The Director of Admissions reports to the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment and supervises Associate and Assistant Directors of Admissions and Admissions Counselors. The Director of Admissions manages all aspects of undergraduate recruitment and applicant review. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining a strategic recruitment plan; planning and managing travel and recruitment efforts: leading the Admissions Committee; conducting second reads on application files; and training and supervising undergraduate recruitment staff.
Summary of Duties
Hires, trains, and manages all undergraduate recruitment staff, including Admissions Counselors, Assistant Directors, and Associate Directors.
Collaborates with Dean of Admissions and Enrollment to develop Undergraduate recruitment plan and, along with the Associate Director of Admissions, builds recruitment calendars for individual recruitment staff; ensures that the goals of the recruitment plan are met; works with the Assistant Director of Visitor Experience to plan on-and-off-campus events.
Manages all aspects of Undergraduate application review - both first time freshmen and transfer students, to ensure files are reviewed in a timely manner -- conducts second reads on applications, leads Admissions Committee, builds and maintains digital file review processes in the admissions CRM.
Serves as point person for all readmission candidates.
Represents the Admissions Office on-and-off-campus at campus information sessions, Accepted Student Days, college fairs, National Portfolio Days, high schools, and regional and national conferences.
Serves as liaison to campus offices such as Housing, Student Financial Assistance, Bursar, International Education, and Registrar. Works closely with the Office of Student Financial Assistance regarding merit scholarships appeals; collaborates with the Registrar's Office regarding transfer credit policies and procedures.
Serves as on campus Governance Committee Committees as assigned and represents MassArt by serving on external committees.
Performs other related duties as assigned (Search Committees, Governance Committee, projects, etc.).
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in an art/design related field.
A minimum of 5 years progressive experience in undergraduate admissions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Visual/Studio literacy - must be able to evaluate and critique portfolios and to knowledgeably discuss the college's programs and art education in general.
A commitment to the principles of art and design in higher education.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Well-developed interpersonal skills and attitudes.
Able to communicate with a wide spectrum of individuals.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
High energy level. Must be able to work long hours and nights and weekends as required to meet the admissions goals of the college during peak periods.
Ability, interest, and willingness to travel extensively.
Ability to respond well to pressure. Adaptable to change.
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups.
Ability and willingness to participate in personnel decisions and manage staff of Associate/Assistant Directors and Admissions Counselors.
About Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good, and demonstrate our values by:
• Pursuing a just, compassionate, and equitable learning environment.
• Cultivating rigorous creative practices by observing, questioning, making and remaking.
• Honoring courage, honesty, mutual respect, and self-expression.
• Believing in the power of art and design to transform our world.