Admission Intern

A rare opportunity to ReDesign School

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The Opportunity

Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses spanning the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Founded by James A. Hawken, a John Dewey-inspired progressive educator, more than 100 years ago, we have deep roots in the realm of experiential education. Over the last 10 years, we’ve established ourselves as an industry leader in progressive education, starting our three-week intensive program and founding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life. Now we’re ready to take our ambitions to scale.

In the fall of 2020, Hawken School launched a new high school in the University Circle neighborhood in the city of Cleveland, built entirely around mastery — the audacious notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. We’re designing The Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:

  • Courses and programs organized around real-world problem-solving
  • A mentorship model of instruction, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning
  • Mastery-based crediting, a feedback and assessment model that defines and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning

Committed to strengthening our relationship with the community, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering 25% of our seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland.


Please send a resume, references, and a cover letter to:


About You: 

  • Excited about working in an innovative, fast-paced, and collaborative 9-12 environment
  • Skilled communicator with good organizational, analytical, and interpersonal abilities
  • Committed to active and ongoing development of cultural competence
  • Philosophically aligned with the mission of the school
  • Willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs

The Team

You’ll join highly collaborative teams: the long-standing Hawken Admission team as well as the Mastery School founding team, which has been working together to design, build, and implement every aspect of a new school with structures and systems designed to support individual growth for each student. Building on the vision and the work we’ve done so far, you’ll have the chance to showcase our campus to prospective families and their schools, ensuring our population grows steadily and intentionally.

The Journey

Within one month, you’ll: 

  • Learn how our project-based model works by participating in synchronous + asynchronous training through the Korda Institute for Teaching
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Admission to learn how to use the Ravenna and Portal admissions tracking systems to maintain our admissions database
  • Help the admissions team with daily phone calls, emails and general communications
  • Meet and learn from students and families who have been on the journey of founding the school for the last few years

Within three months, you’ll: 

  • Assist Mastery School admission events, including open houses, parent information sessions, and student visits
  • Communicate with student and parent volunteers
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Marketing + Communications on print and digital communications

Within six months, you’ll: 

  • Interact with prospective students and families
  • Help to organize and manage all incoming application materials to the Mastery School and assist in the preparation for admission decisions
  • Initiate personalized outreach to inquiring families, local schools, and prospective students

By the end of the 2023 school year, you’ll:

  • Help to enroll the fourth class of students for this new high school
  • Strengthen the Mastery School Admission Team
  • Build connections with key constituencies (faculty, current and prospective students and families, feeder schools, and community partners, etc.)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Partnerships + External Programs on recruitment opportunities including summer programs for middle school students
  • Help to maintain accurate admission and enrollment statistics for the Mastery School

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Admission and the Assistant Director of Marketing + Communications for the Mastery School of Hawken.

Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.