Assistant Director for International Recruitment

Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Director for International Recruitment

Penn State, one of the top public universities in the country with almost 75,000 undergraduates and more than 750,000 alumni across the world, is seeking an Assistant Director for International Recruitment at the University Park campus to recruit students from international markets. Reporting to the Associate Director for Recruitment, the Assistant Director is responsible for the planning, execution, and evaluation of the recruitment efforts in their assigned international markets, as well as the evaluation of a diverse pool of international applicants, to maintain and grow Penn State’s reputation as one of the top institutions for international student enrollment. This position is based at the University Park campus and currently offers a flexible, hybrid working environment.

Position Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the recruitment efforts within China and other assigned international markets by reviewing the strategic recruitment goals of the admissions office, using historical data and information to determine a recruitment plan, planning and executing recruitment events to maximize outreach and resources to successfully achieve recruitment goals, and maintaining accurate reports or recruitment efforts to facilitate future planning.
  • Representing Penn State via a variety of events for international students, which includes information sessions and accepted student programming for students and families; counselor programs; high school visits; college fairs; admissions panels; and other off-campus events. Supplement in-person recruitment activities with a wide array of virtual sessions and appointments to reach a global audience. In-person recruitment will require extensive times of travel within the territory, which includes extended hours and evening and weekend work during peak times. Virtual programming will also occur during non-traditional hours to reach global students at appropriate times.
  • Developing, cultivating, and nurturing effective relationships with high school counselors, independent counselors, community-based organizations, administrators, and other entities in order to establish a Penn State recruiting presence and help them to understand admissions policies and learn about opportunities for their students.
  • Utilizing institutional data and knowledge of global trends to monitor recruitment and yield activities, evaluate effectiveness of current outreach efforts, identify and recommend plans to expand outreach to increase applicant pool and enrollment, and evolve planning to address emerging needs of international students.
  • Connecting with international alumni to expand Penn State’s Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program by recruiting volunteers to assist with recruitment efforts, training alumni on admissions information to effectively volunteer at their local events, and nurturing these relationships to increase interest in and effectiveness of the program.
  • Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge and an advanced level of expertise in all areas of international undergraduate admissions as it relates to evaluation of applicants, which includes having a strong foundation in the evaluation of complex world-wide international educational systems and experience in the evaluation of applications for international students. Candidate should desire to gain further knowledge in the evaluation of credentials from foreign institutions through additional training.
  • Serving as a resource to other admission staff in Undergraduate Admission, as well as units across the University, for issues related to international evaluation and other complicated problems related to international admissions.
  • Serving as the primary admissions contact for students and counselors within the international territory, which includes handling a large volume of email and phone inquiries. This position will be trained on admissions policies, as well as available opportunities at Penn State’s twenty undergraduate campuses in order to counsel students and families on their options.
  • Partnering with Penn State Global and other units and organizations across the University that interact with international students to ensure Penn State is jointly utilizing resources to recruit, yield, and retain our international student population, focusing on providing units with the necessary education and training to appropriately represent the University to prospective international students.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and valuing diversity in the working and learning environment.
  • Participating in counseling activities on a regular basis, which includes large group presentations, phone counseling shifts, virtual and in person appointments, and email interactions, as well as staffing large-scale events and other initiatives in support of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Traveling for approximately 15-18 weeks during the year, which requires the ability to work autonomously, independently manage a personal recruitment schedule, and develop and oversee the recruiting schedules of additional Penn State staff, units, or alumni, as necessary.


This position typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and 5 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to those who have traveled internationally or worked with international populations previously.

The Enrollment Management Office is working to establish a culture that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies, and practices. The ideal candidate for this position will share our commitment to advancing these goals.

Candidates for this position should also:

  • Possess detailed knowledge of international recruitment and evaluation, as well as the desire and ability to serve as a resource to Undergraduate Admission staff and other units on international admission.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, which includes possessing excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills and a strong ability and desire to connect with prospective students and families.
  • Exhibit exceptional customer service skills to effectively communicate with prospective students and their families about the admissions process and their options, even during high-volume times of the year.
  • Be able to manage concurrent projects, accurately execute work with a high level of detail, and possess strong organizational skills.
  • Excel in an environment where they work independently by being accountable and taking the initiative to solve problems, introduce projects, or evolve recruitment efforts based on territory trends.
  • Have strong technical skills and understand the value of utilizing technology to effectively perform job functions. Experience with PeopleSoft, Slate, and Microsoft Office 365 suite is a bonus, but not a requirement.
  • Have a valid U.S. passport.
  • Fluency in a language other than English is preferred, but not required.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should:

  • Submit a cover letter that includes a diversity statement detailing how you or any of your previous roles have or had supported the success of students from diverse and/or international backgrounds (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experiences should note their plans for such work)
  • Submit a Resume

Background checks:

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

This position also requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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