Director of Admissions, Office of the Associate Dean - McCourt School of Public Policy

Washington D.C.
Jun 28, 2018
Aug 13, 2018
Full Time
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Director of Admissions, Office of the Associate Dean - McCourt School of Public Policy

The McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) at Georgetown University is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to help design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.

The Director of Admissions is responsible for the overall operations of the Admissions office in the McCourt School. The position plays a key role in developing and implementing the strategic goals of the Admissions Office. S/he oversees the recruitment, evaluation, and admissions process (including yield) for prospective students, and supervises the admissions office staff. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and regularly interacting with the McCourt School Dean, the Director of Admissions has duties that include but are not limited to:

Application Review

  • Coordinates with Faculty Directors and develop a timeline for application review.
  • Convenes the Faculty Admissions Team for application review.
  • Ensures an efficient process for notifying admitted students.
  • Assesses regularly and takes action to ensure a capacity enrollment of qualified students and a wait-list of qualified applicants.
  • Manages the McCourt Fellow process.

Student Recruitment

  • Evaluates recruitment opportunities and develops a recruitment schedule at the beginning of each academic year; and ensures that plan includes international recruitment activities.
  • Maintains a continuing flow of quality applicants by analyzing trends in enrollment and marketing activities; leads activities to continue programs that are effective; modifies programs; and presents new strategies for recruitment and admission activities.
  • Ensures recruitment activities are properly staffed.
  • Coordinates with other GU units to maximize value from recruitment activities.
  • Works closely with Communications and Marketing to effectively promote programs.
  • Manages content on Admissions website.
  • Coordinates recruitment efforts with Faculty Directors.
  • Solicits Alumni support for recruitment activities.
  • Develops a plan for handling walk-in prospective students.

Office Operations

  • Establishes admissions operational strategies by evaluating trends; establishes critical measurements; and determines productivity, quality, and customer-service strategies.
  • Manages day-to-day operations of the Admissions Office.
  • Supervises Admissions staff.
  • Ensures that relevant admissions reports (including data analyses) are regularly distributed to McCourt Administration.
  • Develops an annual budget for the Admissions Office.
  • Represents McCourt at conferences, forums, or other events for the purposes of recruiting applicants or for yield of candidates who have been accepted for admission.


  • Develops, implements, and manages a yield strategy.
  • Coordinates with Faculty Directors and the Faculty Admissions Team about an effective and efficient way for allocating scholarships to maximize yield.
  • Utilizes faculty, current students, and Alumni in yield strategy.

Application Processing

  • Allocates staff to ensure effective and efficient application processing.
  • Coordinates with the Graduate School to meet deadlines and other requirements.
  • Monitors applications “in process” and takes necessary action to ensure that applications are completed in a timely manner.


  • Serves on School and University committees as needed.
  • Accomplishes additional duties, which vary based on School activities.


  • Bachelor's degree - preference for Master's degree
  • 10 years of experience in student admissions and recruitment at an accredited University
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Familiarity with admissions software including Banner and ApplyYourself
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience as a supervisor
  • Experience drafting policies and admissions criteria

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