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Job Summary

The Associate Director for Recruitment and Strategic Initiatives will serve as a key representative of the University to potential students and parents. The Associate Director for Recruitment and Strategic Initiatives will provide general direction to in-state, out-of-state, transfer and on-campus programs and serve as the liaison for strategic engagement with special populations.

This position has significant visibility and accountability to the campus and the public and requires public presentations about general and specific admissions policies and decisions. This position serves as a member of the Recruitment and Management Teams and as advisor to the Senior Associate Director of Recruitment and Operations and the Director of Undergraduate Admissions on strategic recruitment matters.


35% Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Develops, implements and manages strategic engagement with special populations.  Utilizes defined budget to develop strategic goals, programs and measure their effectiveness.  Manages all aspects of programs including budget, supervision and training of related recruitment staff, student staff, and support staff, as well as manage all program logistics and evaluation.  Ensures effectiveness with targeted engagement populations.  Recommends and develops periodic reports and proposals, including reports on relative department operations and new programs

Educates potential undergraduate students about college preparation and opportunities through presentations, workshops and discussion groups. Advises and assists potential students, high school counselors, administrators, educational consultants, outside educational agencies, and community-based organizations concerning administrative and academic regulations, admissions procedures, curriculum selection, unique departmental or collegiate requirements and general University guidelines. Represents University of Michigan at college fairs, transfer fairs, high school visits, receptions and other public service programs and events.

Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external units/offices and ensures communication of admissions requirement changes. Serves as Office of Undergraduate Admissions liaison for strategic recruitment and collaborates with university schools/colleges, the Offices of Financial Aid, New Student Programs and Registrar as necessary. Represents Office of Undergraduate Admissions on committees and at professional meetings.


30%      Management and Supervision

Provides oversight and leadership to recruitment team and general supervision of assigned Assistant Directors and other staff. Administers performance management. Manages hiring processes and appropriately resolves employee performance and conduct issues in collaboration with Senior Associate Director of Recruitment and Operations and human resources.


20%      Programming and Special Projects

Develops, plans, executes and evaluates recruitment programs and special projects designed to achieve outreach mission.  Collaborates with OEM Marketing Communications team to design and develop admissions publications shared with the general public, prospective students and families, and other University personnel.


15%      Application Review

Evaluates applications holistically for domestic and international freshman and transfer students using the University’s individualized, holistic and comprehensive application evaluation guidelines. Recommends appropriate admissions actions in a timely manner and communicate appropriate actions/decisions to applicants.  Provides information and interpretations regarding experiences to high school and community college counselors, staff, prospective student, parents and faculty.  Respond to difficult referral cases on admissions for all units and programs. 

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Five plus years of professional experience related to admissions, recruitment, and/or student services, specifically in higher education.
  • Three years of management/supervision experience.
  • Experience gathering and tracking complex statistics, and the research and assessment of data regarding outreach, recruitment and admissions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong work ethic, a high level of professionalism, ability to manage multiple tasks, and familiarity with basic computer software applications. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create and maintain relationships with internal/external partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. Experience with students and work environments of a diverse background.
  • Ability to travel within and outside state of Michigan. Overnight travel, evening and weekend work is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience developing and executing outreach programs and/or related recruitment initiatives.
  • Familiarity with the policies and procedures of the University of Michigan or other complex, decentralized higher education organization.

Additional Information

Direction is received from the Senior Associate Director of Recruitment and Operations.


The Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) furthers the mission of the University of Michigan by using a strategic and collaborative approach to recruiting and developing diverse leaders and citizens who challenge the present and enrich the future. OEM carries out this work through four integrated departments that use data and analysis in innovative ways to inform decisions and develop processes that ensure the best possible experience for students, from prospect through graduation. These four departments include the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, Office of New Student Programs, and Office of the Registrar.


OEM is committed to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus including staff, students and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.