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Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions - School of Information Sciences (155460)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, Illinois
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Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions

School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Make connections with prospective and current students at the School of Information Sciences. Provide leadership and guidance to develop and implement innovative efforts to broaden recruitment efforts and attract a diverse and talented applicant pool across all MS degrees. Evaluate the impact of recruitment efforts and offer feedback for improvement. Create high-touch, responsive, and dynamic experience for prospective students.

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This is a full-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position. The anticipated start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Recruitment (40%)

  • Serve as a point of contact and resource for all MS prospective students to the School's Master of Science (MS) degree programs.
  • Coordinate campus visits for the Master (MS) degree programs.
  • Identify and pursue potential applicants through fairs, events, social media, and other assigned channels.
  • Develop and lead recruiting events on-campus and online that showcase the school.
  • Correspond directly with prospective students to answer questions and encourage applications to the MS in Library and Information Science and MS in InformationManagement programs.
  • Correspond directly with current students to answer career and professional development questions and guide them to pre-professional and professional opportunities.
  • Coordinate and manage prospective MS student data captured from marketing and recruitment efforts.
  • Establish knowledge of iSchool academic programs, admissions processes/timelines, program costs, funding opportunities, and career opportunities, and makeappropriate referrals to other Student Affairs staff.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and support of the iSchool's Ambassador initiative, which recruits and trains current students to engage with prospective students.
  • Evaluate impact of recruitment efforts and compile an annual report of recruitment and yield efforts.
  • Utilize data to inform strategic decisions for future recruitment efforts.
  • Travel and work non-standard hours (nights/weekends) as required.

Admissions (20%)

  • Serve on the admissions review committee as an application reviewer for MS in LIS and MS in IM degree programs.
  • Identify recruitment scholarship recipients while reviewing applicants.
  • Refer applicants that require full admissions committee review.
  • Identify applicants that require additional advising support.
  • Monitor trends and challenges in the application review process.

Increase and Support the Diversity of the iSchool across all MS degrees (15%)

  • Serve as the primary coordinator for diversity programs such as ASPIRE, Community of Scholars, Summer Pre-doctoral Institute, as well as liaison to the cultural houses andother cross-campus resources.
  • Collaborate with iSchool leadership to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts.
  • Develop vibrant and collaborative partnerships at minority serving institutions such as HBCUs, HSIs, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
  • Create and implement innovative programming to diversify student enrollment across all MS degrees.

Supervision (15%)

  • Supervise recruitment and yield specialist.
  • Meet regularly with direct report to discuss work, delegate projects, and assess progress.
  • Provide timely and appropriate feedback to staff regarding work performance.

Administrative Responsibilities (10%)

  • Actively build relationships with other institutions to establish and maintain recruiting and professional development connections.
  • Work closely with all staff in Student Affairs, including career services, admissions, academic advising, and other roles to foster a balanced, healthy, inclusive studentenvironment.
  • Serve as a resource for current students in careers support, professional development, and placement tracking.
  • Review and modify data capturing tools on the iSchool website and marketing platforms.
  • Coordinate with the Communications staff to market the school to prospective students and external partners interested in the school and its academic programs.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Required: Master's degree.

Preferred: Master's degree in student affairs, higher education, Library and Information Sciences, Information Sciences, or a related field.


Required: At least 3 years of experience in recruitment, admissions, yield, or related area in higher education.

Preferred: Experience supervising students or staff. Experience with recruiting, student affairs, and/or higher education marketing. Experience and/or an interest in graduate-level education and/or the field of information sciences.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to communicate in group and one-on-one situations. Demonstrated ability to work highly independently and collaboratively. Must be capable of enthusiastically promoting our graduate programs. Strong presentation, communication, and marketing skills. Broad knowledge of information professional career opportunities.

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by December 9, 2021. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.eduand upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Interviews may be conducted before the search closes, but no hiring decision will be made until after the close of the search. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Melissa Madsenat

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