Full-Time Admissions Associate
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Position Statement for Admissions Associate Begins: July 1, 2015
The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12 in the world. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, on a 100 acre wooded campus, the Academy offers our academically motivated students, who come from 26 states and 31 countries, the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education while exploring and strengthening their Jewish identity. Approximately ninety percent of our students live on campus, while the other ten percent are day students.
With an average class size of twelve, Academy students are taught by an esteemed faculty most of whom have advanced degrees in their field (67% hold Masters Degrees/31% hold Doctorates or Rabbinic Ordination). Technology is central to every student’s experience at the Academy. Each classroom is equipped with Smart Boards and each student receives a business-quality tablet computer. The Academy’s customized classroom design is unique and facilitates the Socratic teaching pedagogy.
The Academy is committed to providing an outstanding Jewish education to all our students, from beginners to experienced learners. Jewish Studies and Hebrew language instruction comprise 20% of our students’ academic schedule. Students take foundational courses in traditional texts (Tanakh, Mishnah, etc.), Jewish history and Jewish thought, taught by our consortium of scholars and rabbis representing many streams of Judaism. Advanced topics are introduced as students progress and choose among courses and perspectives they find most engaging.
Our residential campus includes 16 dormitories, each with a 2,400 square foot Houseparent apartment and a one bedroom efficiency apartment for a House Fellow. Each residence dormitory houses 18-22 students including a senior honor student prefect (Madrich/Madricha). An Associate Houseparent also assists in the management of each student house.
The Admissions Associate position is ideal for a recent college graduate. He/She will represent the Academy on campus as well as in Jewish communities throughout the United States. Through recruiting trips, the associate will identify future Academy students in each community visited and will facilitate the process to bring the students and their families to campus and through the application process. As part of the Admissions team, the associate will assist in the development of promotional materials and social media, and will coordinate trips, mailings and follow-up to prospective students. On-campus housing will be provided.
The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico” Sabbah, z”l and his wife Zmira who dreamed of developing a first of its kind Jewish community in which Jewish teenagers from around the world and from all Jewish denominations and backgrounds could come together and live in a serene environment to enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religious practice, both traditional and modern while preparing for admission to college and university and future positions of leadership in the community.
In 1999 the first foundational steps were made with the purchase of 100 wooded acres and lake frontage in Greensboro, North Carolina. By early spring 1999, Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green was commissioned to create the master plan for the campus and building designs for every building the Academy would eventually need for the immediate future and for years to come.
On September 10, 2001, the Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering (“Chalutzim”) students. Today, the Academy is a thriving Jewish educational institution whose graduates have all gone on to continue their education at the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Israel and around the world.
Religious and Spiritual Life on Campus
The American Hebrew Academy seeks to create a community rich with Jewish tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Pluralism at the Academy supports different paths to a fully Jewish life. Each student should share in an active effort to engage in Jewish tradition – intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually – so as to find ever developing and expanding ways to integrate his/her Jewish heritage into their lives. Our goal at the Academy is to provide academic enrichment and Jewish Life programming that allows students to explore and find the Jewish path that is most fulfilling to them. The mission of the Academy is to graduate Global Jewish leaders who our proud of their heritage and who seek to strengthen the future of the Jewish people around the world.
Residential Life on Campus
Residential students live on campus in a house that has a Houseparent, a Fellow, a House Associate, and a Madrich/Madricha (honored student of the senior class). Students usually live two per room and 18 to 22 per house. Laundry facilities, lounge area and bistro are available in each house.
During non-school hours students are provided with a rich array of athletic, theatrical, club, youth group and Tikkun Olam activities. Each weekday evening Z’man Limud (Study Time) is observed between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM, after which students have free time before “in-house” time and house meetings are called.
The Academy operates as a community 24/7, ten months out of the year including Shabbat and most Jewish holidays (excluding Peseach). As a boarding school our students’ learning extends well beyond the classroom. It is why we say, “At the American Hebrew Academy – High School Can Mean So Much More!” An Academy education encompasses formal classroom work in general and Jewish studies, informal student life, engaging Jewish life programs – communal and religious, sports, theater and a wide range of leadership, Tikkun Olam and community activities.
Campus facilities include a 22-acre lake with boathouse, dock, kayaks and sailboats, an 88,000 square foot athletic center with exercise room, racquetball court, rock-climbing wall, eight-lane competition indoor swimming pool, basketball arena, and snack bar. The campus has eight tennis courts, three soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, a soccer stadium, and composite rubberized 400 meter track.
Position within the Organization
This is a full time twelve month position reporting to both, the Director of Admissions and Director of Student Recruitment and Marketing. The Admissions Associate will report to the Director of Student Recruitment on all tasks related to advertising, social media, developing promotional materials, mailings and trip planning. The Director of Admissions will be the primary supervisor for tasks related to inquiry follow-up, tours and any admissions programs held on campus.
- National travel to various Jewish communities to give presentations to potential students and parents
- Promoting Honor Society program and identifying potential nominees
- Reaching out to the leadership of congregations and other Jewish organizations in communities to introduce them to the Academy, and to build a relationship with them so that they will be our emissaries in their community
- Promoting the Academy at summer camps as assigned
- Coordinating follow up process to communities visited including acknowledgment letters, phone calls to contacts.
- Conducting tours of campus for prospective students and other guests
- Administrative duties:
- Updating Blackbaud database to ensure accuracy of contacts
- Assisting in the development and production of recruitment materials such as letters, pamphlets, documents and postcards
- Updating Academy social networking sites on a day to day basis
- Attend weekly Admissions Staff meeting
- Prospective Student Weekend Events (4-6 events/year including local/regional recruitment activities)
- Member of planning team
- Will serve as residential staff member in house with prospective students
- On duty throughout weekend
- Other duties as assigned
- Strong organizational, writing, presentation and communication skills
- Coachable and team oriented
- Tech savvy
- Preferred Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Previous experience with Jewish teens
- Proficiency in social media
- Presentation skills
- Ability to speak multiple languages
Salary and Benefits
Compensation includes room and board valued at $12,000, plus an annual salary of $17,500. (Total compensation value $29,500). Room and board, travel expenses; health insurance, life Insurance, long-term disability, pension plan, 12 sick/personal days, 10 days vacation after completion of full year.
Statement of Employment Policy
Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy.
The Academy provides equal employment opportunities for individuals regardless of religion in most positions with the Academy. However, the Academy is committed to the growth and teaching of Jewish values, traditions and practices of the Jewish faith to the students enrolled. Thus, while the Academy employs many who are not Jewish, even persons who are not Jewish will be expected to demonstrate and promote Jewish values, traditions and beliefs where necessary to meet the requirements of their positions.
There are certain positions at the Academy that require the individual employed to be Jewish in accordance with Jewish law. The Academy reserves the right to determine which positions will be held exclusively by Jewish employees to best meet the mission of the school.
The above position statement is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
How to ApplyDirect resumes and inquiries to: Human Resources American Hebrew Academy 4334 Hobbs Road Greensboro, NC 27410 FAX: 336-217-7011 firstname.lastname@example.org
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