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Director of Admission

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Admission

Overview

Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management, this position is charged with enhancing the critical function of enrolling right-fit students at a prestigious, liberal arts college focused on the intellectual and personal development of her solely undergraduate population.

The Director leads a motivated admission team striving to not only meet the college’s enrollment targets but also firmly ensconce the brand promise among varied constituencies. Supervising the counseling staff of eight and overseeing the overall operation of the admission office, the Director works collaboratively with Enrollment Division senior leadership to organize and implement a highly efficient, team-based enrollment management model. This includes oversight of key enrollment indicators, comprising the academic and personal qualities of the incoming first-year and transfer classes and their persistence to graduation.

Responsibilities

The Director will be confident and team-oriented, with aspirations for campus-wide involvement and impact. S/he will act as a resource for direct reports and campus partners alike and exhibit professionalism in every interaction. The Director will:

  • Transparently establish expectations and oversee accountability for each member of the admission team based on established areas of responsibility
  • Coordinate an admissions strategy to meet established fall and spring first-year, transfer and international recruitment goals
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate admissions staff
  • Chair the Committee on Admission, providing oversight to the evaluation process for the entering first-year and transfer classes and aligning file review with the best practice models for liberal arts colleges
  • In collaboration with the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management, Director of Enrollment Operations and Analytics and Director of Student Financial Services, internally develop, oversee, and assess strategic financial aid allocation and its impacts on enrollment trends
  • Maintain open avenues of communication to all constituencies and regularly disseminate messages regarding institutional direction and protocol
  • Provide oversight and support for the management, planning, and execution of all campus recruitment events, as well as recruitment-related travel
  • Oversee the development and execution of a strategic international recruitment plan, serving as the primary liaison for all external and internal partners and traveling internationally on behalf of the college, if deemed necessary
  • Maintain a traditional domestic recruitment territory
  • Creatively partner with members of the Ursinus community, particularly faculty and alumni relations, in forwarding the culture of enrollment management
  • Serve as primary liaison with the advancement division in the development and implementation of a robust alumni outreach program, Parent Leadership Council, and other related projects
  • Directly partner with the Athletic Office on the recruitment and enrollment efforts of exemplary Division III student-athletes
  • Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Marketing to enhance communication and outreach strategies for prospective students, parents, and the guidance community
  • Engage in long-term planning and evaluation, as well as resource assessment and budgeting procedures
  • Design, organize and implement a comprehensive training and professional development plan for the admission team
  • In consultation with the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management, oversee the development and execution of specified, strategic recruitment plans impacting multicultural, international, and transfer students
  • Serve as a key member of the Ursinus community in the development of Ursinus 150, an innovative, organic strategic planning process for the college, designed to celebrate the history and prepare for the future
  • Functionally substitute for the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management when needed

Requirements and Qualifications

The college seeks a director embodying a spirit of charisma, candor, and collaboration. This includes the following qualities:

  • A deep commitment to and passion for 21st century, liberal arts education
  • The character to embody the mission of the institution as a College That Changes Lives, both personally and professionally
  • The ability to effectively articulate inspirational and unifying leadership to both a diverse team and eager campus community
  • Willingness to deliver intentional mentorship and guidance, challenging staff toward exemplary achievement while providing tangible support
  • Experience with the development, implementation, and evaluation of marketing and recruitment strategies
  • A deep understanding of current enrollment trends and aptitude for data analysis, combined with an ability to apply these characteristics to inform process and function
  • The cultural competency needed to honorably and prominently promote diversity in all its forms
  • Working knowledge of systems and current technologies utilized to support successful enrollment outcomes; experience with Slate preferred
  • The desire to join and foster a dynamic, transformative campus culture

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Supervisory experience
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience in college admission, preferably in a liberal arts college.
  • Experience with the development, implementation, and evaluation of marketing and recruitment strategies

Anticipated Start Date

November 1, 2018

Application

Interested candidates should apply here.  Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database. 

Ursinus is an EO/AA employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.