Director of Admissions, East Campus (Grades 6 -12)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Brentwood School inspires every student to:
Think critically and creatively.
Shape a future with meaning.
Director of Admissions, East Campus (Grades 6 -12)
Statement of Purpose
Brentwood School inspires every student to:
Think critically and creatively.
Shape a future with meaning.
Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Caring, Diversity, Community
Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California, is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the Brentwood neighborhood of west Los Angeles. The school, a community of 1200 Kindergarten through 12th Grade students and 151 faculty members, is situated on two campuses. The three-acre West Campus (K-5) is four blocks away from the original 28-acre East Campus (6-12). In its relatively short history of 49 years, Brentwood has grown to be one of the premier independent day schools in California. Students describe a warm and caring atmosphere where they are known and valued as individuals. Embracing high standards of academic excellence, character development, and emotional intelligence, Brentwood encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.
Brentwood School is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools, INDEX, A Better Chance, and the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs.
Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed on the land now known as Brentwood’s East Campus, and opened a co-educational, college preparatory day school with grades 6-10. Grade 11 was added in fall 1973 and Brentwood’s first senior class graduated in June 1975. In 1994, Brentwood purchased the nearby Marymount Junior School campus and opened a Kindergarten through Grade 6 campus in the fall of 1995. As the 2019-2020 school year began, Brentwood opened a new Middle School building and reconfigured the division to include grades 6-8.
LOCATION AND SETTING
Visitors to Brentwood’s two campuses are immediately struck by their beauty and warmth. The setting is a well-integrated blend of old and new buildings, red-tiled roofs, intimate courtyards, ivy-covered walls and green fields.
Brentwood’s East Campus, housing grades 6-12, is situated on 28 acres with Mission-style historic buildings, a new 73,000 square foot Middle School building, renovated Upper School classrooms, and sustainable landscaping. The five story Middle School building houses not only general classrooms but also includes dedicated spaces for music, art, science, fabrication and design, theater rehearsal, film, dance, a separate theater, a library, and dining hall/kitchen. The Middle School also has its own playing field and outdoor commons areas adjacent to the Middle School building. The Upper School facilities, including classrooms, laboratory space, a cafeteria, a bookstore, faculty and administrative offices and courtyards, are on the hillside with sweeping views across Los Angeles to the ocean. The 22-acre East Campus Athletics Complex was completed in 2001 and the Caruso Watt Aquatics Center opened in the spring of 2008. No other school in the Los Angeles area boasts such an expansive, state-of-the-art facility that encompasses such a wide variety of sports.
Lying at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains at the western edge of Los Angeles, the community of Brentwood is gracious and welcoming, with comfortable homes on leafy, well-maintained streets. Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Bel Air. The UCLA campus is about one mile east of the school. The Brentwood area is also home to the Getty Center, one of the world’s most comprehensive arts, conservation, and education institutions.
Brentwood School has always been a community where students and teachers know and care about each other. The closeness and longevity of these relationships is evident in the close ties many teachers still share with alumni/ae. The vibrant faculty draws on a wealth of teaching experiences. Fifty-nine faculty members have been at Brentwood for 10 or more years and 91 hold advanced degrees.
Brentwood’s student body is diverse and lively. Students of color comprise 46% of the population. Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $48,180 (grades 6-12) and Brentwood is strongly committed to an aggressive financial support program. The school has budgeted $9 million annually for financial support and 17% of the East Campus students receive support. With the school’s close proximity to three major freeways, Brentwood is easily accessible to students from a wide geographical area served by eleven school bus routes and an extensive carpool system.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Every single person in our community brings something different. Their unique background and personal experiences represent a value added to our community. Brentwood is intentional, purposeful, and strategic about honoring people in all their differences which is reflected in Diversity as a core value. Equity is being conscious and cognitive of our efforts to best meet the needs of all members of our community. Inclusion means creating an environment where all participants and constituents can be their best selves, irrespective of background, experience, and lifestyle. We do this with a variety of measures, policies, and programs. We do this through our curriculum—in what we teach and how we teach it. We work together as students, parents, faculty, and administration to maintain an inclusive community. All of this is motivated and inspired by our recognition that diversity is advantageous now and in the future.
