Fontbonne University, a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education located in St. Louis, Missouri, is seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to become the next Director of International Recruitment. Fontbonne University hosts students from more than 27 nations and meets the unique needs of international student with rigorous academics and a warm and welcoming culture. As a leadership position, the Director of International Recruitment, under the guidance and collaboration of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing is responsible for providing leadership in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan focused on international recruitment, admission, retention and graduation consistent with the strategic goals and mission of the university. A successful candidate should be able to make data-informed, evidence-based enrollment decisions utilizing best practices in international admissions and enrollment management. The Director will need to be innovative and adept at promoting current academic programs, as well as making recommendations for new recruitment ideas and marketing strategies that align with the University's mission and resources.
Essential areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:
Collaborate with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing in the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of strategic international enrollment objectives and recruitment strategies and oversee all aspects of the international enrollment funnel and recruitment pipelines, including making final admissions decisions;
Manage communication with international students throughout the recruitment process, including managing and creating workflows in Fontbonne's new CRM Slate;
Input all prospective student information into Fontbonne's student information system;
Oversee all coordination with SEVIS;
Serve as the Designated School Official and issue initial I-20;
Facilitate and manage all agent agreements and partnerships, as well as, oversee the vetting and training of agents;
Serve as the liaison for all "sponsored" partnerships for inbound students;
Manage individuals representing Fontbonne at international fairs/agency events when unable to travel to said events;
Maintain strong relationships with international alumni;
Plan and oversee all aspects of international orientation and the International Bazaar, a community wide event to display the culture of all of our international students;
Advise the international student organization;
Award scholarships while coordinating with the Financial Aid Office and the Finance Office/CFO to ensure aid optimization to drive net revenue per student to meet new student enrollment goals and maximize retention of continuing students;
Promote a student-centered environment that supports the personal, social, and academic development of all students; build strategic partnerships with organizations and agents to create additional revenue opportunities consistent with the University's mission;
The successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience in key leadership competencies with professional qualifications, including:
Recorded proven success as an international recruiter with strong communication and listening skills and the ability to focus and lead an organization to set and achieve strategic goals, preferably in the small to medium private college and university market
Demonstrated creativity and critical thinking and have experience in developing strategic vision for international enrollment efforts and success in meeting goals
Extensive knowledge of best practices in international student affairs and policy developments in all aspects of recruitment, admission, and retention
Demonstrated cultural competency and values which support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
Demonstrated innovative thinking and ability to build coalitions with faculty and staff
Knowledge of regulatory, professional, and ethical guidelines in international enrollment management to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations
Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree and a minimum of four years of increasing responsibility in international enrollment management is preferred.
Fontbonne University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Fontbonne University is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
Interested individuals should send a letter of application, resume, and contact information including mailing, email addresses and telephone numbers for three references.
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs. More than 2,000 students annually benefit from the University?s high-quality academic programs offered in a values-based, student-centered environment. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored today by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is located in a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The University embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern. Other interesting facts include: Faculty: 279 (full and part-time); 75% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Student/faculty ratio: 11:1; Academic programs: 44 majors; 26 minors; 19 graduate programs.