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Boston University ASSISTANT DEAN OF MASTERS ADMISSIONS, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in BOSTON, Massachusetts

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) at Boston University is the largest and most diverse graduate unit on campus. GRS houses more than 1,900 graduate students in over 30 Master's and doctoral programs, representing diverse nationalities from around the world. GRS graduate programs encompass fields, including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. GRS provides an extensive array of resources that aid in the academic and professional development of its students including state-of-the-art research facilities, highly skilled faculty, and a vibrant academic and research community. GRS is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, and to fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for all of our students, regardless of their background or identity. This commitment is reflected in various initiatives that we have implemented, such as scholarships, fellowships, and mentorship programs, that aim to encourage and support diversity and inclusivity.”

The Assistant Dean of Masters Admissions is responsible for directing all aspects of vision & strategy, admissions, financial aid, marketing, and growth of revenue-generating master’s programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS). Reporting to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Assistant Dean works closely with Department Chairs, Master’s Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and the Graduate Affairs team in the Office of the Provost to meet and/or exceed enrollment targets. The Assistant Dean will build and execute a master’s enrollment strategy, in collaboration with the master’s staff in GRS, for the school, consisting of well-defined marketing, recruitment, scholarship, and yield plans. The Assistant Dean will manage a team of GRS staff dedicated to master’s programs admissions, marketing, and financial aid.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences meets and/or exceeds its annual master’s enrollment targets. To do this, the Assistant Dean will work with departments and programs to create and execute recruitment and yield strategies. This role will be responsible for managing data analysis to inform decision-making.

  • Creates and manages a scholarship discount policy based on past enrollment trends and future growth. The goal is to continuously yield high-quality students while meeting and/or surpassing enrollment targets. Specific attention should be given to yield modeling by program. Develops and implements strategic discounting models to improve yield rates and reduce enrollment melt.

  • Identifies areas of new master’s program growth along with the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This involves understanding the College’s departments and programs and undertaking market research when necessary.

  • Attends all University-wide meetings related to graduate enrollment management, master’s program growth, and graduate admission.

  • Responsible for managing GRS staff dedicated to master’s programs admissions, marketing, and financial aid, currently a staff of five.

Required Skills

  • Master’s Degree and substantial experience with, and progressive responsibility over, graduate enrollment management at the master’s level, including the creation and execution of recruitment practices, yield strategies, and tuition discounting models.

  • Comprehensive understanding of graduate education and its complexities in today’s marketplace, particularly in an arts and sciences environment

  • Experience with admission and recruitment software

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, in addition to an outstanding ability to problem-solve and manage multiple competing priorities

  • Willing to travel domestically and internationally as needed

    For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2024. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

    We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, natural or protective hairstyle, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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