Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion

San Francisco
May 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion

University of San Francisco

Job Summary:

The senior associate director of admission for access and inclusion develops and implements strategies to ensure that USF meets its undergraduate enrollment goals for student diversity. Based on broad-based consultation with enrollment leaders and key partners thorough the University, the SADAAI develops an analytically grounded, mission focused, and pragmatically oriented plan.

The SADAAI plays an important role in the recruitment of underrepresented students in the local community (San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula) and creates implements, evaluates and is the primary contact for partnerships and opportunities with key non-profits and community-based organizations that have established productive student recruitment programs. The SADAAI also works with transfers, middle school and early high school-based (grades 8 - 10) students, as well as with federal and state sponsored pre-college programs that support pathways for underrepresented students within the undergraduate student body at USF. The SADAAI engages with and advises students and parents from these organizations on all aspects of college preparation and financial literacy.

Under the direction of the Director of Undergraduate Admission, the SADAAI consults on a regular basis with SEM leadership, especially the Director of Financial Aid, student leaders, University Life staff intimately involved in student support and others to ensure that outreach and engagement activities of this position are in alignment with the lived reality of the student experience at USF. In addition to participating in a full complement of admission recruitment and evaluation activities, the SADAAI serves as a resource to ensure that admission practices and policies are structured in ways to support achievement of the University's enrollment objectives.

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Job Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement underrepresented student recruitment plan for new undergraduate students at USF.

• Work with and support the Senior Associate Director of Admission for Transfer Student Admission to develop a robust and collaborative transfer recruitment strategy for underrepresented students.

• Provide leadership for team of core admission staff and others within Admission and SEM on recruitment of underrepresented students.

• Develop, strengthen, and expand key existing partnerships and opportunities, as well as identify, create, and build new partnerships and opportunities with local non-profits, community-based organizations, public/private agencies, and cultural centers that have established productive programs. These include, but are not limited to, First Graduate, College Track, KIPP Foundation, Cristo Rey Network, Making Waves, ScholarMatch, and federally or state-sponsored pre-college programs such as TRIO, Upward Bound, and EOP.

• With the intent to build a strong and effective pipeline of college-ready students from diverse backgrounds for recruitment through these partnerships, implement activities that integrate family participation and highlight the University’s mission.

• Initiate, develop, implement, and coordinate transfer, middle/early high school (grades 8 - 10) creative/innovative outreach strategies, with the intent to increase the number of underrepresented students from San Francisco and the East Bay (i.e., City of Oakland, Contra Costa County, etc.) who apply and are competitive for admission at USF.

• Serve as a visible leader in the Bay Area in recruitment of underrepresented students, visiting approximately 45 or more schools and colleges in San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula schools.

• Serve as a higher education consultant for USF in collaboration with the partnerships, and in interactions with their students and parents while providing expertise, counsel and advise on issues such as college preparation and admission and financial literacy. Serve as a liaison for students identified in the admissions review or by leadership as needing additional guidance.

• Create a team of local alumni volunteers who agree to talk to students and parents about college access and the USF mission and brand.

• Create, design, develop and give presentations to parents, students, existing and potential partners on topics that include but are not limited to: college readiness, career development, financial literacy, study skills, academic programs, and the link between education and careers, academic planning and goal-setting for middle school students, collegiate writing and test preparation for ninth and tenth-grade students, and college research, visits and selection advising for high school sophomores.

• Develop opportunities for CBO students to visit campus. Serve as the contact and presenter for campus visits arranged through community-based organizations and partners that bring these young groups to campus. Develop a script appropriate for this age group, and train admission ambassadors, if needed, with an appropriate tour.

• Liaison with other student services areas across campus and collaborate to host on campus informational events for key partners, students and parents.

• Develop, review and revise MOUs (Memos of Understanding) as needed with partners.

• Manage a budget.

• Read freshman and transfer (typically 600-650) yearly applications from selected Bay Area territories.

• Represent SEM on university committees, councils, and special caucus groups as needed/requested to share information and/or collaborate on projects and events that promote access, equity and inclusion. Support culturally-focused clubs and student organizations on campus as needed/requested to assist with mentoring and share information about enrollment-related resources.

• Participate actively in undergraduate Admission events including but not limited to open houses, interviews, and transfer days, as requested.

• Work collaboratively with the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid and other departments within SEM to support meeting the division’s goals and USF’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Minimum Requirements:

• Master’s degree and 5-7 years of demonstrated experience in community outreach and engagement, program and project management, and budget and financial administration. Experience in higher education and admission/recruitment highly preferred.

• Establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, community organizations and other external constituencies to achieve goals.

• Ability to think innovatively, creatively, strategically and collaboratively. Participates actively in the development of strategies that help to ensure the long-term sustainability of key partnerships, programs and the organization. Builds and maintains strong relationships with key contacts.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to present information in various formats to communicate effectively cross-generationally with a variety of persons and audiences.

• Experience working with culturally diverse communities and organizations. Understanding of diverse student populations and demonstration of cultural awareness.

• Knowledge about issues of financial aid and scholarships, college access for undocumented students, college testing and preparations and other college access issues.

• Experience working with students who are the first generation in their families to attend college and attain a Bachelor’s degree, and demonstrated experience in working with middle and early high school students.

• Ability to multi-task, work independently and as part of a team, establishing, building and retaining cooperative and collaborative working relationships while performing responsibilities.

• Ability to use databases, report generators, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software.

• Ability to travel (estimated 25-30% of time) to various locations around San Francisco, the East Bay area, and other territories as needed to build/maintain partnerships, attend gatherings, events, and activities related to the responsibilities of the position.

• Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

• Understanding and commitment to USF’s Vision, Mission and Values.

• Spanish language fluency preferred but not required.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.


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