Assistant Director, Freshman Recruitment
Job no: 510016
Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Undergraduate Admissions
Pay Grade: 29
Categories: Admissions/Enrollment/Student Recruitment, Professional Staff Union (PSU)
The Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions is responsible for attracting students to the University through traditional means of visits and attendance at college fairs and/or through the development of special projects that bring students to the campus. The incumbent will be responsible for building strong relations with personnel at high schools who influence the student’s decision making process; monitoring prospects and applications from assigned geo-territory; creating and implementing strategies to convert prospects to enrolled students; reviewing and rendering admission decisions; conducting information sessions; and providing career and enrollment counseling. The Assistant Director will also be assigned as a liaison to one of the undergraduate colleges within the university and is required to involve the college in recruitment activities, as well as acquire and maintain demonstrated in-depth knowledge of curriculum changes, faculty expertise, research initiatives and opportunities for student involvement; and will work to increase applications and yield of admitted students. The Assistant Director may also serve as the coordinator/liaison for the development of specific programs, such as but not limited to; Directions for Student Potential (DSP), Pathways for Non-Degree students, Athletics or Beacon Ambassador Student group. Special projects determined based on incumbent’s professional interests and business needs.
Examples of Duties:
- Responsible for attracting students to the University through traditional means of visits and attendance at college fairs and/or through the development of special projects that bring students to the campus; build relationships withpersonnel at high schools who influence the student’s decision making process;
- Conduct recruiting activities, which include scheduling visits and developing partnerships with high schools, community colleges and/or community agencies; plan and coordinate on-campus promotional events and activities for designated applicant pool; monitor and track off-campus recruitment activities for first-year students;
- Monitor prospects and applications from assigned geo-territory; create and implement strategies to convert prospects to enrolled students;
- Review admission applications and render admission decisions;
- Conduct interviews and information sessions and provide career and enrollment counseling to various groups of students;
- Serve as the liaison between Undergraduate Admissions and one or more college(s)/program(s), including but not limited to recruitment activities; acquiring and maintaining an in-depth knowledge of curriculum changes, faculty expertise, research initiatives and opportunities for student involvement;
- Work to increase applications and yield of admitted students and work to meet established enrollment goals for targeted application pools;
- Track recruitment materials to ensure consistent levels throughout the travel season;
- Maintain statistical data on assigned applicant pool and oversee decision activities of that pool; monitor participants’ progress of assigned pool by maintaining contact with appropriate campus faculty and/or staff;
- In conjunction with Senior Associate Director and Director, design and execute a strategy as it relates to assigned program (i.e., Directions for Student Potential (DSP), Pathways for Non-Degree students, Athletics or Beacon Ambassador Student group) for marketing, communication and external outreach;
- Participate on committees, which impact designated applicant pool(s);
- Serve as an agent on the office main telephone number queueing system;
- Assist with transfer and international student recruitment initiatives as necessary;
- Support Undergraduate Admission recruitment and yield events and other campus events, as appropriate;
- Perform additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one-three years in post-secondary administration, counseling or recruiting required. The incumbent is required to have and maintain throughout the duration of employment in this position a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation to travel throughout identified recruitment territory. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, as well as off-campus recruiting events, is required.
- Prior admissions experience in recruitment, application reading and/or counseling prospective students preferred;
- Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of students and various publics preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work effectively in a team setting, as well as independently with minimum supervision;
- Ability to deliver services in an environment with an emphasis on customer service, both internally and externally;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Strong organizational and problem solving skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Strong commitment to customer service.
Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.
Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.
Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:
This is an exempt union position.
All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.
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