Associate Director of Admissions Access & Partnerships
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 170106
The dynamic undergraduate admissions team at Clark University seeks a smart, motivated, and equity-focused individual to lead recruitment efforts centering diversity and inclusion. The Associate Director of Admissions for Access and Partnerships will have a demonstrated interest and experience in improving college access for historically underrepresented populations, especially first generation, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students. The successful candidate will perform counselor-of-the-day duties on a regular basis, which includes presenting information sessions to large crowds, as well as participate in a range of on- and off-campus admissions and recruitment activities representing Clark University's undergraduate educational experience to prospective students, their parents, counselors, and alumni. The qualified candidate will analyze and review undergraduate admissions applications holistically and consistent with institutional policies and priorities. All member of the undergraduate admissions team will use quantitative data, in addition to qualitative feedback, to craft and improve their approach to territory management, student recruitment, and admissions programming.
Clark seeks a candidate with strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to balance multiple projects and priorities, and a goal oriented-mindset. Previous experience in higher education working in admissions or a closely related area in K12 or the non-profit sector is highly recommended and as in experience with projects focused on diversity, access and inclusion.
This position requires occasional weekend and evening work, in addition to approximately 6 weeks of travel per year.
You like connecting with strangers; you are passionate about sharing your excitement for higher education.
You play it cool under pressure - and you ask for the resources your need to be successful.
You can adapt to changing circumstances and offer solutions or paths forward.
You enjoy connecting with students, but you maintain strong professional boundaries.
When you encounter something done well, you look for ways to make it a little bit better.
You enjoy- and take pride in- working - the occasional evening or weekend event won't bring you down.
You get the college application process and you are excited to learn more. And as you learn, you are open to new ways of doing this work.
You bring a sense of humor and positivity to the workplace.
You are student-centered and know how to bring down the temperature when folks are feeling stressed.
You value diversity and are motivated to learn from the experiences of others.
You believe in creating the best experiences for folks, all while representing an institution authentically.
You believe in the education that Clark offers to students all over the globe.
Lead the development and management of virtual and on-campus events that support the recruitment, enrollment, and success of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
Build thoughtful programming educating students about the college process and Clark through virtual engagement opportunities and/or group visits to campus
Liaise with Clark University offices, staff, and faculty that currently support student success
Establish, maintain, and grow effective partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and secondary schools that support the college search and college access for underrepresented students; some current partnerships include Maine Seacoast Mission and the Davis Maine Scholarship, the IDEA network of schools, and Upward Bound
Oversee the coordination of day or overnight programs design specifically for historically underrepresented students; this may including managing group or individual travel, on-campus event logistics, and budget management
Supervise one admissions counselor whose project purview is focused on access and inclusion
Select, train, supervise, and mentor a team of student ambassadors engaged in outreach efforts to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
Collaborate with admissions colleagues to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion across all programming and outreach materials and support peers ensure all staff are engaged in access and inclusion work as a part of their roles
Help identify strong on-campus and off-campus professional development opportunities for the student and professional admissions staff around diversity, equity, and inclusion
Participate in professional development related to issues of access in college admissions
Travel and Recruitment:
Create travel strategy for assigned geographic region and execute on travel logistics
Travel to college fairs, high school visits, alumni events and other off campus recruitment activities as needed
First-Year Fall Application Review:
Read, evaluate, rate, and make recommendations to the Vice President for Admissions and Financial Assistance and the Admissions Committee on first-year applicants
Determine admissibility of student applicants on the basis of institutional policy and independent analysis of applicant potential for success
Counselor of the Day Duty:
Serve as a host and resource to all visiting students and families who visit Clark University on the dates of assigned Counselor of the Day duty coverage
Conduct group information sessions
Provide phone coverage on scheduled coverage days
Other Duties as Assigned
4-6 years of relevant experience
Willingness to travel
Ability to work on occasional weekend days (approximately 6-8 a year)
Possession of a valid driver's license
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including addressing large groups
Strong ability to build and maintain professional relationships with multiple constituencies both on and off campus - includes ability to maintain confidentiality
Strong organizational and time management skills; keen attention to detail
Strong computing skills
Willingness and desire to learn new skills to enhance team performance
Experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents on campus and a team-oriented outlook
Ability to work independently, as well as in group settings
Clark University is a small, private libral arts-based research university in Worcester, MA. Clark offers regular full time staff outstanding benefits including: free life and disability insurance; choice of health plans with University contribution; 3-4 weeks vacation depending on appointment; free evening undergraduate and master’s level courses for employee plus various tuition discounts for family members; 10% University contribution to retirement plan after 2 years of employment in higher education; free use of athletic and fitness center, and many more.