Associate Director of Operations, GSE Admissions

Associate Director of Operations, GSE Admissions

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director of Operations, GSE Admissions

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The Penn Graduate School of Education is committed to cultivating a workplace that values equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. We seek talented individuals who will help lead our efforts to create a more inclusive workplace in a community with a substantive institutional commitment to equity and justice. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Penn's Graduate School of Education seeks a highly motivated candidate for the Associate Director of Operations within the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. This critical role oversees the entire application process and associated operations for the 40+ degree and non-degree programs offered at the Graduate School of Education. The Associate Director has the primary responsibility for building, updating, and maintaining the Office's application system. Additionally, this role manages the accurate and timely coding of all admissions decisions, the communication of these decisions to applicants, and subsequent contact and follow-up with admitted students to ensure appropriate yield and student enrollment. The position reports to the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Job Description

Duties :
  • Build, program, and continuously update GSE's admissions application system (Slate) for maximum operational efficiency while ensuring a user-friendly and intuitive experience for our applicants.
  • Develop both the content and execution rules for a communication plan for applicants, admits, and deposited students which provides information at each stage of the process.
  • Oversee the application process in its entirety, with great attention given to the Office's communication with applicants via phone, email, and in-person at all stages of the admissions funnel.
  • Ensure that student applications are being processed and updated in a timely manner and resolve all application-related inquiries or issues.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues that arise for any stakeholders. Collaborate directly both with GSE IT department to resolve more complicated technical issues within the system.
  • Serve as direct supervisor of two (2) professionals. Meet regularly with each team member to set goals and ensure that performance expectations are met.
  • Produce and maintain training guides and materials for staff to assist in both application processing and inquiry management.
  • Attend recruitment fairs and conduct information sessions both domestically and internationally.
  • Participate in and provide support to admissions team for on-campus recruitment events.

Qualifications :

Bachelor's degree is required and 3-5 years of admissions or related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional requirements:
  • Team player who is adaptable, highly collaborative, and who enjoys solving time-sensitive, often technical, problems.
  • Requires fastidious attention to details and strong analytical and technical skills
  • Must have the ability to multitask and advance multiple high-priority projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Event programming will frequently occur in the evening and/or weekends, so must be able to work some non-traditional hours
  • Ability to travel domestically and/or internationally

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degrees
  • Prior experience using Technolution's Slate system
  • Previous supervisory experience is a plus

All applicants must submit a cover letter.

Penn GSE actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, to apply.

The expected salary range for this position is $65K-$70K.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Graduate School of Education

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $77,716.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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