education, career, and volunteer information about our alumnae and past/current parent community. This will be used by students and alumnae for professional and volunteer networking purposes. Determine ways to keep data current and accessible, while protecting stakeholder privacy.
With the Associate Director of College Counseling and Community Engagement, create and execute formal and informal programs for students and recent graduates that provide them the interpersonal skills and training to develop their professional brand
In coordination with the Head of School and the Development Team, organize regional/national alumnae events to build professional and personal community
With colleagues from across the school, recreate the alumnae council to be a group that provides mentoring to students in person and virtually. Identify ways to obtain personal and professional updates on our alumnae
In partnership with the Marketing and Communications Department, build a substantial and professional social media presence that provides both education and professional connections for our constituencies.
Using the connections made and maintained with our alumnae, work with the Deans to co-develop annual Real Talk program associated with Reunion Weekend
Direct the Reunion Notables program, including promotion, selection, notification, and on-site support during Reunion Weekend. .
Design a strategy for GPS’s community partnerships that involve financial and time resources in support of area non-profits. Attend various philanthropic and professional events on behalf of GPS.
Maintain membership and involvement in community organizations that are missionally aligned with GPS and in support of the School’s strategic initiatives.
Direct the Mighty, Brilliant, and Determined (MBD) entrepreneurship program for girls. This includes a girls’ marketplace and the 24-hour reverse pitch co-hosted by Co.Lab and the Public Education Fund. Secure sponsorships and in-kind donations for this East Tennessee/North Georgia program.
Coordinate the Chattanooga as Text (CAT) social entrepreneurship summer school course.
Life and work that embrace the school’s stated values: Honor, Respect, Curiosity, Individuality, and Relationships;
5-7 years successful professional experience in career services, recruitment, Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, communications, or education. An advanced degree is strongly preferred;
3-5 years of leading and managing a diverse community of professionals through relationships based upon mutual respect, trust, and empathy; ?
Personal and professional conduct that represents a positive role model for girls; ?
Proven ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment while maintaining professionalism and a sense of humor; ?
Advanced knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices that supports a diverse community of students, parents, and alumnae; ?
Active community member as evidenced by involvement in various membership organizations and non-profits at a leadership level;
Proven commitment to single-gender education as evidenced by involvement in a girls’ school, co-curricular programming, or volunteer efforts;
Experience working with a database management system (e.g. Blackbaud), Microsoft Office and Google Drive.