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Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted May 2, 2022
Title Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Admissions/Financial Aid

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions


Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions will take on a strong leadership position in a busy and highly functioning admission department. The associate director will be the number two person in charge of the department with authority to make important decisions in the absence of the executive director and will be called upon to use their knowledge of the admission process, WPI, individual academic departments, and best judgement to make challenging decisions and to maintain the academic integrity of the graduate admissions process.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


As we work to centralize more of the graduate admissions process this position will take the lead along with the Executive Director to work with individual academic departments to take over responsibility for application review for designated programs. The associate director will also be the point person on the team for current application review and for maintaining decision criteria. Additionally, the successful candidate will take the lead on all academic department questions and issues surrounding application review in coordination with the assistant director of admissions.

Manage the BS/MS recruitment process, information sessions, and answer student and departmental BS/MS questions. Work with the admissions team to better document the BS/MS process and make recommendations for improvements to the process and for increasing applications.

In coordination with the Assistant Director of Admissions work on all fellowships (GEM, Fulbright, etc.) and DEI and SIE initiatives. Additionally, in coordination with the Assistant Director's manage all aspects of the yearly PhD visit. As part of our accreditation, we are required to collect final and official transcripts from all confirmed students enrolled in our programs. This process can be cumbersome given the high number of international students we enroll. The associate director will be responsible for managing this process from start to finish and ensuring that we have collected all necessary documentation within a year of the student enrolling.

Be able to step in for the executive director when necessary to represent the office of admissions and answer questions when necessary.

This role will also fulfill other administrative tasks including graduate application review, PhD liaison with academic departments, answering questions in the Graduate In Box, utilizing Slate to send out important admission related communications and other duties to provide for a seamless admission process for applicants and academic departments.

  • Bachelor's Degree required. Master's degree (or intention of procuring a master's degree) preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to multitask and to prioritize competing priorities.
  • Excellent process management skills with an eye to detail. Strong implementation skills.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Ability to make thoughtful recommendations for improvement to the admissions process and to processes and hand offs with other departments.
  • Ability to look strategically at data and make informed decisions based on the analysis. Understand application and admission trends and share as appropriate with the marketing and recruiting teams.
  • Works closely with other key university stakeholders including International House, the Registrar, Marketing, Recruiting, Institutional Research, IT, and academic departments.
  • Ability to work closely and comfortably with high level academics and administrators.

WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated (including a booster shot) for COVID-19. For additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, refer to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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