Job Details

Whitworth University
  • Position Number: 4496015
  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • Position Type: Admissions/Enrollment

Assistant/Associate Director, Multicultural Recruitment

Whitworth University

Salary: $42,598.40 - $51,292.80 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: Whitworth University Campus

Department: Admissions

Closing: 9/19/2023 5:15 PM Pacific

Founded in 1890, Whitworth has consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor and care for students.

Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment.

A community of committed Christian faculty and staff employees carries out the university's mission "to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart," equipping its graduates "to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."

Position Summary
You are invited to join the Whitworth University admissions team! We are seeking candidates from all over Eastern, Central and Western Washington to represent Whitworth to prospective students.

Whitworth is seeking an incumbent who can engage prospective students and parents in all phases of the recruitment process to provide information and support to serve students from diverse backgrounds to advance Whitworth's strategic enrollment goals. This position will assist in providing leadership for the university's multicultural recruitment and retention efforts.

Core Responsibilities
Multicultural Recruitment (25%)

  • Partner with the Director of Admissions to manage Whitworth's multicultural student recruitment efforts while helping to create an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates those with diverse identities, beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
  • Partner with the Director of Admissions in the development and implementation of comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies for students from underrepresented racial/ethnic/first generation backgrounds.
  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Diversity Cabinet.
On-campus Events | 25%
  • Promote and participate in on-campus visit programs for prospective students. This will involve several evening and weekend commitments throughout the year.
  • Assist in providing adequate staffing in the office and across campus during the peak visit season, large recruitment events and other times as needed.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of the department's master calendar with relation to recruitment events, campus visit programs, correspondence and other enrollment activities.
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of Whitworth's annual Mentorship Visit Program (MVP).
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of the Multicultural Leadership Program assessment & campus visit event.
Recruitment and Travel | 20%
  • Represent Whitworth at recruitment functions including high school/community college visits, college fairs, alumni events, activities of community-based organizations, etc., in an assigned geographic territory. Travel for the position will consist of approximately 8-12 weeks, including evening and weekend commitments, concentrated in the fall and spring.
  • Serve as a first contact and primary representative of Whitworth to prospective students and families from diverse backgrounds, communicating an in-depth knowledge of the university's mission, academic and co-curricular programs, and other distinctive offerings throughout the recruitment process.
  • Manage a recruitment territory, including maintaining historical records of travel, key school/alumni contacts, regional higher education trends, and outcomes.
Relationship Building | 20%
  • Engage prospective students in ongoing communication through face-to-face meetings, email, written correspondence, phone calls, texting and social media. Maintain a strong customer service orientation with timely responses to inquiries.
  • Serve as a liaison to connect prospective students with key university offices such as Financial Aid, Student Life, Academics, Athletics, etc.
  • Review and evaluate undergraduate admissions applications and make admissions decisions based on established admissions criteria.
Other | 10%
  • Serve as an active member of the admissions team, contributing to the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the university's enrollment goals.
  • Review university communications and stay current on programs and policies in order to provide accurate information to prospective students about the opportunities available at Whitworth.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay current on best practices in recruitment and retention of undergraduate students.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by director.

Minimum Qualifications | Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years experience in higher education recruiting, advising, career counseling, admissions, or closely related experience (Assistant Director level).
  • Three years experience in higher education admissions and proven work experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (Associate level).
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives.
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
  • A high level of personal integrity and professionalism, including the ability to work with confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, exercise independent judgment, prioritize work and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Experience working with high school students and their parents/guardians.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience working with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) or relational database
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish preferred with ability to interpret for families whose primary language is Spanish and speak little to no English.
  • Availability and commitment to work several evenings and weekends throughout the year providing office and visit support as needed.
  • Availability and commitment to travel for extended periods (8-10 weeks in the fall and 2-4 weeks in the spring).
  • The physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs. as well as bending, stooping and kneeling for the purposes of setting up and taking down admissions displays.
  • Valid driver's license.

Position Details
Regional candidates are encouraged to apply! If the successful candidate lives outside of the Spokane area there is flexibility to work remotely in Central or Western Washington and travel to high schools within assigned territory.

Salary Information
Assistant level | $20.48 - $21.45
Associate level | $23.55 - $24.66

A background check and sexual misconduct check will be required of the successful candidate. A resume, cover letter, faith statement, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) professional references will also be required.

Whitworth University is a place of fearless intellect and unconstrained commitment to the Christian faith, equipping its students to "honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity." Whitworth believes that integral to its core mission is modeling love and understanding across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, sexual orientation, religious and other expressions of human difference. As a result, Whitworth recognizes that a diverse community is central to our mission as a liberal arts university committed to educating and developing critically thinking students. Whitworth emphasizes personal development and encourages students to understand the impact of behavior on the greater community. Whitworth encourages questions and embraces ambiguity.

Looking for resources to help with writing a faith statement? Check out our faith statement resource page for more information.

Learn more about our shared work to achieve and sustain inclusive excellence HERE.

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted.

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

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