Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission

Main Campus - Boston, MA

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission (“Assistant Director”) is responsible for the recruitment and counseling of undergraduate students. This position is expected to travel to regional and national recruitment events, interview prospective students and meet with their families, and evaluate several hundred applications per year. The Assistant Director will manage projects in specific areas, and additional responsibilities and projects will be assigned as needed.


Manage a Territory:
  • Recruit, evaluate and counsel first year, transfer, and/or adult students from the prospect stage through enrollment;
  • Develop communications and contact students, families, and counselors to motivate and assist students in moving through all points in the admission funnel;
  • Identify key priorities and needs of individual students and their family and use appropriate communications to influence their decision to enroll;
  • Identify and develop new opportunities and entry points in the prospect funnel with the goal of increasing the enrollment of qualified students;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to customer service by communicating clearly, positively, and effectively in a timely manner with all constituents.

Travel for Recruiting Events:
  • This position requires significant travel to college fairs, high school visits, and community colleges to speak with prospective students, their parents, and college counselors;
  • Plan travel and events within assigned territory, including strategizing which schools to visit and events to attend. This position will travel approximately 8-10 weeks in the fall and 4-6 weeks in the spring and summer. Travel may be virtual, regional, national, and occasionally international, and is not restricted to the established territory of the Assistant Director;
  • Participate in all on-campus recruitment events, as well as those hosted off campus when appropriate;
  • The specific geographic territory and/or populations will be assigned to the Assistant Director annually and may be changed at the discretion of the management team.

General Undergraduate Admission Duties:
  • Serve as the primary application reviewer for assigned recruitment territory and assist team members in their review as needed, including assisting in review for online programs. This will include significant file reading, evaluation, and the recommendation of decisions-- approximately 450 files per year;
  • Support other projects related to recruitment of special populations such as Dix, transfer, international and/or multicultural students;
  • Manage ambassadors, general student workers and/or undergraduate interns as needed;
  • Oversee projects within the Office of Undergraduate Admission related to recruitment and travel, application review, events, community outreach, liaison to other departments on campus, and/or other projects as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum of one year related experience required preferably in an admission setting as a counselor or similar role.Other related fields could include higher education, counseling, sales, or a customer service-focused role;
  • Valid driver's license required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills across a diverse range of constituents;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently, prioritize workload and perform duties on a timely basis within deadlines;
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems effectively and efficiently;
  • Ability to handle confidential information discretely;
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and familiarity with online virtual platforms (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.);
  • Ability to work regular weekend and evening hours required, especially during periods of high volume admission activities;
  • Ability to travel frequently required during September-November and March-May which includes day trips, overnights, and possible extended stay on location for up to two weeks at a time.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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