University of Washington Foster School of Business, Seattle, WA

Associate Director, Undergraduate Diversity & Recruitment

University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA

Job Req: 146746


The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.


A quality business education remains one of the most sought after and useful degrees available today, and the Michael G. Foster School of Business Undergraduate Program is regarded as one of the best in the country.  In the past few years, the Business School has been recognized by Business Week, US News & World Report, and the Gourman Report. The last US News & World Report survey taken on the best business schools for undergraduate education ranked the University of Washington 25th in the nation.


The Undergraduate Programs Office is seeking an Associate Director to envision and implement diversity, recruitment and community building efforts for the Undergraduate Program of the Foster School.


The Michael G. Foster School of Business has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director. This position will envision and implement diversity and recruitment efforts as well as community building for the Undergraduate Program of the Foster School. The position will also direct the diversity recruitment and retention efforts for the undergraduate program.

• Cultivate additional funding for expansion of current programs such as YEOC, WLS, B², and ALVA, as well as funding for new initiatives.

• Evaluate pipeline building programs such as YEOC, WLS, B², and ALVA as well as new initiatives to assure participants are recruited and retained to the UW and the Foster School to the fullest extent possible.

• Direct development of new diversity services to benefit the undergraduate population.

• Coordinate and engage in outreach efforts and support services for underrepresented minority and economically and educationally disadvantaged students. 

• Serve as the undergraduate representative on the Foster Diversity Council.

• Serve on the Seattle ACAP Advisory Board.

• Support university wide diversity efforts. 


Provide leadership of all aspects of the recruitment process.

• Establish target recruitment numbers for the undergraduate program of the Foster School.

• Create and implement recruitment strategies for applicants to the undergraduate program of high school students (Freshman Direct), UW students and community college students.

• Establish benchmarks to track progress for meeting recruitment goals for all student populations within the Foster School.

• Increase visibility of the Foster School undergraduate program internally and externally.

• Collaborate with undergraduate program leadership to align admission practices and recruitment strategy.


Direct community building efforts within the Foster School to retain undergraduates

• Cultivate additional funding for expansion of current programs. Work with staff and student leaders to envision and implement activities such as  Week of  Welcome Week, Business Week BBQ and the graduation celebration.

• Envision  additional events to connect undergraduates to the Foster experience outside the classroom.

•Interface with students to support the diversity and recruitment efforts of the Foster School.


Supervise three staff in support of diversity, recruitment  and community-building  efforts in the Undergraduate Program of the Foster School.


•Other duties as assigned.



 A Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, and at least seven years of

recruiting, admissions, student services, student counseling or related experience. Must have significant

experience in program creation, implementation, with budget oversight capabilities. Proven ability to

multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environments plus an ability to set and meet goals and adapt

quickly to changing priorities.


Energetic self-starter with a get-it done attitude and collaborative disposition. Excellent interpersonal

and communication skills, including public speaking and articulating ideas clearly in person and in


A willingness to support Foster Undergraduate Programs events and participate fully in a fast-moving team

environment where everyone is expected to roll-up her/his sleeves and contribute whenever possible.


Must be able to work professionally and effectively communicate across various demographics within

community organizations, high schools, colleges and the business community (e.g. the Dean and Foster

School Leadership, students, alumni, faculty, staff, business partners, donors, and community) for the

purpose of building partnerships. 


Must have significant experience working with underrepresented populations, especially WA state

underrepresented populations.



  •Familiarity with the administrative structure of a large university highly desirable.