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Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 5297609
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Admissions/Enrollment

Associate Director OMBA/MBAD Admissions (HR title: Student Recruiter III)

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU:

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem - paired with entrepreneurial drive - creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This position is responsible for recruiting high quality candidates for the Working Professional MBA programs, specifically OMBA and MBA Direct, which represent 550+ students and are an emerging area of growth for the university. This individual will plan and run recruitment events to attract top candidates to the MBA programs and continue to oversee applicants through the interview and assessment phases, making admissions and scholarship recommendations.

Essential Functions:
  • Student Recruitment Strategy & Execution: Develop strategy to recruit students for OMBA & MBA Direct programs, aligning with team to translate into executable plan. Attend in-person and virtual recruiting events, pitching Cox programs. Steward prospects through application, interview, and assessment phases, making admissions and scholarship recommendations as part of the Admissions Committee.
  • Strategic Project Management: Plan and execute recruiting-related projects (e.g., on-boarding new recruiting partners / vendors) that may impact the entire Graduate Admissions organization. Operate with limited oversight and coordinate with diverse internal and external stakeholders to address complex challenges in an ever-changing market. Assess and provide recommendations on budget impacts.
  • Oversee MBA Student Ambassadors: Manage team of student ambassadors to enhance recruiting yield, including selection / on-boarding / training, task assignment (matching with prospects), and performance feedback.
  • Marketing & Events Strategy and Execution: Help develop and execute event strategy for Online MBA and MBA Direct programs. Collaborate with SMU Marketing team to promote events and drive leads.
  • Operational Excellence: Implement processes in Slate and other tools to streamline recruiting, application review, admissions, and yielding processes.
  • Additional support to broader Cox Graduate Admissions Team through other duties as assigned.
  • The position requires some evening and weekend work for event support.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree is required. An MBA or Masters in Higher Education Administration preferred.

A minimum of five years of professional work experience is required, preferably in university admissions and/or marketing/sales.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies (students, faculty, staff and administrators) in a diverse community. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing with a strong attention to detail. Strong presentation skills with the ability to present clear and accurate information to small and large groups are required.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills. The ability to generate new admissions strategies and ideas, as well as execute them in order to increase enrollment is essential.

Candidate must have a working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). A working knowledge of PeopleSoft, Slate, and/or other admissions software desired. Knowledge of MBA admissions process preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Stand
  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

June 17, 2024

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,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas

Job: Student Services

Organization: Cox School of Business

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Staff

Employee Status: Individual Contributor

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Day Job

Travel: No

Job Posting: May 30, 2024, 9:25:02 PM

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