Northeast Ohio Medical University — Assistant Director of Student Diversity

Northeast Ohio Medical University seeks a dynamic and personable candidate who will coordinate and implement efforts to recruit, enroll, and support historically underrepresented students in medicine in alignment with the University’s and the colleges’ missions demonstrating commitment to access and inclusion. The University Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion sets the strategy and vision for University goals regarding diversity and inclusion. This position will work collaboratively with the VP and Office of Diversity and Inclusion to ensure strategic alignment with university priorities.

The Assistant Director directly engages in talent identification and relationship-building recruitment efforts with prospective students using tactics identified as part of an annual admission and marketing plan. These efforts are likely to include enrollment best practices such as: data mining and evidence-based candidate qualification through prospecting and application sources, impactful electronic and verbal communication to inquiries and applicants, and relationship-oriented admission counseling meetings with individuals and groups. This position emphasizes enrollment rather than outreach-related processes and goals.

In order to establish a successful peer-to-peer relationship-oriented recruitment program, the assistant director also represents admissions as a primary collaborator on intercultural initiatives across the university with a specific eye toward underrepresented students from various racial, ethnic, and identity groups. Creating and maintaining relationships with NEOMED students to create a robust, authentic peer-to-peer ambassador program led by students underrepresented in medicine is an important part of this position. In a similar manner, alumni and stakeholder relationships may lead to complimentary recruiting efforts.

The Assistant Director will work collaboratively as part of a comprehensive team committed to enrolling medical students from traditionally underrepresented populations in medical school. Success will be dependent upon taking a collegial and applied approach working dynamically with the NEOMED admissions team, college and university student affairs teams, college and university diversity and inclusivity staff, and student and faculty stakeholders.

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Northeast Ohio Medical University is an AA/EEO Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. Women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Functional Responsibilities
Pipeline Program Creation and Management

  • Identifies and cultivates key relationships with educational and community-based organizations to allow NEOMED to leverage existing access points to identify future students for NEOMED though pipeline activities. Through fostering relationships and coordinating efforts with the abundance of proven educational access points such as school-based Federal Trio high school and post-secondary co-curricular programs, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), institutionally-based pre-medical and pre-health camps/conferences, Health Careers Opportunity Programs (HCOPs), and post-secondary honorary chapters and clubs (Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students chapters), the assistant director will identify and curate candidates likely to succeed at NEOMED to successfully apply for admission.
  • Actively participate in the creation, planning, and execution of pipeline programming efforts based upon a strategic plan using complimentary rather than competitive strategies that partner with these successful models and abundant regional resources. Additional emphasis may be placed upon attracting students from NEOMED’s early assurance partner colleges and universities
  • May collaborate with grant writing personnel to secure additional funding for these efforts as appropriate.

Talent Identification and Recruiting

  • Drawing upon contemporary territory management admission skill sets, identify individuals likely to find NEOMED to be a good fit for their educational goals and objectives using college admission best-practices aligned toward underrepresented student populations.
  • Use counselor-recruiter skill sets to secure actionable applications for admission meeting specified program goals.
  • Use relationship-oriented skill sets to present NEOMED’s educational offerings as appropriate with the goal of securing student enrollment within no more than a one to five-year window.
  • Traditionally activities such as impactful travel and one-to-one interpersonal communication using phone and electronic means have been employed to meet the responsibilities listed above.

Collaboration, Leadership, and Management

  • Build relationships with current NEOMED students, alumni, and faculty as needed to partner with recruiting efforts designed to enroll underrepresented medical students.
  • Effectively lead and actively manage current NEOMED students, alumni, and faculty efforts to recruit and enroll underrepresented medical students.
  • Assist with the development of strategic and tactical plans to achieve these outcomes.
  • Assist with the development and monitoring of metrics to define and measure outcomes.
  • Participate in Lean training and engage in continuous quality improvement at NEOMED.
  • Collaborate as part of the NEOMED admission office team.
  • Collaborate with the college Assistant Dean for Diversity and the college Office of Student Affairs will provide longitudinal support for students from underrepresented groups throughout their matriculation in the college.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Perform admission related tasks such as reviewing candidates, participating in college or University mandated efforts, attending committee meetings, etc.

Identifies, recruits, and enrolls prospective students using a planned approach; manages and develops recruitment tactics based upon planned strategies, plans and arranges all phases of regional and local travel as needed; conducts office-based or remote-based contact with students and other stakeholders if applicable.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in non-profit college admissions required. Additional years of experience including evidence of territory management and admissions programming experience may be preferred. Additional experience working in non-profit college admission counseling of underrepresented populations may be preferred.
  • Successful background of collaboration within non-profit higher education preferred as demonstrated through references and career experiences.
  • Strong computer skills required. Experience with CRM/admission software packages and student databases required.
  • Experience planning, organizing, and prioritizing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously with frequent interruption.

Key Skills, Personal Characteristics, and Key Competencies

  • Ability to manage multiple and competing deadlines and to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality required by FERPA.
  • Ability to work autonomously, exercising independent judgment and decision making as appropriate.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, including overnight travel as required. Ability to travel and valid driver’s license required.