Coordinator of Admissions and Student-Alumni Engagement, Center for Security Studies - Walsh School
Coordinator of Admissions and Student-Alumni Engagement, Center for Security Studies - Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies (CSS) in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service offers an expansive curriculum, in-depth research, and critical dialogue on security issues. As the oldest and most respected master's degree program in its field, the Security Studies Program (SSP) is dedicated to preparing a new generation of analysts, policymakers, and scholars fully knowledgeable about the range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st Century.
The Coordinator of Admissions and Student-Alumni Engagement provides SSP program services in admissions, career development, and student-alumni engagement to approximately 400 current SSP graduate students. Reporting to the Center's Associate Director, and working closely with the Director of Admissions and the GCC Career Advisor for SSP, the Coordinator has duties that include but are not limited to:
- Works closely with the Director of Admissions to support all admissions activities - including recruitment, applicant file review and presentation to admissions committee, extraction and recording of applicant data, events support, and program marketing.
- Reads and evaluates applications for admission - in October for the spring semester start and from January through March for the fall semester start.
- Serves on the Admissions Committee to give each application a final review and accepts students into the SSP, and reviews applicants for award merit-based financial aid.
- Meets in individual interviews with 5 - 10 prospective students twice a week from May through December in informational interviews.
- Occasionally travels to graduate school fairs in the fall to represent both SSP and the SFS, and to recruit prospective students.
- Responds to prospective students and applicant/admitted student inquiries via email and phone.
- Assists in the writing and editing of admissions publications.
- Maintains up-to-date data on applicants and matriculating students.
- Assists in the processing of deferral requests from admitted students.
- Regularly updates and edits the Prospective Student portion of SSP's website.
- Schedules and facilitates online chats for prospective students, applicants, and admitted students for each admissions cycle.
- Manages the SSP Admissions Twitter feed and SSP Facebook page with updates on the admissions process and announcements about deadlines, travel dates, and chats.
- Coordinates once yearly a large mailing to all admitted students.
- Serves as resource to faculty, staff, students, and others on Security Studies Program (SSP) and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) admissions policies and procedures.
- Coordinates the SSP mentoring program, which links current SSP students with alumni in relevant jobs and interest areas.
- Works closely with the GCC Career Advisor for SSP to link SSP students' career interests with potential employment opportunities, and forward career announcements to SSP communications lead, including information on new positions of interest in WalshWorks, and information found by SSP faculty and staff.
- Working closely with the GCC Career Advisor for SSP and the SFS Director of Alumni Engagement, plans and implements SSP Alumni Career Panels.
- Works with the events coordinator to develop and implement talks on topics of interest to SSP students and alumni, create social events that encourage alumni participation, and to maintain database of current employment and contact information for SSP alumni to be used for SSP communications, admissions and career-related events, and the mentoring program.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field
- At least 2 years of related professional experience in admissions, career development, and/or student-alumni engagement
- Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
- A commitment to outstanding customer service
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