Assistant Director, Head of Admissions-Honors Program - 12231BR

Assistant Director, Head of Admissions-Honors Program

College of Liberal Arts & Sci
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Assistant Director of Admissions is responsible for the recruitment and admissions activities of the University Honors Program. He/she is responsible for coordinating all Honors Program recruiting activities and overseeing the admissions process for new, current, and transfer students. The Assistant Director supervises the Honors Admissions Representative and manages the recruiting budget of the University Honors Program.

Job Description

40% Recruitment:
The Assistant Director is responsible for developing and implementing recruitment plans and strategies for the University Honors Program. He/she supervises the Honors Admissions Representative and manages the Honors Program recruiting budget. The Assistant Director will work to improve the diversity and quality of the University Honors Program. He/she has discretion to make any changes deemed necessary to recruitment and retention strategies and practices. The Assistant Director determines which events to plan and/or attend to meet enrollment goals. Events may include Senior and Junior Days conducted through the Office of Admissions, attending appropriate College Fairs and other events, Scholar Days, meeting with prospective students and their families, maintaining contact with high school counselors, and designing and conducting the fall and spring Honors recruiting receptions. The Assistant Director works as he/she deems necessary with other units on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, serving as the liaison to the Office of Admissions and coordinating closely with the Office of Admissions. The Assistant Director is responsible for the coordination of staff interactions with prospective students and for the evaluation of the effectiveness of such efforts. The Assistant Director assists in the oversight of Honors Student Ambassadors, in coordination with the Honors Admissions Representative.

The Assistant Director has oversight over marketing and communication materials for recruitment purposes and arranges for publication and distribution of materials to appropriate constituencies. He/she serves as the liaison to University Relations for all recruitment publications regarding design and text of the recruitment brochures and the Honors portions of the KU View Book and other publications with references to Honors.

35% Admissions:
The Assistant Director designs and implements the process for review of applications including new students, current students, and transfer students. The Assistant Director trains and evaluates University Honors Program staff serving as members on the Honors Admissions Committee. The Assistant Director analyzes the efficiency and effectiveness of the admissions process and makes changes in policy and practice as needed. The Assistant Director has the authority to make final admissions decisions. This position assures compliance with the established goals of admission to the Honors Program, supervises the organization of materials needed for application review, establishes review dates, tracks the number of students admitted, implements the appeals process, and performs other duties related to this responsibility. He/she serves as contact person for the Office of International Student and Scholar Services regarding the admission of international students to the Honors Program.

15% Honors Teaching and Advising:
The Assistant Director advises students in the Honors Program, including at First-Year Orientation during the summer. On occasion, the Assistant Director may

10% Other:
Participates in Honors Program events as needed and engages in College/University service activities as appropriate. Consults with the Director regarding topics including, but not limited to, programs, the University Honors Program website, publications, and presentations. Assumes other related responsibilities as assigned by the Director.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references:
  1. Master’s Degree (or equivalent) required at the time of appointment.
  2. Minimum of 3 years professional experience in higher education.
  3. Demonstrated excellent presentation and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Demonstrated ability to effectively organize time and tasks and work autonomously.
  5. A valid driver's license or ability to obtain one at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ability to effectively work with diverse student populations, including low-income, first generation, high school and non-traditional students representing a wide range of geographic and ethnic diversity.
  2. Experience in public relations activities, strategic communications/marketing or work in university admissions.
  3. Knowledge of or experience working with high-ability college students.
  4. Experience with undergraduate advising.
  5. Knowledge of the University of Kansas and the University Honors Program.
  6. Experience with data analysis evidenced by prior job duties or coursework.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications of the position, resume, and the contact information (email included) for three professional references.

Review of applications begins on 07/12/18 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Erin Spiridigliozzi; 864-4225;

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College of Liberal Arts & Sci
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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