Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Admission

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Admission / Financial Aid, Student Affairs / Services

The Enrollment Division at the University of Denver works to attract and enroll an optimal mix of qualified students who will enrich the composition of our learning community. The division, which consists of Undergraduate Admission, International Student Admission and Financial Aid, seeks to enroll students who will become leaders, scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and public servants uniquely qualified to live in and shape a global society. Our vision is to serve with exceptional quality as we assist students in making the transition to the University and ensuring their persistence to graduation. In our daily work, the enrollment team is guided by these values: excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity, inclusiveness, fair and consistent decision making, responsiveness, fiscal responsibility, open communication, collaboration and professional development. Our enrollment goals, recruitment strategies and the admission and financial aid processes are designed to enroll a diverse, ethical and intellectually vibrant student body that can be successful at the University of Denver and go on to lead lives of meaning and purpose. Equally important, by striving to embed considerations of inclusion and college access into every element of our recruitment and enrollment process, we support the DU vision to achieve a transformative campus culture and climate as identified in the DU Impact 2025 strategic plan.

Position Summary

Admission Counselors manage all recruitment aspects of an assigned territory both locally and nationally (including extensive travel in the fall and spring) and are responsible for building strong relationships with students, parents, school counselors & community-based organizations. They review applications and determine whether an applicant is academically prepared to succeed at DU (based on assessment of the students curriculum, grades, test scores, essay, recommendations, activities, etc.). Along with the entire Enrollment Division, Admission Counselors share responsibility to attract excellent students by being sensitive to, and having an understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds of students.

We have a position available to hire at the Associate Director level. In addition to the recruitment duties listed above, this position will also serve on a specific committee or team within our office: Visit; Diversity and College Access; Transfer; or Communication. This position reports to the Director of Visit Programs, and we seek candidates who bring experience, skill and passion to serve on our Visit Team

DU's visit program welcomes 25,000 visitors each year and contributes to the overall recruitment and enrollment efforts of Undergraduate Admission by developing, implementing and assessing ways for interested constituents to gain a more thorough understanding of the University of Denver and what it has to offer. This position will assist in creating new and maintaining existing virtual programming (including information sessions/admission presentations, specialized program sessions and webinars, and campus tours) as well as re-onboarding in-person visit programming that was on pause due to COVID-19 (including information sessions, group tours, individualized visits, admitted student visit days, and counselor programs). They will also be the main visit liaison with our staff and faculty partners across campus to 1) identify classes visiting students can observe; 2) coordinate staff and faculty to meet with families to learn more about academic and support programs at DU; 3) oversee the Academic and Student Life Fair during admitted student day programs; and 4) plan and implement our virtual visit programs. They will also supervise the visit intern who helps coordinate individualized visits.

Essential Functions

Admission Counselor

  • Evaluate and recruit high caliber and academically qualified students within an assigned territory.
  • Manage a territory by evaluating and implementing the best course of action to connect with students (what to do, where to recruit, methods to be used, etc.) in a way that's unique to that territory. Read applications from students who have applied from their assigned territories.
  • Be a students advocate during admission committee meetings by being prepared to talk about students overall match for DU.
  • Serve as a professional, enthusiastic & ethical ambassador for DU.
  • Have extensive knowledge of, and remain current on, the University of Denver's academic and degree programs, clubs and organizations, extracurricular programs and other key campus characteristics.

Visit Programming

  • Participate in daily visit programs and special day-long visit programs throughout the year - presenting information sessions, conducting individual appointments, and leading or being a member of panel discussions.
  • Create and implement in-person and virtual programming for families both prospective and admitted - who would like to learn more about academic, support, and student life programs at DU. These options can include arranging class visits, faculty and staff meetings, webinars, and organizing the academic and student life fair during admitted student days.
  • Supervise one undergraduate student intern.
  • Fulfill additional responsibilities dependent upon the organic needs of the Visit Team.

Supervisory Duties

  • Supervise one undergraduate visit intern.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written, verbal and public speaking skills.
  • Coordinate multiple events and activities while maintaining focus on details and outcome.
  • Act independently to resolve issues, enhance programs, or facilitate initiatives with guidance from supervisor.
  • Utilize and draw from both quantitative and qualitative data sources to make the most informed & comprehensive decisions.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity including the understanding and appreciation for cultural differences that impact the student experience.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Contribute to the Visit Team with innovation, critical engagement, accountability and a collaborative spirit.
  • Provide our key constituents with exceptional quality service.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Three-five years of professional work related to admission, recruiting, college access, student advising, sales or marketing, ideally in a higher education or a college access setting.
  • Valid drivers license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Event management experience.
  • Experience and success leading programming for students and/or parents through the college access and/or admission process.
  • Extensive understanding of inclusion, demographics, educational equity & intersectional identity considerations within the college admission landscape.
  • Proficiency or fluency in any second language. 
  • Familiarity with Slate Technolutions and experience developing communications for diverse markets.

Work Schedule
Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. Position may require both in-state and out-of-state travel in the fall and spring (8-10 weeks per year).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, June 21st, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample – In 150-300 words please answer the following topic: How do you work as a champion for diversity, college access or equity in your personal and/or professional life? 

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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