Penn State seeks a dynamic, collaborative, data-driven and forward-thinking leader to serve as Director of Recruitment for Undergraduate Admissions. Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education & Executive Director for Undergraduate Admissions, the director is the senior advisor to the Executive Director on all recruitment matters and participates in the strategic and operational leadership for the Undergraduate Admissions Office and its nearly 100-member staff. The Director of Recruitment will work closely with the Executive Director and other directors (Admissions Services and Evaluation, Multicultural Outreach, Marketing & Communications, Information Systems and Research) to enhance an admission strategy that enables the university to enroll an intellectually vibrant and talented student body that is diverse and inclusive with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geography, and religion, among other factors. To that end, the director will oversee all aspects of in-state, out-of-state and international recruitment, as well as on-campus visitation programs, and will further our collaboration and communication with the 19 other Penn State undergraduate campus enrollment management and admissions offices, World Campus and other colleges and units (i.e. ROTC, Athletics, Housing, etc.) across the University Park campus. The director will develop active relationships and collaborate with key stakeholders including: Strategic Communications, the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, campus enrollment leaders and academic college representatives, among others. The director will work closely with the Office of Student Aid to identify and implement integrated initiatives that make families aware of Penn State's access and affordability. This is an exciting opportunity to join a leadership team that seeks to continually improve our recruitment, evaluation, communications and reporting efforts. Responsibilities include: Provide strategic and operational leadership of Penn State's recruitment efforts to include: University Park staff, commonwealth campus admissions staff, college representatives, remote Philadelphia and Pittsburgh admissions offices, regional recruiters based in New York City, New Jersey, and northern Virginia, and over 300 alumni volunteers across the United States; Lead, mentor, and provide opportunities for professional growth for a team of 17 full-time and 8 hourly recruitment professionals, and 300 student volunteers; Create an open and welcoming environment that actively recruits, supports and yields prospective students and their families; Efficiently manage the recruitment operating budget, as well as, the hiring, supervision and performance evaluation process for recruitment staff; Represent Penn State at state, regional, and national conference and policy meetings. Represent the Undergraduate Admissions Office at University meetings; Participate in all aspects of the general admission process, including: leading public presentations; recruitment travel; evaluating applications; yield enhancement; etc.; Stay abreast of national and international admission trends, and issues in higher education related to college access, affordability, and success; Provide leadership and oversight for University Park visitation (nearly 70,000 visitors per year) and student volunteer programs (300 student volunteers), including daily visits, tours, University-wide events such as Spend-a-Summer-Day; Fully participate with Undergraduate Admissions leadership to consider and implement decisions regarding the evaluation of applicants and decisions; Provide leadership and support to the enrollment management and admissions offices at the 19 Penn State undergraduate campuses and World Campus. This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A substantial understanding of the nature and mission (http://www.psu.edu/this-is-penn-state/leadership-and-mission/mission-and-character) of the multi-campus, land-grant, public research University that educates students from around the world; A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in undergraduate admissions is required; or other appropriate leadership and translatable experiences with at least five years of progressive admissions recruitment experience; Strong team building skills and a record of success hiring, mentoring, managing, and supervising staff; Exceptional interpersonal skills. Enthusiasm for, and demonstrated commitment to, supporting students and families from a wide range of backgrounds; The ability to communicate complex issues with clarity through excellent oral and written communications, coupled with a high comfort level with public speaking before large groups, effectively engaging audiences through dynamic presentations is essential; Leadership skills: Highly collaborative, dynamic, empathetic, ethical, honest, energetic, thoughtful, patient, and fun; more leader than manager; Evidence of creativity and innovation in problem solving and strategy implementation; Experience using admission and enrollment data to measure and assess progress toward strategic goals and revise practices as needed or directed; Demonstrated aptitude for counseling students and families through the college application process; Strong organizational and project management skills, and an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment; A willingness to travel, and work extended and weekend hours; Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and experience with the use of a CRM and admission management systems (preferably PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, or similar) preferred. For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by May 15, 2018. Review of resumes will begin in early May and continue until the position is filled. Penn State has an excellent benefits package. Information can be found at the following link: https://hr.psu.edu/content/faculty-and-staff-overview-benefits. State College regularly rates among the nation's best college towns, best places to retire and the best overall places to live in the United States. Employment at Penn State is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Penn State is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.
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