Assistant Director, Diversity and Access Team – Undergraduate Admission

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

The Enrollment Division at the University of Denver works to attract and enroll an optimal mix of qualified students that 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 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

The Assistant Director of Admission manages all recruiting aspects of an assigned territory both locally and nationally (including extensive travel in the fall and spring) and is responsible for building strong relationships with students, parents, school counselors & community-based organizations. Admission Counselors or Assistant Directors 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 or Assistant Directors share responsibility to attract excellent students by being sensitive to, and understanding, the diverse academic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds of students. Within our admission counseling staff, we have a strong career promotion structure: Admission Counselors are considered for promotion to Assistant Director after two to three years of service, Assistant Directors are considered for promotion to Associate Directors after an additional two to three years of service.

We have a position available to hire at the Assistant Director level. See required and preferred qualifications below. In addition to the recruiting duties listed above, Assistant Director will also serve on a specific committee or team within our office: Visit; Diversity and College Access; Transfer; or Communication. This position seeks candidates who bring experience, skill and passion to specifically serve on our Diversity & Access Team (DAT) and reports to the Director of Diversity Enrollment and Community Partnerships. The Admission Counselor/Assistant Director provides leadership and oversight for our 30+ partnership groups including, but not limited to, Daniels Fund, Volunteers in Partnership, and Denver Scholarship Fund. The Assistant Director will also help to organize, implement, and lead our Summer College Access program(s) for Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute. DAT supports the mission and goals of the enrollment division by striving to achieve a critical mass of academically talented and culturally dynamic students who are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses and more specifically, at the University of Denver.

Essential Functions

  • 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 student's advocate during admission committee meetings by being prepared to talk about student’s 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 characteristics.

Diversity & Access Team

  • Participate in daily-visit programs and special, day-long visit programs throughout the year. Presenting information sessions; attending college fair; conducting individual appointments; and panel discussions
  • Facilitate check-in meetings and lead relationship management of 30+ Partner Groups
  • Serve as a liaison to campus partners including, but not limited to, the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence.
  • Fulfill additional responsibilities dependent upon the organic needs of the Diversity & Access Team.

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
  • Two to three 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 driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and success leading programming for traditionally underrepresented populations of 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 Spanish
  • 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

August 4, 2022 update: The position remains vacant. Applications will be evaluated as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.  

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

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

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.

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

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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