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Senior Assistant Director for Transfer

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 23, 2023

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Senior Assistant Director for Transfer

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100175 - Admissions Office

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About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

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The Senior Assistant Director for Transfer is responsible for planning and implementing transfer recruitment strategy to meet university enrollment goals. The Senior Assistant Director for Transfer provides strategic leadership by overseeing the transfer application, application review, recruitment strategies, marketing, communication management, and collaborates with on-campus partners that support transfer students. Serves as a member of the leadership team for the Application Review and Recruitment unit within admissions. Assists with the hiring and training of new admissions counselors. Travel in a Virginia region is required.

Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as the lead for transfer admission and recruitment at JMU.

  • Responsible for the transfer admission evaluation and oversees transfer admission committee.
  • Serves as primary reader of transfer applicants for spring, summer and fall entry.
  • Responsible for training admissions application readers on the transfer admissions evaluation process.
  • Responsible for planning transfer onsite admissions events; including working with partners at VCCS schools, scheduling events, updating the forms and materials used for events.
  • Coordinates and conducts transfer admissions sessions.
  • Works with prospective transfer students to provide advising and recommendations to help navigate the admissions process and to be competitive. Often includes providing a plan to prospective transfer students on building an appropriate schedule or advice on retaking courses to be more competitive.
  • Responsible for overseeing transfer recruitment travel in Virginia.
  • Helps to plan and implement transfer goals to help to ensure JMU is transparent and transfer-friendly.
  • Serves on ongoing committees or projects that involve other areas of campus such as:

    • Transfer Partners
    • TransferVA portal

      Serves as Region Manager and Supports Application Decisions

      • Serves as the region manager for the Shenandoah Valley consisting of application review, and consistent and cohesive admissions decisions.
      • Evaluates all freshman applications in that recruitment region. This requires the ability to analyze transcripts to understand the nuances of different schools' offerings and grading scales; follow-up with school counselors regarding situations to advocate for applicants; strong attention to detail to ensure accurate, consistent decisions are made using professional
      • Serves as an active member of other admissions application committees.
      • Answers emails, phone calls, decision inquiry forms, JMYou inquiries, and in-person questions from prospective families for the recruitment region in a timely fashion. Advises students on potential majors that align with career path (involving an understanding of all JMU programs), course decisions for competitive first-year and transfer applicants, helps navigate prospective families through the application processes, and responds and develops pathways for applicants that are not initially offered admission to JMU. Requires an ability to listen, understand, and validate conversations with families to provide counseling and advising.
      • Utilize office-wide technology for prospective students and applicants. Includes using PeopleSoft and OnBase to analyze application information and recording notes in PeopleSoft to share with admissions committees, maintaining accurate data.


        • Bachelor's degree
        • Plan, organize and implement new transfer recruitment strategies.
        • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills
        • Strong organizational and analytical skills; and attention to detail.
        • Strong presentation skills,
        • Customer service skills and the ability to multi-task.
        • Some evening and weekend work
        • Applicants must hold a valid driver's license.
        • These positions also require the successful candidates to be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.

          • 3-5 years of admissions experience

            Conditions of Employment
            Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

            E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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            EEO Statement
            James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

            We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

            Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

            Reasonable Accommodation Request
            If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

            Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
            Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

            The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

            The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

            The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

            You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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            Additional Posting Information
            JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

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