Assoc Dir of Grad Admission, Wilson School of Public & Intern'l Affairs

Sent by: Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA, Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

Associate Director of Graduate Admission at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Requisition #2018-8954

Since 1930, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) has offered a distinctive educational approach that strikes a careful balance between theory and practice. Our mission is to prepare students for careers in public service, training them to apply well-honed analytical skills and substantive knowledge to the world’s most important policy issues.

The Wilson School offers three degree-granting programs: the Master in Public Affairs (MPA), the Master in Public Policy (MPP), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs. The WWS also organizes the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) in conjunction with the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship program. The JSI program aims to reach college students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds and students from families with lower socio-economic backgrounds who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public service.

Our students are part of an energetic, intellectually stimulating community which includes alumni who are committed to improving the world through public service, advocacy, evidence-based scholarship, and public/private partnerships. With fewer than 200 fellow graduate students enrolled at any given time, our community is incredibly tight-knit and renowned for its strong professional network.

The WWS takes great pride in its commitment to admitting and enrolling a diverse student body along many lines, including socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and ideological backgrounds. The School also offers nearly every graduate student full tuition remission as well as a generous, need-based stipend to cover living expenses. Most students graduate debt free, giving them the financial freedom to pursue public service careers.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the WWS Director of Graduate Admissions, the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions will be involved in all aspects of the recruitment and selection of highly qualified and diverse students for the Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) programs, and for the Junior Summer Institute (JSI). The Associate Director will participate in the on-going development, planning, implementation, and assessment of recruitment strategies and effective admission and office policies and processes to support best practices.

Responsibilities will include reading, evaluating, and summarizing hundreds of graduate admission applications; serving on WWS admission committees; representing the School to diverse audiences; domestic and international WWS recruitment travel as well as joint recruitment with other professional schools; recruiting students from a wide range of backgrounds; assisting with yield events; and meeting with prospective and admitted students.

In addition, the Associate Director will have primary responsibility for the development and oversight of the Master in Public Policy program’s outreach and recruitment strategy. Under this purview, s/he will be tasked with building out communications, travel, and yield plans specifically for the one-year, mid-career program. This will include managing MPP partnerships such as those with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Navy. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the School’s mid-career program as a degree-granting program, and we seek a resourceful and strategic leader to build out targeted outreach as well as create stronger ties with humanitarian non-governmental organizations and domestic public agencies.

In conjunction with the Director, the Associate Director will help develop and implement plans to increase the School’s racial and ethnic diversity as well as the representation of international students from developing countries. S/he will partner on admissions marketing and communications initiatives, and may oversee student and alumni volunteers. The Associate Director will help establish and sustain important relationships with key partners in professional organizations, workplaces, military branches, colleges, and other institutions, and will engage alumni in outreach initiatives.

In absence of the Director, the Associate Director will act in her stead.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in a related field, preferably in Public Affairs, International Affairs or Public Policy, and a minimum of seven years of professional experience in public service. Previous experience in highly-selective graduate admissions and/or graduate higher education administration is preferred.

The candidate should have excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated interpersonal and written and oral communication skills. The candidate must be able to establish rapport and relate positively to people with a variety of interests, backgrounds, and points of view by using tact, diplomacy, and discretion. Likewise, the Associate Director must exercise good judgment and integrity while working collegially with faculty, students, staff, and alumni in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment.

Must be comfortable with technology and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media tools. Facility with CollegeNET and Access a plus.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Resourceful and self-motivated problem solver who takes initiative and has the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Shows intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence
  • Team player with empathy, respect for others, a collaborative approach, and a sense of humor
  • Adaptable with a calm demeanor and a positive, can-do attitude
  • Passionate about the School’s mission
  • Willingness and ability to maintain a positive and visible profile in the School community 
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