I've received this email after contacting a potential PhD supervisor:
"Thank you for your email and interest in our research. Your experiences are certainly well-aligned with the work we do. We are not specifically seeking students at this time, but your background is perfectly aligned, so we should discuss options!
The very first step for connecting with the department is to discuss with Professor XXX and then we should set up a zoom."
But I don't know what do I have to discuss with this professor (he is the director of the program), I've contacted other potential advisors before and no one told me to contact the program director before, so I don't know what do I have to tell him. I am not from the US and I am not familiar with most of these procedures, so I don't know if you have any idea what they expect me to say to him in that email.