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Director of Admissions and Marketing

Oakham is looking to appoint an energetic, forward-thinking and ambitious Director of Admissions and Marketing.

Salary: Up to £85,000 depending on skills and experience

Oakham School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school of around 1000 pupils, aged 10-18. A uniquely balanced pupil community of 50:50 boarding and day pupils and 50:50 girls and boys live and work together in a beautiful 70-acre school campus, which is situated in the thriving market town of Oakham in the heart of rural England. Pupils who live in the local area enjoy the company of students from international backgrounds and this social harmony forms the basis of Oakham School’s friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere.

Reporting directly to the Headmaster, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Admissions and Marketing will provide inspiring and strategic leadership of the School’s pupil recruitment, marketing and communications activities, developing and implementing strategies to build on Oakham’s already well-established brand locally, nationally and internationally.

This is a high-profile and exciting leadership position and will most likely attract an experienced professional from the education sector with a track record of success in strategic marketing, communications and/or prior exposure to an admissions or pupil recruitment context. They will possess the ability to apply admissions experience and sound marketing principles to drive the School’s pupil recruitment strategy by thoroughly understanding both target audiences and the marketplace.

The successful candidate will bring significant leadership experience and will be an articulate, persuasive and credible ambassador for the School. Excellent communication, stakeholder management and relationship building skills will be essential, as will the agility and strategic skills to respond to future challenges and opportunities across the independent school sector.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics in the first instance to arrange an informal and confidential discussion with:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Monday 18 March 2024.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this webpage and upload your documents according to the instructions provided.

You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Henry Price. The letter should be a maximum of two pages and should explain your reasons for applying and outline your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your documents please contact Khiloni Aplin, Project Coordinator (Appointments), at applications@rsacademics.com. Khiloni can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

  • Oakham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.
  • This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
  • The safeguarding responsibilities of this post are detailed in the candidate information brochure.
  • RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Resources

Candidate Information brochure

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

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Key Dates

Closing date for applications 18/03/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams on Friday 22nd and Monday 25th March.

Long list interviews will take place at the School during the week commencing 8th April.

Short list interviews will take place at the School during the week commencing 15th April.

 

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Marketing and Communications Manager

The External Relations Team seeks an energetic and proactive Marketing and Communications Manager to lead the Marketing Team into the next exciting recruitment phase at Oakham School.

Responsible for driving dynamic and eye-catching campaigns and writing concise and engaging copy, the successful candidate will work to raise awareness of the School and our ethos and considerable successes to drive admissions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. They are also responsible for leading a team of three marketing and communication professionals.

Reporting to and deputising for the Director of External Relations, the Marketing and Communications Manager will devise and deliver creative marketing content, manage advertising campaigns, identify and write news content, be an initial point of contact for media enquiries and regularly provide a comprehensive evaluation of the activity ensuring a good ROI and value for money.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

To apply, please submit the online application form on this page, attaching a CV and cover letter.

Closing date is 9.00am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

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Digital and Website Co-ordinator

The Co-ordinator will work closely with the Director of External Relations and the Marketing and Communications Manager to deliver the School’s Marketing Strategy, as a member of the School’s Marketing team.

The role is responsible for delivering key aspects of day-to-day marketing activity, including (but not exclusively) updating the School website, working on the School’s Social Media accounts, writing, and Digital Marketing and Advertising.

The role is for 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

Due to the nature of the post, there may be occasional requirements to provide cover or attend functions during evenings or weekends during term time. When this occurs, time off in lieu may be agreed. For full details of the role, please see the Candidate Brochure attached.

To apply, please submit an online application form on the Oakham School website, attaching a CV and cover letter.

Closing date is 5.00pm on 2 June 2023.

Interviews will be held on 8th/9th June.

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Admissions Assistant

We have a fantastic opportunity for an organised and detail-driven individual to provide essential support to our Admissions team in recruiting students and meeting our compliance duties.
Close attention to detail and excellent computer literacy skills, including familiarity with CRM / Database Management, are essential. This role is full-time, working an average of 37.5 hours per week all year round (plus approx. 12 Saturday mornings per year, on a rota basis).

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details. To apply, please submit the online application form HERE, attaching a CV and cover letter, addressed to Anna Steiger, Director of Admissions.

Closing date is 9.00am on 28 April 2023.

Interviews will take place w/c Monday 1 May 2023 or Monday 8 May 2023.

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Marketing and Communications Manager

The External Relations Department is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, all year. The role will focus on working to establish better awareness of Oakham School, our ethos and considerable achievements. The most important desired outcome is to maintain and improve pupil numbers and raise the School’s profile locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, in partnership with admissions staff.

