Admissions Director (4509U) 12674

San Francisco
Nov 11, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Admissions Director (4509U) 12674 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 25, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time. All students spend their first semester in an intensive course that teaches accurate, responsible deadline reporting and writing. During their remaining three semesters, students may specialize in print, video, documentary, photojournalism, audio or multimedia. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. There are 9 permanent faculty members in the School and many working journalists who serve as adjuncts and visiting lecturers. The School employs an average of 25 temporary and career staff members.

  • Oversees the design, planning and implementation of the Master of Journalism application review and selection process. Oversees review process of applications for admission. Proposes new procedures via School Admissions Committee. Responsible for planning and implementation of the writing and interview testing process. Coordinates interview process. In conjunction with faculty leadership, develops rubrics for screening and assessing qualifications of candidates.
  • Prepares strategy and plans for recruitment drive programs. Collaborates with the dean and faculty on overall strategies for finding and recruiting top candidates for the Master of Journalism degree including marketing strategies to prospective students and partners. Coordinates the design and implementation of digital marketing, cutting-edge website and social media branding and outreach. Designs annual and multi-annual strategy, plans, implementation, and measures of effectiveness for recruitment campaigns. Sets recruitment goals and campaigns each academic year. Proposes, administers and monitors budget expenditures and adjusts as needed to ensure goals are met and allocated budgets are adhered to. Plans and leads annual calendar of events including Open House, Spring Welcome Visit, information sessions, and other special events for prospective students. This includes in-person and online events. Develops strategic in-person and remote outreach and travel plans to participate in conferences, colleges, and graduate fairs that support the School vision. Virtually and in-person, manages prospective student tours, class visits, appointments with faculty and staff and connection opportunities with current students and alumni. Oversees all communications and data collection of prospective students. Responsible for ensuring design and production of high-quality brochures, videos and other collateral material for prospective student visitors and for distribution at conferences, events or online.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the recruitment program within the context of the school's vision and mission, admissions and enrollment goals, financial aid & scholarship objectives, size of applicant pool, acceptance rate, and graduation rate from the University. Responsible for regular reporting and analysis of School admissions and outreach performance and outcomes to the School Executive Committee and central campus offices.
  • Active collaboration with School management in the design and implementation of admissions programs. Staff lead on School Admissions Committee. Participates in School and campus committee meetings and represents the School on campus and with external constituencies in student admissions, recruitment and advising concerns. Maintains professional skills and knowledge.
  • Evaluates and recommends fellowship and scholarship awards for admitted applicants based award criteria and an assessment of candidate qualifications and characteristics. Ensures that donor intent is honored. Collaborates with School financial and advancement staff to determine available funding sources and appropriate uses.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of the MJ admissions and recruitment program and makes recommendations for recruitment strategy to enhance yield. Responsible for tracking industry trends that enhance admissions results. Ensures diversity recruitment is a core goal in all outreach efforts, and collaborates with faculty, staff and dean in developing strategies for increasing enrollment of under-represented groups.
  • Provides guidance on the most difficult and complex admissions cases. Communicates and collaborates with faculty to determine appropriate outcomes. Leads the work of temporary staff and/or student employees to support recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • Represents School in specific areas of expertise and provides guidance to other student services staff in that area of expertise. Serves as a key member of the student affairs team. Participates in year-round School planning, events, and initiatives.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of project management including program design, implementation, and evaluation. Ability to work independently, handle a variety of projects, and establish priorities effectively.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population. Prior experience managing student activities and academic affairs, including advising and counseling individual students.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding, or ability to learn of UC, and the ability to interpret and communicate policies and procedures to prospective students and the public.
  • Advanced and comprehensive knowledge of academic programs, including curricula, admissions requirements, and financial aid programs.
  • Advanced ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with schools, universities, community organizations, and other institutions.
  • Advanced ability to develop recruitment programs, and design effective materials including digital marketing and online recruitment strategies.
  • Advanced knowledge of admissions requirements for school (or ability to learn), including mitigating circumstances and bases for exceptions.
  • Advanced skills to develop the school's strategic recruitment plans, designing outreach and recruitment programs and materials that will attract and enroll top candidates to the school, including students from under-represented groups.
  • Effective organizational, problem solving, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to make consistent, sound recommendations, exercise clear judgment in ethical application of policies.
  • Experience managing budgets and complex funding resources.
  • Familiarity with student financial aid processes and policies.
  • Experience designing and delivering workshops and events both in-person and online.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
  • Must be available to travel and to work occasional evenings and weekends throughout the year.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of tertiary level foreign credentials, secondary school records, study abroad programs and policies, and the knowledge of major educational systems of the world.
  • Experience in working with relational databases related to registration or student databases. This includes collecting, vetting, sorting, importing, exporting, and analyzing large amounts of data.
  • Strong interest in journalism and understanding of the industry's growth and changes.

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience within the range of $67,500 - $83,200.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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