Date Posted: October 7, 2022
Job #: 21943 (apply here)
What does the person in this role do?
This Assistant Director reports to Associate Director for Multicultural Recruitment, and independently plans, oversees and manages recruitment programs with a focus on underrepresented students of color. They will also work with MIT alumni groups and community based organizations to develop regional recruitment programs throughout the country.
How does this role advance the mission and vision of our office?
Improving the diversity of MIT is a central goal of admissions overall, and this position is directly responsible for many of the programs and initiatives that advance the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students of color in the applicant pool.
What would make someone a good fit for this role, specifically?
Someone with the interpersonal skills to build relationships and executive skills to run projects and programs, and who is intrinsically and credibly motivated to advance the crucial work of a diverse MIT.
Where does this role fit in the organizational structure of the office?
This position reports to the Associate Director of Multicultural Recruitment.
Characteristic Duties + Responsibilities
Specific Role Duties + Responsibilities
- Build and maintain strong relationships with MIT alumni groups and community based organizations to develop regional recruitment programs throughout the country
- Build and maintain strong relationships with MIT students, staff, and faculty to ensure robust and compelling volunteer participation in various on-campus programs
- Design, develop and implement new recruitment initiatives and programs (both on and off campus) aimed at attracting and recruiting underrepresented students of color (African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican and Native American) and low-income students
- Manage currently existing targeted recruitment/yield programs through Campus Preview Weekend, campus visits by community-based organizations, and other underrepresented affinity programs
- Support the Associate Director of Multicultural Recruitment with short and long term strategic planning intended to increase the number of underrepresented students of color in the applicant pool
- Co-Manage with (with another Assistant Director on the Multicultural team) ~16 student workers in the Admissions Ambassador program
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.
- Eligible to work a combination of in-office days and remote days each week.
Qualifications, Requirements, Preferences
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.
A successful applicant will be able to demonstrably meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree (in any field) and at least three years’ relevant experience
- Demonstrable ability to support MIT’s goals of access, equity, and inclusion
- Strong public speaking and communication skills
- The ability to work with minimal supervision and exercise good judgment, take initiative, and set priorities
- 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
The following attributes may be a plus, but are not expected or required:
- Leadership or supervisory experience
- Proficiency with SLATE (Technolutions)