The Assistant Director of Recruitment & Admissions provides operational leadership and oversight in the area of graduate and certificate recruitment and admissions for the School of Public Health (SPH) Student Services unit including the following: overseeing content, writing, editing of recruiting publications and web material in collaboration with the communications team; organizing national recruiting events; scholarship awarding; and prospective/admitted student advising. The Assistant Director works cooperatively with Student Services Center to support the recruiting prospective and graduate students and to develop a strong school commitment plan for admitted students. The position works closely with the Directors of Graduate Studies/Program Chairs in the School's divisions, as well as division coordinators, and support staff in designing, evaluating, and implementing recruiting, admissions and commitment activities. The Assistant Director is part of the Recruitment and Admissions leadership team and meets regularly with the team to work on priorities and projects for the unit. Off campus travel is required as are occasional weekend and evening activities.
Provide advising for prospective students for all school programs
Manage and coordinate communication of admission/denial notification for all programs
Work closely with Directors, Coordinators, Deans, and academic departments to determine admission deadlines and target enrollment goals while also understanding institutional barriers to underrepresented populations and advocating for students when necessary.
Provide leadership, professional expertise and vision to all aspects of the School admissions process.
Prepare intentional and inclusive recruiting initiatives to respond to student expectations and program requirements. Ensure and appropriate message is created that is positive and fits the needs of the school and its academic programs and integrates well with U of M messaging parameters and needs.
Coordinate major recruitment efforts for prospective graduate students, including, but not limited to: This is Public Health Fairs, Powerhouses, Preview Days, Calling Nights and Admitted Student Event.
Oversee information sessions to ensure accurate, intentional and accessible messaging.
Collaborate closely with Office for Diversity in Graduate Education and programs to identify and attract well qualified applicants who are a mission and value match to the school of public health degrees/programs. This includes identification of initiatives to respond to diverse needs of students and student groups.
Coordinate diversity initiatives for recruiting students of color, first-generation students, and traditionally underserved students.
Direct and participate in recruiting activities for prospective graduate students in order to attract the best possible candidates to SPH programs. This includes identification of initiatives for regional areas, feeder school institutions, special interest groups, etc. Propose initiatives to respond to the diverse needs of these groups.
Develop and implement a strong overall school recruitment and commitment plan, includingmarketing strategies and communications pieces for graduate students which is intentionally inclusive, to reach a wide range of audiences.
Act as part of a team that delivers service to the University, SPH, and potential students in the area of student services.
Serve as liaison to Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
Hiring, training, and leading the ambassador program.
Departmental Leadership & Supervision (15%)
Supervise one professional staff and/or graduate assistant, assigning work, duties, and special projects as appropriate for the work of the unit.
Select, hire, and train staff as current positions are vacated or new positions created.
Provide annual performance review and professional development planning for each individual supervised.
Meet regularly with each individual to discuss performance, train, answer questions, or provide feedback as appropriate.
Participate in the planning process, settling policy and procedures for recruitment and admissions.
Oversee budget related to admissions/recruitment activity expenses.
Provide expertise in the area of recruiting, admission, and orientation to student services initiatives.
Provide feedback and input regarding performance evaluation and contributions of staff to other unit leaders for annual performance reviews.
Serve on appropriate University and School committees while bringing a lens of equity and diversity to student experience at the University of Minnesota. Participate in continuing professional development: i.e. ., attending conferences; annual meetings; making presentations at professional associations; etc.
Support and participate in equity and diversity initiatives in the unit, school, and professional affiliations; encourage ongoing professional development around equity and diversity.
Manage the central scholarship awarding process.
Update and maintain the SPH scholarship database.
Collaborate closely with SPH accounting, SPH donor relations and program coordinators to ensure all monies are awarded to 1st year or 2nd year students.
Lead publications needs assessment/planning process for recruiting and admissions.
Work closely with school's Communications' staff, to coordinate design, content, and delivery of prospective student publications keeping accessibility and diversity initiatives in mind.
Coordinate with the Communications team to write content for, and update recruiting and admissions web pages and other traditional pieces.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
At least 6 years professional experience with increasing responsibility, including supervising and successful leadership in a student services-related area
Experience and success in planning and accomplishing strategic goals in recruitment and enrollment
Proven ability to successfully plan, organize, and evaluate the work of others
8 or more years of professional experience
Internal Number: 332358
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