Assistant Director of Admissions (1297)

American University
Washington, DC
Aug 10, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Position Type
Assistant Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
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This Assistant Director position is responsible for the admission and recruitment of domestic freshman and transfer applicants including recruitment travel as well as application evaluation. This position is also responsible for assisting with the coordination and staffing of on-campus programs and online events for prospective students. The number of freshmen applications that the Assistant Director reviews ranges from one thousand to two thousand annually. The number of transfer applications that the Assistant Director reviews ranges from one hundred to two hundred annually. This position requires minimal supervision.

Essential Functions

  • Reads and evaluates applications for undergraduate admission; makes decisions or refers to either the Associate Director or Director of Admissions.
  • Conducts recruitment travel; participates in high school visits, community college visits, college fairs, regional interviews and other regional events.
  • Provides guidance, expertise and recommendations to prospective students, parents, alumni, guidance counselors and transfer advisors; conducts outreach to this population. Serves as a liaison with another office/department on-campus or serves as the key contact admission professional to a defined population. Examples include athletics, alumni volunteers, or students that wish to defer admission.
  • Conducts on-campus information sessions and interviews for prospective students and their parents; gives overview of university programs/majors, student life and the admissions process. Participates in campus and online events.
  • Develops and implements recruitment strategy and plans for a specific geographic area. Analyzes results of previous years’ activities and then develops and executes a comprehensive, integrated plan for both fall and spring travel/visits/events each year involving outreach to prospective students, parents, high school counselors, transfer advisors, alumni and others.
  • Finalizes airline, hotel, and car rental reservations for travel and completes expense reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • Work Environment

    • Travel consists of six to eight weeks in the fall and spring combined.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

    • Full-Time.
    • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst B.
    • Exempt.
    • Evening and weekend work required.

    Required Education and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree.
    • 1-3 years of relevant experience.
    • At least 2 years of professional experience in admissions or related areas.

    Preferred Education and Experience

    • Master's degree or equivalent.

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications

    • Knowledge of trends and practices in higher education.
    • Writing ability.
    • Ability to represent the University and demonstrate highly developed interpersonal and public speaking skills.
    • Demonstrated problem solving ability.
    • Computer skills.
    • Organizational skills and ability to conduct demographic and historical research as it pertains to American University’s applicant trends.
    • Ability to contribute to a team-oriented environment within the Office of Enrollment.


    • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
    • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
    • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.


    AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.

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