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Admissions Officer I, Divinity School

Employer
Duke University
Location
Durham, NC
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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Specialty
Admissions
Position Type
Other
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University
Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as and America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research and its 10 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

As the spiritual center of a great research university, Duke Divinity School is the embodiment of Duke University's motto: Eruditio et Religio-Knowledge and Faith. Founded in 1926 as the first of the university's graduate professional schools, the Divinity School attracts students from across the nation and around the world. One of 13 seminaries founded and supported by the United Methodist Church, the school has from its beginnings been ecumenical in aspiration, teaching, and practice. With many diverse theological perspectives represented here, students find common ground through immersion in Scripture and the church's tradition for addressing the challenges of faith in contemporary contexts.

Duke Divinity School's mission is to engage in spiritually disciplined and academically rigorous education in service and witness to the Triune God in the midst of the Church, the academy, and the world. We strive to cultivate a vibrant community through theological education on Scripture, engagement with the living Christian tradition, and attention to and reflection on contemporary contexts in order to form leaders for faithful Christian ministries.

Occupational Summary

Reporting to the Director of Recruitment and Admission, the Admissions Officer I is a member of an enthusiastic admissions team committed to recruiting and enrolling students to the Divinity School's programs, aligning with strategic enrollment objectives.

Work Performed
  • Represents the Divinity School and its academic programs at recruitment and outreach events such as Duke Divinity visit days, webinars, theology fairs, campus visits, feeder institutions, denominational discernment events and receptions. Significant travel is involved.
  • Cultivates, establishes, and maintains contact with prospective students/applicants throughout the admission process in a timely, professional, and creative manner including frequent and relevant email, phone, and face- to-face communication that support the goals of the Office's recruitment plan.
  • Serves as a knowledge leader for each academic program, relaying accurate and up-to-date information to prospective student audiences. Successfully conveys the formation experience.
  • Coordinates and participates in special areas of responsibility-onboarding incoming students to Duke Divinity School, participates in orientation planning events for incoming students, coordinates with Houses of Study, Centers, Initiatives and other Duke Divinity School offices to support incoming students, serves as primary liaison with Duke Visa Services for applicants requiring student visas to enroll, and coordinates submission of pre-enrollment credentials for matriculated students.
  • Implements action plans to achieve the targeted number of applicants, admitted students, and enrolled students for a given portion of the inquiry pool.
  • Evaluates qualifications of assigned applicants utilizing established Divinity School admissions standards, guidelines, and criteria. Submits evaluations and recommendations regarding admissibility of applicants.
  • Assists with supporting recruitment efforts to develop key constituent group pipelines by cultivating and maintaining ecclesial relationships (campus ministers, churches, alumni, faculty, etc,).
  • Regularly monitors funnel activity and corresponding yield rates and works collaboratively with admissions team leadership to support goal attainment.
  • Assists with and implements special projects designed to fulfill the Office's mission and objectives.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
  • Required Qualifications

Skills
  • Ability to work independently and possess a high energy level during extensive travel times.
  • Ability to create and maintain positive interactions with a wide range of diverse candidates for admission.
  • Excellent communication skills (strong writing skills, public speaking, interpersonal, and public relations skills) are essential.
  • Computer skills including using word processing software, using database software (Slate, PeopleSoft, etc.), Zoom, and creating and using PowerPoint presentations.
  • Organizational and time management skills are important, along with the ability to achieve benchmarks.
  • Ability to develop an in-depth knowledge base about Duke Divinity School and its academic and extracurricular programs, student support services, and other pertinent details.
  • Effective collaboration with colleagues and teamwork skills.
  • A valid driver's license is required along with the ability to work a flexible schedule, willingness and availability to travel, and ability and willingness to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Work during evenings and weekends is sometimes required.
  • Demonstrate a highly collaborative approach and a spirit of collegiality when working with others across Duke Divinity in order to meet common objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Education

Work generally requires a knowledge and understanding of college experience and student life obtained through the attainment of a bachelor's degree.

Experience

OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Preferred Education/Training
  • Master's degree, preferably in theology, religion, or related field.
  • One to two years of experience in admissions, student support or related field at Duke Divinity School, or the equivalent at a comparable university, or graduate theological seminary/divinity school, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
  • Familiarity across the diversity of Christian denominations.

Job Code: 00001009 ADMISSIONS OFFICER I

Job Level: 10

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Nearest Major Market: Durham

Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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