Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions

Position Purpose

Phillips Exeter Academy seeks an Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions to join a highly experienced team of 20 enrollment management professionals. The Assistant/Associate Director will be responsible for supporting the Academy’s mission of enrolling highly talented youth from every quarter and will share responsibility for off-campus recruitment, interviewing and the review of applicants to the Academy in addition to other efforts related to candidate engagement throughout the admission season. As a member of the Admissions Team, the Assistant/Associate Director will also be engaged in the residential and co-curricular programs as needed.

Key Accountabilities

Primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Interviewing prospective students and their parents/guardians.
  • Conducting 3-4 weeks of off-campus domestic travel (pandemic conditions permitting) with a focus on developing and maintaining key educational partnerships with schools, educational programs and other student-facing organizations.
  • Hosting off-campus regional admission receptions and providing information in a presentation format to large groups of prospective families.
  • Serving on the admissions selection committee.
  • Actively participates in the residential experience, which may include dormitory responsibilities, academic advising, coaching and/or similar duties.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • 3-5 years of progressively increasing responsibilities in a highly selective secondary and/or collegiate enrollment management position. Title to be determined based upon experience.
  • Experience with the SLATE database platform is desired but not required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Strong comfort level with data driven decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • Proven strong presentation skills and presence.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Strategic high-level thinking coupled with the attention to detail necessary for successful planning and execution.
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.

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