Associate Director of Admission, Multicultural
Initiate and oversee public relations, marketing and efforts directed particularly towards the recruitment and selection of students of color who are US citizens, undocumented or permanent residents of the United States. Responsible for developing a strategic plan to ensure students of color are well-represented in the entering classes. Coordinate efforts across the college regarding the enrollment of students of color.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruitment: Coordinate the recruitment of students of color. Develop and maintain a network of recruitment sources that extend beyond traditional secondary schools. Expand and nurture the partnerships with agencies and community based organizations that work with students of color. Develop targeted student of color efforts involving faculty, students, staff and alumnae. Collaborate with Coordinator of Alumnae Volunteer Program and Transfer Coordinator to identify and attract under-represented students. Plan and execute approximately eight weeks of travel to recruit students. Supervise an assistant director and admission counselor as part of Multicultural Team. Serve as a liaison to the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion Diversity and Equity as an active participant in campus organizations and events addressing issues especially relevant to students, faculty and alumnae of color (Campus Climate Working Group, Diversity Committee, Multicultural Working Group). Develop and maintain partnerships with the alumnae association in support of multicultural recruitment. Current on-campus program responsibilities include coordinating Discovery Weekend admitted student program, and oversight of the staff responsible for the Women of Distinction recruitment program and Bridging Access to Smith, a program for directors of community based organizations.
Coordinate admission officer recruitment travel: train new staff, monitor itineraries and expense reports, and consult with travelers when problems or concerns arise. Work with off-site travel agency in containing travel costs. Consult with senior staff in strategic travel planning and in managing annual travel budget.
Admission Reading and Selection: Read and vote on admissibility of candidates for admission to the college. Interview and evaluate prospective applicants. Lead on-campus information sessions.
Administrative Functions: Handle correspondence with students, parents, counselors, and other constituencies. Keep abreast of pertinent developments at Smith College, in higher education, and in the field of professional admission work. Cooperate with other administrators of the College where necessary, especially Student Financial Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Alumnae Association. Supervise an assistant director of admission and admission counselor, jointly supervise an administrative assistant. Perform related duties as required.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree; minimum of three years of experience in admission or related field with evidence of progressively increasing responsibility. Experience working with multicultural communities required. Experience with multicultural recruitment process a plus. Valid driver’s license and ability to obtain a passport required.
Skills: Must be highly organized, flexible, independent and energetic in balancing multiple priorities. A successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds. Familiarity with a language other than English is a plus.
Review of applicants will not begin until the end of March.
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