Director of Search - Watson Institute at Lynn University
Overview of Watson Institute
Watson Institute is built on the belief that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, we must equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset, and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact.
Watson Institute is a reimagined model of education for next-generation innovators and social entrepreneurs. At Watson Institute, promising young leaders from around the world convene to launch and advance solutions to the world’s most urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Watson Scholars can earn a bachelor’s degree in social entrepreneurship from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, to lead real solutions to significant global challenges. They can also take part in a 4-month semester incubator program in Boulder, Colorado, and focus on launching social ventures and projects.
The 167 Watson alumni from 52 countries have raised $77.2 million for the initiatives they help lead, created 572 part or full time jobs, and impacted over 150,000 people through their work. Watson alumni have been selected to the Echoing Green Fellowship and Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.
Director of Search Mission Statement
The Director of Search will lead our global search for the 110 promising next-generation leaders and social entrepreneurs for the bachelor’s program at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Watson Institute Semester Incubator that runs three times per year in Boulder, Colorado.
- Annual recruitment of 25+ students for the Lynn+ Watson program in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Recruitment of 35+ students per year for the Watson Institute Fall Semester Incubator in Boulder, Colorado.
- Recruitment for 35+ students per year for the Watson Institute Spring Semester Incubator in Boulder Colorado.
- Recruitment of 15+ students per year for Watson Institute’s Summer Semester Incubator in Boulder, Colorado.
The Director of Search will leverage partnerships with nominators, high schools, colleges and universities, and current students and alumni to search for future Watson Scholars. Watson Institute currently receives approximately 750 applications per year for 95 slots, and we expect this individual’s strategy to increase applications to over 1,000 per year for 110 slots.
Nominators: Partner organizations, institutions, and schools working with students and young entrepreneurs that could be prospective Watson Scholars. Watson currently has a network of over 350 nominators across the world.
The Director Role
Search Strategy, Implementation and Financial Goals
- Analysis of most effective Search Strategy: This individual will begin by doing an analysis of the most effective recruiting sources from previous years. Sources to be analyzed include: nominators, students and alumni, conferences, social media, and media.
- Refine Search Strategy: Based on the results of the analysis, the individual will refine Watson Institute’s search strategy aimed at finding the world’s most promising next-generation leaders and entrepreneurs.
- Search Strategy Implementation: The Director of Search will lead the implementation of our refined global search strategy for the 110 promising next-generation leaders and social entrepreneurs selected each year for all Watson Institute programs.
- Data Analysis: This individual will be number-driven and accountable for the following goals alongside the Search Team: number of applications (current: 750, goal: 1,000), analyzing and documenting which channels are best for Search conversion, and analyzing best practices for documenting these Search channels across the organization.
- Tuition Revenue Goals: The Director of Search will work closely under the direction of the Executive Director in South Florida to set and achieve the tuition revenue goals needed to power each of Watson Institute’s locations.
Working alongside the Office of Admission at Lynn University
Watson Institute’s Director of Search is an employee of Watson Institute, 501(c)(3) and works alongside Lynn University’s Office of Admission to ensure that students interested in the social entrepreneurship program in Boca Raton meet the requirements and eligibility for admission. The Office of Admission at Lynn University determines who will be admitted into the Bachelor of Science in social entrepreneurship:
- External support: The Office of Admission at Lynn University has one of the most innovative and personalized admission processes across higher education. This individual will support Lynn University’s efforts to guide students into the right academic endeavors by representing the Watson Institute at Lynn University through campus visit experiences and meetings with prospective students and their families.
- Communication: This individual will support the communication between the Watson Institute at Lynn University and the Office of Admission at Lynn University. This includes updates on prospective students, ongoing nominator communications, and other forms of collaboration.
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 Director of Search will also be responsible for managing 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 Director 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 Director 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 Director 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 Director 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 Director should expect to meet with at least 5 schools per month. School visits are typically done via phone call; however, traveling may be considered on special cases.
- Identifying Maverick Scholarship partners: The Maverick Scholarship is for nominating partners who exhibit the understanding and importance of social impact. Students nominated from these institutions will receive a $10,000 scholarship for Watson Institute at Lynn University and a $5,000 scholarship for Watson Institute’s Semester Incubator from Watson Institute 501(c)(3) on top of any additional merit-based and need-based scholarships that they may receive.
- Documenting each nominator relationship: The Director carefully leads all documentation for new and prospective nominators and school partners. This individual will recommend and implement best practices for all nominator documentation.
- Communication & Campus Visit Experience for prospective students: The Director will support communication with interested students for all Watson Institute programs and will follow up on strong leads. If a student is interested in the bachelor’s program in Boca Raton, then that student will be connected to the Office of Admission at Lynn University. If a student and/or parent(s) show interest in visiting the Watson Institute at Lynn University or Watson Institute’s Semester Incubator, this individual will invite the student and/or parent(s) to stay at either of our locations and facilitate our Campus Visit Experience.
- Communication with Lynn University students interested in joining any of Watson Institute’s programs: Students who attend Watson Institute’s Semester Incubator in Boulder, Colorado may be eligible to earn credits toward a minor in social entrepreneurship. The Director will work to identify and support a select number of Lynn University students interested in this opportunity. The Director will also identify and support Lynn University students who may be interested in becoming a social entrepreneurship major or take part in other complementary programs and activities.
- Support Watson Institute’s Selection Process: This individual will work closely with Watson Institute’s Director of Admission and the Office of Admission at Lynn University to review applications.
In order to thrive as a Director of Search at Watson Institute, a candidate must:
- 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.
- Excel as a GyShiDo Master (which is the art of productivity and getting your s*** done). We form 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.
- We are big believers 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. You must be able to take a joke!
- 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 Boca Raton, Florida for this role.
Top candidates should demonstrate:
- A deep-seated passion for building community and Watson Institute’s mission to reshape higher education and develop the next generation of innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs to solve the toughest challenges facing the world.
- A natural inclination to build partnerships with nominators and schools around the world in order to strengthen Watson Institute’s presence.
- 2-3 years of experience working within college/university admissions and recruitment and/or high school college counseling.
- A deep understanding of the higher education admissions cycle.
- A systems-oriented and highly organized approach to their work.
- Experience with Salesforce (or other CRM platforms).
- Mandatory skills: Excel mastery, email wizardry, rapid follow-up, and data analysis.
- Competitive compensation according to experience.
- Annual Happiness Fund that increases with time and seniority.
- Unlimited vacations (3 weeks required vacation time per year).
- Monthly health insurance stipend.