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Assistant Director


Office of Admissions

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Job Summary

This position will report to a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions. It involves participation in the development and administration of admission policies and procedures, and the coordination of recruitment programs and activities.  The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the oversight and promotion of programming and activities focused on outreach to underrepresented populations (Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience, Application Workshops, preview and reception programs and other outreach initiatives), coordination with campus programs and offices such as the CU LEAD Alliance and the Office of Diversity Equity and Community Engagement, and leadership of the Access Recruitment Team. 

This position serves on admission committees and participates in the admission decision process. The Assistant Director will also be assigned to a recruitment territory in Colorado and an out-of-state region. They will be responsible for the recruitment plan and execution of recruitment activities in these territories. 

The Assistant Director is expected to be familiar with and observe professional ethics expectations including policies of the Office of Admissions and codes of conduct of professional organizations in which the University holds membership. The Assistant Director understands and promotes the University’s commitment to the principle of diversity through affirmative action.     

Who We Are

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Responsible for the leadership, management and assessment of efforts associated with the Access team within the Office of Admissions. This team is charged with planning and executing various outreach events for identified diverse students. The Access team is responsible for developing specific recruitment strategies to increase the enrollment of diverse populations to the CU Boulder campus. The team seeks and employs a variety of strategies to identify a diverse applicant pool and encourages admitted students to enroll at CU Boulder. 
  • Participate in admissions recruitment programs in high schools, junior and community colleges, and national college fairs. Assistant directors are assigned particular states and Colorado high schools and are responsible for all the recruitment activities within those states and Colorado high schools. They are expected to research the individual high schools already sending students to CU Boulder, identify new markets, and build their recruitment plans from this research. This also means establishing contacts and maintaining good working relationships with the high school counseling personnel and other institutions of higher education. Extensive travel and sound fiscal management of university resources are expected. 
  • Provide admissions-related information to prospective students by telephone, in office appointments and correspondence. Participates in admission recruitment programs in high schools, community colleges and college fairs. Develops and maintains effective communication with constituents in the university, high schools, other institutions of higher education, government agencies, and professional organizations regarding the admission of students to CU Boulder. 
  • Evaluate applications for admission and supporting academic credentials and makes a final admission decision. 
  • Manage partnerships with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE), McNeill Academic Program, CU-LEAD Alliance, the Daniels Fund, the Pre- Collegiate Development Program and other appropriate offices and organizations. 
  • As appropriate, manages, trains, supervises and evaluates professional and nonprofessional staff members including student staff. Participates in staff development activities including appropriate university workshops, conferences and programs, and state and national professional organizations. 
  • Provide oversight and management of yield activities including, but not limited to, calling nights, note card campaigns and online chats directed toward diverse students. This involves coordination of several academic units, inner office teams, student workers, Alumni Relations, Parent Relations and senior level administrators. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $47,000


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • A minimum three to five years of progressively more responsible and independent management experience. 
  • A valid driver's license. 

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work well with high school and college age students as well as racially and ethnically diverse populations. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Strong public speaking skills; excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team. 
  • Familiarity with computing. 
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in an admission office at a collegiate institution.
  • 1-3 years of campus events experience at an accredited institution. 
  • Relevant work in counseling and other student-related activities or in community organizations, secondary schools and educational agencies. 
  • Experience in staff supervision. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other computer software. 
  • Knowledge of CU Boulder.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer