Reporting to the Executive Director and Assistant Provost of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions (DUA) provides leadership, direction, and resource stewardship to MSU's enrollment/admissions function with primary responsibility for operations and implementation. The DUA oversees and manages the Office of Admissions (OA), including high school relations, transfer recruitment and services, international student admissions, campus visit programs, and office operations. The DUA will also oversee OA’s operational support of application processing for graduate and professional programs, including the medical colleges and the College of Law. Major responsibilities include demonstrating a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development, design, and implementation of recruitment efforts to support the University’s goals for new undergraduate students. The DUA plays a key role in determining and implementing admissions policies and practices, taking account of the changing higher education landscape and demographics among potential undergraduate students and demonstrating an awareness of the nature of the students the University aims to attract and graduate—courageous, empowered, engaged, ethical, and self-aware students eager to develop their passions and purposes.
The DUA oversees campus-wide recruitment efforts for entering freshmen and transfer students. The DUA serves as a key partner in the student success initiatives, including the implementation of new student-focused technologies, a modernized Student Information System (SIS), and ongoing work with Salesforce/Target X CRM. The DUA is responsible for the management of the CRM implementation and utilization of other technology enhancements. The technology, operations, MARCOMM component of Admissions will report to the DUA.
The DUA will be responsible for developing talent, building growth roadmaps, keeping abreast of higher education admissions and enrollment changes, building internal and external relationships, and contributing to MSU's larger admissions strategy, including domestic out-of-state and international admissions. Additionally, the DUA will be an active participant in strategic planning, recruitment strategy development, forecasting, resource planning, and budgeting. The DUA will be accountable for effective organizational design, including positions and responsibilities, and resource deployment.
The DUA will manage and oversee all recruiting operations, assist and oversee enrollment management initiatives, provide supervision and leadership, represent the University’s undergraduate recruitment efforts on and off campus, and promote recruiting staff development and training in the Office of Admissions. This position directly or indirectly supervises a significant number of staff members and collaborates with senior leadership to make budgetary and technology decisions. The DUA will be responsible for the management of departmental operating budgets for Admissions.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
A nationwide and global recruiting footprint, with at least 3 years of experience at either the assistant director or director level, is preferred;
Record of successful outcomes in the development and achievement of enrollment goals or commensurate experience;
Record of successfully establishing and growing prospective markets, including in-state, out-of-state, and international segments;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Ability to develop and execute a sales and marketing strategy for undergraduate, graduate, and online students;
Qualifications, experience, and skills that demonstrate a candidate’s ability to be a strategic thought leader in the admissions, yield, retention, and graduation of students.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong management skills in hiring, supervising, and creating opportunities for professional development;
Demonstrated success in developing relationships internal and external relationships, including high school personnel;
Understanding of student success predictors utilized in admissions decisions;
Ability to understand and successfully use complex student information systems, CRM systems (TargetX and Salesforce preferred), and to use those systems effectively in a management capacity.
Required Application Materials
Harris Search Associates is assisting MSU for this search. Please send your application to the address below or contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, for further details. Only applications submitted through the search firm will be considered for this position.
Applications should include a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately.
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