Tufts University’s University College (UC) is dedicated to programming that meets the educational needs of learners, wherever they are on their learning journey. Today, UC’s programmatic areas include Tufts Professional & Custom Education Programs, Tufts Pre-College Programs, and Tufts Lifelong Learning & Osher Institute. UC has grown quickly since its inception in November 2018 and is poised for substantial medium-term growth with the incorporation of degree and certificate programs through which it hopes to significantly expand access to Tufts’ world-class education. UC offers a fast-paced, nimble environment made of highly-trained professionals who love the higher education environment and are committed to providing world class education in the 21st century to a wide variety of students. UC is well-positioned to develop a distinctive presence in the greater Boston landscape as part of a diverse and accessible institution that makes learning and engagement with education of all kinds for all people a part of its core mission.
Reporting to the Director of Pre-College Programs, the Associate Director of Pre-College Programs is responsible for supporting the director in the development and implementation of the strategy for pre-college programs (including high school, middle school, and elementary school) at Tufts University. Designed to reflect the distinctive strengths of Tufts and supported by market research into the competitive landscape, UC’s pre-college programs introduce students to new fields of interest and study while giving them the opportunity to sample the college experience prior to college. The programs include commuter, residential, and virtual programs, courses, and workshops offered during the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The position is responsible for working in close collaboration with UC’s Pre-College Programs, Continuing Education and Marketing teams, school-level directors, faculty, administration, and support units across the university, as well as external partners. The Associate Director is responsible for executing the planning and implementation of the 14 existing programs, 5 up-and-coming programs and all future programming, and for working with the Director and stakeholders across and outside of the university to identify strategic opportunities to design and implement new programs, including virtual opportunities, that will achieve strong enrollments by responding to the needs of precollege students. The Associate Director is responsible for collaborating with Pre-College team to meet enrollment and financial goals, for completing all program-related hiring, for supporting the Director in the development and management of the overall budget/financials for the pre-college unit and the individual programs, for employing analytics and tracking mechanisms to report out on performance and for constantly iterating to improve performance. Working with the Director and Pre-College Program Administrators, the Associate Director oversees daily operations of pre-college programs and helps design and implement workflow process for student recruitment and enrollment, with an emphasis on application development, marketing and communications strategy and materials, admissions processing, and reporting and analysis. Acts as the primary liaison to Tufts Conference and Events Services and Pre-College residential life vendor, supporting planning and implementation of daily residential operations for on-campus programs. Helps to source partnerships with external philanthropic entities and organizations that provide grants or scholarships in support of UC’s accessibility and diversity goals. In consultation with Director, oversees daily management of Pre-College Program Administrators (3 as of today), who are assigned to designated operational functions and act as liaisons to assigned Pre-College Programs in the portfolio. The position engages with the rest of the department as a team player, ready to help where needed, problem solve, and work towards the greater good of the University as a whole. Must have the ability to manage and evaluate competing priorities and to execute the day-to-day while working collaboratively across the school and larger university to advance broader strategic goals. This position is for someone who gets things done, who has an all-hands-on-deck mentality, and is comfortable having clear performance targets and being measured against them on a regular basis.