The associate director is an experienced admission officer at Rice University, a highly-selective research institution in the heart of Houston, Texas. Reporting to a deputy director, this individual will manage projects with a high degree of complexity, scope, and visibility.
The associate director will manage advanced functions that correlate with their supervisor’s content area. Such functions may include but are not limited to managing major programs and outreach, international student recruitment, staff training, and development, coordinating the file review process, etc. These functional areas may require delegating responsibilities and monitoring the work of other team members. The associate director will interact with senior leadership to influence strategic decisions related to their work.
Knowledge of Rice University and/or experience in a higher education environment is desired.
Works with other members of the admission staff on projects related to recruitment, evaluation and selection, marketing and communications, access and inclusion, on-campus programming, alumni engagement, staff training, budget management, and staff development as assigned
Collaboratively works with supervisor on year-over-year planning, process, and project management
Independently and collaboratively manages projects with a high degree of complexity, scope, and visibility
Utilizes data to measure team success and help articulate the team’s effectiveness
Manages a specific recruitment territory and engages in all aspects of recruitment, evaluation, selection, yield, measurement, and planning to ensure the development of a geographic pipeline to Rice
Conducts informational sessions
Establish and maintain strong relationships with high school counselors
Evaluates applications and makes recommendations on selection utilizing the committee-based-evaluation process
Ensures compliance with federal and state laws concerning college admission, FERPA, and affirmative action
Responds to inquiries, timely providing accurate information
Performs all other duties as assigned
Interpersonal skills that demonstrate professionalism, relatability, and collegiality
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively on high-level, complex projects
Familiarity with the multiple work areas of a modern admissions office, including CRM systems, reporting and analytics, recruitment, evaluation and selection, marketing and communications, access and inclusion, on-campus programming, staff training, budget management, and staff development
Proficient in using admission and enrollment data to make data-informed decisions, measure and assess progress toward strategic goals, present data, and revise practices as needed
Strong verbal and written communication, presentation, and customer service skills
Strong reading comprehension and ability to make distinctions among competitive applicants
High level of proficiency in MS Office suite including Excel and Access
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to present meaningful information that helps to inform decision making
Familiarity with whole-file application evaluation (experience with committee-based-evaluation desirable)
Experience in a highly selective university or college admission office.
Experience with campus event management and managing student volunteers/campus programs.
Experience in marketing and communications, strong writing skills desired.
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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Education, Experience, and Licenses/Certifications Requirements
Four years of experience
Type of experience: related experience working in a college or university admission office or as a high school college counselor or teacher.
No substitutions for education or experience allowed