The Manager will work to raise our profile across a wider geographical area through management and delivery of day-to-day marketing activity, including developing and leading a positive PR strategy, writing media releases, event management, managing advertising, commissioning and liaising with designers and photographers and other critical marketing and communication activity.

Please see the Candidate Brochure for full details. To apply, please submit the online application form on the website, attaching a CV and cover letter.

Closing date is 9.00am on 31 March 2023, with interviews on 17 and 18 April 2023.

 

 

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Admissions and Database Manager

Admissions and Database Manager

If you offer office management experience and are confident working with a wide range of software and databases, this position offers an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the admissions process of one of the UK’s leading schools.

As Admissions and Database Manager, you will join a busy, friendly, and professional Admissions Department and be responsible for managing, developing and improving the admissions processes to recruit pupils for Uppingham School.

Your key responsibilities will include:
• Maintaining the School database, ensuring all prospective and current pupil data is recorded
• Managing the application, testing and interview process for prospective pupils
• Leading on the development of Admissions Department processes
• Assisting with the planning of open days for prospective pupils
• Line management of the Admissions Office team

To be considered for this role you will need to be an excellent administrator with prior experience of working in a technical office environment. You will also need excellent numeracy and literacy skills, as well as the ability to prioritise multiple tasks on an ongoing basis and communicate efficiently and diplomatically.
The confidence to suggest and implement changes for the benefit of admissions and the School is equally important, as is a friendly, approachable, and enthusiastic attitude.

In return, Uppingham offers a community that values people. We are warm, compassionate and mutually supportive. This is reflected in our working environment and the benefits we are able to offer:
• 50% contribution to premiums for School’s private health scheme
• Free membership of dual-use Sports Centre (£25 annual joining fee)
• Free staff lunches in term-time
• School fee discount for children of staff (subject to change at any time)
• Retail, gym, supermarket, cinema and restaurant discounts
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme which provides a range of support including counselling and legal advice
• Occupational Health Services to support staff who have health/medical issues
• Free annual flu jabs
• Recognised as a “Disability Confident” employer
• Recognised as a “Mindful” employer
• Working towards Investors in Diversity

For further details on this role and to apply please click the apply button.
Closing date: 12 April 2023 at 9.00 am.
Interviews: 19/20 April 2023.

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo full screening in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.

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Admissions Officer

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to play an integral role in providing a proactive, efficient and customer focussed admissions service to families considering entry to Oakham School. The successful candidate will require excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to build relationships with prospective parents and educational agents (both UK and overseas), as they move through the admissions process. They will need to be able to multitask, prioritise their own work, exercise initiative and work well under pressure to provide a first-class level of customer service.
Prior experience in an Admissions role is not essential but would be advantageous. Candidates who wish to apply should submit the online application form, attaching a CV along with a covering letter addressed to Anna Steiger, Director of Admissions. Early applications are welcomed, as interviews may take place before the closing date.

 

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Head of Development and Alumni Relations 

We are looking for a Head of Development and Alumni Relations to work with the Headmaster and the Director of External Relations to shape and manage development and alumni relations. Responsible for the leadership of the development office, key tasks will include the line management of the team, whilst supporting them in the creation and management of fundraising and alumni relations initiatives at all levels. The role will also involve leading the co-ordination, planning, administration and distribution of all communications; information research; effective database management and the organisation of, and attendance at, a varied diary of events.  The ability to make, maintain and develop connections with donors, prospective donors, Alumni, parents and staff will be essential.

The successful candidate will have management experience and outstanding communication skills, together with a proven track record of building relationships with, and securing income from, a wide range of individuals and/or organisations. Please see the website for full details. Candidates who wish to apply should send an application form along with a CV and covering letter and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form addressed to Claire Betts, HR Manager at jobs@oakham.rutland.sch.uk.

Closing date is 9.00am on 19 July 2022.

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Admissions Assistant

Oakham School has a fantastic opportunity for an organised and detail driven individual to provide essential support to its Admissions team in recruiting students and meeting its compliance duties. Close attention to detail and excellent computer literacy skills, including familiarity with CRM / Database Management, are essential.

This role is full-time, working an average of 37.5 hours per week all year round (plus approx. 12 Saturday mornings per year, on a rota basis).

Candidates who wish to apply for this post should send an application form and CV along with a covering letter addressed to Anna Steiger, Director of Admissions to jobs@oakham.rutland.sch.uk by 9.00am on Thursday 14 April 2022. Interviews will take place the w/c Monday 25 April 2022.