Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an opening for a Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach will oversee high-level projects, policies, and procedures for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as well as manage several units that contribute to the recruitment of new domestic and international undergraduate students, campus visits, Customer Relations Management (CRM) system summer registration, and outreach efforts to underrepresented students. In addition, the Senior Associate Director will serve as a part of the leadership team in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide overall leadership, direction, and supervision for all aspects of undergraduate recruitment and yield enhancement activities for the University of Illinois, which includes analyzing and determining which geographic markets provide the most successful undergraduate students and developing strategies for effective recruitment of a talented and diverse undergraduate population.
Coordinate the hiring, training, and regular communication of recruitment teams managed by Assistant Directors to ensure accurate and timely distribution of information about the university. These teams include coordinators, regional representatives, admissions counselors and other recruitment staff based on campus, in the Chicago Satellite Office, and home offices.
Engage campus partners and alumni with participating in recruiting new undergraduates to the university.
Provide leadership for training and professional development initiatives about the field of Undergraduate Admissions intended not only for Undergraduate Admissions staff, but also for university-wide constituents who interact with the Admissions Office functions.
Contribute to the University’s efforts to expand the number of underrepresented and first-generation college students. Build sustaining relationships with target underserved schools, as well as other agencies and community-based organizations who serve large numbers of underrepresented students.
In conjunction with the Director of Undergraduate Admissions, create a data-driven strategic plan to recruit and enroll an academically talented and diverse freshman and transfer class to the University of Illinois with an emphasis on activities with schools and counselors.
Determine primary and secondary markets, using a variety of data tools including EPS, Descriptor Plus, EIS and historical trends in application, admission and enrollment.
Chair the Recruitment & Yield Committee to facilitate communication with campus partners about various outreach & recruitment initiatives, as well as identify opportunities for campus partners to engaged with recruiting new undergraduate students.
Chair a Freshman Review Committee.
May be required to work evening and weekend hours. May be required to lift and move heavy boxes of materials. Travel to designated high schools, community colleges, college fairs, and yield receptions to represent the University of Illinois by answering questions from students, parents, and attendees regard the admissions process at Illinois.
Required education, experience and qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
At least ten years of direct experience in undergraduate admissions with an emphasis on campus wide recruitment and outreach initiatives.
Excellent written and oral communications experience.
Must have proven ability to work independently and as part of a team with little or no supervision or clerical support.
Ability to analyze data to make data driven decisions.
Must be able to collaborate with multiple administrative and academic offices across campus to coordinate a systematic recruitment effort.
Strong presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
High-quality customer service skills.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability to maintain strong work ethic and handle high volume of work, execute projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines.
Understanding and commitment to affirmative action in educational access and employment.
Must have valid driver's license.
Preferred education, experience and qualifications:
Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Experience with supervision of professional staff, admissions software, and project management.
Experience with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) recruitment software (i.e. Slate, Banner, Peoplesoft, Talisma)
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Banner, and Slate systems.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 103787
About University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
From US News 2018 College Road Trip Review (credit Mariya Greeley):Since its founding as Illinois Industrial University in 1867, the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign has encouraged innovation. The first shared computer-based education system and the foundation for the medical MRI are among the technologies developed at the state's flagship university, which is home to about 32,000 full-time undergraduates and 14,000 grad students.Today, close to 70 percent of undergrads participate in some form of research. Lauren Sargeant, a recent bioengineering grad from Park Ridge, Illinois, worked in a research lab exploring the causes of liver cancer for three and a half years, including three summers, which earned her a co-author credit on a published scientific paper and helped her develop close relationships with a graduate student and a professor who were "in my corner," she says.Some students can also get hands-on experience by seeking out jobs and internships at the university's research park, a cluster of startups and research and development operations for major companies like Capital One, Caterpillar and State Farm.Despite its size, about 80 percent of classes have fewer than ...50 students. Larger lecture classes break out into lab or discussion sections of 20 to 30 students that are led by a teaching assistant who can provide more personalized attention.Still, "you have to take the initiative to do well," Sargeant says. "Your professors aren't necessarily going to reach out to you if you're falling behind." The university does offer a range of academic support systems, such as advising, tutoring and mentoring, to help along the way.Undergrads can choose from more than 150 majors across 10 colleges. Everyone must complete courses in the humanities and the arts, the social and natural sciences, cultural studies and several other categories.There are ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary study, such as with the programs in agricultural and consumer economics or interdisciplinary health sciences. In a recently developed set of degrees called CS + X, students explore computer science through the lens of another subject, such as chemistry, linguistics or music. The undergraduate business and engineering programs each are ranked among the top 20 in the country by U.S. News.UIUC's Division I sports teams compete in the Big Ten Conference, and students typically pack the stands to cheer on the Fighting Illini, especially during football and basketball seasons."We could be down by 40 points, and everybody is still into the game and excited to be there," says Ryan Salzeider, a senior English major from Pawnee, Illinois, who is a member of Orange Krush, the official basketball cheering section, which also raises money for local and national charities.About 90 percent of undergrads from the U.S. come from within the Prairie State. Roughly 1 in 4 students join one of the nearly 90 fraternities and sororities on campus. Undergrads can also get involved with any of UIUC's 1,000-plus student organizations, which include intramural sports teams, arts-related groups and cultural associations. About half of undergrads live on campus, which spans nearly 10 square miles across Urbana and Champaign, a pair of cities about 140 miles south of Chicago.Main Quad, at the center of campus, provides an expansive green space where people study, play Frisbee and just hang out. On one side of the quad, an ever-burning oil lamp used to promise couples who kissed beneath it eternal love. One can take in a show at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, go bowling or play arcade games in the student union or visit Japan House for a tea ceremony or calligraphy workshop.Students can use the free bus system to get around campus and downtown or opt to bring a car or bike. In "Campustown," an Illini-themed area located around Green Street near the middle of campus, undergrads can enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques and events.