Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Associate Dean, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid provides leadership, strategic direction, management and oversight for all activities related to recruitment, admissions and financial aid for the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). The Director 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 Director of Admissions and Financial Aid will be responsible for recruiting, admitting and enrolling the highest possible caliber of diverse students. The Director provides leadership in the achievement of enrollment goals by working closely with the Dean, 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, Office of Student Affairs, and Development Office to develop strategic communications plans; understanding School and Federal regulations for proper and strategic disbursements of financial aid funds; presenting GSAPP 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.
Perform other related duties, assignments, and/or special projects as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred, with 5-7 years' experience in undergraduate or graduate school admissions. Proven track record of achieving enrollment objectives in a higher education setting. Demonstrated commitment to developing an inclusive and diverse student population. An astute and strategic thinker who understands the nuances of admissions and financial aid to achieve success. Demonstrated data analytic experience to inform strategic and tactical plans for enrollment management.
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. A communication style that is open, cordial, and compelling.
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.
Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. Mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
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.
Internal Number: 126_167067
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