Students exploring beyond campus


SYA Admissions is a high-energy, fast-paced and creative department that enrolls nearly 200 students every year to attend our schools in France, Italy and Spain. The Senior Assistant Director of Admissions  reports to the Director of Enrollment and Marketing and is based at SYA’s home office in North Andover, Massachusetts. 


  • 8-10 weeks of domestic travel to promote SYA and recruit students.
  • Prioritize member schools, develop contacts, build itineraries of school visits per week and deliver compelling and convincing presentations.
  • Plan logistics for travel including finding competitively priced airfare, hotels and rental cars.
  • Conduct thorough follow-up from school visits including sending thank you notes to school contacts and logging inquires within 48 hours of the visit.
  • Manage all inquiries from travel territory and convert inquiries into applications and enrolled students by proactively contacting inquiries and families by phone, email and in-person.
  • Plan and attend regional receptions, online info sessions and parent weekends at select member schools.


  • Understand and utilize the Admissions system to manage key activities in the admission cycle.
  •  Manage the development and maintenance of the school’s database.
  • Leverage admission systems (Blackbaud and HubSpot) to develop and manage the admission pipeline.
  • Leverage admissions system (Blackbaud) for most effective distribution of admissions information.
  • Understand the systems and look for ways to leverage system capabilities to enhance the enrollment process. 


  • Work with Director of Enrollment and CFO to determine annual financial aid budget.
  • Manage the financial aid budget distribution for all member and non-member school applicants.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for families applying for financial aid.
  • Review SSS applications and determine awards with Director of Enrollment and Marketing.
  • Manage and track all financial aid awards in Blackbaud system and in Excel.
  • Serve as financial aid stats person for department.


  • Bachelor's degree (required).
  • Familiarity with U.S. independent school culture.
  • Admissions experience, marketing experience and/or sales experience (highly desirable).
  • Strong work ethic and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Flexibility, good humor and high energy.
  • Ability to attend to detail with thoroughness and accuracy.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable with basic database management and reporting.
  • Proficient in MS Office — particularly Excel and Google applications.


To help ensure the School Year Abroad Home Office is a safe environment, SYA requires that all employees, interns and volunteers in the office be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved by SYA. “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and may change as new recommendations are made.

Under federal and Massachusetts law, SYA will consider medical and religious exemptions to vaccination only. In order to request an accommodation, employees will need to provide documentation of a medical condition or of a sincerely held religious belief, and SYA will then engage in an individualized analysis with the employee or volunteer to determine if an accommodation can be made, as long as it does not cause an undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the SYA work environment. For those employees requesting an accommodation, they should speak with SYA President Tom Hassan.

SYA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks candidates who add to the diversity of our organization. SYA is committed to building a team that embraces and works toward equity, diversity and inclusion for our entire community, both in the United States and abroad.