Detailed Job Description
Job ID 417
The Senior Associate Director will provide the primary leadership, vision, and direction for the Office of Admission regarding all facets of recruitment and application review as it relates to enrolling the first-year class. This position also has responsibility for managing and directing the office's efforts related to high-ability programming and recruitment and alumni and high school counselor relations.
Directing a staff which includes seven Regional Recruitment Coordinators and three Assistant Directors, the Senior Associate Director will assume responsibility for the successful planning and execution of all aspects of application review, recruitment, yield, travel, and high-ability programming.
Utilizing data, demographic trends, industry best practices, and other forms of quantitative feedback, the Senior Associate Director will continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Admission strategies and practices to successfully recruit and enroll an academically-talented and geographically-diverse first-year class.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assume responsibility and accountability for the all on and off-campus programming and travel related to first-year recruitment and yield.
- Directly supervise the Regional Recruitment, High Ability Recruitment, Recruitment, and Review teams and lead regular team meetings.
- In conjunction with admission senior leadership, develop and oversee budget lines associated with recruitment travel, high ability programming, the Summer Scholars Program, and the Regional Recruitment staff.
- Develop short and long-term strategic recruitment plans for the University’s first-year recruitment goals; work with the Interim Director of Admission and Enrollment Communication, Enrollment Management, and University constituents to develop focused, integrated, and data-driven recruitment plans which align with the University’s Strategic Priorities.
- Work with the EM Research & Analysis, OIR, and external partners, as necessary, to identify and analyze data for the creation of effective and efficient travel strategies to stabilize existing markets and inventive and resourceful strategies to spark growth and name-recognition in new markets
- Utilize benchmarking and research to ensure Admission recruitment and travel policies and procedures are reflective of the nation’s and competitors’ best practices.
- Direct the compilation of data and statistics for reports, projections, and analysis of issues pertaining to the first-year recruitment and yield.
- Direct the University’s first-year admission review process to include continual assessment, and evaluation of the process to ensure alignment with institutional priorities and goals, as well as compliance with federal and professional regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the application review process including: the creation and implementation of the annual review calendar; development and coordination of staff training; daily monitoring and assessment of admission applications throughout the various stages of the review process.
- Work with Enrollment Communication staff members to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of prospective student, parent, high ability, regionally-targeted, and counselor communications to include print, electronic, web, and telephonic methods.
- Provide leadership and vision for off-campus events focused on building and strengthening relationships with alumni, high school counselors and other key constituents and supporting the overall recruitment and yield strategies of the office.
- Train admission staff to ensure the effective and regular use of data in determining overall recruitment strategies and practices including travel and event planning; conduct annual training and review of NACAC-mandated SPGP standards.
- In coordination with the Regional Recruitment Director, develop and oversee University recruitment strategies for the targeted Regional Recruitment areas. Determine the criteria for assessing the impact of these positions, and conduct an evaluation of progress for the positions at the conclusion of each recruitment cycle.
- Provide direction and oversight to the Assistant Director in the targeted recruitment of high-ability students regarding the University Academic Scholars Program and the Summer Scholars Program and all related strategic communication plans and programming.
- Oversee the utilization of a high quality admission alumni volunteer program which ensures the use of alumni volunteers in regional recruitment efforts and works closely with the Alumni Office to make certain proper partnering and training continuously takes place.
- Oversee coordination of special events focused on bringing high school counselors to campus, including the Advisory Board, MU/UD counselor tour, and counselor fly-in.
- Actively participate in admission and recruitment-related professional organizations and activities.
- Review admission applications.
- Participate in general admission activities (group information sessions, on and off-campus programs, etc.).
- Other duties as assigned.
Required: A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years of experience in admission, higher education, or a related field. Candidate must be politically savvy and diplomatic, possess exceptional written and oral communication skills, have a proven record of developing relationships and building rapport with internal and external constituencies, and demonstrate the ability to successfully manage a staff to ensure a climate of collaboration and teamwork, while encouraging professional development and continued improvement at the same time. Must be able to provide leadership and mentoring, but work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, as well. Must be familiar with contemporary recruitment strategies, national demographic trends, and current research in the admission field. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with computer systems and various software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; must be able to perform overnight travel and possess a valid driver’s license.
Master’s degree and seven years of experience in admission, higher education, or a related field. Experience working with data for the purpose of strategic decision-making preferred. Familiarity with Banner and working with other relational databases highly desired.
Special Instructions to Applicant
Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening of applications will be March 3, 2015.
Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.