Director of Graduate Admissions - Walsh School of Foreign Service

Washington D.C.
Sep 25, 2017
Dec 07, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Director of Graduate Admissions - Walsh School of Foreign Service

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown's Washington, D.C., and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education grounded in both theory and practice while instilling the Jesuit values of service.

The Director of Graduate Admissions oversees all graduate recruitment activities and works with graduate programs to optimize applicant recruitment and advising, application management, admissions and scholarship decisions, special cases and appeals, and yield tactics. S/he manages the daily operations of an Admissions office and may be responsible for an assigned region or category or for a significant function within a large Admissions office. The Director develops and implements a recruitment and admissions strategy that enhances SFS' visibility among its competitors and attracts and enrolls a diverse student body capable of meeting the programs' academic demands. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs, the Director of Graduate Admissions has additional responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

Recruitment Strategy and Initiatives

  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates professional and support staffs.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive recruitment strategy for all SFS graduate programs, to include prospect identification, marketing, travel planning, event management, and yield tactics. 
  • Develops and tracks measures of recruiting effectiveness and adjust recruiting strategy accordingly.
  • Works collaboratively with executive leadership and faculty directors and staff of the graduate programs to understand the unique attributes and growth targets of each program and to develop recruitment strategies and initiatives accordingly.
  • Oversees the work of the admissions staff in the programs regarding the implementation of recruitment strategies and initiatives.
  • Ensures that advisors meet performance goals for providing a high level of customer service, customer satisfaction, and qualitative goals on metrics.
  • Proactively seeks out and counsels prospective applicants in all stages of the recruitment and admissions cycle.
  • Identifies and ensures SFS admissions representation at targeted and industry-specific recruitment events.
  • Connects students with information on financial aid and with other resources that will support their decision to apply and completion of the application process.
  • Coordinates recruiting with the Graduate School and dual-degree programs and assists in establishing long-term goals and objectives for department.

Admissions Management

  • Coordinates with admissions staff in the graduate programs in the creation and maintenance of applicant files and communication records, and in review of special admissions and appeals.
  • Ensures compliance with Graduate School policies and procedures on admissions and financial aid. 
  • Works with SFS graduate programs and the Graduate School to resolve any problems.
  • Reviews applications for quality and compliance with academic and admissions standards, ensuring accuracy and legitimacy of documents, calculating cumulative GPAs, and reviewing academic courses.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in admissions-related technologies, including Apply Yourself, Banner, and Cognos.
  • Coordinates with graduate programs and the Office of Global Services to ensure compliance with requirements for international student admissions.
  • Facilitates timely admission decisions by programs and leads various special projects associated with admissions. 


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field - Master's degree preferred
  • 5 years of progressively responsible admissions management and/or academic advising and administration, including supervisory experience, in higher education
  • Expertise in areas such as counseling and recruiting
  • Familiarity with financial aid requirements and international student admissions requirements
  • Outstanding management and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and the ability to understand the academic and program interests of current and prospective graduate students
  • Proficiency in admissions-related technologies such as Apply Yourself, Banner, and Cognos

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