Head of Student Admissions

Location
London (GB)
Posted
27 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Head of Student Admissions

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading art and design university. In 2019/20 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 500 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors. 

The Head of Student Admissions will provide overall strategic responsibility for student admissions.  The postholder will build strong working relationships with senior stakeholders and colleagues across the College based on a collaborative, productive, and highly flexible approach in the delivery of services and solutions, and will be expected to move rapidly at times to deliver multiple and competing projects and tasks.  In addition, the Head of Student Admissions will: 

  • Effectively coordinate the College’s student admissions process to deliver a high-quality experience for all applicants
  • Ensure the College’s annual recruitment targets as agreed by Senate are met to schedule
  • Drive and provide feedback on the College’s recruitment activities, in particular through coordinating the work of Admissions Tutors
  • Ensure effective implementation of the College’s recruitment strategy, and to provide the Recruitment Strategy Group with early insights towards modifying the execution of the strategy
  • Liaise with other teams in the College, including the Communications & Marketing team and academic skills, to deliver the best possible experience for applicants to programmes of the College

The ideal candidate will have:

  • The skills and ability to provide leadership on the implementation of the recruitment strategy and admissions policy, demonstrating authority when making decisions alongside the ability to engage staff at all levels in the achievement of recruitment objectives.
  • Excellent teamworking skills including a strong work ethic and the ability to communicate clearly and to listen and engage with alternative points of view.
  • The ability to manage change, implement improvements to current systems and continually assess the progress of new initiatives.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, able to work effectively as part of a management team and to build professional relationships at all levels of an organisation while managing expectations of a diverse range of stakeholders; sometimes dealing with difficult situations and confidential matters.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively and to influence and negotiate where appropriate.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Excellent planning, organisation and prioritisation skills; able to manage and deliver successful projects to time.
  • A proven track record in student recruitment and admissions.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity with the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds.

First stage interviews and assessments week commencing 21 October 2019.

Final stage interviews 29 October 2019.

The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.   

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