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Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Fulbright University Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
Compensation is competitive.
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

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I. Introduction

Fulbright University Vietnam is Vietnam’s first nonprofit, liberal arts university. Our mission is to inspire new generations of diverse thinkers and leaders to serve Vietnamese society and contribute to a better world. Founded on the promise of Vietnamese-American partnership, we practice and teach innovation in pursuit of bold, ethical answers to challenges around the globe. We aspire to be an apex university that educates, innovates, and solves problems across a wide spectrum of fields and disciplines.

Fulbright’s flagship academic programs include The Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM) an accredited graduate professional school incubated by the Harvard Kennedy School until the university’s founding in 2016; and Vietnam’s first undergraduate program in engineering and the liberal arts and sciences.

Fulbright is growing rapidly; in September 2024, we anticipate a total student enrollment nearing 1,000 students, including approximately 800 undergraduates, a number that is expected to approximately double within six years. More information about Fulbright may be found at

II. About the Role

The Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid at Fulbright University Vietnam (“the Director”) is a key leadership role responsible for overseeing the strategic development, implementation, and management of undergraduate admissions and financial aid (including need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships). This individual will lead a team dedicated to recruiting a diverse and talented student body while ensuring access and affordability through comprehensive financial aid programs. The Director will collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders to achieve enrollment targets and support Fulbright’s mission of providing international-quality undergraduate education in Vietnam.

Reporting Lines:

Reports operationally to: Chief Communications and Admissions Officer

Positions which report directly to this position:

Recruitment Manager

Admissions Manager

Financial Aid Manager

Scholarship Coordinator

Administrative Officer

Roles and Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid are as follows:

Strategy and Leadership:

Develop and execute a comprehensive admissions and financial support strategy aligned with Fulbright's mission, values, and enrollment goals.

Provide leadership to the admissions and financial aid team, fostering a collaborative within the team and with other stakeholders in the university.

Monitor industry changes, best practices, and competitor benchmarks to continuously enhance Fulbright's admissions and financial aid process.

Manage the budget for the admissions and financial aid departments, ensuring efficient allocation of resources while meeting enrollment and financial aid targets.

Collaborate with Marketing and Communications teams to ensure the smooth process of integrating digital and traditional marketing and transitioning the leads from various sources to CRM system for nurturing.

Generate regular reports on admissions and financial aid metrics to share with relevant stakeholders, including senior leadership of the university.

Recruitment Outreach:

Develop and maintain relationships with high school principals and teachers, educators, and other external partners to build the applicant pipeline.

Build excellent customer service to prospective students and parents, addressing inquiries and concerns related to admissions and financial aid.

Lead the team efforts in recruitment activities and build the appropriate recruitment funnel to ensure the enrollment targets.

Regularly analyze admissions data and trends to refine strategies and meet enrollment targets.


Oversee the entire admissions process, from prospect identification to application review, interview, decision-making, and enrollment, ensuring a seamless and efficient experience for prospective students.

Collaborate with academic departments and other stakeholders to ensure the admissions process reflects Fulbright's admissions criteria and diversity objectives.

Collaborate with student affairs and academic departments to ensure a smooth transition for admitted students into the Fulbright community.

Financial Aid:

Oversee the entire financial aid process, from reviewing applications, conducting family interviews, and making decisions, to ensuring that the process is fair, transparent, and efficient and aligns with Fulbright’s priorities and values.

Ensure that the financial aid activities are meticulously planned and executed according to a predefined timeline.

Collaborate with Development team, Finance team and donors to ensure funding for need-based financial aid is used with transparency and accountability.

Merit-Based Scholarships:

Oversee the entire merit-based scholarship process. This includes establishing clear criteria and procedures for awarding merit-based scholarships and ensuring fairness and transparency in the selection process.

Generate regular reports on the distribution and impact of merit-based scholarships, sharing insights with relevant stakeholders to inform decision-making and strategy development.

Collaborate with the Development team to promote merit-based scholarship programs to prospective donors.

What We Look For:

Strong understanding of admissions and financial aid practices, especially those in US colleges and universities.

Proven ability to lead and manage teams effectively, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to use data to inform decision-making and assess outcomes.

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Experience in strategic planning and the ability to align admissions and financial aid strategies with institutional goals.

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Experience in higher education or knowledge of the Vietnamese higher education landscape and cultural context is a plus.

What We Offer:

Opportunity to join a passionate team who shares the belief in the transformative power of education and values the unique opportunity to create a new university.

Opportunity to participate in public talks, workshops, seminars, as well as other enriching activities at Fulbright.

A dynamic, innovative, and professional work environment.

Intensive English-speaking environment.

Competitive salary and high-end insurance schemes for employees and direct family members.

Professional development opportunities.

Flexible work arrangement options.

How to Apply:

To see all job listings, please visit our list of vacancies:

All applications must include evidence that addresses the mandatory requirements.

Fulbright University Vietnam employs Interfolio to manage the application process.

Need help? Please visit Interfolio Product Help: or contact Talent Acquisition team at:

Fulbright is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to foster a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. Please visit this page for our statement on Diversity:



Fulbright University Vietnam is Vietnam’s first independent, not-for-profit, liberal arts university. Rooted in the promise and potential of Vietnam-U.S. partnership, Fulbright is dedicated to serving Vietnamese society though education, research, and impactful engagement.

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