The College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) at the University of Illinois is seeking an engaging and results-oriented Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Admissions to develop and implement a college-wide strategic undergraduate recruitment program. This is a full-time benefits-eligible Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The successful candidate will work directly with the college's seven academic units to coordinate recruitment efforts and related activities. This position may be stationed either in the Chicago area or in the Champaign-Urbana area. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruiting and Admissions (60% of available effort)
Develop and plan College recruiting events for prospective students in coordination with its academic units. Work in tandem with the Undergraduate Office of Admissions to ensure on-campus events and programs for students and educators that meet the needs of FAA.
Plan and conduct recruitment travel to targeted schools, college fairs, conferences and select venues. Create and deliver recruitment presentations, advising students and their families on the educational opportunities within FAA, admission criteria, and policies and procedures.
Develop and manage an annual communications plan for educators, prospective students and their parents, including print, web, e-mail and social media campaigns, including:
Work cooperatively with the Director of Communications to develop recruitment and admissions publications and ensure the recruitment sections of the website are updated.
Identify and implement social media methods of reaching prospective students.
Manage databases to generate results, including querying Office of Admissions & Records databases to generate lists for promotional campaigns and ensuring the FAA Educator Database is current.
Develop and facilitate e-newsletters, online training, and reward plan for volunteers.
Develop strategic scholarship incentives, such as Discover FAA High School Competitions, to attract talented students, assessing outcomes based on feedback from units and modifying the program accordingly.
Review student files for admittance to the College. Work closely with units that require second steps to the admission process to ensure portfolio reviews and auditions are processed in a timely manner. Submit e-admissions decisions.
Develop and assess summer programming for the College.
Assist the units in completing applications including talent components (portfolios and scheduling auditions).
Recruiting Management, Leadership, and Strategic Planning (40% of available effort)
Develop, execute, and assess a strategic annual recruitment plan that takes into consideration University, College and disciplinary unit trends, as well as economic and educational trends nationally.
Identify ways to increase FAA applications and admitted students to increase the student accepts yield rate.
Work closely with the Dean, the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) and college units in setting enrollment targets and enrollment management efforts and ensuring all collected data is entered in the appropriate database. Communicate with units the relevant OAR data to help facilitate the unit's recruitment efforts.
Work with academic units to identify emerging areas of student interest toward curriculum innovation.
Collaborate with academic units and campus on strategies for cultivating and recruiting applicants from underrepresented minority groups.
Develop an annual alumni recruitment strategy via the FAA Alumni Ambassador program.
Engage in outreach and networking activities to develop relationships that will enhance recruiting outcomes.
Develop and manage an annual recruitment and scholarship budget. Allocate and track college managed scholarships.
Provide periodic reports and updates on Admissions activities and performance.
Manage the activities of the recruitment staff, including supervision of the Associate Director of Recruitment.
Represent the office on college and campus committees and to external constituencies.
Position Requirements and Qualifications:
Required: Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, the arts, or related field. Degrees in other fields will be considered if accompanied by sufficient professional experience.
Preferred: Master's degree.
Required: Experience in admissions, including the development and implementation of successful undergraduate recruitment strategies. Strong organizational skills. Proven ability to engage successfully with prospective students, current students, and parents. Well-developed communications skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences. Ability to work with stakeholders, including department and campus admissions staff, faculty, and department heads.
Preferred: Five years of progressively increasing experience in undergraduate admissions in the arts. Communication management database experience (preferably Slate).
Required: Knowledge of admissions process. Strong knowledge of and ability to work with social media. Familiarity with the arts, either through education or prior work experience.
To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter (which specifically addresses all qualifications listed in the position posting), resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references by June 26, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before this close date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Start date will be as soon as possible after close date. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
For further information about application procedures, please contact email@example.com. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
About College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois
The College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois is singular in the nation for its diversity, innovation, and breadth. Home to creative thinkers in the performing, visual, design, and environmental arts, our college encourages daring collaborations and deeper cultural understanding. Our bold artists, researchers, and educators include Guggenheim Fellows, Doris Duke Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, members of learned societies, decorated educators, and renowned performers. Our dynamic atmosphere motivates us to generate work that pushes boundaries and addresses society's most pressing challenges.
It inspires us, and it helps us inspire the world. We see the arts as a way to understand and express the human experience. We are leaders and explorers. We are problem solvers and builders of a bright future.
We dream big. Then we make it happen.
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