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Job ID: 180317

Assistant Director, Admissions - SMFA
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 2, 2022
Title Assistant Director, Admissions - SMFA
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department SMFA
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Admissions/Student Records/Registrar


Department Summary
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recruits potential applicants and selects students for the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. The Admissions team embraces the mission of the university and the goals of the undergraduate admissions office which include attracting and enrolling a diverse cohort of first year and transfer students via a robust recruitment and enrollment initiatives plan that has equity and inclusion as its guiding principle.

What You'll Do

Job Summary
The SMFA Assistant Director is part of the Admissions team responsible for managing a designated project portfolio in collaboration with the SMFA Director and Associate Director. In this capacity the Assistant Director will coordinate with appropriate campus partners including faculty, students, and staff from multiple departments across the university. This position is also responsible for recruiting and selecting students and for fulfilling the enrollment objectives set by the Dean for the school. As part of the SMFA at Tufts team, works with specific recruitment goals of the SMFA at Tufts while also fulfilling Tufts-wide undergraduate enrollment objectives. Manages a geographic recruitment territory and specific portfolio of recruitment initiatives. The Assistant Director reads and evaluates applications for admission as part of a reading team using Committee Based Evaluation and serves on selection committee, conducts portfolio reviews, classroom visits, and group information sessions for prospective SMFA students, and represents the university for schools and community-based organizations.


Essential functions:

  • In collaboration with Director and Associate Director develops a project portfolio that supports the objectives of the SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office, and the greater Tufts Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Manages an assigned geographic territory which includes reading applications from that territory, developing and maintaining relationships with schools and community-based organizations in that territory, and serving as the primary point person for applicants from that territory.
  • Conducts virtual and/or in-person events for a set of geographic territories. Responsible for events specifically targeted to SMFA at Tufts applicants as well as events for prospective students of any school of Tufts (School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, SMFA). Participates in national and local portfolio days, school visits, college fairs, alumni events, regional student/parent meetings, and other related educational programming to diverse audiences.
  • Delivers and assists in developing presentations that engage prospective students, art teachers, school counselors, and/or families with information about SMFA at Tufts and the admissions process. These events may occur either in person or virtually.
  • Participates and assists with staffing of in-person and/or virtual admissions events throughout the year.
  • Evaluates admissions applications as part of a reading team using Committee Based Evaluation, and participates in the evaluation of studio art portfolios.
  • Assesses academic and personal credentials of applicants in detailed reading process.
  • Interprets admission practices in highly subjective holistic evaluation process and makes committee-based evaluation decisions.
  • Assists the Associate Director with management of projects and initiatives.
  • Works with campus partners including students, faculty, and staff to successfully execute recruitment and enrollment initiatives.
  • Develops expertise of Slate to enhance and support work with geographic territory and portfolio-based responsibilities.
  • Readily engages with ongoing anti-racist work which includes examination of admissions policies that inhibit access and equity.
  • This description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

Knowledge and experience typically acquired by:

  • Bachelor's degree in visual arts or a Bachelor's degree in another field and directly related experience in the visual arts.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative suite, and various social media platforms.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • 2 or more years of admissions related experience as a student employee, or professional in a secondary school or institution of higher education.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and public speaking.
  • Valid US Driver's license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse populations in an educational setting.
  • Genuine interest in art education.
  • Knowledge of US educational system.
  • Experience with CRM data management software.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Some night and weekend commitments, including participation in the administrator-on-call rotation, required.


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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