Southern Methodist University — Director of Transfer Admission

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is seeking a Director of Transfer Admission. The Director leads the University’s strategy and initiatives to recruit transfer students that comprise about 20% of new students each year. The Director actively recruits transfer students and supervises a team of admission counselors to maximize staff and financial resources in meeting the strategic goals of the University related to academic quality, diversity and tuition revenue. This position advises faculty, staff, and administrators on matters related to the transfer students. The Director serves as part of senior leadership in Undergraduate Admission.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the SMU transfer recruitment team. Provide leadership and training for staff to actively recruit and advise prospective transfer students.
  • Recruit prospective transfer students locally, regionally and nationally. Make good decisions on where, when and how to recruit transfer students. Use creative and traditional methods to build relationships with community colleges and partner institutions in developing productive enrollment pipelines to SMU. Meet and talk with students individually about academic opportunities at SMU.
  • Develop and implement a successful recruitment plan and strategies based on national best practices as well as demographic and institutional data to meet the University’s transfer enrollment goals for both fall and spring semesters. Stay informed on recruitment activities at peer institutions as well as local and regional public universities. Report results to the Dean and AVP.
  • Work closely with faculty and administrators on campus to make university curriculum and policy decisions that support transfer students as well as the mission and goals of SMU. Partner closely with the Registrar’s office and its Director of Transfer Transition Services.
  • Develop, manage and execute the transfer application review process and make admission decisions. Ensure admission staff reviews files consistently and in accordance with University policy and professional best practices. Chair the transfer admission committee and consult with the Dean and AVP on matters that may impact the University community in unusual ways.
  • Work closely with the Director of Admission Marketing and Communications to support a comprehensive transfer recruitment marketing and communications plan. Monitor communication channels and their effectiveness to provide recommendations for enhancing them. Manage partnerships with outside vendors to expand transfer recruitment and marketing efforts.
  • Attend meetings/conferences to stay abreast of UG Admission issues. Attend all Division and Area meetings. Actively participate in all staff development activities. Support recruitment programs as appropriate. Assist with other Enrollment Services areas as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Field of study for degree in Higher Education, Business or other related degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of Admission work experience at a college or university is required.
  • Transfer specific responsibilities at a private, 4 year residential college or university is a plus.
  • Experience in recruitment, marketing and a strategic approach to analyzing data and trends is highly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and capabilities is preferred; familiarity with SEVIS is desired.
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft and Technolutions/Slate, is a plus.
  • Supervisory experience is highly preferred.
  • Experience conducting effective presentations is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with a wide range of constituencies and diverse audiences.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish relationships.
  • Must be self-directed and also able to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Candidate must have well developed organizational skills that include effective planning, time management, and strong project management skills.
  • Must have a strong focus on detail and the ability to analyze data and create reports.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong presentation skills with the ability to present clear and accurate information to small and large groups.
  • Candidate must have experience utilizing Microsoft Office, and database programs.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive information with complete confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Must have a strong customer service orientation.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel frequently. Travel during evenings and over weekends is commonly required.
  • Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving history.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

  • This position must be able to carry/lift 25 lbs., handle objects (dexterity), and stand.
  • This position must be able to drive motorized equipment.

Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,