Human Resources

Senior Associate Director of Admission

Department

Admission

Overview

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.

Responsibilities

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

Application

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.