Director, MBA and Masters of Public Policy (MPP) Recruitment and Admissions

Oakland, Alameda County
Jul 23, 2014


Director, MBA and Masters of Public Policy (MPP) Recruitment and Admissions
Full-time, Non-exempt

Reports To
: Dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. Dotted line reporting to Director, MPP Program and Vice President, Enrollment Management


Mills College is a nationally respected Master’s Comprehensive University with an undergraduate liberal arts college for women and graduate programs for both women and men. Located on 135 lush acres in the foothills of Oakland in the California Bay Area the College enrolls approximately 600 graduate students and 900 undergraduates. Consistently ranked one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report and one of the “Best 366 Colleges” by The Princeton Review, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering leadership, social justice, critical thinking, and creativity.

The Lokey Graduate School of Business offers an MBA program with full-time, part-time, and an accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program; a Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Degree Program;, and a Joint Masters in Public Policy (MPP)/MBA Degree Program. The School currently has 105 full- and part-time students and is pursuing an ambitious plan for growth and expansion. The School is relatively young and is building its brand and reputation as a leader in ethical and socially responsible business education. It was ranked in 2013 as #5 for attention to social impact and #14 for sustainability in Net Impact’s Guide to MBA Programs that are committed to harnessing the power of business to have a positive social impact. The MBA program was established in 2001 and the Lokey Graduate School of Business was established in 2005. The joint degree programs were established after 2010.

The Mills Public Policy Program is co-located with Business in the Lokey Graduate School of Business building and shares an administrative staff with the School of Business. The Public Policy Program offers a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, an accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, and the aforementioned joint degree with business (MPP/MBA). The Public Policy Program also provides an undergraduate major in public policy. The MPP program was launched six years after the start of the MBA program, and will have a total of approximately 35 students (not including joint-degree students) in the coming year. The program distinguishes itself from other MPP programs through its focus on local planning and policymaking and its emphasis on engaged learning (students have multiple opportunities to interact with practitioners in the classroom and outside the campus).

There are significant synergies and alignment of missions and values between the business and public policy programs and their co-location is mutually enhancing. We are seeking to leverage these synergies to enhance the student experience and grow enrollments across all business and public policy programs.

Summary of Position
The Director of MBA-MPP Recruitment and Admissions reports directly to the Dean of the Lokey Graduate School of Business and works closely with the Faculty Director of the MPP program in the admission process.

The Director has primary responsibility for sourcing, attracting, recruiting and enrolling qualified candidates to the MBA, MPP, and MPP/MBA Joint Degree Programs. The Director collaborates closely with the College’s Director of Graduate Admissions and has a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Vice President of Enrollment Management. The Director also works closely with her/his counterpart in the School of Education in recruitment and admissions of candidates for the Joint MBA/MA Education Leadership Degree Program.

The Director will develop and implement key strategies for attracting and converting prospective students to meet admissions goals. In developing recruitment strategies, the Director will collaborate with the Dean, the Faculty Director of the MPP Program, and the staffs of the Office of Graduate Admissions and Marketing Department.

Essential Job Functions:
• Responsible for meeting admissions goals set in collaboration with the Dean, the Director of the MPP Program, and the Office of Graduate Admissions.

• Develop, manage and implement the recruitment plan for the MBA, MPP and Joint Degree programs. Represent these programs at graduate school fairs and other relevant events locally and nationally.

• Manage and implement admissions processes for the MBA, MPP, and MPP/MBA joint degree program. Collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management in the School of Education for the MBA/MA Education Leadership Program.

• Manage a full case load of prospects through the entire admissions process from inquiry to matriculation. Leverage 1:1 outreach strategies to attract high quality prospects and convert them to matriculates.

• Develop understanding of all programs and students’ experiences and outcomes as required to represent the programs effectively to prospective students.

• Manage monthly on-campus, off-campus and web-based recruitment and yield events, collaborating with other departments and external organizations as necessary.

• Plan and implement outreach and communications with prospective students and external partners as part of strategic recruitment plan.

• Manage and administer the application review process and financial aid awards process with the Dean, Director of MPP Program, and designated faculty members.

• Coordinate communications with prospective and admitted students and with the Financial Aid Office and Office of Graduate Admissions.

• Collaborate with the Dean, Director of MPP Program, and the College’s Marketing Department in developing a marketing plan and informational/promotional materials for admissions, including the development of web content focusing on outreach and recruitment strategies.

• Manage marketing communications and tactics related to recruitment strategies, including creating a communication plan, managing website updates, social media sites, email blasts, flyers, Google ad words, MBA and MPP recruitment sites, and the programs’ internet presence.

• Conduct on-going strategic analysis of market trends, competitors, and key factors shaping the MBA and MPP markets and the programs’ respective inquiry and applicant pools (including program costs, tuition, and financial aid policies).

• Collaborate with the Dean and Director, MBA and MPP Career Services and External Relations to strengthen the engagement of alumnae in the recruitment process as well as develop a corporate/organizational outreach strategy to strengthen the pool of prospective MBA and MPP candidates.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
• Participate actively on the Dean’s Administrative Management team and take on special projects as required.

• Prepare and maintain documentation and processes required for AACSB accreditation for the MBA and Joint MPP/MBA programs.

• Supervise part-time graduate assistants assigned to the Admissions Office.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
• Recruitment and admissions strategies, processes, and performance metrics in higher education, preferably in professional programs at the graduate level.

• Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications (including Powerpoint) and database management. Knowledge of CRM systems (especially Slate) desirable.

• Use of social media for marketing purposes.


• Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills as required to produce and present information in a concise and compelling manner.

• Demonstrated strength in interpersonal skills, high personal energy level, and a strong commitment to customer service.

• Strong organizational skills and time management skills with and ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects with independent deadlines.

• Demonstrated competency in data collection and analysis relevant to interpreting market trends, competition, and admissions and enrollment statistics.

• Ability to work effectively in an entrepreneurial environment committed to high standards of performance and ambitious goals for growth and institutional development.

• Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team and foster collegial relationships with diverse constituencies, such as faculty, students, alumnae, and staff.

• Experience in managing small teams for high performance.

• Demonstrated ability to manage unit budget.

• Strong commitment to advancing traditionally underrepresented groups in business and public policy.

• Ability to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Education and Training:
• MBA, MPP, or graduate degree in related field.

• A minimum of six years of progressive higher education experience in an admissions office or marketing office. Experience in MBA or MPP recruitment and admissions desirable.

• Ability to travel during the fall recruiting season. Recruitment responsibilities require some evening and weekend work.

Other Information
Compensation commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403(b) retirement plan, 22 days’ vacation plus 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period.

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Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for three references, and the Mills College Application Form.

Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the selection process may be requested by qualified disabled individuals by writing to the above address, or by calling (510) 430-2282.