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Career Center
February 12, 2019

Director of Admissions

Canterbury School
Greensboro NC United States
Co-ed Day School, PreK-8th grade, 350 students
Position Starts: June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Canterbury School is part of a long Episcopal school tradition of strong academics, an inquiry-based approach to learning, and a diverse environment. We give a central place to both the life of reason and the life of faith, and we believe that the ultimate purpose of education is to prepare students to become contributors to and leaders in an ever-changing world. Our PreK-8 structure concentrates on the learning needs and development of young children and middle school adolescents, without the added complexities of the high school experience. Since our founding in 1993, we have stressed that the most complete education develops the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.

Canterbury maintains a staff of approximately 70 employees, and its teaching faculty are a healthy mix of veteran, mid- and early-career educators who enjoy small class sizes where every child is known, cared for, and loved. Students of color comprise about 20 percent of our student body of 350. Our school is situated on a beautiful 35-acre campus with a natural area, ropes course, and pond – and also a well-equipped science center. From chess to outdoor exploration, faculty are encouraged to share their passions, and students and teachers participate together in service learning as well. Canterbury Cougars are active in Greensboro, and we’re told that our students are some of the most polite in town – but they’re also still kids who love to have fun in a community that challenges their minds and nourishes their spirits.


Greensboro, NC is the birthplace of the Sit-In Movement, a progressive community full of religious and ethnic diversity. It offers outstanding universities, wonderful restaurants, beautiful parks and trails, minor league baseball and basketball teams, and a new 3,000-seat performing arts center opening in 2020.

Director of Admissions

Canterbury seeks a dynamic professional to be responsible for the school’s enrollment planning, focusing on recruitment, admission, indexed tuition (financial aid), retention, and related data accumulation and analysis. Based on Canterbury’s mission and values, as well as a forthcoming new strategic plan, the Director will develop and maintain a thoughtful and intentional strategy for attracting families to the school. The Director of Admissions is a 12-month position with a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience, and it comes with the school’s strong health care and retirement benefits. The Director reports to the Head of School.

Essential Duties

As Director of Admissions, you will:

  • Develop and implement a strategic, mission-driven admissions plan for achieving enrollment goals.

  • Lead prospective families through a personalized admissions process, review all applications, ensure that prospective families provide the school with all needed information, and communicate in a timely, thoughtful manner with them throughout, including admissions and indexed tuition (financial aid) decisions.  

  • Arrange and oversee all classroom visits and necessary observations of applicants.

  • Lead admissions functions, on-campus and off-site.

  • Collaborate with the Head of School, Director of Finance, and the Finance Committee to design and manage an effective and sustainable indexed tuition strategy and its annual execution.

  • Work with the senior administrative team to maintain best retention practices.

  • Work closely with and supervise a part-time admissions associate.

  • Partner with Marketing and Communications to guide marketing strategies.

  • Develop strategies to increase the diversity of our student body: ethnically, religiously, and geographically across our community.

  • Assist in development of new family and new student orientations and overall transitions to Canterbury.

  • Compile and disseminate data for institutional benchmarking purposes.

  • Research, monitor, and analyze demographic trends -- local, statewide, and national -- that affect enrollment, and provide substantive reporting to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty to inform decision-making.

  • Oversee all admissions- and enrollment-related components of the school’s student information system.

  • Develop and enhance valuable partnerships with local, external constituents.

  • Represent the school in various local, regional, state, and national organizations.


Candidates will have outstanding administrative, written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills. They will demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and show expertise in long-range planning. They will understand well how tuition-based enrollment management works and be a leader who collaborates effectively, thinks independently and creatively, and interacts with parents -- alumni, current and prospective -- with a personal, caring touch, as Canterbury is a highly relational community.

The competitive candidate will have admissions experience, hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree -- preferably in education, communications, or marketing -- have a demonstrated record of successful leadership, and possess a proven ability to work in a complex environment while maintaining high standards of professionalism, discretion, a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and a good sense of humor.


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, which begins in July 2019, and email it to Head of School Phil Spears at spearsp@canterburygso.org.

Contact Information

Head of School Phil Spears, spearsp@canterburygso.org