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Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

Apply now Job no: 492859
Work type: Full-time
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrators

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

Widener University is currently seeking an Associate Director of Transfer Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Reporting to the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, this dynamic and creative professional will implement a comprehensive recruitment plan to enroll new undergraduate transfer students.  This recruitment plan will influence enrollment decisions and incite action - such as application generation and application completion- through the enrollment funnel. The plan will be strategically developed in consultation with the Executive Director, with key insights and creativity contributions from the Associate Director.

Why work at Widener?  At Widener University, we strive to deliver a comprehensive benefits package developed to attract and retain talent.  We offer employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit program including health & welfare, retirement accounts, tuition programs at Widener University, life insurance, paid time off, and flexible work arrangements for many roles. 

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Division of Enrollment holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Manage the transfer enrollment process with particular attention paid to both qualitative and quantitative factors such as relationship building, creativity with travel/recruitment strategies, enrollment trends, etc.
  • Creatively enhance a transfer communication plan, with the Assistant Director of Communications
  • Plan and execute transfer off campus recruitment plan
  • Enthusiastically represent Widener at off campus transfer recruitment events
  • Collaborate with community colleges and other transfer student influencers to cultivate and maintain partnerships (i.e. articulation agreements) in order to facilitate transfer student recruitment.
  • Closely collaborate and consult with Widener Advising Team, regarding academic advising and transfer credit decisions
  • Closely collaborate with the Widener Student Engagement Team, planning Transfer Student Orientation and ensuring a smooth transition and onboarding for all new transfer students arriving on Widener’s campus
  • Coordinate transfer student on campus visit programs, including but not limited to Transfer Instant Decision Days
  • Coordinate transfer student virtual visit programs
  • Deliver and develop engaging presentations for prospective students and families to showcase the value of a Widener education and why a transfer student should choose Widener
  • Review all transfer student applications for fall and spring semester enrollment terms
  • Manage limited and selective enrollment programs
  • Perform unofficial and official (for segmented majors) transfer credit evaluations
  • Remain informed and up-to-date on all Widener University recruitment messages, facts, and policies 
  • Use Slate CRM to support recruitment, student tracking, and data retrieval 
  • Be an active and positive member of the undergraduate admissions team, demonstrating a willingness to participate and volunteer in team initiatives

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Support and participate in general on campus visits and events
  • Collaborate with other campus units to support recruitment of new students 
  • Contribute creative ideas to the overall undergraduate recruitment strategy that meet the generational trends 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years professional work experience
  • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Dynamic and confident public speaking
  • Strong, self-motivated work ethic 
  • Ability to exercise discretion while working independently
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to quickly pick up new software systems 
  • Strong organizational skills, with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to working as a part of a team
  • Solid data oriented, analytical approach to execution of responsibilities
  • High energy, creative initiative, and agile mindset
  • Demonstrated commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion, interpreted broadly, in higher education.
  • Experience working with transfer program’s target populations, including but not limited to first-generation, lower income students, military-affiliated students, community college students, and adult learners

Preferred:

  • Professional experience in a higher education setting or related industry
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience with Slate CRM
  • Experience with Project Management
  • Career interest in Admissions and/or Academic Advising & Counseling
  • Experience in contributing to a climate of inclusivity and working with a diverse student body 
  • Demonstrated leadership within a professional team setting

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS:

  • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record.  Recruitment trips will be within driving distance without needing overnight arrangements.
  • Evening and weekend work is required. 
  • Must be able to sit and work on a computer for 2+ hours minimum at a time.  
  • Must be able to stand and move between buildings at recruitment event, and provide walking tours when necessary across campus. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. 

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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