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Harvard University Senior Admissions Officer and Manager of Publications in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54365BRAuto req ID:54365BRJob Code:S0056P FSS Admissions Officer II Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Admissions Officer and Manager of PublicationsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to present to large groups.

  • Strong customer service, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; must demonstrate independent initiative, excellent judgment, and ability to keep information confidential

  • Proficiency with computers and office productivity tools a must. Access to Internet in order to work remotely as needed.

Additional Information:

In order to be considered for this position, please demonstrate basic qualifications are met. Applicants MUST submit a cover letter in addition to their resume in order for their application to be reviewed.

This position has a 6-month orientation and review period.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.


The Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Employment Office of Harvard College is committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In order to recruit and admit a diverse class, as well as support students' equitable access to educational experiences, we strive toward Harvard University's goal of inclusive excellence. We affirm that a rich learning and working environment can only result from a diverse community where all are supported in being their authentic, true selves and empowered to contribute fully to our shared goals and achievements.

Department:Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Typical Core Duties:

  • Recruit, evaluate, and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for admission

  • Counsel and advise prospective students regarding application process, degree programs and other inquiries; lead information and recruitment sessions

  • Plan and manage and execute, domestic and international recruitment trips to identify and target prospective applicants; develop marketing strategies to attract applicants

  • Prepare and analyze reports to improve outreach and recruitment efforts

  • Develop relationships with university personnel, professional organizations, students, parents, alumni and secondary school staff

  • Represent university as the spokesperson at high level admissions events and/or functions

  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Work will require sitting, near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is typically performed in an office setting but may be remote, as directed by FAS.

  • Travel and night/weekend work may be required.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

Recruitment Responsibilities:

  • Direct all aspects of approximately 15 print publications for College Admissions and Financial Aid.

  • Propose and manage a budget of approximately $500,000, working closely with Finance staff.

  • Maintain a process for producing, editing, and revising publications, including collecting feedback from senior leadership, stakeholders, and the Public Affairs and Communications Office.

  • Develop and adhere to a production timeline for each publication in coordination with the Admissions and Financial Aid Communications team.

  • Participate in the creation of high-level messaging

  • Write and edit all publications; regularly review and revise existing publications.

  • Liaise with senior staff across the university, including, but not limited to, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Department of Athletics to ensure that publications accurately represent the breadth of the Harvard experience.

  • Manage third-party service providers, including designers and printer; collaborate with editors, content leads, and proofreader.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan and execute Visitas, the annual yield programming for admitted students and their families

Admissions Responsibilities:

  • Read and evaluate admissions applications from assigned geographical regions (approximately 1500-2000 cases in recent years). Apply discretion and independent judgment in deciding which qualified students should be presented to the committee for possible admission.

  • Provide information and advice about Harvard College and its admissions process through information sessions conducted both in Cambridge and elsewhere. Travel may be undertaken independently or as joint travel with other institutions.

  • Handle communications with prospective students, applicants, parents, secondary school administrators, and general public in assigned geographical regions.

  • Conduct interviews of prospective and current applicants.

  • Develop and nurture relationships with alumni/ae interviewers. Devise regional interview process procedure; plan and run alumni/ae interviewing workshops in assigned geographical areas. Train and guide alumni/ae on how to conduct successful applicant interviews.

  • May chair an admissions subcommittee and/or serve as a liaison to an athletics team.

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