Who We Are
Fountain Valley School was founded on the belief that a boarding school dedicated to traditional standards of excellence, character, and progressive ideals could thrive in the sublime setting of the American West—and so it has. 91 years later, a city of 750,000 people has grown up around our 1,100-acre campus, which remains an idyllic refuge on the Colorado prairie and that is home to 245 day and boarding students in grades 9-12. In 2019-20, Fountain Valley’s enrollment included 164 boarding and 79 day students from 24 states and 21 countries. 38% of those were students of color including non-white students of international origin. The School allocated $2.8 million in financial aid and 43% of FVS students received need-based financial aid or merit scholarships. Enrollment for 2020-21 is 225 and has been impacted by the global pandemic.
Our core values—Courage, Curiosity, Compassion, Self-Reliance, and Open-Mindedness—serve as inspiration for all we do, and students from around the globe choose FVS because we offer the quality of an East Coast boarding school combined with the culture of the American West. Our globally minded approach follows a traditional, liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum infused with abundant opportunities for experiential learning. As a community, we work hard, but we also play hard. All the recreational amenities of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are easily accessible via our 40-acre satellite Mountain Campus. Our main campus in Colorado Springs boasts a new Athletics Center that includes an indoor swimming pool and climbing gym, as well as substantial English and western riding facilities, and 12 miles of multi-use, dirt trails.
Who You Are
You are looking for an opportunity to build an unmistakable global brand for a boarding and day school and are ready to go “all in.” You are strategic in your approach, creative in your vision, focused on the details of the operation, and eager to share the wisdom you’ve gleaned as a seasoned enrollment management leader. You have exceptional communication skills and are able to work collaboratively, leading or following as the situation demands. And finally, but most importantly, you are a passionate ambassador of your community and thrive on connecting with others to build partnerships that serve students and in so doing, advance the mission of your school.
As the Director of Enrollment Management, you will lead a collaborative and coordinated all-school effort to convey FVS’s unique value to the marketplace in order to attract, enroll, and retain a mission-appropriate, diverse and inclusive student community. This includes:
- Developing and implementing enrollment and admission plans with clearly stated goals and objectives to achieve head counts and net-tuition revenue
- Serving as a thought partner for, and collaborator with, a dynamic, fast-paced, ambitious, and creative administrative team
- Providing leadership in admission, marketing, and recruitment and directing the process of attracting, selecting and enrolling students while sustaining and enhancing the School’s position in the marketplace
- Maintaining statistical and trend data related to admission and enrollment. Presenting statistical and trend information to the senior staff, the Board of Trustees, and the faculty. Understanding and informing the School community about research and trends in admission that ensures that changes and challenges are anticipated, understood, and addressed
- Serving as a liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees
- Working in partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop a strategic recruitment and communication plan and identify best practices to reach targeted, mission-appropriate audiences
- Identifying potential donors within the broader community and working with the Director of Development to cultivate advancement opportunities for the School
- Working closely with the Director of Athletics to cultivate interest-based markets that leverage our strength in western, mountain, and other sports
- Managing all facets of the admission process, collaborating in the financial aid process, and serving as the PDSO for the SEVIS process
- Supervising and mentoring an admission staff of three in a manner which will maximize their individual talents and encourage their professional growth
- Traveling domestically and internationally as needed in support of enrollment and advancement efforts
- Formulating application, admission and enrollment policies that are strategic and forward thinking
- Overseeing the admission information management software, the online application and submission of materials, and testing administration and logistics
- Actively participating in and leading local and national professional development and networking opportunities in order to serve the greater needs of the School, hone your craft, and leverage a peer-to-peer hive mindset
- Fostering high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for students, colleagues, alumni/ae, and parents throughout the admission process and beyond
- Living on campus and participating in the responsibilities of the senior administrative team and other school activities as time and the travel schedule reasonably allow
You Should Possess
- An entrepreneurial mindset and a willingness to generate and adopt new leading-edge ideas about enrollment and the enrollment management process
- A minimum of seven years of admission and financial aid leadership experience
- A strong commitment to boarding school life
- Outstanding communication skills, both written and spoken
- An intuitive understanding of data and demonstrated success managing an admission database
- Experience with financial aid—both need-based and merit-based
- The ability to think critically, creatively, and strategically as well as superior interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills
- Warmth and a sense of humor as well as high energy, flexibility, and a collaborative style
- A bachelor’s degree (required) or a master’s degree (strongly preferred)
- Experience working with students and adults in an independent boarding/day school environment (strongly desired).
FVS Head of School, Will Webb
Appointed in 2013, William Webb has extensive experience as a boarding and day school leader. After attending Groton School in Massachusetts, he earned his B.A. in English from the University of Vermont. His boarding school career began at The Frederick Gunn School in Connecticut as a teacher and assistant dean of students. Mr. Webb went back to the University of Vermont as a development officer and next earned his M.A. in independent school organization and leadership at the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University. From there, he went to Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia, as assistant dean of students and English teacher. In 2004, he returned to Groton School as the associate director of development and director of alumni affairs, and later as associate director of admission. In 2011, Mr. Webb moved to Heritage Hall School, an independent day school in Oklahoma City, to become assistant head of school for external affairs.
Applying for the Position
Fountain Valley School has retained The Baker Group, the premier independent school enrollment management consulting firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Director of Enrollment Management.
Interested candidates are asked to submit in an electronic file, their resume, a one to two-page cover letter, and names and contact information of three references directed to Christine H. Baker at: [email protected]. Please submit materials by Nov. 20, 2020