The Academy is a unique independent school in Berkeley, California with an advanced academic curriculum. The Academy’s mission is to develop thoughtful, ambitious, and deep learners.
The Academy seeks to continue its fifty-year tradition of excellence in a nurturing and supportive environment by attracting curious and dedicated students through a creative and targeted admissions and marketing strategy.
This is a full-time, 12-month position.
The Academy at a Glance
Motto: Uncommon Excellence of Thought and Character in a Vibrant School Community
Year founded: 1969
Grades taught: K-8
Educational philosophy: Rigorous academics supported by small class sizes and expert teachers who utilize an inquiry-based Socratic approach to teaching
Total number of students per class in Lower School: Twelve
Total number of students per class in Upper School: Fifteen
Total enrollment: 88 (2016-17 school year)
Percentage of students of color: 52% (2016-17 school year)
Percentage of faculty holding advanced degrees in their field: 85%
Is passionate about collaborating with prospective students and families to increase enrollment
Enjoys interacting with students between the ages of 4 and 14 and their families and understands the interplay between academic achievement and social-emotional capacity
Relishes storytelling in words, text, and images
Keeps meticulous records and refers to data in order to inform decisions
Works both strategically and flexibly; accomplishes long-term goals while being able to alter course if the current approach proves ineffective
Looks forward to imagining, planning, promoting, and hosting public events to showcase the strengths of our school
Excels in communicating and working collaboratively
You are someone who probably has
A proven record of building enrollment in an independent school environment or of substantially growing the customer base for a high-end consumer service or product
Experience in developing and implementing a multipart marketing strategy
Experience planning and organizing public events
Fluency in web content management and social media (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp, etc.)
How You Will be Supported
You will have
Relative autonomy to develop essential programs and to collaborate with faculty and parents without the constraints of large school bureaucracy or lack of resources
Experienced and collaborative colleagues in the faculty, administration, and Board
Medical, dental, and vision benefits
Paid time off
School tuition benefit
How to Apply
If you are excited about helping us grow our unique learning community, we would love to hear from you. You can send your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following things:
Three references whom we may contact
A cover letter including
Why you are excited about this opportunity
One or more accomplishments that you are most proud of
One or more marketing experiments you would run in the first year to significantly increase applications. Please be as specific as possible about audience, channel, and message. These can include experiments you know how to run and those you would need outside help running.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
Since our founding in 1969, The Academy has remained steadfast in our commitment to providing a rich and rigorous education for our students and to creating a warm and nurturing environment in which they can explore their passions and expand their intellectual horizons. The Academy’s mission is to develop thoughtful, ambitious, and deep learners. We honor our students’ individuality while cultivat...ing their sense of integrity, their respect for others, and their commitment to service in a global society. We are proud to be an academic community in which every member--faculty, staff, student, and family--feels galvanized to explore, create, and investigate: to take intellectual risks and to trust that they will be supported in that risk-taking. Our 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, our expert teachers, and our atmosphere of high expectations confirm our commitment to deep and meaningful learning for each student.