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Assistant Director - International Admissions

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Academic Affairs, International Programs, Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment, Institutional Research & Planning
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewInternational Admissions reports to the Director of International Support Services which includes the following functional areas: Compliance and Advising, Student Engagement, Special Programs, and International Admissions. The goal of International Support Services (ISS) is to ensure that KU’s international student population continues to grow in size and diversity, while maintaining a high level of student satisfaction.

The Assistant Director for International Admissions oversees and coordinates international degree and non-degree undergraduate and graduate recruitment, undergraduate admissions, and international undergraduate transfer credit processes. Managing a team within ISS, this position provides leadership in the development and ongoing management of a comprehensive international recruitment strategy that is informed by research and model practices and aligned with KU’s mission, goals and capacities. The Assistant Director works closely with the offices of International Affairs, the Applied English Center, International Short Programs, Study Abroad and Global Engagement, Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions, Marketing Communications, Analytics, Institutional Research, & Effectiveness, the Office of Admissions, and Financial Aid & Scholarships, as well as with KU academic departments and professional schools. Job DescriptionUnit Management and Leadership: 20%
  • Provide leadership and oversight for international undergraduate admissions; and international undergraduate and graduate recruitment efforts.
  • Supervise staff within the unit.
  • Develop and implement strategies and systems for the effective management of the office.
  • Oversee the application of policies and practices that fulfill Kansas Board of Regents and University requirements for admissions and international transfer credit evaluation.
  • Develop new policies and procedures to facilitate international student recruitment and admissions that reflect current understanding of the international admissions field and professional best practices.
  • Provide leadership in developing, implementing and continually improving systems, processes and technology designed to support the recruitment effort and facilitate international student enrollment to the university.
  • As a member of leadership within International Support Services, participate in communications, planning, and administration activities for the unit.
Recruitment: 35%
  • Work with recruitment and communications staff in the unit to develop, align and implement annual and long-term recruitment plans informed by data on markets, student demand, and KU capacities.
  • Conduct performance analyses of recruitment initiatives and associated outcomes to prioritize activities.
  • Provide reports outlining recruitment efforts and outcomes.
  • Oversee recruitment relationships with external contractors and agents.
  • Provide guidance, direction and support for recruitment staff and representatives.
  • Liaise with domestic admissions, graduate admissions, professional schools, and marketing communications staff to coordinate the generation of internationally-focused marketing materials and strategies.

Admissions: 35%
  • Supervise the administration of policies and practices for evaluating academic credentials and supporting documents submitted with international undergraduate applications for admissibility and transferability of academic work completed abroad to the University.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of necessary systems.
  • Initiate necessary policy or process changes related to admissions and the strategic investment of resources related to KU’s admissions efforts.
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Management to align policies, practices, and data reporting where possible, and develop internationally-specific policies, practices, and data reporting where needed.
  • Work collaboratively with leadership and staff within the ISS unit to insure collaboration and transfer of admitted student information to support student matriculation, document production, and orientation processes.
Other duties as assigned – 10%
  • Special projects and committee work as designated by the Director of ISS.
Position Requirements
  1. This position begins on-site but would be eligible move to a hybrid model after incumbent successfully completes the 6-month probationary period. After successfully completing probation, incumbent may work one (1) day a week remotely based on a set departmental schedule.
Required Qualifications
  1. Master’s degree plus three years of relevant experience in a higher education context.
  2. Two years experience supervising staff, as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Strong written communications skills, as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Public speaking or presentation experience.
  5. Experience with recruitment, admissions, and/or student information systems software (i.e. PeopleSoft, Slate Customer Relationship Management system) or similar technology.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience analyzing data and utilizing it to strategically plan unit activities.
  2. Three years of experience working in international support services (admissions, recruitment, partnerships) in a large, U.S. research institution context.
  3. Three years supervisory experience.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes:
  • A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
  • Resume.
  • Three (3) Professional References.
  • Completion of the online application.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Application review begins Monday, October 11, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.
Contact Information to ApplicantsRoberta Pokphanh, [email protected] Advertised Salary Range$56,000 - $58,000 Work ScheduleMonday - Friday; 8am – 5pm Application Review Begins11-Oct-2021 Anticipated Start Date29-Nov-2021


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