Advertised Summary Job Description: The Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) seeks a highly qualified enrollment professional to serve as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Admissions & Outreach, the successful candidate will provide leadership, strategic direction, management and oversight for all activities related to recruitment, admission and financial aid for GSAPP.
Responsibilities: The director is responsible for the development and implementation of a sophisticated strategic enrollment management plan that meets targeted enrollment goals and attracts an exemplary, diverse student body that enhances the reputation of the School. Experienced and data-driven in approach, the director will work closely with the Dean and the Associate Dean of Admissions & Outreach, faculty program directors, and School leadership to establish admissions priorities and to develop processes to achieve established goals.
In addition, the director will assess competitive market conditions; develop strategic recruitment plans; and collaborate with the Office of Communications and Events, Office of Student Affairs, and the Development Office to develop strategic, multi-channel communications plans while playing a role in raising endowed scholarships and developing program-specific pipelines. The director will perform key enrollment activity such as offering compelling presentations about GSAPP and its academic programs to prospective students; and ensuring the highest yield of qualified candidates overall and with regard to specific academic programs. Both compliance and strategic skill in financial aid will be required as the director will need to understand and adhere to School and federal regulations for proper disbursement of financial aid funds; liaise with the University's Central Financial Aid Office; and determine and oversee the packaging and disbursement of scholarship and fellowship funds.
Performs other related duties, assignments, and/or special projects as assigned.
Napier Executive Search is assisting Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to identify candidates for Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. To arrange for a confidential conversation or to nominate a candidate for this position, contact Laura Robinson at email@example.com or Mary Napier firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, please send a resume, a detailed letter of interest, and contact information for three professional references by email to: Columbia@napiersearch.com. Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled, but for assurance of full consideration, submit application materials no later than November 8 . All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred, with 4-7 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.
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About Columbia University
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.