Associate Director of Admission
Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA

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External Relations

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Admission for External Relations, the Associate Director will read and evaluate freshman and transfer applications. S/he will develop and implement strategies to recruit and enroll top students and will represent Stanford to prospective applicants and their parents as well as to high school counselors; conduct large and small group presentations both on and off campus; respond to questions regarding the admission process and student experience at Stanford; explain decisions to unsuccessful applicants with tact and sensitivity. Staff at this level are expected to lead, manage, and direct projects with little or no supervision. General duties include but are not limited to: assist in the orientation and training of “junior admission staff” (admission counselors and assistant directors) and student volunteers; participate in the continuing evaluation of departmental policies and procedures; lead project and affinity teams as assigned; seize opportunities and take initiative to tackle new and ongoing operational and policy challenges; motivate and model professional behavior at a senior level for junior staff; and collect and analyze data.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree highly desirable. 4-6 years of extensive university admission knowledge and professional experience, with increased responsibility for managing, evaluating, and implementing international admission outreach and recruitment; strong oral and written communication skills; excellent reading comprehension skills; strong organizational and planning skills; ability to work independently and to make fine distinctions among competitive applicants; exceptional interpersonal skills in order to work well with potential applicants, parents, teachers, and counselors, etc.; ability to organize time, plan programs and large group functions; strong belief in the value of a liberal arts education in general, and a Stanford education in particular, and the ability to articulate these values to a variety of constituencies; demonstrated good judgment; sensitivity to cultural, socioeconomic, and regional differences; ability to maintain high energy level and enthusiasm for Stanford; ability to respond to difficult situations calmly and with credibility; respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to travel throughout the year, including weekends and evenings.

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