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Assistant Director, Admissions

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Closing date
Feb 12, 2023

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Position Type
Assistant Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Additional Information

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.

Salary Range: $64,300 - $105,100

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience

Position Description

Position summary: The Assistant Director, Admissions and Financial Aid independently performs a variety of duties related to the integrated delivery of admissions and financial aid functions for Harvard Kennedy School master's degree programs. The Assistant Director provides admission and financial aid counseling throughout the enrollment lifecycle for prospective and current students. The successful candidate should be service-oriented and is expected to incorporate the principles of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging best practices to ensure a counseling approach that reflects cultural competency.

Position responsibilities:
  • Counsel and advise prospective students regarding admissions and financial aid application processes, financial planning and financial assistance, degree programs and other inquiries
  • Review applications for admission, evaluate, and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for admission
  • Develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations designed to promote the institution and attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Interpret and administer admissions and financial aid policies for internal and external audiences
  • Develop and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external colleagues and constituents
  • Assist in planning and implementing recruitment and financial aid strategy to attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Assist in the execution of targeted marketing strategies to attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Generate and use data and analysis to assist leadership to improve outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Represent the university at national, and local events
  • Evaluate and analyze financial information submitted by applicants, ensuring data is accurate and complete
  • Conduct needs analysis and prepare financial aid award packages for admitted and current students, keeping within federal, institutional, university, and school policies and procedures
  • Verify and assess student eligibility for financial aid
  • Monitor satisfactory academic progress of students for financial aid purposes in assigned caseload
  • Provide robust financial literacy programming, including entrance and exit counseling to reduce bad debt and student loan default to students in assigned caseload
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional financial aid requirements and auditing standards
  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students' rights to privacy
  • Advise and assist prospective and current students in case load on submission of financial aid appeals
  • Contribute multimedia, digital, and social media content for admissions and financial aid purposes
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

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