The Office of Admissions at Iowa State University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director for Reporting and Strategic Initiatives. This position is an innovative member of the Senior Admissions Leadership Team, and has primary responsibility in making the Office of Admissions a “data powerhouse”, as prioritized in the established vision for the department. The position requires a sharp creative thinker who can learn data reporting and visualization tools quickly, and be innovative in connecting data sources and information pieces together to get answers to various and complex problems related to recruitment and admissions. This position will be an ad hoc member of the Enrollment Research Team, supporting unit-level initiatives and reports.
The Office of Admissions is a quick-moving, nimble and highly innovative enterprise. We seek to provide the highest level of customer service and the most innovative approaches to recruitment, admissions and transitioning students to campus. The successful candidate will be an out-of-the-box thinker, willing to explore new strategies and ideas, and look outside higher education for inspiration. In addition to reporting and data visualization, this position is responsible for development, nurturing and project management for strategic initiatives. This includes a variety of challenging, exciting projects, and some mundane, that require the ability to work with a variety of colleagues and manage competing priorities, while researching, writing and presenting professional reports and completing complex projects, consistently meeting deadlines and producing an accurate, outstanding product.
The position will possibly supervise student staff members, in addition to assisting with the full complement of admissions duties, including presentations and limited overnight travel. The successful candidate must show a commitment to hire, work with and serve diverse staff members and students, and understand and value the various identities colleagues and prospective students bring to campus. The candidate must possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, to communicate effectively and collaborate with a wide variety of constituents, including, but not limited to, alumni, prospective students, families, secondary and community college personnel, and support and professional staff. The candidate will also possess a working knowledge of microcomputer skills, especially in PC environment with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; be willing to work under pressure, work extended hours, such as early mornings, late evenings and weekends, as necessary throughout the year; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time. This position will occasionally conduct recruitment events in areas of Iowa without access to public transportation, as well as provide on-campus support to campus visit tours, Orientation and Destination Iowa State programs, recruitment events, etc.
Required Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 8 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.
Preferred Education & Experience
Previous experience in a central university admissions office in some capacity related to recruitment. Experience that demonstrates a strong working knowledge of traditional undergraduate admissions policies and procedures. Professional experience with or education in reporting, including data visualization tools. Professional experience with or education in project management and/or assessment.
About Iowa State University
Iowa State is an international university with a friendly welcoming personality. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Ames, Iowa, to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills in 800-plus student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions.