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Deputy Director, Admissions

Employer
Rice University
Location
Fifth Ward/Frenchtown, TX
Closing date
Jul 13, 2024

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Specialty
Admissions
Position Type
Director
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University
Special Instructions to Applicants:

All interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter in the Supporting Documents section of the application in PDF format.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Admissions, the Deputy Director of Admission will be a key leader in the admissions office with oversight over a major work area. The deputy director will manage a significant work function within the admission office and is responsible for developing, executing, and managing a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve this work in line with the goals and priorities of the enrollment division to enroll and aid a highly talented undergraduate class. In pursuit of these objectives the deputy director will lead a unit charged with creating regular channels for communication to our university partners to simplify their engagement with our division and create a regular, meaningful, and reliable conveyance of information. The team will also identify key opportunities to collaborate within the enrollment cycle to highlight aspects of the undergraduate experience to prospective students and educators.

The deputy director will have highly developed skills of process and project management, team management and oversight, strategic planning, budget management, measurement, accountability, admissions practices and policies, and constituent communications. The deputy director will be a seasoned admission professional with a deep understanding of the college admission field including holistic application evaluation (preferably committee-based evaluation), targeted recruitment strategies, educational trends in secondary and post-secondary education, and admission policies and theories in a highly selective admission environment. The Deputy Director will serve as a thought partner and leader within the enrollment division and supervise a team of admission officers to ensure their development as professionals including aligning projects, initiatives, and processes to the goals of the division and priorities of the university.

The deputy director will engage with constituents within the Rice community and key partners external to Rice. This individual will be expected to represent Rice at professional conferences as a thought leader to share best practices within the field. They will manage a specific recruitment territory and engage in all aspects of recruitment, evaluation, selection, yield, measurement, and planning to ensure the development of a geographic pipeline to Rice.

Ideal Candidate Statement:

The ideal candidate for the Deputy Director of Admission will have:
  • 6+ years of admission experience
  • Experience with recruitment, campus visit planning, and/or staff development

Workplace Requirements

Hybrid position: This position is offered as a hybrid role, combining both in-office and remote work to provide flexibility and support collaboration. [Insert hybrid schedule]. Per Rice policy 440, work arrangements may be subject to change

Hiring Range: Exempt position. Salary contingent upon qualifications and experience.
  • Exempt (salaried) positions under FLSA are not eligible for overtime.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4 years of experience in admissions
  • Valid Texas driver's license (or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment) with no more than three moving violations within the past 36 months, and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence within the past three years

Skills:
  • Strong analytic skills and familiarity with enrollment reporting
  • Familiarity with the multiple work areas of a modern admissions office including CRM systems, reporting and analytics, recruitment, evaluation and selection, marketing including social media, access and inclusion, on-campus programming, staff training, budget management, and staff development
  • Strong process and project management skills required. Proven ability to develop these skills in staff members so they can manage work areas independently with appropriate levels of management input
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative solutions and processes to respond to the ever changing field of admission and information consumption of the undergraduate prospective student market
  • Demonstrated ability to use admission and enrollment data to make data-driven decisions, measure and assess progress toward strategic goals, present data, and revise practices as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and the ability to develop partnerships with key internal and external constituents and stakeholders
  • Strong staff management skills
  • Ability to delegate projects and processes with an appropriate level of oversight
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office suite including Excel and Access
  • Excellent verbal and written communication , presentation and customer service skills
  • Possess the ability to exercise independent judgment

Preferences:
  • 6+ years of experience in admissions
  • Experience with committee-based evaluation is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of Rice University and/or experience in a higher education environment is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff through change management- Sense of humor and ability to rebound after inevitable set-backs
  • Proficiency with Slate by Technolutions
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, marketing, planning, and public speaking skills highly desired

Essential Functions:
  • Familiarity with the evaluation and selection process in a selective admission environment is required
  • Serves as a key member of the admission leadership team working with the Executive Director of Admission to develop strategies and initiatives to achieve the goals of the division aligned to the priorities of the university
  • Supervises, manages, and develops a team of highly skilled admission professionals including the development of process and project management skills, year-over-year planning, budget management, measurement and accountability, and admissions practices and policies
  • Manages a key work area within admission and develops long-term plans and strategies, together with team, to meet the objectives of that work. Identifies means for measuring success and articulating the effectiveness of the team's initiatives
  • Serves as a thought leader within the division and in the field on best practices for college admission, recruitment, selection, accountability and measurement
  • Manages a budget and seeks to propose increased efficiencies and effectiveness in the use of staff and financial resources •
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state laws concerning college admission, FERPA, and affirmative action

Rice University HR | Benefits: https://knowledgecafe.rice.edu/benefits-overview

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity at all levels. It considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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