Regional Associate Director of Admissions

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Position type: full-time
Location: Off Campus
Categories: Enrollment - Admissions & Financial Aid

The Regional Associate Director of Admissions is a member of the staff of the Office of Admissions and contributes to the overall recruitment efforts of Bucknell University. Responsibilities include representing Bucknell to a wide and diverse audience on and off campus, traveling several weeks each year, corresponding with prospective students and their families, and participating in the review and selection of Bucknell applicants. The Regional Associate Director reports to a member of the senior leadership team, in collaboration with the Dean of Admissions and the Admissions team members.

Job Duties:
The Associate Director of Admissions will contribute to the overall recruitment efforts of the Office of Admissions at Bucknell University. This is a regional position based in New England.

Territory management:
• Establish clear regional recruitment and yield processes and goals in alignment with institutional and divisional priorities.
• Travel and recruit extensively in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont on a regular basis throughout the year.
• Develop data-informed strategies and initiatives to further develop new regional markets as well as increase applications in existing markets.
• Assess and determine impact of regional college fairs and other activities to develop effective strategies to better understand prospective and applicant student trends in the region.
• Develop and administer regional budgets.
• Respond to inquiries from prospective New England students, applicants and related constituencies promptly and accurately via email and phone regarding application status and admission process.
• Provide accurate and up to date information to prospective students and parents on academic programs, academic scholarships, housing options, student life and student service.
• Coordinate Bucknell’s relationships with regional foundations, organizations, and government agencies that assist prospective students.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with appropriate educational constituencies, such as school counselors, independent educational consultants, and community-based organizations.
• Build, expand, and strengthen a support network consisting of alumni, parents, and friends of the University within the designated region.
• Collaborate and partner with faculty, staff and current students to recruit and yield prospective students.
• Manage special interest group(s) to enhance the scope of recruitment to enroll and shape a diverse first-year class.
• Be an active member for regional admissions organization(s).
• Plan and execute regional events.
Management of Applicant Pool
• Serve as a vertical manager, the senior admissions officer responsible for applicants to one of the six divisions of the Bucknell undergraduate admissions pool of candidates. This includes serving as a secondary or tertiary reader on applications to the assigned division and making final decisions or recommending further review to the Dean of Admissions.
• Participate in the application review process for first-year and transfer applicants from the region in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Project Management
• As directed by senior leadership or the Dean of Admissions, oversee assigned projects and tasks.
• Travel to campus at regularly scheduled intervals for training, development, and recruitment activities including but not limited to: Early Decision reader training, Regular Decision reader training, and end of year staff retreat.

Other Duties As Assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Minimum of three to five years of relevant experience.
• Knowledge of and appreciation for highly selective liberal arts institutions.
• Commitment to working flexible hours to meet office needs. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
• Must be a licensed driver.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality, work with sensitive issues and to exercise good judgment under pressure.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks in an organized and efficient manner in an environment that requires one to be able to work effectively both independently and as a team member.
• Experience with managing staff, student interns, student workers or volunteers is desired.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and computer skills.
• Strong presentation skills a must.
• Willingness to take initiative and be creative.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree
• Experience with managing staff, student interns, student workers or volunteers
• Experience with Slate Constituent Relationship Management system and/or Google Apps suite

Physical Demands:
• The ability to lift boxes weighing up to 30 lbs. is required.

Work Type: 
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position. 


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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