Job Overview The Executive Director for Graduate Admissions will oversee the coordination of all graduate enrollment activities across the institution. Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Admissions, the Executive Director will collaborate with key institutional stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive long-term graduate enrollment strategy that aligns with the goals, priorities, mission and aspirations of Drexel University under the Student Lifecycle Management initiative which focuses on student success from the point of inquiry through graduation and beyond. Qualifications The successful candidate must have bachelor's degree, an advanced degree is preferred, along with five to seven years of progressive management experience in admissions, some of which must have been attained in graduate admissions. This individual should be results driven, forward-thinking, and possess a clear strategic vision for how Drexel University will address and position the College in preparation for the emerging national demographic and socio-economic trends. The Executive Director of Graduate Admissions must be an articulate and effective presenter and able to build successful inter-organizational relationships through effective institutional collaboration, must possess strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, and have demonstrated leadership ability. Essential Functions Drexel University's Student Lifecycle Management initiative informs the admissions process from beginning to end. The Executive Director of Graduate Admissions is responsible for creatively implementing this philosophy as s/he oversees every aspect of engaging, cultivating, selecting, enrolling, and yielding prospective graduate students for Drexel and are in the best position to benefit from a Drexel education, contribute to the community, and persist and succeed.
-Supervise a team of 8 professional staff members; 3 Associate Directors, 4 Assistant Directors, and 1 Admissions Counselor that manages the collection of 30,000 plus applications in a full academic cycle, manages the preliminary review, faculty review process, and decision extension for 20,000 plus applicants, and manages 10,000 plus accepted students from point of accept to confirm through matriculation.
-Manage the admissions prospects for the 16 academic units at the graduate level. Includes but is not limited to communication development for multiple populations and can be college and school specific within the Slate CRM. Manage the process of lead generation and the evaluation of the ROI.
-Collaborate with the Communications & Marketing team, University Communications, and the Graduate College to develop a multi-channel strategic recruitment plan for Graduate Admissions. Work with academic leaders within each of the 16 schools and colleges graduate admissions services to create an individual plan for each academic unit that supports their recruitment needs and enrollment goals.
-Develop a recruitment plan that incorporates graduate fairs, industry specific events/conferences, and academic advisors. Work with all academic units at the graduate level to identify events, coordinate with faculty and staff to jointly cost share and represent Graduate Studies for Drexel University. Train and mentor graduate admissions team on best practices in graduate admissions recruitment. Develop process documents to support procedure and what is acceptable by University standards.
-Collaborate with the Steinbright Career Center, the Graduate College, and the academic units to assist in the development and successful launch and management of graduate co-op.
-Work with the Schools/Colleges, VP of Finance, the Graduate College, Provost and others, to evaluate pricing and discount strategies for all programs to ensure full enrollment while ensuring appropriate NTR for the University. Work collaboratively with Financial Aid, the 16 academic units Graduate Admissions supports to evaluate and streamline the FA process for prospective students.
-Manage the process and develop EMSI (Market Analysis) reports to assist the schools and colleges when reviewing active programs and or considering creating a new program.
-Oversee all business processes and operations of the division including budget, personnel, technology, etc.
-Other duties assigned.
Requisition Number 8803