Advertised Summary Job Description: The Associate Dean for Enrollment Management (Admissions and Financial Aid) provides leadership, strategic direction, management and oversight for all activities related to recruitment, admissions and financial aid for Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, located at the Columbia Medical Center Campus. The Associate Dean is responsible for the development and implementation of a sophisticated strategic enrollment management plan that meets targeted enrollment goals and enrolls a high-quality, diverse student body that enhances the reputation of the School.
The experienced and data-driven Associate Dean for Enrollment Management (Admissions and Financial Aid) will be responsible for recruiting, admitting and enrolling the highest possible caliber of diverse students into the Mailman School. The Associate Dean provides leadership in the achievement of enrollment goals by working closely with faculty program directors and School leadership to establish admissions priorities, and to develop and implement systems and processes to achieve established goals. Other key responsibilities include assessing market competitive conditions; developing strategic recruiting plans; collaborating with Office of Communications to develop strategic communications plans; understanding School and Federal regulations for proper and strategic disbursements of financial aid funds; presenting Mailman School of Public Health and its academic programs to prospective students; processing and providing assessment of applications to the relevant admissions committees; providing quantitative and qualitative reporting on admissions and enrollment data; determining and overseeing the packaging and disbursement of scholarship and fellowship funds; and developing processes and systems to ensure the highest yield of qualified candidates.
Reporting to the Vice Dean of Education, the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management (Admissions and Financial Aid)is responsible for establishing a strategic operational plan for enrollment management to establish growth areas, enrollment targets, increased funding opportunities and specific strategies that are appropriate for the diverse disciplines in public health as well as the emerging and developing avenues in higher education and public health.
The candidate will provide leadership, supervision and mentorship to a team of admissions and financial aid professionals and will have demonstrated experience in management, leadership and team building.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a master's degree in higher education or related field with a minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in college or graduate school admissions.
Proven track record of achieving enrollment objectives in a higher education setting;
Experience with CRM and other digital tools/systems;
Demonstrated commitment to developing an inclusive and diverse student population;
Experience developing and implementing strategic marketing and outreach campaigns including the strategic use of digital communications and social media to advance marketing strategies;
Proven experience in providing leadership, oversight, and strategic direction across units and functional areas;
Demonstrated data analytic experience to inform strategic and tactical plans for enrollment management;
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Excellent strategic thinking skills; the capacity to manage the complex interplay of marketing and recruitment strategies, and the planning and execution of enrollment goals, yield, and financial aid;
Outstanding organizational skills, with the ability to complete projects on a timely basis and to manage multiple priorities;
Superior presentation skills, including the presence to engage effectively with academic leaders, faculty, senior administrators, senior executives, alumni, donors, prospects, and volunteers, together with the ability to make the appropriate connections among members of these groups and to nurture strong and long-lasting individual and institutional relationships;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively and deliver an effective, coherent, and consistent message. A communication style that is open, cordial, and compelling;
Must be a team builder who takes an approach that empowers team members to get the job done while providing the support and information they need;
An understanding of and commitment to diversity with the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and alumni from diverse backgrounds; cultural competency with respect to issues such as sexual, racial, cultural, and gender identity;
Excellent listening skills, ability to take feedback and incorporate constructive criticism is critical to success;
A self-starter with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative academic environment. Must have a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities;
An astute and strategic thinker who understands the nuances of admissions and financial aid to achieve success;
Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. Mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.