Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion

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Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion
University of San Francisco

USF Hilltop Campus

Job Title:
Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion

Job Summary:
The University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic university located in the heart of San Francisco, announces its search for a Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion to provide leadership in the Office of Undergraduate Admission starting spring/summer 2019. The University is recognized for enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and for placing its commitment to fostering an inclusive community at the heart of its mission.

The Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion (SADAAI) develops and implements strategies to ensure that the University meets its undergraduate enrollment goals for student diversity. Building on broad-based consultation with enrollment leaders and key partners through the University, the SADAAI develops an analytically grounded, mission focused, and pragmatically oriented plan for new undergraduate student diversity at USF.

To reach the University's ambitious goals, the SADAAI plays an important role in the recruitment of underrepresented students in the local community and is the primary contact for partnerships and opportunities with key non-profits and community-based organizations (CBO) 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 supervision of the Director of Undergraduate Admission, the SADAAI consults on a regular basis with faculty and student leaders; Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) leadership, especially the Director of Financial Aid; 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 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.

Full Job Description:
Major Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive underrepresented student recruitment plan for new undergraduate students at USF.
  • Provide leadership for team of core admission staff and others within Admission and Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) on recruitment of underrepresented students.
  • Partner with and support individuals, groups, and offices within the University that support student diversity initiatives.
  • 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, College Horizons, 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.
  • Also, through these partnerships, initiate, develop, implement, and coordinate transfer and middle/early high school (grades 8-10) creative/innovative outreach strategies, again 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 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, and 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.
  • Design a comprehensive set of presentations that are appropriate for the applicable age groups, i.e., 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 students from community based organizations (CBO) 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.
  • Have a deep and contemporary knowledge base on issues of financial aid and scholarships, college access for undocumented students, college testing and preparation, and other college access issues.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders at the district and school levels, community organizations, and other external constituencies to achieve desired goals.
  • Manage the budget for this position.
  • 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.

Position Qualifications and Requirements
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • 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.
  • Sense of the "big picture" and thus an understanding of relevant interrelationships. Active participation in the development of realistic strategies that help to ensure the long-term sustainability of key partnerships, programs, and the organization. Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key contacts.
  • Ability to act responsibly toward, anticipate, and address the needs of community partners and stakeholders with warmth and a strong focus on customer benefit and relationship building.
  • Understanding of the industry and competitive landscape and recognition of the implications for the organization.
  • 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 of and 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 think innovatively, creatively, strategically, and collaboratively; effectively manages programs and facilitates thoughtful and insightful problem resolution.
  • 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, and electronic presentation software. Familiarity with Slate is highly desirable.
  • 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.
  • Availability and willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Thorough commitment to Jesuit Catholic education, and the university's Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Spanish/English bilingual capability preferred.

To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should reach out to Jennifer Christensen at their earliest convenience and submit electronically, in one email, the following materials:

  • Cover letter expressing your interest with the specific values and needs of USF;
  • Current resume with relevant dates, work experience, and education;
  • List of three references (including current/most recent supervisor) with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without advanced notice).

    Jennifer Christensen
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    The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit

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    Posted: 4/25/2019
    Application Due: 6/25/2019
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