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Senior Placement Manager


Job posted by: Institute of International Education

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Job description

The KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) is a fully funded scholarship program for undergraduate Saudis studying science and engineering abroad. KGSP is funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Placement Manager manages placement undergraduate services for KGSP, which includes placement of students in US undergraduate programs, quality assurance of the application management system, and managing relationships with applicable university admissions offices. The Placement Manager also serves as the main Point-of-Contact (POC) to KAUST regarding undergraduate placement services. Work is carried out independently under general supervision. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. IIE may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

  • Serve as main Point-of-Contact to KAUST regarding undergraduate placement processes and reporting; includes identifying approved schools and majors, providing reports, coordinating conference calls.
  • Create initial data records; train and serve as a resource for advisors and application coordinators.
  • Conduct research on undergraduate programs best suited to student's needs.
  • Collaborate with students and advisors to develop academic submission plans consisting of 10 programs for approximately 130 students per year for sponsor review and approval.
  • Conduct a technical review of initial IIE application, suggest edits, and track receipt of edits.
  • Regularly travel to Washington DC for trainings, meetings and presentations and travel to and traveling to Saudi Arabia to deliver placement presentation on an annual basis.
  • Develop and train students and advisors on a comprehensive range of informational resources that include but are not limited to: application instructions and checklists, essay and reference letter tips, webinars and school requirements and deadlines.
  • Serve as the IIE liaison to academic institutions on behalf of grantees and sponsor; troubleshoot questions and problems.
  • Track TOEFL, SAT General and Subject exam results and generate testing reports for advisors and sponsor. Oversee the forwarding of the highest scores to U.S. schools as appropriate.
  • Track college and university application submissions and generate weekly reports on submission status and test results for sponsor.
  • Generate periodic reports for U.S. schools on students and their admission/placement status.
  • Ensure that candidates' documents are in compliance with IIE policy/program US academic requirements.
  • Communicate regularly with the sponsor representatives on plans and to clarify US institutional admission policies.
  • Works with Student Advisors on suggesting final placements.
  • Informs colleges and universities of final placement offers, pays deposits, tracks deposit receipts, and reconciles against P-card payments.
  • Acquires new university admission letters as needed to comply with sponsor policies as needed.
  • Responsible for complying with applicable contract and sponsor requirements and following all IIE policies and procedures.
  • Up to 25% domestic and international travel

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • 5 years' professional experience; 4+ years' experience within U.S. higher education system and admissions processes required
  • Experience with high school or pre-college U.S. programming preferred; experience with the Saudi Arabia educational system preferred.
  • Supervisory and international higher education exchange experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent project management skills, time-management and administrative operations management skills.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and negotiation skills.
  • Awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of cross-cultural issues.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as contracts, policy and procedure manuals and write complex reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; sensitive to cultural differences when working with people from other cultures; and ability to exercise discretion on confidential matters.
  • Knowledge of extranet, web and social media networks.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral; preference for candidates with Arabic skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office 2010 applications including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook; internet software and database software.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to apply


809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY, 10017, US


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