Outreach & Selection Officer, Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s science and technology research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in the summer of 2016. Learn more about Schwarzman Scholars at www.schwarzmanscholars.org
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation is a startup organization with a small team of employees working to drive the program’s mission forward.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: OUTREACH AND SELECTION OFFICER

Schwarzman Scholars seeks an Outreach and Selection Officer to be part of the Admissions team that will execute a world-class admissions process, designed to select the next generation of young leaders from around the world for an unparalleled introduction to China via the Schwarzman Scholars Master’s program at Tsinghua University.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the admission team responsible for recruiting global Schwarzman Scholars. The outreach and selection officer will cultivate recruiting relationships with the world’s leading universities, colleges, and networks of young professionals and young leaders.  S/he will implement high-level outreach events and generate new ideas for sources of Scholars.  S/he will help manage goal-oriented and thorough selection processes that produce Scholars with the potential to be the next generation of leaders around the world. S/he will support selection activities including planning and coordinating external reading and interviewing committees; documenting finalist identification and reporting to the Global and Associate Directors of Admission on selection outcomes. This position will be part of a global team with senior leadership based in New York.

Job Requirements
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.
  • Conduct innovative outreach activities to create awareness of Schwarzman Scholars, including establishing and maintaining a functional and well-communicated schedule of regional outreach activities; making presentations to prospective students, campus contacts, and key staff and faculty; representing the program at fairs and conferences and with networks of young professionals; hosting informational workshops and webinars; and, facilitating communication campaigns. Intensive travel is required from February to May.
  • Manage the selection process for applicants and selection panelists, arranging for travel, lodging, and meeting space for candidate interviews; providing on-site staffing and facilitation for interviews.
  • Support the application process, including providing expertise on educational systems and credentials as part of the technical review of incoming applications; responding to applicant queries throughout the application process. Serve as primary point-of-contact for the selection panelists, both during the reading and interview phases, to provide training, guidance on program goals and to monitor progress.
  • Utilize online application, CRM system, and other platforms to provide frequent data and activity reporting on the outreach and selection activities.
  • Provide insight on design and development of various project components, including: program outreach; application and selection management; communications; and data capture and reporting.
  • Travel and participate in program events (domestic or international) as assigned (25%-50%).
  • Performs other related duties and functions as assigned.
Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in higher education administration, international education, or related field preferred.
  • Four years of work experience, with at least two years of experience directly related to university admissions, enrollment management and/or administration of fellowship/scholarship programs.
  • International experience. Experience living or working overseas, preferably in an educational or nonprofit environment, preferred.
  • Experience in student support is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills, to convey information to individuals and groups of varying educational, cultural, and experience levels.
  • Strong knowledge of the higher education landscape and prestigious graduate fellowship opportunities.
  • Demonstrated adaptability in dealing with changing and/or uncertain circumstances as well as condensed timeframes. Exposure to start-up environments preferred.
  • Excellent commitment to quality and customer focus. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships.
  • Ability to maintain compliance with guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Diversity awareness and cross-cultural skills. Proven ability to work effectively across different world regions.
  • High level of integrity and accountability; ability to exercise discretion on confidential matters and communicate with tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and scheduling skills with demonstrated ability to execute multiple projects on time and on budget.
  • Professionalism, maturity, and the ability to use diplomacy in difficult situations.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills. Ability to interact with all levels of staff and external contacts.
Qualified candidates should send their resume and a cover letter to info@schwarzmanscholars.org

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs


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