The Admissions Office
The Admissions Office is a 22-person team that is collaborative, supportive, professional, and hard working. Average tenure in the office is approximately 11 years, reflecting the staff’s commitment and belief in Macalester’s core values and support of employees, collegial connection to one another, and high quality of life in the Twin Cities.
The Associate Director for International Admissions will join a strong and experienced leadership group that is committed to innovation, collaboration, and has the budget to implement creative strategies. Student recruitment happens on a global scale. In the past three years, Admissions staff members have traveled internationally to visit 204 different high schools in 32 countries, hosted an international counselors’ program in collaboration with other colleges, and pursued new tactics in international recruiting. The Associate Director directs the office’s international admission team and the Global Ambassadors (current students). He/she collaborates and serves as a key liaison with the Director
of Financial Aid in determining aid awards for international students. In addition, he/she partners closely with the International Student Program (ISP), a four-member office that coordinates a hostfamily program and provides extensive support, guidance, activities, and programming for international students.
• Directs the department’s international recruitment, including representation of Macalester during high school visits, college fairs, off-campus interviews, and other special events around the world. Responsible, in consultation with the Director and other staff members, for developing and implementing recruitment strategies for specific geographic regions. Evaluates and reports on the effectiveness of these strategies each year.
• Coordinates the review, selection, and committee processes for international applicants. Evaluating applications involves exercising independent judgment and making professional recommendations regarding admission decisions. In each selection cycle, the Associate Director ensures that all international applicants and U.S. applicants studying abroad are reviewed in the holistic manner outlined by office leadership. Coordinates the International Admissions Committee process, develops and maintains the international student yield model, and works with the Director of Financial Aid to determine the appropriate financial aid award for each admitted student.
• Builds relationships with international counseling professionals by coordinating campus visit programs and attending conferences of international counselors and admissions professionals.
• Stewards Macalester’s special, long-standing relationship with the United World Colleges (UWC) network of schools, counselors, and students. In the last 25 years, over 230 UWC alumni have graduated from Macalester.
• Implements various communications strategies appropriate to international prospective students. Strategies include email communications, web content, social media, and print publications when appropriate.
• Develops and maintains a volunteer network that assists international recruitment efforts. This includes alumni living abroad, current students who are studying overseas, current international students who return home during breaks, and faculty who are on sabbaticals or traveling for work.
• Collaborates with International Student Programs (ISP) Office. Participates in the transition of new international students to the college.
• Other duties as assigned.
Position Qualifications and Requirements
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably from a four-year, private liberal arts college.
• Eight years or more of experience in higher education, preferably international admissions work at a selective liberal arts college.
• Awareness and sensitivity to other cultures and the interests/concerns of international students contemplating study in the U.S.
• In-depth knowledge of various international education systems around the world.
• Strong professional network of high school counselors and international admission officers is highly desired.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate professionally, tactfully, and effectively to a wide variety of individuals.
• Ability to work creatively and efficiently, both independently and as part of a team.
• Availability to travel and work nights and weekends.
• Valid driver’s license and passport.
Interested and qualified candidates should reach out to Jennifer Christensen at their earliest convenience. Review of applications will begin in early May. Candidates should send the following materials via email:
• Cover letter expressing your interest with the specific values and needs of Macalester College
• Current résumé with relevant dates, work experience, and education
• List of three references with name, phone number, and e-mail address of each (references will not be contacted without your permission)
• Responses to supplemental questions that will be sent to you once you express interest