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Senior Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

Employer
Harvard Kennedy School
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
$92,000.00 - $160,400.00
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Financial Aid
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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  The Senior Director of Admissions and Financial Aid provides leadership for the overall strategy and integrated delivery of admissions and financial aid functions for Harvard Kennedy School master’s degree programs. The Senior Director serves as a key Enrollment Services leader charged with fulfilling the department’s vision of being a national leader in recruiting, enrolling, and supporting the most diverse and talented graduate public policy/administration student body. 

We are committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive team of staff, students, and faculty and we seek candidates who share our commitment and values. The Senior Director is expected to incorporate the principles of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging best practices into the strategy and practices of the department. The Kennedy School is seeking a technology and data-driven, bold, and innovative leader with a history of success in enrollment and cultivating a diverse and talented staff committed to ongoing professional development and growth.

Responsibilities:
    Maintain knowledge of best practices, new developments, and innovations in enrollment strategies in graduate public policy/administration and higher education In partnership with senior leadership, develop and implement an effective and integrated, short- and long-range recruitment, yield, and financial aid strategy Oversee the application review and evaluation process for admission and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for admission Collaborate with leadership to evaluate and continuously improve admissions and financial aid policies and processes that leverage data and technology for optimal efficiency Responsible for providing accurate projections and reporting of financial aid funds and the overall financial aid budget Ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional financial aid requirements and auditing standards Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy Lead admissions and financial aid goal setting, planning, and process development Represent the university at international, national and local events Collaborate with other Degree Programs Student Affairs staff to ensure the success of the overall student experience and actively support Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging efforts Develop, implement, and evaluate recruiting strategies to attract a robust and diverse student body Collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services and Associate Director of Enrollment Marketing on marketing strategies Develop admissions and financial aid reports, analyze data and trends to refine procedures, policies and practice Develop and implement operational policies, procedures and training for admissions and financial aid staff Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment Direct the audit review process to ensure program compliance with federal and institutional regulations Serve as a key resource for admissions and financial aid policies and procedures Develop and manage the department’s operational budget to align resources with strategic enrollment goals Performs other related duties as assigned

Typical Core Duties:

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • In partnership with senior leadership, develop and implement effective, long range enrollment plans; develop target audiences, participate in admission decisions, and collaborate on the admissions profile
  • Implement and evaluate marketing and recruiting strategies to attract a highly competitive and diverse student body
  • Develop admissions reports, analyze data and trends to refine procedures, policies and practice
  • May develop, manage and oversee departmental budget
  • Lead department goal setting, planning, and process development
  • Collaborate with other student services to ensure the success of the overall student experience
  • Represent university at international, national and local events
  • Develop and implement operational policies, procedures and training for admissions staff
  • Serve as key resource for admissions policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy

 

Basic Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 8 years’ relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience

 

Additional Qualifications:

    Master’s degree in relevant field preferred Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel skills, Constituent Relationship Management system, and other technologies that support the enrollment management enterprise Experience using data analytics and predictive modeling to enhance enrollment strategies Advanced knowledge of admissions principles and financial aid processes Record of accomplishment in leading diverse teams to meet and exceed strategic enrollment goals Experience serving diverse student populations and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, equity, and inclusion Ability to drive change and deliver results in a complex, decentralized, and political environment Ability to maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external colleagues and constituents Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), including the ability to deliver dynamic and engaging presentations to large and diverse audiences

 

 

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