Assistant Director of Recruitment
Arizona State University
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Campus: Downtown Phoenix
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University—one of the nation’s premier professional journalism and strategic communications programs—is seeking an assistant director of recruitment. The assistant director assumes responsibility for successful undergraduate, graduate and transfer recruitment that both meets (or exceeds) university recruitment and enrollment goals while diversifying and strengthening the Cronkite student community. The assistant director should be as comfortable on stage as they are in spreadsheets: The ideal candidate will vibrantly emcee recruitment events and engage prospective students, and effectively analyze data across sources to strategize and track goal progress. As a leader, the assistant director will inspire and steer a dedicated recruitment team; as a team member, the assistant director will collaborate closely with communications, marketing, admissions and academic colleagues to drive success.
The role is fast-paced and results-driven, and requires high energy, approachability, strategic thinking, comfort with admissions funnel data, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As the Cronkite School seeks to meaningfully grow its student community of future media professionals, we seek an energetic, effervescent leader with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Depends on experience
- Create, implement and lead the Cronkite School’s undergraduate, transfer and graduate student recruitment strategies.
- Lead in-person and virtual visits and recruitment events, giving frequent presentations in front of large audiences.
- Facilitate and lead recruitment programming that emphasizes access and inclusion, including nurturing relationships with various student populations (e.g. first-generation college students, geographic markets).
- Monitor, analyze and report to school leadership on enrollment trends, goal progress across the admissions funnel, student analysis and goal tracking.
- Identify and resolve problems and issues impacting students and enrollment processes; recommend and take corrective actions as necessary.
- Analyze data from multiple sources to make strategic and efficient decisions about school outreach and recruitment.
- Direct, staff, train and motivate a team of student ambassadors who facilitate building tours, special visits, and recruitment events.
- Oversee the school’s dedicated High School Programs Coordinator, responsible for engaging high school students, nurturing leads and high school teacher/adviser relationships, and directing camps.
- Oversee a dedicated graduate recruiter.
- Collaborate with centralized admissions and communications departments and Cronkite marketing specialists to coordinate effective recruitment communications content/campaigns.
- Coordinate and execute call campaigns.
- Harness SalesForce to organize outreach, track productivity and manage prospective student relationships.
- Represent the Cronkite School in service on various department and university committees, as well as external boards and organizations.
- Attend and represent the school at key Arizona and national recruitment events, including conferences, college fairs and high school visits.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND six (6) years of related administrative experience, which includes three (3) years of supervisory experience; OR, Ten (10) years of related administrative experience, which includes three (3) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
- Demonstrated record of enrollment growth at a college or university
- Experience with student recruitment and admission practices
- Demonstrated knowledge of national college admissions landscape and trends
- Experience creating and/or leading recruitment events
- Experience analyzing and reporting recruitment/admissions data
- Experience working within a CRM (SalesForce)
- Demonstrated knowledge of the journalism and strategic communication fields
- Demonstrated knowledge of budget management methods and techniques
- Demonstrated knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices
- Evidence of effective communication skills
- Experience in working in an environment subject to tight deadlines and changing priorities.
Our office is located at 555 North Central Ave., Phoenix. Candidates must:
- Drive and safely operates an ASU vehicle or cart, ability to get in and out of the vehicle frequently
- Frequent evenings and occasional weekends, in addition to frequent travel locally and occasional travel out of state
- Possess a valid driver's license for this position
- Have ability to travel by vehicle and airplane for recruitment purposes
- Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
- Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
- Communicate to perform essential functions
- Use standard office equipment including, but not limited to computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals
The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake—accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity—the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.
Located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, the School has 70 full-time faculty members, more than 100 full-time professional staff and annual resources of more than $40 million.
Nearly 2,500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. Of the undergraduate residential student population, more than 60 percent come from out-of-state and more than 37 percent are students of color. The retention rate consistently exceeds 90 percent, and Cronkite students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions.
The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education, for which it has received international acclaim. Cronkite offers 15 different full-immersion professional programs in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty. The programs enable students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom, producing news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.
The Cronkite faculty is made up of award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications experts.
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
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Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.
Applicants must apply online through Kenexa by submitting the following:
1) a cover letter
3) contact information (name, address, email, telephone number) for three professional references;
4) a diversity statement that addresses their experience and commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion over the course of their careers and outlines how they would advance DEI goals at the Cronkite School. The statement should be no longer than 500 words.
Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.
Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.
ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.
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