The George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government invites applications for an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department:
The Schar School of Policy and Government provides undergraduate and graduate students the skills, knowledge, and analytic abilities to be leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
About the Position:
The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment serves as a key member of the Undergraduate Admissions team in achieving enrollment goals for the Schar School of Policy and Government. As a knowledgeable, dynamic, and friendly representative of the Schar School, the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment will be responsible for four main areas:
1. One-on-one engagement with prospective students and their families 2. Event coordination 3. Strategic development of new pipelines 4. Organizational support
The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment will work in collaboration with key faculty stakeholders, Academic Advising, Learning Communities, Marketing and Communications, Central Admissions, and other campus offices to build engagement in Mason and the Schar School during the application and enrollment process. This position will also support the development and management of recruitment and yield strategies, with an emphasis on growing the top of the recruitment funnel. Priorities include identifying new viable recruitment populations and building successful recruitment partnerships.
Detailed Responsibilities include:
1. One-on-one engagement with prospective students and their families:
Serve as a point of contact for potential students and their parents by managing inquiries, making prompt and effective contact with prospective students in person, via videoconferencing, by phone, and in writing;
Speak one-on-one with identified current students with interest in Schar School subject matter and/or degree; connect prospective students and their families to Schar School advisors or specific faculty members as appropriate;
Schedule and lead tours of the Schar School with interested students and their families; have a presence on campus during evenings, weekends, and holidays when prospective students and their families do college visits;
Maintain list of prospective students; follow a customer service plan to actively engage with these students with the goal of moving them through the recruitment and enrollment funnel in a timely fashion.
2. Event coordination:
Plan and implement Schar School recruitment, yield, and anti-melt events such as Schar School visit day, and on-campus recruiting events such as open houses, information sessions, class visits, course samplers, and other yield events, to include efforts targeting currently enrolled Mason students;
Identify and participate in external recruiting events both locally and nationally, including managing travel arrangements;
Represent the Schar School at Mason Admissions events with enthusiasm, knowledge, and resourcefulness while promoting Schar School bachelor's degree programs;
Promote Schar School undergraduate student opportunities (including but not limited to, Learning Communities, Internships, Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, International Experiences, Fellows Program, Undergraduate Student Organization, Model UN, Foreign Service Day).
3. Strategic development of new pipelines:
Identify new populations for recruitment outreach, and develops targeted engagement plans, including current Mason students who may be prospective transfers into the Schar School;
Partner with Schar School faculty directors, academic advising, learning communities, and other staff to identify high school and prospective transfer opportunities; build relationships with external organizations and interest groups who work with target populations and identify new, high-impact co-sponsorship opportunities to develop new recruitment pipelines;
Seek additional outreach opportunities and develop recruitment events, class visits, panels, summer programs, and other recruitment activities with high school-focused national and international organizations, NVCC, and other regional partners.
4. Organizational support:
Build relationships with current student leaders (Peer Academic Advisors, Undergraduate Student Organization, Patriot Pre-Law Program, and Recruitment Liaisons) and connect prospective students to current students appropriately;
Work closely with the central Admissions team to develop and manage an annual event and travel calendar for prospective and admitted students including fair registrations, recurring events, signature events, and yield events on-campus, throughout the region, and online;
Assist supervisor in working with Central Admissions to ensure a streamlined process for students who are interested in topics related to Schar School degree programs.
Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience required, preferably in admissions, marketing, communications, business administration or related field;
Experience in a customer-oriented or service-oriented role;
Must currently possess an appropriate, active, valid motor vehicle operator's license that meets all of GMU's requirements for operating state vehicles and equipment under Mason's Vehicle Use Policy 1411 https://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/vehicle-use/. The Office of Risk Management reserves the right to review the driver's licenses and Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) of all candidates selected with employment contingent upon a favorable review.
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