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Senior Director - Strategic Admission, Access, and Diversity Initiatives

College Board
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Start date
Jun 29, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The role is remote with the opportunity to work out of a College Board office in NY, DC/VA, or elsewhere.


The Senior Director of Strategic Admission, Access, and Diversity Initiatives, will lead a set of strategic external and internal Higher Ed initiatives that better equip and enable enrollment leaders to recruit, admit and support diverse students. Working in close collaboration with practitioners, researchers and other partners, as well as with internal teams, the leader will be responsible for managing both long-standing and new initiatives and relationship networks that enable and drive greater diversity by strengthening and transforming key aspects of the enrollment process. This is an external facing role that also requires significant internal collaboration. 



  • Design, develop, document, and lead strategic planning for key access and diversity initiatives, including the Access and Diversity Collaborative, the Landscape partnership, new diversity pipeline partnerships, and Higher Ed recognition program partnerships.

  • Lead external engagement across a range of access and diversity initiatives, including identifying and cultivating strong, engaged, and productive member and partner councils, committees, and working groups. Effectively build support for, acceptance of, and adoption by Higher Ed for key initiatives.

  • Design and lead robust networks of enrollment leaders who define and share best practices across outreach, recruitment, admission and success, and who contribute to the development, testing and roll out of new data, tools, and practices that help diversify Higher Ed

  • Partner closely with internal and external research and program staff to identify and help guide research and outreach agendas, and manage qualitative and quantitative research to measure outcomes and impact

  • Lead and own the development and delivery of research, practice, and process guides that impact practice, with a focus on measurable outcomes.

  • Establish a strong, visible leadership role for the College Board in this space, presenting at College Board and other national events, leading and facilitating conversations and forums with a wide range of stakeholders and partners

  • Develop, deliver, and track engagement, impact, and outcomes for key goals and initiatives.



Internal Contacts:

Collaborates closely with Strategic Higher Ed colleagues, research, and programs, including SAT, AP, and Enrollment, and BigFuture.  Works closely with Communications to generate external visibility engagement and adoption.

External Contacts:

Key external contacts include Higher Ed enrollment leaders and directors, external researchers, and associations and other non-profit educational organizations.



  • Bachelors degree required. Masters or PhD preferred.

  • 10-15 years recent, relevant experience in enrollment and admissions required, including a demonstrated record of program and practice innovation in the access and diversity space

  • Strong relationships with current and future admissions leaders from a range of institutional sectors

  • Direct experience in developing and implementing innovative, systematic, and data-driven access and diversity practices and processes that leverage recent advances in research, data, and technology

  • Experience with and knowledge of best-of-breed admissions software systems

  • Evidence of a data-driven, research-based  development mindset

  • Strong project delivery-orientation with proven ability to deliver projects on time, with strong organizational, time and task management skills.

  • Exceptional problem solving skills.

  • Collaborative and team-oriented. Able to engage staff and external experts from multiple disciplines to create, pilot and test new tools.

  • Outstanding communications skills, including proven ability to generate effective written work product

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-based, collaborative, environment; ability to work effectively with both internal and external stakeholders; influence/negotiation skills and relationship management skills a must.

  • Strong balance between strategic and analytical skills

  • Independent self-starter who is strongly action-oriented, with a high energy level

  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of leadership within the College Board and with external member and organizations

  • Ability to plan for, manage and successfully complete multiple complex projects simultaneously.

  • Willingness to travel 20 - 40% of the time


For best consideration, please apply by July 9th. 

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