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Associate Director of Diversity and Access Initiatives

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Jun 28, 2021

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Position OverviewThe Office of Undergraduate Admissions reports to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management which includes the following functional units: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Information Systems and the Office of the University Registrar. Enrollment Management is committed to hiring candidates from diverse backgrounds and fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is responsible for domestic undergraduate admissions for both freshman and transfer students. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions coordinates the overall recruitment strategy for KU including travel, on and off campus events, prospect data entry, application processing, transfer credit evaluation and communications.

The Associate Director of Diversity and Access Initiatives, reporting to the Director of Admissions, plays a critical role in the design and implementation of recruitment and event strategies designed to attract and enroll a diverse incoming class of an appropriate size and mix, as defined by university enrollment goals and the university strategic plan. Specifically, this position will be responsible for architecting, implementing and evaluating recruitment and event strategies designed to elevate and enhance KU’s market position and profile of domestic students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds. This position will be responsible for collaborating with University and community leaders in developing and implementing data-informed diversity and outreach recruitment strategies. This is a mission critical position that is vital to the overall success of the Enrollment Management unit and KU’s strategic plan.

This position will provide supervision, direction and support for three admissions representatives whose Kansas territories include diverse populations as well as the Diversity Event Coordinator position who coordinates on and off campus events. The admissions team is highly trained in university information, recruitment tactics and diversity/social justice work to provide the highest level of service and understanding of students from various backgrounds, interests and experiences.

As a member of the Admissions senior management team, this position works closely with the Director of Admissions to ensure alignment and integration of recruitment strategies within a data-oriented and results-driven organization. This position is also part of the strategic planning team and the recruitment team responsible for providing admissions counseling as well as small and large group presentations to a variety of external audiences and groups. Specifically, he or she will be responsible for coaching staff members in developing, implementing and evaluating territory management and diversity event strategies designed to elevate and enhance KU’s market position and profile. This position will also work with multiple student staff members with a focus on multicultural recruitment and outreach. Some evening and weekend work and occasional travel by car or plane is required.

Candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The University of Kansas offers generous time off, retirement matching, medical/dental/vision coverage, wellness incentives and tuition reimbursement. Job Description50% Strategic direction, primary leadership and vision for diversity recruitment and access initiatives
  1. Key liaison with KU campus partners to assist in recruitment of students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds
    • Coordinates monthly/quarterly university diversity recruitment group.
    • Creates and coordinate recruitment trainings to share resources, tactics and tools for the office and university personnel.
    • Develops diversity training for the Office of Admissions
    • Assists university offices with creation and implementation of communication plans and application processes for diversity programs through the Slate CRM platform.
    • Attends university Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging & affinity council meetings
    • Collaborates with campus partners to align and develop a community partnership strategy.
  2. Develops strategies for recruitment efforts of students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds, including data analysis and reports outlining efforts and outcomes.
  3. Creates the strategy and event format and oversees the coordination for the following on- and off- campus events: Leadership Symposiums, Destination KU, Chancellor Achievement Banquets, on campus group visits and other events coordinated to support diversity and access initiatives.
  4. Works with all recruitment staff to develop benchmarks for recruiting underrepresented and underserved students.
  5. Develops and maintains relationships with key individuals and organizations on and off campus. Includes working closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Black Alumni Network, other KU Alumni Association groups and selected student organizations to solicit support for campus recruitment activities and programs.
  6. Strengthens relationships with university departments and external constituents to keep informed on diversity outreach, access and recruitment efforts
  7. Develops visits and strategy for community-based organizations for students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds.
  8. Maintains a list of community organizations in Slate and works to strengthen university partnerships with these organizations. May serve as a committee member for community organizations.
35% Recruitment Strategy: Market Development and Cultivation
This position will develop recruitment strategy for students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds. The Associate Director will collaborate with the Director of Admissions and Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment to provide strategic leadership and goal setting for diversity recruitment and access initiatives for all Admissions representatives.

Specific responsibilities include:
  1. Develops recruitment strategy which includes territory and funnel management, data management and utilization, relationship building, communications, point-of-sale and closing skills.
  2. Conducts regular team and individual meetings in order to ensure consistency in communications and knowledge transfer regarding best practices.
  3. Assists territory managers with developing recruitment strategies for assigned recruitment territory including reviewing and analyzing data to prioritize and maximize travel and identify and target recruitment interventions on those students with the highest propensity to attend as well as those that are most desirable to achieving the multiple and varied enrollment goals and objectives of the university.
  4. Works closely with the Director of Admissions to ensure alignment and integration of diversity recruitment strategies within a data-oriented and results-driven organization.
10% Student Recruitment Support
  1. Participates in on-and-off campus programs such as information nights and other Admission events.
  2. Actively supports the campus visit program by serving as the admissions representative on-call and making presentations to prospective students and guests
  3. Meets with walk-in office visitors and respond to telephone and email inquiries
5% Other Responsibilities
  1. Serves as a member of a variety of strategy teams and consults/offers input on topics including, but not limited to programming, recruitment strategies, publications, and presentations.
  2. Assumes other responsibilities assigned by the Director.
Required Qualifications
  1. Master's degree OR Bachelor’s degree plus five year related experience.
  2. Two or more years’ experience in admissions, counseling or a related field specifically addressing topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or access as evidenced by application materials.
  3. At least two years of experience supervising full-time staff as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Strong written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Experience working directly with students from under-represented and/or underserved backgrounds as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Valid Driver's License or ability to obtain one by time of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master’s degree.
  2. At least 2 years professional admissions experience or 2 years related professional experience at a postsecondary institution or preparing students for postsecondary educational opportunities.
  3. Demonstrated ability to analyze data to evaluate the recruitment and enrollment of under-represented and first-generation students
  4. Experience coordinating events for diverse populations at a college or university
  5. Knowledge of the academic programs and support services at the University of Kansas.
  6. Understanding of CRM philosophy as well as familiarity with CRM technologies.
  7. Experience and familiarity with territory management.
  8. Experience effectively organizing time and tasks as evidenced by previous professional or volunteer experiences.
  9. Demonstrated written and/or verbal proficiency in Spanish language as evidenced by application materials.
  10. Experience with program assessment/evaluation.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application consists of:
  • A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
  • Resume
  • 3 Professional References
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, June 28th, 2021.
Contact Information to ApplicantsAmy Tharp
[email protected]
785-864-5421 Advertised Salary Range$62,000 Application Review Begins28-Jun-2021 Anticipated Start Date12-Jul-2021


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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