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Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 5058156
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Admissions/Enrollment

Associate Director, MS Admissions (HR title: Student Recruiter II)

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem - paired with entrepreneurial drive - creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

This position is responsible for recruiting high quality candidates for Cox's Management, Business Analytics, Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate Specialized Master's programs. These programs represent 360+ students per year, recruiting amidst a highly-competitive market. The individual will travel domestically and internationally to recruit a diverse class of students. This position will review applications and conduct interviews to assess the applicant's success in the program and future career goals, making admissions and scholarship recommendations.

Essential Functions:

  • Student Recruitment Strategy & Execution - Develop strategy to recruit students for MS programs, aligning with team to translate into executable plan. Attend in-person and virtual recruiting events, pitching Cox programs. Steward prospects through application, interview, and assessment phases, making admissions and scholarship recommendations as part of the Admissions Committee.

  • Strategic Projects - support recruiting-related projects (e.g., on-boarding new recruiting partners / vendors) that may impact the entire Graduate Admissions organization. Operate with limited oversight and coordinate with diverse internal and external stakeholders to address complex challenges in an ever-changing market. Assess and provide recommendations on budget impacts.

  • Oversee MS Student Ambassadors - manage team of student ambassadors to enhance recruiting yield, including selection / on-boarding / training, task assignment (matching with prospects), and performance feedback.

  • Marketing & Events Strategy and Execution - Help develop and execute event strategy for MS programs. Collaborate with SMU Marketing team to promote events and drive leads.

  • Operational Excellence: Implement processes in Slate and other tools to streamline recruiting, application review, admissions, and yielding processes.

  • Additional support to broader Cox Graduate Admissions Team through other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's is required.

A minimum of three years of experience is required, preferably in university admissions and/or marketing/sales. Experience in student advising desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. Strong presentation skills are essential.

Candidate must have strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize, and manage multiple projects in a deadline driven environment. Strong project management skills and attention to detail are essential.

Candidate must have a strong commitment to confidentiality, as this position will be required to handle confidential and sensitive information. Experience and demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of individuals are essential.

Candidate must have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Experience with admissions software (e.g. Slate) is strongly preferred. Experience with PeopleSoft is a plus.

Knowledge of international student visa process (e.g. F-1 visa) preferred. The ability to generate new admissions strategies and ideas and execute them in order to increase enrollment desired.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

March 13, 2024

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas

Job: Student Services

Organization: Cox School of Business

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Staff

Employee Status: Individual Contributor

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Day Job

Travel: No

Job Posting: Feb 26, 2024, 8:49:42 PM

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