Department, University, and Community description: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is a progressive and vibrant unit which serves as the customer service point of contact for prospective students, families, and schools. As the dedicated stewards of the undergraduate student recruitment and admissions process, we proudly serve as a resource to the NIU community, and provide compelling and nuanced engagement with internal and external constituents. In January 2019, NIU announced a dynamic 5-year Strategic Enrollment Management plan, which requires a unique, entrepreneurial approach by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
With a student enrollment of more than 17,000 students, NIU is a vibrant and diverse campus. We offer Division I athletics, over 320 student organizations and a vast array of academic programs while, maintaining our focus on individualized student attention.
Located 65 miles west of Chicago, NIU is a national, public research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. We are a large university that prioritizes student needs and aspirations. With an average class size of 24 and 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, we are attentive to our diverse student population. We prepare our students for career success through internships, mentorships and hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.
In addition to the main campus in DeKalb, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb and Sycamore, with a combined population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. DeKalb’s blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago, provides an enjoyable environment in which to live.
The Associate Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships creates, implements, and monitors a multi-year undergraduate recruitment plan for new and target markets, which align with NIU’s Strategic Enrollment Management plan. Based upon methodical and acute market research, this strategic leader identifies, and coordinates partnerships with school districts, community-based organizations, and scholarship organizations that directly serve high school and community college students. This entrepreneurial thinker serves as the mentor and direct supervisor to a team of admissions counselors, and models dynamic territory management strategies. Alongside the director of admissions, the Associate Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships guides the holistic application review process, and provides regular reports, analysis, and training.
Duties and Responsibilities (General)
Identify recruitment opportunities by analyzing and assessing market research, trends, and other relevant data;
Contribute to the development and execution of recruitment and yield strategies for undergraduate students;
Cultivate and leverage relationships to achieve enrollment goals;
Advise the director of admissions on strategies to recruit target populations, which include enrolling students from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities;
Supervise a team of admission counselors;
Provide professional development related to territory management strategies and practices, in addition to other functions of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions;
Alongside the director of admission, review admission applications, make recommendations for admission decisions, and qualify University Review Committee recommendations within the context of NIU’s Strategic Enrollment Management goals;
Alongside the director of admissions, represent the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in the University Review Committee;
Use extensive knowledge of the holistic admission application review process to monitor the process, and provide regular reports and training to members of the University Review Committee and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Education and Experience Required
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, or a related field.
Five years of experience in a higher education setting.
Three years of experience in college admissions or related field.
Valid driver’s license
Salary: Commensurate with experience and internal equity; position includes eligible benefits
To be considered, interested candidates should submit an application, resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of 3 references through the NIU Human Resource Services Application Portal at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/51308 by April 3, 2020.
EEO Statement: In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544 312-730-1560 OCR.Chicago@ed.gov
Visa Policy: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
ADA Accommodation: NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.
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