ACADEMIC AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS
Middle School: 426 applicants for 116 positions
Upper School: 241 applicants for 45 positions
The child-centered philosophies of learning and teaching, the emphasis on a broad-based and diverse liberal arts curriculum that is connected and sequential between grades and divisions, and the unwavering quest for excellence are all common features of the Brentwood K-12 experience. The school provides a core curriculum that is primarily traditional and classical emphasizing language, communication, mathematical reasoning, and computation. The goal of both curriculum and pedagogy is to foster intellectual curiosity, excitement for learning, and a desire to fulfill individual potential.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6-8)
On the East Campus, the 352 Middle School students learn to assume more responsibility for their own education. The 6th Grade class is composed of 42 Brentwood Lower School students plus 34 new students while the 7th Grade class of 137 welcomed 74 new students this past year. The ideal class size means students benefit not only from a great deal of personal attention, but also from a feeling of being closely connected to the school, to one another, and to the faculty. In this nurturing, supportive environment, students are exposed to a broad range of subjects that allow them to explore their interests, develop new ones, and experience both personal and intellectual growth. See the Middle School Curriculum Guide for more information.
Brentwood School Vision Statement
Brentwood School will challenge each community member to embrace curiosity, seek diverse perspectives, grow from failures, and chart personal paths to success.
THE UPPER SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)
On the East Campus, the approximately 575 Upper School students learn to master the essential balance between skills and knowledge. They learn to develop habits of the mind – thinking critically and creatively – in order to be prepared to shape a future with meaning. See the Upper School Curriculum Guide and Viewbook for more information. The 9th Grade is an another entry point to the school where an additional 25-30 new students join the community each year.
Brentwood encourages active participation in extra-curricular activities in order to engage students in the life of the school and enable students to discover and purse their passions. It is a goal to provide students with as many areas as possible in which to develop their talents and to experience success. Opportunities abound for participation in art, athletics, debate, drama, dance, jazz band, orchestra, rhythm section workshop, chorus, student government, and service learning.
The arts programs at Brentwood foster a supportive atmosphere that promotes questioning, individuality, and diversity. The Middle School arts at Brentwood offer instruction in visual arts, dance, music, film, and drama. Working in observational, abstract, and/or inventive ways, students learn to manipulate ideas, techniques, and materials through a thoughtful, evolving application of the elements and principles of art and design as they work toward creative goals.
THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
A tradition of wide and enthusiastic participation in physical education and athletics has developed alongside athletic success. Brentwood fields highly competitive teams and prizes character, sportsmanship, and teamwork. A “no-cut” policy applies to 6th-8th Grade teams. The program is designed to engender an understanding of commitment, sportsmanship, hard work, and responsibility.
Brentwood’s service learning program ensures the development of social awareness, and inspires students to be lifelong learners with a self-motivated sense of responsibility to the local, national, and global communities. The school is a caring and conscientious neighbor, to both the nearby VA and broader Los Angeles communities.
BELLDEGRUN CENTER FOR INNOVATION LEADERSHIP (BCIL)
The Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership prepares community members in grades K – 12
to engage with real world challenges and explore solutions within and beyond the classroom.
Work with BCIL impacts the entire Brentwood School community, cultivating innovative problem
solvers, courageous risk takers, effective managers, adept communicators, and inspired community
builders. Through their involvement in BCIL, students and faculty seek answers in creative, collaborative
ways and discover that their work can have an impact.
VETERANS CENTER FOR RECREATION AND EDUCATION (VCRE)
Our unique partnership with the West Los Angeles VA provides robust Veteran-centric resources funded by Brentwood School. This 30+ year relationship offers services in physical recreation, health and wellness, education, as well as a range of special programs and events, all on facilities built and maintained by Brentwood School.
Brentwood believes in partnering with parents in the education of their child and encourages and welcomes parents to actively participate in the life of the school. The children benefit from sharing their school world with their parents; the school benefits from parents who contribute their talents, interests, and energy to support and enrich the school’s programs; and the parents benefit from experiencing first-hand the environment in which their children are educated.
Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the Parents Association and Eagles organizations and to attend parent education events including guest lectures and breakfasts with the Middle School Director.
