Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) is a high performing, public charter high school located in Brooklyn, New York. WCHS opened in August 2004 as the first Chancellor-authorized charter high school in the City of New York with a ninth grade class of 267 students. Now in its thirteenth year of operation, WCHS has grown to serve approximately 963 students in grades nine through twelve. The school’s mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world. Young people will accomplish this through their participation in a rigorous and demanding liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the arts, technology, and exploration in disciplines designed to teach fairness, justice, respect and compassion for themselves and others, as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research.
Williamsburg Charter High School provides a broad liberal arts academic program to the high-school age youth of north Brooklyn. School programs are individualized to connect to each student’s particular level of development, including English Language Learners and students with Special Education Services. Further, WCHS provides supportive relationships with faculty, extended instructional periods, and opportunities after-school and on Saturdays for additional academic support. Social and emotional support is also available to students to ensure their non-academic needs are addressed. Students are accepted to WCHS through a random lottery with no minimum requirements, tests, or auditions required to gain entrance and, as a public charter school, there is no tuition.
The Student Recruitment Specialist will play a key role in supporting the execution of WCHS ambitious student recruitment goals.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced candidate to apply developed and successful strategies in student recruitment and student outreach, as part of a mission-driven organization dedicated to academic excellence and support. The Recruitment Specialist will be a contributor to the sustainability of the school’s strategic direction.
The successful candidate will be a strong executor with a proven track record of successfully meeting deadlines and deliverables, as well as have the ability to work independently and expediently on project-based initiatives. He/She will have the drive and energy to thrive in a results-focused, no excuses, entrepreneurial environment. The ideal candidate will have experience in student recruitment, working under tight deadlines, and be able to navigate systems and organizations of scale and complexity without sacrificing thoroughness and detail. The Recruitment Specialist will report to the Director of Operations and be able to work with dedicated social entrepreneurs who are making a positive impact on the educational opportunities for previously underserved children.
Provide vision and strategic direction for student recruitment management, marketing and communication
Design, implement, and monitor the student recruitment plan, including student recruitment targets, student recruitment objectives, tactics and strategies
Develop strategic partnerships with faculty, local business and community to advance student recruitment efforts and success
Establish and maintain strong public relations and liaisons with school leaders, counselors, and other appropriate persons at local K-8, middle schools, and other “feeder” programs
Creates a cohesive list of middle schools with similar programming as WCHS and actively finds ways to include members of those communities in WCHS events
Work closely with the office of Head of School to foster an effective end-to-end recruitment management process and student development program
Process and implement data management projects as needed
Maintain and verify student enrollment and full-time equivalent numbers at all times
Facilitates student lottery every year
Handles phone calls and data from student and parent inquirers seeking information
Uses student recruitment software to manage all incoming student data
Sets rigorous targets around student applications, attendance in the lottery event and open house events
Create, manages and leads at least two Saturday Open House events each month
Attends all applicable student recruitment fairs and events
Hosts a minimum of 3 school wide tours and visits to WCHS during the course of the academic day
Trains and maintains a group of student ambassadors who serve as hosts and tour guides during school-wide tours and open house events
In partnership with the Testing Coordinator, ensures that all incoming students participate in and complete incoming assessments
Actively maintains a list of 8th grade graduation ceremonies, presentations of learning and events of incoming freshmen and works to ensure that someone from WCHS attends the events
Sends out the summer packets regents and graduation cards/paraphernalia for all incoming freshmen
Adds content to and manages the “incoming class” information and registration page on the website
Hosts workshops designed for parents of students transitioning to high school during the summer prior to students attending the school
Education and Credentials
NYS Fingerprint Clearance
1-2 years’ experience in recruitment, reporting and marketing, preferably in regulatory, non-profit or educational environment
Collaborative approach to problem solving and the ability to work effectively with individuals on all levels (internally and externally)
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
Effective leadership in the areas of strategic marketing with the ability to motivate, guide, and work side-by-side with the other WCHS staff and faculty
Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple major tasks simultaneously
Demonstrated sensitivity in dealing with matters involving applicants, students, faculty and staff, and be a strong team player.