Program Director of Admissions - Diversity Initiatives

Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Durham, North Carolina

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Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third-largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

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Program Director of Admissions
Diversity Initiatives

The Program Director of Admissions - Diversity Initiatives (level 13) participates in a team effort to market, recruit, select, and yield students for The Duke MBA Daytime, Executive MBA, MQM, and MMS Programs. Provide administrative management and coordination for admissions functions across all programs, reporting to the Assistant Dean of Admissions.


Assist the Assistant Dean of Admissions with developing and implementing the strategic plan for diversity recruitment and yield initiatives for all programs. These plans may include, but are not limited to:
- Pipeline building of underrepresented ethnic groups women, veterans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.
- Alumni engagement and relationship management
- Yield Communication development and strategy
- Partnership development and management    
- Serve as the staff lead to oversee and provide guidance on the development and implementation of recruitment and yield plans for women, underrepresented ethnic minorities, veterans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students across all programs.
- Provide leadership for the planning and execution of yield initiatives for diverse populations, including during Blue Devil Weekend and through the development of unique off-campus events (such as the Weekday for Women)
- Provide leadership and guidance for the event recruitment strategy for diverse populations across programs. This includes leading the planning and implementation of events such events as the Diverse Perspectives alumni panels, HBCU college fairs for one-year programs, industry conferences (NBMBAA, Forte, Prospanica), and other events for EMBA and Daytime MBA prospective students.
- Manage the admissions component of the Forte Fellowship Program for Daytime and EMBA programs.
- Serve as the primary liaison for diversity partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Forte Foundation, and JumpStart Advisory Group.
- Serve as the Market Advisor for three designated regions to increase applications and number of students enrolling from these targeted areas. These markets will include, underrepresented ethnic minority students, women, and Africa. Market Lead responsibilities will consist of:
- Assisting with development of the recruitment and yield strategy for assigned markets and serve as the staff lead traveler for these markets.
- Manage alumni relations within each market to garner support for Admissions recruitment and yield
- Manage outreach and communication with prospects, admitted students, and matriculated students
- Manage the admissions evaluation process and scholarship strategy for one read team and present to final admissions committee for consideration.
- Provide leadership for the planning and execution of on-campus recruiting programs, such as The Duke MBA Workshop for Minority Applicants and The Duke MBA Weekend for Women, Blue Devil Weekend diversity programming, Management Leadership for Tomorrow seminars, and MBA Jumpstart symposiums.
- Utilize data to identify opportunities to grow diversity enrollments for women and underrepresented diverse groups.
- Gather and maintain competitor data on recruitment, scholarship, and yield strategies across diversity populations to ensure our policies and practices are competitive
- Lead the communication strategy for diverse populations across all programs. This includes pre- and post- event communications, as well as prospective and admitted student communications
- Manage the Program Coordinator for Campus Events and provide guidance and oversight for the logistical planning and budget management for campus events for all programs. Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring for professional growth and development.
- Manage and track event budgets
- Recruit, train, and manage student and alumni volunteers for each event.
- Collaborate with campus affinity clubs and organizations to garner support for our diversity recruitment initiatives
- Support the work of Minority Alumni Advisory Board as the alternate staff representative
- Interview candidates for admission for Daytime, MMS, and MQM as needed
- Counsel prospective students on the admissions process
- Evaluate admitted applicants for merit-based scholarship consideration
- Travel domestically and internationally to deliver presentations to prospective students, alumni and corporate partners to support the recruitment efforts across all programs.
- Provide input to the Admissions Sr. Leadership Team on strategies to grow and diversify the applicant pool, specifically in areas (e.g. function, industry, postgraduate goals) identified by faculty, administration, alumni, corporate recruiters, and current students as improvement opportunities
- Coordinate admissions-wide learning and development around diversity and bias.

Required Qualifications at this Level
Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.

Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area generally acquired through four years of related experience OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Department Preferred Qualifications
Skills and Qualifications

- Undergraduate degree required, master's degree in business, education or related field highly desirable
- Admissions, counseling, marketing or corporate recruiting experience highly desirable
- Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally for recruiting purposes
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
- Strong communication, interpersonal and team skills are essential.
- Must be very comfortable in a highly computerized environment, including database management, electronic bulletin boards and e-mail

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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