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This position leads the Graduate School’s Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS) unit and is responsible for a portfolio of duties encompassing all aspects of graduate student admissions, degree progression, graduate initiatives, and policy and strategy development for the three University of Washington (UW) campuses. The Director for Graduate Enrollment Management has a broad and deep impact on academic operations at the University and on the graduate student experience. The director provides strategic leadership for a team which services and supports graduate applicants, graduate students, faculty and staff, and academic and administrative units.

The director is responsible for a comprehensive range of process and policy leadership duties that focus on increasing the university’s capacity for meeting next generation challenges and leveraging opportunities to create innovations in graduate education. This position engages with University stakeholders across institutional hierarchies, including university leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students, and must have the ability to navigate complex political landscapes while maintaining a high degree of diplomacy, composure, and professionalism. Building and managing relationships with central university leadership, unit leaders, and other stakeholders is a critical function of the role. These efforts include consistent engagement with the Graduate Council of elected faculty and leadership of faculty committees and working groups within the Council.

The director supports and develops processes and policies that advance equity, inclusion, and justice in graduate education. In partnership with other units in the Graduate School, the director addresses issues pertaining to race and equity and advances the priority of ameliorating disparities in graduate education, working to create and promote a more mutual, respectful, inclusive, and diverse place of learning and excellence. In the execution of this work, the director is expected to possess the skills to design, develop, implement, and assess innovative practices to support institution-wide priorities and to drive organizational change within the Graduate School.

Additional core responsibilities include oversight of student advising services, managing key administrative operations, and overseeing essential technology systems for active degree programs. The director provides technology-based analysis of graduate program admissions business practices, processes, and problems for over 400 degree and certificate programs and must possess thorough knowledge of the Slate system, as well as the policies, procedures, and laws that support graduate education on the 3 UW campuses. It requires expertise in graduate admissions and the functionality of Slate. The director also oversees enrollment management processes in MyGrad. This position will lead cross-functional teams to solve complex business or systems issues within the Graduate School and across all graduate programs and must be equally comfortable working with information technology staff, end users, and stakeholders. The successful candidate offers vision, leverages data and technology, and has deep knowledge of graduate admissions, degree management, and business acumen.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director serves as a member of the Graduate School Executive Staff team and represents the interests of the Graduate School and graduate programs on UW committees across the three UW campuses. This position must understand and represent the diverse needs of graduate programs and be able to lead multi-faceted initiatives by engaging a diverse range of stakeholders.

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