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Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission
Simmons University

Date Posted Apr. 12, 2022
Title Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Undergraduate Admission
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Admissions/Financial Aid

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience.

Job Summary:

The Senior Assistant Director is responsible for the recruitment and counseling of traditional first year students, and may be responsible for the recruitment and counseling of transfer and adult students. They are expected to travel to regional, national and international recruitment events, interview prospective students and meet with their families, and evaluate several hundred applications per year for admission to Simmons. They will manage professional staff and provide leadership for the office. Additional responsibilities and projects will be assigned as needed.

Essential Functions:
  • Coordinate strategy to recruit first-year students to Simmons on-campus programs;
  • Assist with admission for transfer and adult students in on-campus and online programs;
  • Recruit, evaluate and counsel students from the prospect stage through their enrollment;
  • Develop communications and contact students, families, and counselors to motivate and assist students in moving through all points in the admission funnel;
  • Identify the key priorities and needs of individual students and families and use appropriate communications to influence their decision to enroll;
  • Within each territory, identify and develop new opportunities and entry points in the prospect funnel with the goal of increasing the enrollment of qualified students;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to customer service by communicating clearly, positively, and effectively in a timely manner with all constituents;
  • Serve as the primary application reviewer for their recruitment territory and assist others in their review as needed, including being the first reviewer for approximately 400 files per year, being the second reviewer for approximately 800 files per year, and chairing the first-year admission committee;
  • Manage three admission counselors and/or assistant directors. They may also manage undergraduate students and/or graduate interns;
  • Lead projects within the Office of Undergraduate Admission such as the scholarship management, campus visit programs, special recruitment initiatives, faculty file review, and/or serve as liaison to other offices;
  • This position requires travel to college fairs and visits to high schools to speak with prospective students, their parents, and college counselors. They will travel approximately 8 weeks in the fall and 2 weeks in the spring. Travel may be regional, national, and/or international, and is not restricted to the established territory of the counselor. The senior assistant director will participate in on-campus recruitment events, as well as those hosted off campus.The specific geographic territory and/or populations will be assigned to the senior assistant director yearly and may be changed at the discretion of the management team.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum of five years' professional experience in a related field including higher education, graduate admission, high school counseling, sales, or a profession that is heavily customer service oriented;
  • Minimum of one-year previous supervisory experience - either student worker or staff;
  • Prior work experience in undergraduate admission preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills across a diverse range of constituents;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently, prioritize workload and perform duties on a timely basis within deadlines;
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems effectively and efficiently;
  • Ability to handle confidential information discretely;
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and familiarity with online virtual platforms (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.);
  • Valid driver's license required;
  • Ability to work regular evenings and weekends during high volume periods related to admission events and activities;
  • Ability to travel frequently during the months of September, October, November, March, April and May for the purpose of recruiting prospective students. Trips may be daily and may include overnight to week long trips that require overnight stays on location;
  • Valid driver's license required.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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