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Job Req ID:  31397

Director Admissions

Title: Director of Admissions

School: School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Department: Graduate Admissions

Location: Washington, DC – Dupont Circle                                         

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Global Enrollment and Recruitment, the Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership and effective management of the Office of Admissions and its full-time staff, as well as graduate student employees. The Director works with a high degree of autonomy, yet also collaborates closely with internal administrative and academic stakeholders, as well as numerous external constituents to support a comprehensive approach to enrollment management.

Leadership & Management

  • Design and implement marketing and recruitment strategies for SAIS Pre-Career and Early Career programs 
  • Promote SAIS programs through formal and informal interactions while collaborating with peer admissions team members at the SAIS Europe campus (Bologna, Italy) and Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China)
  • Oversee processing of all admissions applications (including on-line programs) and directly evaluate a significant portion of all admissions applications, as well as oversee all application decisions
  • Oversee management of the SLATE admissions platform and SIS database
  • Collaborate with the Office of Marketing and Communications on the design and production of marketing publications including general and degree specific brochures
  • Oversee the design and implementation of on-campus and virtual information sessions  and the annual Open House for admitted candidates
  • Participate in Financial Aid Committee meetings to select scholarship recipients
  • Recruit an increasingly diverse and talented student body demonstrating high ability
  • Represent the admissions office within the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and Public Policy in International Affairs (PPIA) memberships
  • Plan and travel for recruitment functions, including prospective student receptions, graduate recruitment fairs, and group travel with APSIA schools
  • Develop strategies to engage prospects via social media, and provide online and offline content that will help generate applications and subsequently increase yield on admissions offers.
  • Mentor and develop staff, advocating for needed resources that will enhance individual’s ability to contribute to their full potential
  • Cultivate relationships with Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and engage them in the ongoing work of the School through active participation in recruitment and yield activities;
  • Provide the deans, other administrators, and faculty with detailed admissions data and reports
  • Review and edit all content related to online applications and admissions web sites
  • Counsel prospective and admitted students
  • Organize Admission Committee meetings
  • Manage the Admissions Office budget

Additional priorities include:

  • Expand outreach to Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic American Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
  • Participate in the ongoing institutional strategic planning process
  • Actively solicit input from stakeholders, evaluate recommendations, implement changes as appropriate, and provide timely feedback on admissions policy, procedures, and/or practice
  • Devise strategies for improving the balance between high demand academic programs (e.g., international policy programs) and those with current growth potential (e.g., regional programs).
  • Improve admissions data collection, report generation, and data dissemination among institutional stakeholders
  • Document process changes and maintain an updated operations manual

Networking & Travel

  • Participate in the coordination of student recruitment activities and community outreach
  • Represent SAIS to international, national, local audiences and speak on behalf of the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid
  • Create institutional buy-in while serving as an agent of change, demonstrating sensitivity to the wide range of experience and perspectives that both admissions staff and stakeholders bring to their respective roles
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external constituents 
  • Travel locally, nationally and internationally for networking and other SAIS related activities (i.e. admissions, seminars, meetings with alumni and companies/organizations etc.)

Other Duties

  • Foster and support the ongoing development of staff by providing orientation, training, performance coaching, continuing education, and professional development opportunities
  • Conduct independent research on matters related to Admissions and Recruitment
  • Assist in counseling students as needed
  • Perform other duties as required/assigned


  • A minimum of ten years of relevant experience required, including five plus years of experience working in an academic enrollment management leadership role with responsibility for multiple programs.  
  • Eight or more years of experience in admissions, preferably in higher education
  • Experience in an academic environment committed to the highest level of academic standards of integrity and quality preferred. 
  • Experience managing multiple direct reports and working within a matrixed organization required. 
  • Must consistently exercise sound judgment, demonstrate ethical conduct, and have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Must have ability to work under pressure in a demanding academic environment. Ideal candidates will be flexible, creative, and energetic.  Ability to establish effective working procedures and systems is essential.
  • Experience in establishing successful partnerships with other campuses, academic units and other constituencies
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with MicroSoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; Preferred knowledge of SLATE and SIS.


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