Director of Graduate Admission

Requisition # 2017-7701
Department Woodrow Wilson School
Category Admissions
Date Posted 4 months ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, the Director of Graduate Admissions directs and leads an admissions process focused on recruiting a highly qualified and diverse student body for the MPA and MPP programs, and for the Junior Summer Institute (JSI). Faculty handle the Ph.D. admissions process directly with support from Graduate Admissions. The Admissions Director works in partnership and collaboration with the Graduate Admissions Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and graduate students.

The Director leads and facilitates the School's admissions processes to achieve the University's objectives while providing efficient and effective service, maintaining a strong marketing and recruitment plan to attract the very best college graduates, other highly qualified students, and ensuring that the School's commitment to diversity is realized. The Director builds and maintains collaborative relationships with both campus and external constituents and stakeholders. The Director manages a committed four-person staff and oversees planning, budgeting, and operational line responsibility.


  • Position the School strategically in the most compelling way to attract and yield the best graduate students committed to public service.

  • Provide strategic guidance to achieve School goals for the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of a diverse student body for the MPA, MPP, Ph.D. and JSI programs. This requires attending and organizing recruitment events, sometimes in collaboration with alumni and representatives of other graduate schools of public and international affairs, and reading and rating all applications for review by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

  • Partner with WWS Public Affairs to build targeted and effective recruitment and enrollment campaigns leveraging print and social media.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations Affairs and the Associate Director of Finance and Administration (who assigns fellowships).

  • Build new and integrated current enrollment practices, processes and technology systems that deliver consistent and efficient service levels.

  • Proactively leverage opportunities by developing partnerships with external institutions and agencies that will enhance student pipelines and pathways.

  • Implement best practices in online admissions, document management, student relationship management and application review processes.

  • Maintain efficient and effective procedures based on internal monitoring to provide the highest standard of service to both internal University partners and to prospective students.

  • Analyze inquiry, applicant and enrolled student data for the development, implementation and evaluation of recruitment strategies.

  • Articulate admissions policies to both internal and external constituencies.

  • Ensure that a common set of recruiting and admissions objectives are shared among WWS leadership, faculty, and other stakeholders.

  • Participate on university-wide committees and engage others in enrollment initiatives.

  • Create and nurture external community and professional relationships. Collaborate with the School's leadership and academic divisions.


Key Selection Criteria:
  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of eight to ten years of relevant professional experience in an admissions program (graduate admissions preferred) at a college or university is required. An advanced degree is highly preferred.

  • Proven track record of implementing admission best practices. The successful applicant must possess creativity, strategic thinking, and agility to develop a long-term recruitment plan that yields a diverse student body that supports the School's goals, mission, and vision.

  • Innate ability and judgment to assemble comprehensive classes of students.

  • Passion for the School's mission and an abiding commitment to recruiting excellent and diverse classes.

  • Successful track record leveraging technology in the recruitment and admissions process.

  • Excellent public speaking, strong writing skills, and effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships and to forge connections with multiple constituencies.

  • Evidence collaborating and partnering with colleagues and building trust and credibility.

  • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and discretion and appreciation for the values of higher education and sensitivity to the nuances of an academic culture.

  • Proven experience managing, mentoring, developing and inspiring staff.

Other Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision; strong personal initiative; highly self-motivated; demonstrated capacity to multi-task and manage competing priorities while consistently delivering results in a timely manner.

  • Enterprising, resourceful, and fluid work style complemented by a calm demeanor.

  • Ability to interact and function in a competitive academic environment.

  • Must be a team player with empathy, humility, respect for others, and a sense of humor.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 070

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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