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Job ID: 180004

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 28, 2022
Title Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Admissions/Financial Aid


Undergraduate Admissions is responsible for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of the first-year and transfer class each year for the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Admissions is charged with meeting various enrollment goals across schools and programs. 

What You'll Do

The Director of Undergraduate Admissions, in partnership with the Dean of Admissions, and through expert leadership and mentorship of a diverse staff, is responsible for developing, communicating, implementing, and assessing the operations of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.


The Director proactively and collaboratively guides the operations of undergraduate admissions for the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. This includes managing the daily in-person and remote operations of an admissions office of 35+ staff members across two campuses, an office that annually processes and reviews over 30,000 applications via a highly selective, holistic, and committee-based review process, welcomes tens of thousands of in-person campus visitors, conducts hundreds of virtual and in-person on- and -off campus events, and manages tens of thousands of phone, electronic, and paper correspondences.


The Director will supervise 3-6 staff members, including the Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator and several Associate Directors, each of whom are responsible for managing a portfolio of responsibilities. In addition, the Director partners and collaborates with the Director of Graduate Admissions on initiatives that affect shared work and building operations; with the Director of Financial Aid on undergraduate financial aid matters; and with the Director of Information Technology for Admissions and AS&E Student Services on technology systems used in undergraduate admissions, including Slate.  The Director also partners and collaborates with the Deans of each School, Deans of Academic Advising, Dean of Student Affairs, Executive Administrative Deans, and other campus partners in support of the goals of undergraduate admissions and the goals of each unit across the undergraduate schools.


The Director’s effectiveness will rely on their ability to contribute to and enhance a workplace culture that values mentorship, professional development, inclusion, and transparency. The Director will need to be a skilled relationship builder that is accessible to all members of our team, able to successfully solicit and provide feedback, able to motivate and champion a talented team through difficult work, and able to equitably delegate responsibilities as appropriate. The Director will innovate and manage our hybrid workplace practices, and guide our team toward sustainable, effective, innovative, and collaborative approaches to all our work.  A commitment to diversity and inclusion, a strong sense of empathy and compassion, a genuine interest in mentoring colleagues at all levels of the organization, and a student-centered approach to selective admissions is essential.


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements: 

Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8+ Years of relevant professional experience, including in college admissions, school or college access counseling, and/or other educational work environments
  • 3+ Years of staff management, including supervising direct reports
  • Commitment to and interest in a liberal arts & sciences, engineering, and arts education.
  • Record of successful implementation of effective, innovative, sustainable workflow processes.
  • Record of successful relationship-building with and mentorship of colleagues at all levels of an organization, and to building a collaborative, inclusive office culture.
  • Record of supporting and implementing practices and policies that contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in an office environment and a larger community.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and handle confidential information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office technology suite
  • Valid US Driver’s license, and ability to conduct in-person travel on behalf of the university


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ Years of relevant professional experience, including in college admissions, school or college access counseling, and/or other educational work environments
  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree
  • Proficiency with Slate or other admissions technology systems experience
  • Zoom/virtual conference platform proficiency
  • Familiarity with a committee-based evaluation application review process
  • Proficiency/fluency in the financial aid landscape
  • Proficiency/fluency in a language in addition to English
  • Proficiency with Google technology suite


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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