Director of Recruitment & Admissions

Year Up   •  

San Francisco, CA

Industry: Education


5 - 7 years

Posted 87 days ago

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Title: Director of Recruitment & Admissions (San Francisco & East Bay, CA)
Office: YUBA
Location:  San Francisco Bay Area
Career Stage: Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Reporting to the Regional Director of Recruitment & Admissions, the Director of Recruitment & Admissions (San Francisco & East Bay, CA) leads the strategy and execution of overall admissions processes, with the goal of engaging a robust recruitment pipeline of young adults who are the best fit for Year Up’s program, and admitting a full class every six months. The Director of Recruitment & Admissions (San Francisco & East Bay, CA) is responsible for developing and implementing processes, policies and trainings to ensure admissions targets are met. The Director of Recruitment & Admissions (San Francisco & East Bay, CA) oversees the Admissions and Recruitment teams within their market, and works closely with other site teams to guarantee high quality, culturally competent program delivery.

To be successful in this role, you will be a dynamic leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment, and who is passionate about motivating a diverse team to achieve ambitious goals. You will be results-oriented, strategic, and analytical in order to optimize program quality and drive results. As a team leader, you will employ superior communication and relationship building skills to enhance the Year Up program through successful team operations, community relationships, and other internal and external partnerships.

The Director of Recruitment & Admissions (San Francisco & East Bay, CA) will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.



  • Shape strategy and develop systems for executing admissions, recruitment, and applicant data tracking
  • Integrate the learnings from ongoing assessment, research, evaluation, and best practices to continuously improve admissions and outreach processes
  • Manage platform usage to track and interpret analytics regarding pipeline development
  • Support and oversee the Recruitment and Admissions teams to develop and execute a unique and rigorous selection process, including evaluating applications and candidate essays, conducting in-person interviews, managing a range of innovative candidate selection activities, completing high-level reference checks, and collecting recommendations
  • Responsible for overseeing the process to ensure students successfully transition into program by working within and across teams to provide high support and access to resources
  • Use critical thinking and analytical skills in all aspects of the work to allow for continuous improvement/refinement of all processes and strategies

Recruitment & Partnerships

  • Create and implement a plan to build a diverse portfolio of strong relationships with key stakeholders such as college career counselors, professors, administrators, high school guidance counselors, and community leaders to diversify and ensure a robust recruitment pipeline that is directly tied to Year Up’s student outcomes goals
  • Develop and lead Recruitment team to execute a strategic communication plan that enhances understanding of Year Up’s programmatic offerings to prospective applicants, and community and college partners
  • Own relationship management for top tier community partners, with support of other team members

Data and Performance Management

  • Use real-time data to report on progress towards goals, provide an ongoing pipeline management (i.e. conversion of prospects and ROI for activities), and course correct recruitment activities and strategy as necessary

Leadership and People Development

  • Drive cross-departmental collaboration with leadership team to ensure programmatic outcomes are met
  • Oversee hiring, onboarding, training, management and development of Admissions and Recruitment teams
  • Develop and manage individuals and teams through performance management process, annual reviews, and professional development plans
  • Participate in bi-monthly cross-site calls, as well as the creation and management of systems for best-practice sharing across the Year Up network
  • Develop successful and trusting relationships with Year Up students and contribute to the creation and maintenance of a supportive and encouraging environment to foster their success

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • Minimum of 6 - 7 years of work experience in a high growth-organization, including at least 3 years of staff management experiencepreferred
  • Experience in any of the following:  recruitment, admissions, partnership development, community organizing
  • Some experience developing, implementing, monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of counseling and related programs
  • Entrepreneurial, resourceful and persistent with demonstrated success managing and inspiring individuals and teams toward ambitious, measurable results
  • Strategic thinker with a clear understanding and comfort with data and how it informs programming and performance; one who can recognize trends, analyze data, and drive strategic recommendations
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate a wide variety of people; intuitive, empathic communicator who can quickly build rapport, trust, and credibility
  • Significant relationship and/or client management experience; excellent executive presence and client building skills, with focus on details and follow through
  • Experience with Salesforce.compreferred
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization with a mission to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines hands-on technical and professional skills, educational stipends, college-level coursework, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place talented and motivated young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.