Director of Graduate Admissions

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Director of Graduate Admissions provides strategic direction and leadership for a results-oriented Graduate Admissions operation. As the Director of Graduate Admissions, the ideal candidate must galvanize a university-wide admission effort that is, at its heart, student-centered, and lead a team that is dedicated to student success. The Director will lead efforts to garner the support of fellow enrollment staff and members of the campus community including the Graduate Programs Directors for the purposes of recruitment and enrollment.
This key leadership position requires visionary leadership with strong entrepreneurial, strategic, and analytic skills; proven success in the areas of recruitment and admissions tactics and an understanding of the prospective graduate student demographic and market.

• Plan and execute a broad array of strategic and tactical admissions recruitment objectives as directed by the Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM), and informed by university strategic plan and enrollment management plans.
• Provide effective and dynamic leadership for the Graduate Admissions Office, creating a culture of recruitment and an atmosphere of accountability, ingenuity and excellence in student service.
• In coordination with the VPEM and Admissions Office Manager, must develop efficient and effective admission procedures for processing applications.
• Supervise the Graduate Admissions Office staff, developing and implementing effective recruitment strategies that meet annual university enrollment goals.
• Oversee all recruitment initiatives and office operations including prospect development, graduate marketing efforts, recruitment travel, on- and off-campus recruitment events, application processing, and database management.
• Consult regularly with the Vice President of Enrollment Management on the continuous development of recruitment strategies targeted at key student audiences including, non-traditional, in-state, New England, national and international populations.
• Consult regularly with Director of Financial Aid and VPEM in the development and execution of institutional merit funds to maximize student enrollment.
• Utilize institutional research, trend data and vendor/partner analyses to make data-driven decisions regarding the targeting of recruitment strategies and fiscal and human resources.
• Work closely with the marketing department for the creation and deployment of a wide range of recruitment collateral, including print, e-campaigns, social media, telephone outreach and website pages.
Collaborate with the VPEM regarding software and systems that will facilitate achievement of recruitment goals and objectives.
• Supervise, participate in, and evaluate a wide range of recruitment activities executed by the Graduate Admissions Office.
• Represent the university at numerous recruitment events on and off campus.
• Participate in local, regional and national professional associations to ensure best practices and currency of admissions tactics and procedures.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

• Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree completed or in progress preferred.
• Five years of progressive experience in admissions, enrollment services, sales or related field.
• Supervisory experience in a college or university setting, monitoring performance of both salaried and hourly personnel preferred.
• Demonstrated capacity to lead a diverse team of admissions staff working in a unified manner to establish and implement complex strategies.
• Ability to provide effective leadership with regard to staff development, change management, process development and/or improvement, and conflict resolution.
• Personal integrity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, significant strategic and analytical capacity, technological savvy, a collaborative work style, and commitment to excellence.
• Knowledge of university enterprise information systems, best practices in admissions recruitment, and technology related to current sophisticated marketing techniques.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.