Overview of Watson Institute
Watson Institute is a place where next generation entrepreneurs and leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers. We provide the tools, network, mindset, and courage for the next generation to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, launch successful careers, and lead impactful lives.
Watson Institute has locations in Boulder, Colorado, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala and runs accelerators for leading corporations including Ford Motor Company Fund and Western Union Foundation. We are now building partnerships with innovative institutions of higher education and corporations in the US and globally.
Watson Institute’s 294 Scholars and alumni from 69 countries have raised over $100 million, created over 1,000 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 5 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship, and four have been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists. Alums continue their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others. Read more about Watson Institute's scaling strategy in this Stanford Social Innovation Review article: The Intel Inside Higher Education.
Admissions Coordinator Mission Statement
The Admissions Coordinator will lead our global search for the 100 promising next-generation leaders and entrepreneurs for Watson’s Career Accelerator at UFM, in addition to other programmatic offerings. Specifically, the Admissions Coordinator will lead: 1. Recruitment of the students (both local and international) via paid ads, outreach,and partnership building (70% of their time), and 2. The admissions and selection process for students (30% of their time).
Admissions Coordinator Role
Recruitment (70% of time):
The Admissions Coordinator is responsible for recruiting a strong class of 100 scholars annually selected from 300 applications to join the Watson Institute at UFM programs. Our main recruitment method includes developing our paid media and ad strategy and working with our Nominators. This includes, but is not limited to:
Paid Media Strategy: This includes working with the team and external contractors to create, test, and optimize paid channels (Facebook, Instagram, Google Ads, LinkedIn) to drive interest and gain viable leads for the program within the designated market.
- Coordinating Content: Working closely with leadership and colleagues to get most accurate programmatic information to use for all social media advertising and external marketing materials.
- Creating Copy and Creatives under the guidance of the team and external marketing contractors.
- Following up with all leads from this channel in a timely fashion and guiding them through the admission and enrollment process.
Nominators: Watson Institute’s network of over 350 nominators are the primary way in which strong prospective applicants find out about the Watson Institute. This individual will lead the process of strengthening and building relationships with new and existing nominators. The Admissions Coordinator will also be responsible for updating our CRM platform as it relates to Search and Admissions. The elements of the nominator process include:
- Identifying strong prospective nominators: Through research and recommendations from current nominators, the Coordinator identifies strong prospective nominators. This individual should expect to reach out to 10 new prospective nominators each week.
- Building new nominator partnerships: Once strong prospects are identified, the Coordinator leads the process of setting up calls and meetings to bring on board new nominators. This individual should plan to meet with at least 5 nominators each week during recruitment season. Meetings with nominators are usually done over the phone or video conference unless they are local.
- Strengthening existing nominator partnerships: Through research and learning conversations, the Coordinator identifies and implements a strategy to better engage and build a community for our existing nominators.
- High school and university partners: In addition to nominators, the Coordinator identifies and builds relationships with aligned high schools globally whose alumni could be strong candidates for the Watson Institute. This will include school visits, webinars, and in- person presentations. The Coordinator should expect to meet with at least 5 schools per month. School visits are typically done via phone call; however, traveling may be considered in specialcases.
- Supporting Watson Institute at UFM Alumni: The Coordinator will assist with implementing new engagement strategies to keep our alumni nominators involved and supporting new student referrals.
Admissions and Selection (30% of time):
The Admissions Coordinator leads the selection process of the scholars from the 300 applications. The Selection Process includes:
- Written Application Review: Reviewing and scoring each written application.
- Interviews: Interviewing and scoring each finalist.
- Acceptance and Financial Aid Packages: Communicating the admissions decision to all applicants and the financial aid packages to each selected student.
- Tuition Revenue Goals: The Coordinator will be guided by Watson Institute’s VP of Admissions to achieve the tuition revenue goals needed to power Watson Institute at UFM.
- Search Process Documentation:The Coordinator will be responsible for documenting all student leads and applicants in the Watson Institute Salesforce CRM system. This person will utilize Salesforce as a powerful tool to capture, organize, and engage all student leads and applicants in order to stay on top of goals.This individual will also maintain an active spreadsheet to keep track of all leads and applicants.
In order to thrive as the Admissions Coordinator, a candidate must:
- A natural inclination to build partnerships with nominators and schools around the world in order to strengthen Watson Institute’s presence.
- Have a perfectionist nature, but not lose momentum because of it.
- Be undaunted by switching between projects and disciplines on any given day.
- Be equally able to work alongside a partner or team as you are able to take full ownership of a project from start to finish.
- Believe that when work is done with excellence, the magic is in the details.
- Excel in our full court press mentality. The Watson Institute culture is one where we show daily hustle and grit, and support one another’s roles despite it not being in our own arena.
- Be a part of small, nimble, and insanely efficient teams where our team structure, communication, and drive to achieve increasing levels of efficiency leads to the best possible experience for both the organization and the scholars.
- Share our belief in the power of banter. While small things like starting team meetings with banter and never taking ourselves too seriously may sound indeed small, it is these very small things that keep us happy and rolling right through the good times and the bad.
- A natural inclination to work hard and go the extra mile (or 37 miles) we’ll tell you more about this in-person.
- Believe in direct, honest, and frequent communication, always following-up, and following through on commitments related to the role.
- Be located in (or near)/ or willing to relocate to Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Top candidates should demonstrate:
- Detail Orientated: You are meticulous and have excellent organizational skills. You are able to work fast without cluttering your desk or mind. You take pride in completing your work accurately and on schedule. You have a knack for project management and a love for work plans and checklists.
- Intentional: Your working style is about creating order and planning ahead. You think systematically and excel at establishing elegant processes.
- Results-Driven: You bring an eagerness to grow and to roll up your sleeves and contribute. You have a go-getter attitude and a drive to solve all sorts of problems, no matter the size or shape. When something is your responsibility, you find a way to see it through to the end.
- High Integrity: You will be asked to make sensitive and critical judgment calls, and as such, you are known for your integrity and you take that reputation seriously. You always choose to make the right decision versus the easy decision. You know what information is sensitive, and you will protect it accordingly. You are comfortable escalating issues and holding your ground when you think it’s the right thing to do for the organization.
- Systems-minded: Demonstrated experience in building and implementing systems. You are comfortable designing, testing, improving, and smoothly running systems and processes. This could be any system that involved inputs from or served multiple people and required consistent and accurate functioning.
- Mandatory skills: Excel mastery, email wizardry, and rapid follow-up.
- The Admissions Coordinator role is a full-time commitment and reports to the VP of Admissions.
- Application Deadline: October 25th, 2021
- Anticipated Start Date: January 3rd, 2022
- Competitive compensation according to experience
- Unlimited vacations (3 weeks required vacation time per year)
- Monthly health insurance stipend