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Harvard University Senior Director, Admissions an in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54843BRAuto req ID:54843BRJob Code:S0059M FSS Admissions Mgt V Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Director, Admissions and Financial AidSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :059Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel skills, Constituent Relationship Management system, and other technologies that support the enrollment management enterprise

  • Experience using data analytics and predictive modeling to enhance enrollment strategies

  • Advanced knowledge of admissions principles and financial aid processes

  • Record of accomplishment in leading diverse teams to meet and exceed strategic enrollment goals

  • Experience serving diverse student populations and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, equity, and inclusion

  • Ability to drive change and deliver results in a complex, decentralized, and political environment

  • Ability to maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external colleagues and constituents

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), including the ability to deliver dynamic and engaging presentations to large and diverse audiences

Additional Information: We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Salary Range: $92,000 - $160,400

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. (https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/about/diversity-inclusion-and-belonging)

Harvard Kennedy School’s mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:

  • Protecting security, freedom, and human rights

  • Strengthening democracy

  • Advancing social justice

  • Increasing economic well-being

  • Enhancing sustainability

  • Improving public leadership and management

    You can be part of this endeavor. Explore and learn more about Harvard Kennedy School (https://www.hks.harvard.edu/) .

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Enrollment Services, Degree Programs and Student AffairsPre-Employment Screening:Credit, Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Typical Core Duties:

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment

  • In partnership with senior leadership, develop and implement effective, long range enrollment plans; develop target audiences, participate in admission decisions, and collaborate on the admissions profile

  • Implement and evaluate marketing and recruiting strategies to attract a highly competitive and diverse student body

  • Develop admissions reports, analyze data and trends to refine procedures, policies and practice

  • May develop, manage and oversee departmental budget

  • Lead department goal setting, planning, and process development

  • Collaborate with other student services to ensure the success of the overall student experience

  • Represent university at international, national and local events

  • Develop and implement operational policies, procedures and training for admissions staff

  • Serve as key resource for admissions policies and procedures

  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 8 years’ relevant work experience

  • Supervisory experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time

  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office setting

  • Travel may be required

  • May be required to work nights and weekends

  • Given current COVID-19- restrictions, the Senior Director may begin working remotely and later transition to working on campus in the HKS offices after they reopen.

  • Will be required to occasionally work nights and weekends during peak seasons

Job-Specific Responsibilities: The Senior Director of Admissions and Financial Aid provides leadership for the overall strategy and integrated delivery of admissions and financial aid functions for Harvard Kennedy School master’s degree programs. The Senior Director serves as a key Enrollment Services leader charged with fulfilling the department’s vision of being a national leader in recruiting, enrolling, and supporting the most diverse and talented graduate public policy/administration student body.

We are committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive team of staff, students, and faculty and we seek candidates who share our commitment and values. The Senior Director is expected to incorporate the principles of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging best practices into the strategy and practices of the department. The Kennedy School is seeking a technology and data-driven, bold, and innovative leader with a history of success in enrollment and cultivating a diverse and talented staff committed to ongoing professional development and growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain knowledge of best practices, new developments, and innovations in enrollment strategies in graduate public policy/administration and higher education

  • In partnership with senior leadership, develop and implement an effective and integrated, short- and long-range recruitment, yield, and financial aid strategy

  • Oversee the application review and evaluation process for admission and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for admission

  • Collaborate with leadership to evaluate and continuously improve admissions and financial aid policies and processes that leverage data and technology for optimal efficiency

  • Responsible for providing accurate projections and reporting of financial aid funds and the overall financial aid budget

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional financial aid requirements and auditing standards

  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy

  • Lead admissions and financial aid goal setting, planning, and process development

  • Represent the university at international, national and local events

  • Collaborate with other Degree Programs Student Affairs staff to ensure the success of the overall student experience and actively support Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging efforts

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate recruiting strategies to attract a robust and diverse student body

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services and Associate Director of Enrollment Marketing on marketing strategies

  • Develop admissions and financial aid reports, analyze data and trends to refine procedures, policies and practice

  • Develop and implement operational policies, procedures and training for admissions and financial aid staff

  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment

  • Direct the audit review process to ensure program compliance with federal and institutional regulations

  • Serve as a key resource for admissions and financial aid policies and procedures

  • Develop and manage the department’s operational budget to align resources with strategic enrollment goals

  • Performs other related duties as assigned

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