Assistant Director, Admission, Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Student Services
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Note: not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.


Knight-Hennessy Scholars program


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society. Knight-Hennessy Scholars benefit from an experiential leadership development platform, become part of a supportive community of fellow scholars, and receive funding for graduate study at Stanford. The program focuses on broadening knowledge, developing skills, and strengthening character through the King Global Leadership Program, which provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities.


Our team is small and entrepreneurial. A successful admission process is essential to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, and this role is key to the long-term success of the admission process. If you enjoy collaborating with colleagues across Stanford, relish engaging with varied constituencies around the world, appreciate operations and technology, and value intense periods of reflection, we want to hear from you.


Job purpose:


Under minimal supervision from the Director of Global Admission and Financial Aid and the Associate Director, Admission, administer, implement and interpret university and/or department admission policies and procedures; and build, cultivate, advocate for, respond to, monitor, and grow a digital community on behalf of, and while representing, a department.


Your primary responsibilities and core duties:


  • Core admissions officer duties (45%)

    • Read, evaluate, recommend and advocate to the Admission Committee on which graduate applicants to consider for admission based on current university priorities.

    • Conduct online, on-campus, and off-campus informational sessions throughout the U.S. and the world, embodying the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for internal and external communities on a variety of subjects including the program’s mission and leadership model, scholar life and programming, scholar funding, and admissions.

    • Further develop and strengthen relationships with secondary or university personnel, faculty, department contacts, fellowship advisers, professional organizations, current and prospective students, and alumni.

    • Serve as a resource to other departments; represent Knight Hennessy-Scholars program at activities and events, meetings, committees and conferences.

  • Act as project manager for recruitment and yield cycles within the larger admission cycle by designing, implementing, overseeing and analyzing recruitment and yield project plans, timelines, tasks, and objectives. (20%)

  • Produce and curate digital and social media content to engage users, increase user base, and grow channels. Optimize content delivery strategies; build content topics, tailor content to outlet platform, target specific audiences, make editorial decisions, and manage social media listening efforts. (15%)

  • Serve as primary point of contact for Knight-Hennessy Scholars who volunteer as student admission ambassadors; recruiting, selecting and training student admission ambassadors and coordinating their participation throughout the admissions cycle (10%)

  • Provide support to customer-facing operations for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, including responding to inbound telephone, email, and web-based questions and concerns with accurate and timely information, especially during high-volume periods. (10%)

  • Other duties may also be assigned


Minimum requirements (education and experience):


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


To be successful in this position, you will bring these knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make distinctions among competitive applicants

  • Excellent reading comprehension skills, including reading large volumes of application materials while balancing consistent speed and meticulous critical thinking

  • Ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information with good judgment

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; professional presentation skills

  • Familiarity with project management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Knowledge of the web, technology, social platforms, current and future trends

  • Enthusiasm for regularly and consistently producing engaging content on digital platforms

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build lasting relationships and strong communities; customer focus

  • Ability to influence cross-functional groups toward a shared goal

  • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

  • Adaptability to new information, changing conditions, or revised priorities

  • Facility with data analysis


Certifications and licenses:


  • None


Physical requirements*:


  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping.

  • Occasionally lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds

  • Rarely stand, walk, use a telephone and write by hand.


* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


Working conditions:


  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends

  • Up to 25% overnight domestic and international travel


Work standards:


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


Why Stanford is for you


Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:


  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.

  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.

  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!



The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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