Assistant Director of Ministry and Vocational Exploration

Winston Salem, NC
Sep 08, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Director of Ministry and Vocational Exploration

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Assistant Director of Ministry and Vocational Exploration develops and implements ministry and vocation exploration programs and related initiatives designed to attract the best possible pool of students in support of the School of Divinity’s enrollment objectives

Essential Functions:

  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates ministry vocation exploration programs, special projects and events, and other initiatives geared to attracting ideal students and facilitating admission into the School of Divinity.
  • Develops digital outreach and personalized strategies to build and sustain relationships with prospective students.
  • Travels to meet with prospective students in the region and nationally. Represents and promotes the School of Divinity at national, regional, state, and local events.
  • Participates in the establishment and implementation of student enrollment strategies, resources, policies, and procedures for the School of Divinity.
  • Maintains confidentiality concerning sensitive personal and academic information submitted in the application process by applicants, guidance professionals, or others.
  • Provides a full range of advisory and liaison services to prospective students and associated community constituencies regarding School of Divinity admissions and related issues.
  • Serves on the Admissions Committee working to establish, implement, and review admissions policies and processes.
  • Participates in the review of admissions applications and scholarship decisions.
  • Aids in the development, promotion, and distribution of a range of resources and promotional materials designed for the recruitment and retention of students.
  • Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data. Develops, writes, edits, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports and evaluations.
  • Fosters and develops relationships with colleges, universities, churches, denominational judiciaries, and other agencies from which prospective students emerge.
  • Provides leadership with the campus visit program and trains student admission associates for various tasks (campus tours and hosting students).

Other Functions:

  • Solves problems associated with developing and implementing recruitment programs and related initiatives designed to support the School of Divinity enrollment objectives.
  • Solves problems associated with admissions. Must be comfortable in a work environment that supports and seeks change, creativity and continuous improvement in methods and processes.
  • Must use problem-solving skills to answer sensitive, complex and often emotionally-charged questions concerning the admissions process or admissions decisions.
  • Must handle crises and make independent decisions related to travel responsibilities (i.e. weather-related emergencies, cancellations, or additions to recruitment activities).
  • Must be comfortable flying and traveling alone.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master of Divinity degree or ATS accredited theological degree, plus a minimum of two-three years related experience in vocation counseling, admissions, project planning, and student services activities in a professional environment.
  • Must be creative and innovative.
  • Ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, and develop effective programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and enthusiastically represent and promote the School of Divinity to prospective students and influencers.
  • Knowledge of graduate admissions policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage significant public contact and frequent travel.
  • Commitment to customer service and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information effectively to individuals and groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret the needs of prospective students and offer appropriate solutions.
  • Capacity for self-management in the face of competing priorities.
  • Strong leadership skills and proficiency in relationship building.
  • Skill in the planning, development, implementation, and coordination of student recruitment.
  • Strong initiative, excellent judgment, and ability to function independently.
  • Ability to determine informational needs, to collect and analyze information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports.
  • Skill in the use of managing and mastering computerized systems, student information systems (SIS), customer relationship management systems (CRM), databases, and social networking tools.
  • Detail-oriented with a strong ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent computer proficiency (i.e.MS Word and MS Excel).
  • Must function comfortably in a team structure.
  • Skill in effective fiscal management of the school’s resources.
  • Sensitivity to the issues of vocational discernment and familiarity with programs in theological education.
  • An appreciation of racial/ethnic diversity, gender, sexuality, and theological diversity.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.


  • Responsible for own work.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States



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