Associate Director, Application and Admissions Management
Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 62410BR
At the Division of Continuing Education (DCE), the Associate Director, Application and Admissions Management serves as the technical specialist and authority for all matters pertaining to online application and admission process. Managing staff whose roles are related to these duties, the Associate Director leads admissions operations and planning designed to support a pool of applicants, as related to prospective degree candidate contact with the department, online application maintenance and processing, and applicant admission, with an emphasis on workflow improvement and departmental efficiency using new and existing technologies.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Maintain and improve application process flow from submission through decision for the HES post-baccalaureate program, one undergraduate degree program, 23 graduate program fields, and one undergraduate scholarship
Execute admission processes for the post-baccalaureate premedical program
Create, update and maintain all administrative procedural and best practices documentation related to application and admission processes, including that which appears on the departmental wiki in Confluence
Develop and conduct training for department staff on new technologies and updates to existing technology
Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students' rights to privacy
Interview and hire staff, assign and review work, and conduct annual performance reviews
Perform regular application maintenance and troubleshooting, overseeing configuration updates to the online applications, while working closely with the Salesforce team to ensure proper integration with our Student Information System (SIS); analyze and evaluate new technologies as they become available to Harvard Extension School (HES) departments for use; execute or lead online testing to ensure proper functionality
Manage the department's student appointment scheduling software (Acuity) and phone system (Vonage); develop and analyze data related to both systems, which drive advisors' workloads, customer satisfaction assessments/initiatives, and application submissions; share findings with managers and staff through effective written, visual, and verbal communications; work with members of Administrative IT (AIT) as needed on systems' technical issues and troubleshooting
Design and create complex reports and dashboards to support application and admission goals; analyze related metrics to support strategic planning; identify opportunities to streamline operational processes for staff; develop and implement action plans for improved procedures
Assist in managing a recruitment strategy for predegree students by analyzing the data of departmental efforts and working with the Executive Director of Predegree Advising, Recruitment and Admissions and the Admissions Marketing and Recruitment Specialist to change, improve, or create students support services, including the automation of email communications to predegree students and applicants via Marketing Cloud.
Manage the design and content of the MyDCE portal page for the department
Represent the department at AIT meetings to discuss development and deployment progress
Research technological trends and conceive innovative strategies for the department to implement for advising, recruitment and admissions; lead special projects directly related to application, admission and recruitment data that have strategic use
Represent the department at all interdepartmental meetings about our SIS, Salesforce, and other technology platforms as they relate to the admission processes.
Serve as representative of the office on the DCE-wide Change Advisory Board (CAB)
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 7 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Master's degree in relevant field preferred
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel skills
Communication skills (both written and verbal)
Familiarity with Salesforce, Banner, Tableau
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. DCE is currently trialing hybrid workplace models with a minimum of 2 days per week on campus. DCE may adjust these as necessary or appropriate.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
A cover letter is highly encouraged for consideration.
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 17,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 11,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering nearly 130 short noncredit programs to more than 3,000 participants annually.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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About Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.