Director of Admissions (Administrator III)

CSU, Chico
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

California State University, Chico

Director of Admissions

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public University, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and operating as part of the 23-campus CSU system. The University enrolls over 17,000 students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with over half identifying as first-generation college students. Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. A safe residential community, Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene.  We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.

The Position

Reporting to the associate vice president for enrollment management, the director of admissions (DOA) supervises the Office of Admissions, provides strategic leadership; plans, coordinates, communicates, and evaluates all aspects of on- and off-campus recruitment, including outreach to high schools and community colleges; oversees marketing and strategic communications to position CSU, Chico as a top-choice university; and ensures effective admission application processing to contribute to the recruitment and enrollment of academically qualified and culturally, ethnically, economically, geographically, and socially diverse students. The DOA is expected to  develop, manage, and implement a strategic plan for the annual recruitment of undergraduate students to meet University enrollment goals, including print and electronic communications, prospect development, web, E-communications, and customer relations management programs, promotional, travel, and event strategies, including campus tours, large-scale campus visitation programs, and other outreach activities. The director is responsible for hiring, training and professional development of approximately 23 staff members (0f various classifications) in accordance with bargaining contracts and will oversee the work of 25-35 student staff, while also directly supervising the work of associate directors, an office coordinator, and other positions as organizational changes may require.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the management of an admission office or equivalent setting and five years of progressively responsible supervisory and/or managerial experience OR a master's degree and a minimum of three years of experience are required. Additionally, the DOA is expected to demonstrate effective leadership and motivational skills, independent judgment and critical decision-making skills, display excellent verbal, written, and public speaking skills, as well as excellent data analysis skills and strong interpersonal, planning, and organizational skills. Advanced analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills within a complex work environment, and a strong commitment to equal opportunity are expected of the director. Thorough knowledge of procedures and practices to develop and implement recruitment plans, statistical analysis, current research, marketing, and recruitment trends, organizational development and administrative, personnel, and fiscal management, and demonstrated knowledge of information and communication technologies in admission management will be required of the director.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin June 11, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved. 

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CSU, Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected