The associate director of admissions for colleges and universities complete a number of admissions-related tasks under the supervision of the director of admissions. This includes conducting recruiting and interviewing tasks such as counseling prospective students and their parents, determining the appropriate candidates for a school’s programs, and responding to phone call and email inquiries. Other tasks include planning and executing admissions-related programs such as open houses, informational sessions, and other opportunities for students to visit campuses. Admissions-related programs vary from campus to campus, but many include initiatives ranging from diversity planning to online outreach; the associate director collaborates with the director and subordinates on all of these programs. The associate director may also perform supervisory functions for admissions staff, especially when the director is away from the office or busy.
Associate directors of admission generally work full time, spending a portion of their time in an office setting on a campus. However, travel may often be required to staff events and visit prospective students. Hours may vary for this position depending on the events and needs of their employer.
The minimum educational requirement for this position is a bachelor's degree, although a post-baccalaureate degree is often preferred. Experience in a related position is needed as well. Additionally, associate directors must have excellent interpersonal, communication, time-management, and event-coordinating skills.
Associate Director of Admissions (College/University) Tasks
Develop programs to support college or university's admissions goals.
Develop and distribute admission and transfer information through presentations and publications.
Assist in managing the admissions component of the college or university.
Supervise admissions personnel.