Job Title: Associate Director Of Admissions
Type of Company: I work for a non-profit independent special education school in Washington, DC. It is a self-contained school for children with learning disabilities.
Education: BA in American Civilization, George Washington University MA in Education and Human Development, George Washington University
Previous Experience: I was a lead teacher for four years in a special education school.
I tutored children and adults with special needs for three years.
Job Tasks: I am responsible for giving tours and answering questions for families who might want to apply to our school. I answer questions in person, over the phone and through email. I organize and run Open Houses. I read applications and determine whether the applicant might be a good fit for our school. If I think they are I will invite the student to visit from 1 to 3 days.
After the visit I meet with the admissions committee made up of other professionals. The committee determines whether we would be able to help the student master their learning goals. If they are appropriate for our school, I send out a letter, an enrollment contract, and registration materials. If the student is not appropriate I recommend other schools and send out a denial letter. Many of our applicants are working with attorneys to secure funding to come to our school. I communicate with the attorneys daily and if someone from our school is needed to testify for a hearing, I arrange that.
In the fall every year I attend several school fairs to advertise the school, answer parent's questions and let other schools know about my school. I also meet with admissions directors from other private special education schools in the area. I am also responsible for compiling financial aid applications and making recommendations to the financial aid committee.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that it is flexible and I am able to leave if I have to. For example, if one of my children is sick at school I can leave work to get them without causing too much of a disruption in the schedule of my day. Another good thing about my job is that I am helping children get the right type of education for them. I am able to see the children flourish at school.
The worst part of my job is that it does not pay much money and the school is on the verge of bankruptcy so it's not secure.
Job Tips: To be an admissions director at a special education school you have to have to know how to read testing reports so a background in education and/or special education is very helpful. You also have to be a person with tact because many of the families who apply to special education schools feel sad that their child has not been doing well at other schools. Also, sometimes parents will get angry if their child is not admitted to the school. You should try not to take anything they say personally.
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