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Associate Director, Admissions

  • Requisition no: 505205
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of International and Public Affairs
  • Grade: Grade 12
  • Categories: General Administration, Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Associate Director of Admissions assists in the admissions process that meets targeted enrollment goals and enrolls a high-quality, diverse student body that enhances the reputation of the School of International and Public Affairs. S/he executes the recruitment, admissions and enrollment strategies of the School. S/he is responsible for managing prospect inquiries and applications and enhancing the dissemination of comprehensive program information, including pre-admission counseling, to prospective applicants for all School programs. The Associate Director manages the enrollment of admitted students; duties include planning and executing yield events and campaigns. The incumbent supervises the management of the online prospect and application systems and maintaining of application files. S/he trains and supervises graduate program assistants, and casual and work-study employees to ensure high quality customer service and accurate and efficient information dissemination. 


Proposes, executes, and evaluates prospective student outreach/recruitment strategies.

Works collaboratively with the Admissions team, faculty, and other school administrators to address outreach and recruitment issues and opportunities.

Develops strategies to enhance the School’s diversity recruitment efforts.

Develops and implements a recruitment events plan for SIPA-specific as well as externally sponsored recruiting events. 

Makes targeted efforts to recruit applicants from diverse backgrounds via open houses, college fairs, information sessions, symposiums, individual advising, telephone inquiries, on-line chats/open houses and other developing technologies.

Develops and implements virtual recruitment programs designed to attract and recruit high caliber students, specifically international students. 

Assists with the development and implementation of yield events with the purpose of reaching defined enrollment targets. 

Works as part of the Admissions team to provide information on program and degree requirements and the financial aid process to prospective applicants through mailings, telephone conversations, e-mail, individual meetings, social media, and recruiting events.

Plans, coordinates, and executes Admitted Students’ Day and other yield events for the 21-month master programs.

Conducts surveys and analyzes data from student participation at these events.

Develops and supervises the SIPA Admissions ambassador program which is made up of student volunteers who support the Admissions Office's recruitment efforts.

Serves on the SIPA Admissions Committee which evaluates approximately 3000 applications annually

Participates as a member of the scholarship committees for entering and continuing students in the School’s degree programs and make scholarship recommendations as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years of directly related experience in Admissions or Student Affairs in a university setting.
  • Familiarity with online application systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to act with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in making public presentations.
  • Computer literacy, including database software, word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and web searching, and the ability to compile and present data using Excel.
  • Must have a demonstrated capacity to represent the School and its programs to a heterogeneous population.
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Must be able to travel (domestically and internationally) and work weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic environment with changing priorities and multiple responsibilities.
  • Must be able to handle confidential information in a professional manner and use sound judgment at all times.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree highly preferred. 


Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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