Advertised Summary Job Description: The Senior Admissions Specialist works closely with the Admissions Manager to uphold and strengthen the integrity of the admissions process flow from application through enrollment for the School of Professional Studies growing set of offerings. These offerings currently include cross-disciplinary Master's Degree Programs, Pre-Graduate and Graduate Certificate Programs, Structured and Unstructured Certifications of Professional Achievement, take-a-class options for bachelor's degree holders and visiting students enrolled at other institutions, High School Programs, and the American Language Programs. The Senior Admissions Specialist manages the inflow of a high quantity of applications with a diverse range of application criteria using multiple application management system tools to ensure efficiency and accuracy at all points along the application timeline. The Senior Admissions Specialist screens and/or reviews applications and renders timely decisions or recommended decisions for the specified programs. In addition, the Senior Admissions Specialist oversees the annual admissions and application update process, and the onboarding of new team members. All efforts performed by the Senior Admissions Specialist will contribute to the SPS goal of yielding and retaining increasing numbers of highly qualified students by facilitating a seamless application process.
General Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. - Two years related work experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: - Background in higher education admissions or similar field. - Demonstrated experience using a relational database, online application system and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool, ideally in a higher education setting. - Familiarity with or willingness to learn, SIS, TargetX, and other systems, applications and software used by the University and the School. - Proven track record identifying and implementing improvements to streamline and/or automate complex processes. - Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. - Exceptional attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills, and the ability to perform routine and non-routine work with changing priorities. - Sound problem-solving and decision-making abilities, both as an independent entity and as part of a team. - Proven ability to work effectively within a collaborative team setting. - Ability to handle confidential information in a mature, professional manner. - Adaptability and flexibility in working in a fast-paced environment. - Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel required. - Ability to work extended hours and weekends during peak application periods. - Minimum of one year in the Admissions Specialist role and exceeding expectations. - Strong working knowledge of all SPS programs and evidence of commitment to support School-wide and divisional goals. - Proven commitment to excellence and has evidenced a high quality work output. - Must have strong recommendations from Academic Directors and administrative leaders.
Preferred Qualifications: - Experience in admissions, recruitment or academic advising. - Familiarity with SPS program offerings.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_174985
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