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Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Pre-College Programs - Pre-College Programs

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Pre-College Programs

Division of Enrollment Management

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Office of Pre-College Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UTK) invites applications and nominations for our Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Pre-College Programs position. We are seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Applications received within the first 2 weeks (14 days) of the job posting date will receive priority review.

The Position:

This is an on-campus position with some hybrid/remote work schedule flexibility.

The Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Pre-College Programs is responsible for the planning, coordination, and assessment related to our high school counselor strategic priorities; recruitment of students that participate in pre-college programs sponsored by the University; and for overseeing new strategic initiatives and projects that positively impact enrollment growth. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Undergraduate Admissions Senior Staff and campus partners to identify and support the development and execution of department strategic priorities and initiatives. They will build and foster internal and external partnerships that lead to new collaborations and support existing and new initiatives to aid and accomplish the department's goals and strategic recruitment plan. As a key priority, the position will develop and lead a school counselor strategy focused on increasing impactful engagement with high school counselors. The Assistant Director will also serve as the liaison in Undergraduate Admissions to the colleges and other departments across campus in coordinating the recruitment of prospective students that attend pre-college programs at the University. In addition, the Assistant Director will work directly with Director of Visits & Events on strategic initiatives that support our enrollment goals, increase efficiencies, and ultimately better serve key stakeholders. 

This position will report to the Director of Visits & Events, while working closely with all members of the Undergraduate Admissions Senior Staff in support of the department's strategic recruitment plan and other priorities

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in business, management, communications, government or relevant disciplines.

• A minimum of 3 years professional experience.

• Demonstrated success at leading new initiatives and complex projects to achieve measured outcomes. •Experience developing and managing strategic stakeholder communication efforts.

Preferred Education and Experience:

Master's or higher degree and 5 years professional experience, including demonstrated success in project management and change management.

• Experience managing high-stakes, visible projects within higher education.

• Experience leading and/or advising on change management strategies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to lead new initiatives and complex projects to achieve measured outcomes.

• Ability to manage strategic stakeholder communication and outreach efforts.

• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

• Ability to collaborate, listen, create and build consensus around new ideas.

• Knowledge of PowerPoint, and other presentation tools.

• Ability to navigate, advise and lead change management.

• Customer service skills and student focused attitude and approach to project work and relationship building.

• Highly organized and detail orientated.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of enrollment management practices, including Undergraduate Admissions, University Registrar, Financial Aid & Scholarships, student services and higher education industry as whole.

• Ability to analyze data for the purposes of measuring program effectiveness and providing return on investment (ROI) summaries.

The Division

The Enrollment Management (EM) division comprises more than 190 full-time staff who serve our students through the following departments and functions: Undergraduate Admissions, International Recruitment, Transfer Center, One Stop Student Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, University Registrar, EM Communications, and Research & Analytics. The Office of Enrollment Management is committed to our Vision, Mission and Values. We are passionate about fulfilling our land-grant mission of accessible education and making an impact that will transform lives through the student experience.

The University and Region

UTK  is the state’s flagship, land-grant university. We are a Research 1 university with 11 colleges and more than 30,000 students. With new leadership at the system, university, and college levels, UTK is poised for dramatic positive change focused on solving some of the most audacious, pressing problems our country and world face today. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem surrounded by eight gorgeous lakes, with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville and Cincinnati. It is only a day’s drive to Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience along with a resume and the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of three to five professional references.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Pre College Programs
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 2, 2023, 12:38:51 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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