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The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has an outstanding full time opportunity for the Director of Admissions.
The Director of Admissions is a senior staff position at the Evans School with primary responsibility for leadership and management of the recruitment and admissions process for the Evans School’s expanding suite of master and doctoral degree programs, certificate programs, and the undergraduate minor in public policy. To lead and manage in this realm of increasing complexity, the Evans School seeks a strategic thought-leader, highly skilled and deeply experienced in leveraging technology and with demonstrated success in using organizational systems to elevate both efficiency and equity, to execute our broad portfolio of admissions work. The Director provides leadership in executing all facets of the admissions process at the Evans School. The Director, providing leadership to the faculty Admissions Committee, ensures holistic, equitable review processes for applicants to all Evans School programs. A refined and sophisticated understanding of the national landscape pertaining to best practices in admissions and recruitment in higher education is critical for a highly skilled and innovative leader in this role to lead, innovate and execute our admissions portfolio as we move forward as one of the nation’s top five policy schools.
The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance is a nationally top ranked public policy school, serving nearly 500 students across multiple degree programs: Master of Public Administration (MPA), Global MPA, Executive MPA, and Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management. The Evans School is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of leaders and managers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Guided by our mission statement and driven by values in the spirit of public service, the Evans School’s approach to policy and management education is rigorous, hands-on, and professionally relevant. The Evans School believes that our community should reflect the diverse backgrounds, opinions, experiences, and perspectives evident in the world in which we live. We strive for substantive inclusion and equity and continually work to increase our awareness and understanding of ourselves and the communities we serve.
The Evans School is in a highly competitive recruitment market, as a top five school nationally in our field. The Director of Admissions is responsible for complex enrollment management and developing and executing recruitment strategies that meet the School’s needs, to ensure financial sustainability and vitality, and to support the yield of diverse incoming classes each year. The Director must be well-versed in innovative and current thought-leadership related to admissions in higher education, particularly centering processes that support holistic admissions reviews. The Director should bring relevant expertise and a strong commitment to meet Dean Sandfort’s goal that the Evans School strives to become an anti-racist institution, leading the field among our peer policy schools in advancing new approaches to support recruitment and admissions.
This position requires keen analytic sharpness and strong technical proficiency and data analytic experience. The Director manages and interprets complex data, to inform and advise upon key decision-making and strategy for the School, in enrollment management and forecasting across an increasingly wide breadth and scope of programs. The Director leads an admissions team dedicated to serving a diverse group of prospective students and applicants, from undergraduates and recent college graduates to mid-career and senior-level professionals.
Lead, manage and oversee the integrity of a fair, equitable, holistic review process with the Admissions Committee each year, across degree programs.
Provide strategic insight and guidance to the Admissions Committee faculty regarding evolving practices in holistic admissions and make recommendations for modifications to current admissions policies if there are strategic opportunities for improvement. Serve as a thought-leader, in lending perspectives on national best practices related to equitable admissions processes in higher education.
Lead the admissions team in rendering admissions decisions to applicants in a timely manner and in orchestrating communications to newly admitted students that supports yielding robust incoming classes.
Manage and interpret complex data, to execute key decisions and approaches to meet enrollment targets across an increasingly wide breadth and scope of programs, including graduate degree programs, certificates, and the undergraduate minor. Present enrollment forecasts to the Dean, Associate Deans and Assistant Deans and execute strategic approaches as needed, to stay nimble in an often changing admissions landscape.
Oversee all admissions processes and the admissions’ staff’s work, including the comprehensive vetting of applications in preparation for the Admissions Committee’s review.
Innovate with new systems and approaches to address the extremely high volume of correspondence from prospective & admitted students across degree and certificate programs and the undergraduate minor.
Continue to advance and innovate in developing and executing new approaches and strategies to scale the Evans School’s recruitment and admissions work, to diversify the recruitment pipeline and for administrative process efficiencies.
Partner with the UW Graduate School, and other UW units, and stay informed on relevant updates, system improvements and other evolving dimensions in graduate admissions, to stay current in leading the admissions team.
Serve as a thought-leader in NASPAA’s (Network of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration) Admissions Professionals group, as a senior admissions professional in one of NASPAA’s top five schools nationally.
Represent the School at national conferences and to external audiences that present opportunities for high-profile visibility.
Develop and execute a comprehensive, annual recruitment plan across the suite of Evans School programs, from the new undergraduate minor to the MPA, Part-Time MPA, Global MPA, Executive MPA and the PhD program, along with graduate certificate programs and any new programming the School may launch ahead.
Host large-scale virtual recruitment events, information sessions, webinars, and other activities to create pathways for prospective students, future applicants, and newly admitted students to learn about the Evans School’s diverse suite of programs.
As needed, meet individually with prospective students who require more personalized attention.
Cultivate existing and grow new partnerships for recruiting a diverse pool of applicants each year across the School’s programs, from the undergraduate minor to masters’ and doctoral programs, and certificate programs.
Manage high-profile national partnerships such as the NextGen Initiative and PPIA, to further the Evans School’s commitment to diversifying the field of public service.
Partner with the Director of Communications and other designated staff on development and the execution of marketing efforts.
STUDENT AFFAIRS & OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:
Lead any special projects and new initiatives in admissions, as identified/requested by School leadership.
Serve as part of the Assistant Dean of Students’ core leadership team.
Other duties, as assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students.
Master's degree in higher education administration; public administration; or related field.
Nine or more years of progressively increasing responsible work experience in admissions and enrollment management in higher education.
Recruitment experience, preferably in higher education and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Program and project management experience.
Prior experience with management of staff, volunteers, or student employees.
Demonstrated skill using organizational systems and leveraging technology for efficiencies and scale.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including as a presenter and public speaker.
Experience leading and executing virtual programming for large audiences.
Strong proficiency with using technology to conduct virtual meetings, webinars and other related activities.
Highly skilled with organizational management and leveraging technology to support streamlining of systems.
Commitment to anti-racism and experience bringing an equity and inclusion lens to one’s work in higher education and admissions in particular.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Technical savvy with enrollment management CRM systems.
Data analytic skills, to support work in enrollment management and enrollment forecasting.
Experience with Microsoft SharePoint and Teams.
Prior experience working with and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students.
Prior experience in undergraduate and graduate admissions.
Demonstrated problem-solver able to stay nimble and pivot as needs evolve.
An innovator equipped to improve process efficiencies, while maintaining a deep commitment to equity.
A thought-leader in admissions, skilled to advance equitable and holistic recruitment efforts and admissions processes.
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