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Senior Associate Director of Admission

Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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The Senior Associate Director (SAD) of Admission plays a key leadership role in the enrollment goals of Ursinus College, as well as maintaining the academic profile and fiscal health of the college. As a crucial member of the Office of Admission, the SAD acts as significant support for the Director of Admission, as well as other members of the Admission team, through strategically implementing a highly efficient, team-based enrollment model. Utilizing best practices, sound professional judgment, and strategy development, the SAD will lead all recruitment efforts including admission related travel, application file and committee review process, specialty scholarship process, all aspects of the high school counselor relations program and will fully invest in meeting the established enrollment goals of the college. As the second in command within the Office of Admission, the SAD plays a key role in supporting the Director in overseeing the overall operation of the admission office. S/he is a role model of exemplary admission practices and ethical decision making.


The Senior Associate Director will be confident and team-oriented, with aspirations for campus-wide involvement. The Senior Associate Director will:

  • Assist the Director of Admission in coordination of the Admission review process for entering first year and transfer cohorts to ensure applicant review aligns with best practice models for liberal arts colleges
  • Develops and coordinates timeline and logistics of the admission applicant review process, assessing and addressing gaps in technology needs, reader progress, and applicant/admit pool metrics, providing substantive information needed for efficient Admission Committee review
  • Coordinates and oversees all admission-related recruitment travel with an emphasis on data-driven strategic travel to primary, secondary and tertiary markets to effectively recruit and enroll a well-qualified, diverse student body
  • Oversees all aspects of Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) engagement including travel, speaking opportunities and other ways to connect with prospective students through the CTCL network
  • Coordinates and oversees timeline and logistics of Specialty Scholarship process from initial steps through the awarding of scholarships in partnership with faculty and Student Financial Services
  • Serves as primary organizational manager and liaison for the college’s strategy around campus-wide engagement in the enrollment process:
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key campus partners
  • Develop and implement core programming
  • Return to campus for any programming event related to these activities
  • Create, run, and assess reports on the efficacy of the engagement strategies
  • Oversees all aspects of an established and effective High School Counselor Relations program, including the execution of the fall fly-in event and spring local counselor program as well as the implementation of a strategic communications and engagement outreach plan
  • In coordination with the Director of Admission, designs, organizes, and implements a comprehensive training program for the entirety of the admission staff
  • In conjunction with the Director of Admission, coordinates and implements strategies to facilitate enrollment growth in accordance with the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) plan
  • Oversee the hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of the departmental student workers (admission fellows and gold ambassadors)
  • Develop and maintain relationships with prospective students and their families through frequent telephone, email, written and in-person contact
  • Establish relationships with secondary school counselors, and other school administrators when appropriate, through attendance at various recruitment events, as well as continual outreach throughout the admission cycle
  • Serve as the primary liaison between prospective students/parents and College programs, curriculum, and various campus opportunities by conducting interviews and information sessions, as well as through other modes of communication
  • Participation in recruitment travel which includes: school visits; college fairs; specialty recruitment tours; and attendance at special programs hosted by Community-Based Organizations and Partner Programs.
  • Through collaboration with other departmental staff, plan and formulate strategies to attract qualified and interested students to Ursinus College
  • Collaborates with Student Financial Services, as well as other campus offices, to provide information necessary for conversion and yield of prospective students
  • In coordination with the Director of Enrollment Research and Analytics, produces and analyzes regular reports for the Director of Admission on quantitative metrics related to visits, applicant and territory trends, and travel efficiency, as well as qualitative metrics such as visitor experience assessed through survey instruments
  • Functionally substitute for the Director of Admission when needed
  • Extremely frequent evening and weekend work required
Requirements and Qualifications

A proactive and nimble approach to evolving environments in events and project management, collaborative campus partnerships, and higher education trends is needed for successful outcomes. In addition, the AD should possess the following qualities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, with 5+ years of progressively responsible admission experience, preferably at a regionally accredited, liberal arts institution
  • An in-depth knowledge of, and passion for, the liberal arts
  • The character to embody the mission of the institution as a College That Changes Lives, both personally and professionally
  • A celebration of diversity, both in the workplace and in student population
  • The cultural competency needed to honorably and prominently promote diversity in all its forms
  • A high proficiency in multi-tasking as well as strategic thinking
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exemplary communication skills and a collaborative, transparent approach to problem-solving
  • A desire to play a significant role in the mentorship and guidance of staff
  • A desire to join and foster a dynamic, transformative campus culture
  • A collaborative and transparent approach to problem-solving
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to participate in travel which can range from 8-12 weeks annually
  • Experience with data and reporting, and a desire to provide enrollment research support
  • Ability and willingness to work night and weekend hours as needed
  • Ability to stand in one place for significant amounts of time and ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds
Preferred Skills and Competencies
  • Master’s Degree and/or 7+ years of admission experience at a regionally accredited, liberal arts institution
  • Experience with data and reporting, and a desire to provide enrollment research support
  • In-depth knowledge of Slate CRM

Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.

Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.


About Ursinus College

  • Founded in 1869
  • First admitted women in 1880
  • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
  • 20% students of color
  • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
  • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
  • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
  • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
  • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
  • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
  • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
  • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

  • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
  • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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