Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost, GSDO, the Assistant Director of Diversity Outreach and Recruitment will lead the design, implementation, delivery, and analysis of diversity recruitment engagements, initiatives, and signature programs to ensure alignment with the GSDO’s strategic objectives, and significantly contribute to the development of the diversity recruitment strategy. The Assistant Director will partner with Graduate School leadership to reimagine and inform strategic engagement practices with the Graduate School Data Management Office and the Office of Graduate Admissions. They will also provide direct leadership to the Graduate and Professional Schools (GAPS) Recruitment Council. The Assistant Director will leverage existing GSDO relationships, while extending their local and national network of graduate enrollment professionals to maintain the U of M’s reputation as a leader and thought partner in the diversity recruitment space.
The Assistant Director will evaluate andbuild upon the considerable work and planning already underway that are critical to growing and sustaining the diversity values, standards, and efforts to inform transformative inclusion.
This is a 100% time annually renewable position in the Academic Professional and Administrative series.
Diversity Outreach, Recruitment, and Programming:
Refine and execute the effective delivery of local and national diversity recruitment activities such as discipline-specific diversity and preview days, recruitment presentations, visitation events with regional institutions, and coordination of the McNair/Trio Program Visitation Days and the Annual Diversity Conference and Fair.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: serving as the initial contact; confirm meeting logistics (dates, times, rooms); highlight the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) and GSDO, give campus tours, as needed; send post-meeting surveys and compile results; follow-up with student participants.
Provide prospective graduate student consultations for domestic students from historically underrepresented backgrounds (including Indigenous, students of color, intersectional identities, LGBTQ+, etc.): meet with prospective students to strategize plans to realize their educational goals, to successfully complete the admission process, and to finance graduate studies; explain campus resources and services; and connect students with faculty and staff of their intended program(s).
Dedicate time each week to expanding knowledge of industry trends and best practices in diversity recruitment, and engage in monthly thought-leader discussions with GSDO and Graduate School Admissions leadership.
Establish relationships with prospective graduate students, U of M faculty and staff, and graduate enrollment professionals both locally and nationally.
Develop expertise in U of M’s points of pride; signature diversity recruitment and retention efforts within the Graduate School, GSDO, and across the system; COSP initiatives and affiliated student organizations; and notable U of M graduate programs.
Attend regional and national recruitment trips and developthe Public Recruitment Schedule to include diversity recruitment travel and virtual events reflective of the GAPS Recruitment Council membership.
Serve as liaison to U of M undergraduate diversity unit offices/programs; enhance and strengthen our relationships with U of M Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) unit offices/programs and undergraduate diversity community-based programs such as NSSA, MLK, APARC, COIN, and Student Cultural Centers (i.e. La Raza, Black Student Union, etc.)
Serve as Twin Cities campus liaison to enhance networking and recruitment pipeline efforts with U of M system campuses (Morris, Crookston, Rochester, Duluth).
Showcase COSP and GSDO at admitted graduate student orientation events; promote our resources and services and offer assistance to matriculated graduate student events.
Provide support as needed or requested by the AVP.
Develop position descriptions, lead the hiring process, and provide effective supervision to Outreach and Recruitment Graduate Assistant(s).
Strategic Initiatives Support:
Understand and align work with the mission, vision, and values of the Graduate School and GSDO.
Cultivate a welcoming environment for virtual, remote, and on-campus visitors to the GSDO through attentiveness, hospitality, and professionalism.
Partner with the AVP in the development and implementation of a diversity recruitment strategy, including development of the annual diversity outreach and recruitment plan.
Broker direct relationships with the Graduate School Data Management Office and the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Develop and maintain relationships with these key partners. Develop and maintain understanding of data resources and data applications to inform decision making, and identification and advancement of opportunities and initiatives to drive graduate student diversity recruitment and programming.
Lead the development of a plan for increased engagement with diverse undergraduate students from U of M system campuses and other local/regional/national colleges, including optimization or revisioning of existing efforts such as the Diversity Conference and Fair, McNair/TRIO Summer Visitation, GEM, National Name Exchange, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Update GSDO Recruitment activities and initiatives, including national and regional recruitment trips, undergraduate pipeline relationships, partnerships with other U of M diversity offices and programs, summer research programs, recruitment fellowships, use of social media, etc. in consultation with the AVP.
Work with the AVP to develop a plan for strategic deployment of diversity outreach and recruitment budget to achieve best results.
Increase GSDO visibility and partnerships through participation on select campus-wide committees.
Oversee the GSDO Recruitment Ambassador Program.
Perform other duties as necessary to advance the Graduate School and Graduate School Diversity Office mission, and as assigned:
Partner with the Graduate School Office of Admissions to create intentional strategies and practices to optimize use of the SLATE system.
Lead efforts to educate graduate programs about using the National Name Exchange (NNE) database via SLATE.
Deliver other projects and tasks as necessary or requested by the AVP.
Partner with GSDO colleagues to support the development and evaluation of a seamless GSDO experience for our student, staff, and faculty constituents.
Actively and consistently pursue and participate in professional development opportunities to engage in continuous learning, growth, and development in a leadership capacity.
Bachelor’s degree plus six years of relevant experience in admissions, recruitment, marketing, higher education or related area.
Knowledgeable about experiences and issues faced by domestic underrepresented and marginalized students in higher education.
Demonstrated commitment to building inclusive services and environments where underrepresented and marginalized people are valued, welcomed, and provided every opportunity to flourish in their pursuit of excellence.
Strategic thinker and community builder who has experience with independent project execution and can work under limited supervision, manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment, use discretion and independent judgement while providing complex solutions and work well in a team, demonstrating the ability to lead through influence.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation skills and ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals.
Effective in building formal and informal relationships and networks, internal and external to the Graduate School.
Ability to compellingly articulate the mission, vision, and values of the Graduate School and GSDO to varied audiences.
Ability to adhere to the highest ethical standard. Discretion, good judgement, and ability to handle confidential information appropriately and with tact.
Possess a valid Driver’s license with the ability to be insured by the University of Minnesota.
Master’s degree plus four years of relevant experience in admissions, recruitment, marketing, higher education or related area.
Experience providing virtual and in-person presentations to groups of varied sizes, backgrounds, and accommodations.
Knowledge of University of Minnesota, or higher education.
Strong computer skills, such as Microsoft Suite, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), and Zoom.
Ability to lift and carry a variety of materials typically weighing approximately 25 pounds
Ability to do considerable domestic travel and some evening and weekend work, including social activities
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