STRENGTHS OF THE SCHOOL
One of the hallmarks of the Brentwood School is a passionate, vibrant, and child-centered faculty who are committed to the following:
A culture of collegiality, professionalism, and interdisciplinary collaboration
A commitment to equity, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency
A college-preparatory academic program that fosters critical and creative thinking and provides rich extracurricular offerings
Students who are happy, self-confident, well-rounded, and caring
High quality educational and athletic facilities on a magnificent campus
Core values that emphasize character, personal responsibility, and service to the greater community
A balance of hard work and fun, and of high expectations and nurturing, with a strong focus on the quality of student life
An enviable stature and high demand for admissions in the universe of greater Los Angeles independent schools
Brentwood School is seeking applicants for the East Campus Director of Admissions (Grades 6 – 12). The East Campus Director of Admissions leads a team of three Assistant/Associate Directors along with the Data Base Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. The East Campus Director works closely and collaborates with the West Campus Director of Admissions (Grades K – 5) and reports to the Associate Head of School. The East Campus Director of Admissions is a member of the Brentwood School Leadership Team. This is a twelve-month position with a workload that may vary greatly during the course of the year.
The East Campus Director of Admissions will lead a talented team that is responsible for imparting Brentwood’s mission, values, and program to prospective families. The East Campus Director of Admissions is expected to:
Provide leadership through the support and collaboration with a strong admissions team
Oversee all aspects of the admissions process for grades 6 through 12
Interview applicants and their parents/guardians/caregivers
Organize Open House events and Walk and Talks
Participate in numerous recruitment engagements at elementary, middle, and secondary school nights/events
Meet with elementary and middle school heads and principals
Partner with the West Campus Admissions Office to ensure consistency in admissions materials, communications, and applicant experience
Collaborate with the Directors of the Middle and Upper School to plan and coordinate orientation activities for new students and their families
Work in collaboration with the Equity and Inclusion Office
Chair the Middle and Upper School Admissions Committee meetings
In consultation with the Head of School, finalize decisions on all applicants
Serve on the Financial Support Committee
Manage the re-enrollment process for returning families
Foster an environment that encourages open discussion with the freedom to express varied points of view
Create a culture where critical feedback is seen and experienced as a catalyst for professional and personal growth
Engage fully in the daily life of the school and support students of varied identifies, lifestyles, and beliefs
Serve as a skilled spokesperson for the school’s vibrant, educational program
Work closely with the Head of Brentwood School and the members of the School Leadership Team to foster the strength of the entire school
Brentwood School is interested in candidates who can support, articulate, and promote a mission-driven, child-centered model of education. Along with excellent organizational and leadership skills, ideal candidates will have backgrounds that demonstrate most, if not all, of the following:
A warm, approachable presence that invites and respects the views of others yet is decisive when needed
Visible and accessible on campus, knowing and enjoying the faculty, staff, parents, and especially the students of the school
Strong familiarity with significant educational, DEI, and technology trends in independent schools
Effective communication with faculty members, students, and parents, in a clear concise, and timely manner
Cross-cultural competency and a commitment to equity and inclusion
Ability to synthesize and articulate the school’s educational vision and to inspire and motive others
Collaborative approach to leadership balanced with the ability to make decisions
A detail-oriented approach to work and outstanding communication skills including writing, listening, and public speaking
The energy, patience, flexibility, and sense of humor necessary to work effectively with applicants and their families and the members of the admissions team
Ideal candidates will have at least five years of expertise in admissions or a related field, as well as teaching experience
A lifelong learner who uses the latest research to complement their own experiences
A Bachelor’s degree is required with advanced degrees preferred
The favored candidate is an outgoing, energetic, confident person of keen intellect and integrity who will enjoy developing and guiding the admissions process on the East Campus. This position requires a leader who is the soul of discretion, who is self-aware, and who has an approachable style.
COVID vaccination will be required for this position unless candidate has a legally valid exemption.
Please send all information and address all inquiries to:
Senior Executive Assistant and Administrative Liaison
to the Board of Trustees
100 South Barrington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Brentwood School is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates. Brentwood School does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.
Candidates should submit the following materials:
A cover letter explaining their interests and qualifications for becoming the East Campus Director of Admissions
A current resume
A brief personal statement including experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
The names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, including a current supervisor
Mission & ValuesBrentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth. We provide challenging, engaging programs in a nurturing learning environment, devoting care and attention to every student. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement. Brentwood School encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically. In its relatively short history, Brentwood School has grown to be one of the premier independent day schools in Southern California. Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed since 1902. Brentwood School opened in the fall of 1972 as a co-educational, college preparatory day school with grades 6-10. Grade 11 was added in fall 1973, and the school graduated its first senior class in June 1975.