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Jobs: Assistant Director, Outreach

Date Posted: March 31, 2022

Job #: 21041-7

Overview

What does the person in this role do? 

The Assistant Director for Outreach leads MIT’s yield programming team, which is primarily responsible for communications and events targeted at admitted students, most notably the flagship Campus Preview Weekend, as well as other offerings for admitted students and their families. As part of the Outreach team, will also help support other Outreach initiatives, including fall recruitment travel. 

How does this role advance the mission and vision of  our office?  

This role supports the office’s commitment to access and equity, while demystifying MIT, and making a complex institution intelligible to our admitted students and their families. We believe it is important to present MIT honestly, and our approach to yield management both depends on and expresses a deep integration with the community, so that admits can make an informed choice. 

What would make someone a good fit for this role, specifically? 

Someone who is a good fit for this role will have a tremendous amount of energy that is replenished by working with our endlessly creative, brilliant, slightly chaotic student body. Someone who enjoys making order, without ordering people around, and who derives great personal meaning from leading MIT’s signature community event will thrive in this role.   

Where does this role fit in the organizational structure of the office? 

At MIT Admissions, an Assistant Director provides management and leadership of a specialized, critical programmatic area, reporting to an Associate Director who leads a team. The Assistant Director for Outreach reports to the Associate Director for Outreach. The position also supervises an Admissions Counselor, who supports events initiatives. 

Characteristic Duties + Responsibilities 

Specific Role Duties + Responsibilities 

  • Oversee Campus Preview Weekend, MIT’s spring yield program showcasing the Institute for over 1,200 admitted students and 1,000 parents.  
  • Coordinate all aspects of the event, working closely with the communications team, admissions staff and other departments throughout the Institute.  
  • Develop and maintain high-level relationships throughout the Institute to encourage volunteer participation in the program, with a particular emphasis on faculty involvement.  
  • Collaborate with other senior program managers at MIT as appropriate. 
  •  In response to the increasing number of parents attending, develop engaging programs to improve the parent experience.   
  • Maintain careful control of CPW budget, maximizing program effectiveness with limited resources.
  • Support the Associate Director of Outreach on the logistical planning of Fall recruitment travel for staff, including securing meeting venues and processing invoices and agreements for a few dozen meetings across the contiguous US.

General Admissions Duties + Responsibilities 

  • Read and evaluate approximately 2,000 domestic and international first-year and transfer applications annually, requiring regular evening and weekend work from late October through May. 
  • Participate in the first-year and transfer selection process.
  • Schedule, plan and present numerous regional recruitment information sessions throughout the country, generally requiring 3 to 4 weeks of travel.
  • Other travel requirements include attendance at local and national college fairs, and occasional professional conference participation. 
  • Regularly serve as the designated available Admissions Officer at the Cambridge campus, presenting information sessions and answering questions from visitors.

Qualifications, Requirements, Preferences

Qualifications

The fundamental qualifications for an admissions officer include the following: 

  • The ability to read and write quickly, accurately, and well, with keen attention to detail, and the ability to discern pattern from chaos 
  • The capacity to rapidly form a well-supported opinion, and just as rapidly defer to the collective judgment of the committee when situationally appropriate
  • The adaptability to succeed in multiple professional contexts: reading at home alone, discussing cases in committee, and traveling to speak publicly before large audiences
  • The discretion and tact to discuss deeply sensitive matters, and the integrity to be entrusted with extremely important decisions
  • The initiative to work independently with minimal supervision over sustained periods

Certain roles in the office require specific skills, but these are the underlying attributes common to people who tend to enjoy, and do well in, the admissions profession. 

Requirements

A successful applicant will be able to demonstrably meet the following requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree (in any field) 
  • At least three years experience, including at least two years of experience related to college admissions, academic advising, or related field 
  • Demonstrable ability to support MIT’s goals of access, equity, and inclusion 
  • Excellent project management skills
  • The interpersonal ability to manage the concerns and interests of many different stakeholders 
  • Experience taking initiative to transform ideas into practical solutions
  • The ability to perform regular evening and weekend work during the academic year, and a few (cumulative) weeks of travel by air annually 
  • A driver’s license 

Preferences

The following attributes may be a plus, but are not expected or required: 

  • A graduate degree (in any field) 
  • Experience with Technolutions Slate 
  • Supervisory experience