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Assistant Director, Admissions, Recruitment and Student Accounts

The Sanford School of Public Policy Center for International Development  seeks an Assistant Director, Admissions, Recruitment and Student Accounts.


Manage, design and administer admissions, recruitment and student account services for the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) Program.  The MIDP is a non-traditional graduate program.  It enrolls a student body of about 45 per year that is 90% international, comprised mostly of mid-career students from non-western cultures.  As such, a high level of sensitivity to cultural differences, excellent communication skills, and sensitivity to issues facing students (and families) from other countries are essential.  Knowledge of international events, US immigration procedures, and developing country issues are necessary.   Position reports to the Associate Director, Master of International Development Policy Program.


Work Performed:

Recruiting and Marketing:

Manage communication with interested and admitted applicants regarding the MIDP, funding opportunities, visa issues, bringing of family members, housing, life in Durham and other issues typically asked by an international applicant.  Serve on marketing team that sets and implements marketing plan for the MIDP and other internationally focused programs. Manage recruiting by setting up customized overseas recruiting trips for faculty and staff, coordinate and give informational sessions (in person and online) to partner programs (DCID executive education, Peace Corps, MIDP funding partners, etc.).  Collaborate with Deputy Director to identify and establish funding partnerships.  Work on team that updates degree related marketing booklets (MIDP, ITP, PFM, Peace Corps, etc.)



Manage MIDP admissions processes for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment, including ensuring that files are complete and ready for review.  Manage applicant review process with faculty readers, and coordinate admissions committee meetings on a rolling basis as applications are available.  Serve on team to update and maintain Slate application.  Oversee visa requests for graduate applicants, monitor funding support and submit to Duke’s visa office; Evaluate foreign credentials from international applicants.   Maintain list of funding resources.


Student Accounts and Financial Aid:

Monitor all student accounts for payments mainly from international sponsors and other foreign sources.  Liaise among student, sponsors and Duke Bursar’s Office as necessary to facilitate payments and troubleshoot problems.  Post MIDP departmental and university financial awards. Serve on Bursar’s Office committee.  Serve as main point of contact for MIDP students and Bursar’s Office regarding bursar’s accounts and payments.



Supervise student labor and short-term office assistants.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.



Work requires knowledge of admissions, academic programming and administration in an international program as well as an advanced communication, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelors degree.


Work requires three years of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events.

In addition, ideal candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Experience in international admissions, education or international development management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work very well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds on a daily basis.
  • Capacity to exercise independent judgment-often in difficult and sensitive situations-and to work simultaneously on multiple tasks.
  • Self-starter, takes initiative, follows through on details.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft word, excel, access.
  • Knowledge of Slate and PeopleSoft desired.
  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages strongly preferred.

No phone calls please.

Apply online at with Req ID: 4548