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Director of Admissions

Washington State University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Director of Admissions

The Director of Admissions will provide leadership, direction, and oversight for all aspects of the Admissions Operations at Washington State University, working closely with all areas within the Division of Enrollment Management. The Director will serve as the University’s chief undergraduate admission’s officer.

The Director of Admissions will have a deep understanding of admissions data and the technology (SIS and CRM) associated with successful admissions processing and communication. The Director will embrace data-driven decision making and is responsible for communicating admissions funnel information and other relevant data in a timely and consistent manner.

As the University’s chief undergraduate admission’s officer, the Director will be responsible for policy development, interpretation and implementation consistent with emerging state, federal, local and other relevant requirements/regulations. The Director will work with academic units across campus, including the Faculty Senate and other appropriate committees to uphold academic regulations, transfer credit curriculum standards, and ensure compliance with our National Accreditation.   The Director is the data custodian for Admission records.

The Director will represent the university to internal and external audiences and serve on statewide commissions, task forces and committees as needed, such as Academic Affairs Committee, Athletics, Faculty Sub-Committees, Interinstitutional Committee of Registrars and Admissions Officers (ICORA), and University Academic Advising Executive Council (UAAEC). The Director will lead staff advancement, supervise lead staff and oversee budgets across the unit.

There may be need to travel to attend state-wide committees, meet with campus partners, and provide representation for the Washington Council’s Fall Counselor Workshops.

Required Qualifications:

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six (6) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least three (3) years of managerial experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment.

Additional Requirements:

Earned bachelor’s degree.

Eight (8) or more years of progressively responsible experience in college/university admissions, marketing, recruitment, or a directly related area.

Five (5) or more years of experience in successfully supervising and managing staff.

Demonstrated skill in written and verbal communications.

Documented experience in strategic planning.

Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and interactions with diverse university constituents.

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, higher education, or related field.

Work experience in higher education or other relevant industries.

Experience in the management of complex processes – including admissions at large, competitive colleges or universities.

Experience in developing long range plans to achieve specific outcomes – including admission goals aimed at admitting high-ability, diverse populations.

Experience with Student Information System, CRM, Content Management System and other systems integral to Admissions Operations.

Familiar with development of Social Media, Print and Web communications.

Driven to explore process streamlining solutions for operational effectiveness and improvements to the Applicant experience.

Hands-on experience with data analytics; ability to present and interpret admissions numbers to a broad university audience.

Documented knowledge of “Best practices” nationwide for student admission.

Demonstrated capacity to contribute and work collaboratively in the building and implementation of a comprehensive recruitment and admission program aimed at specific target audiences and including a variety of tactics, vehicles and programs to meet desired goals.

Successful background in affecting substantive change within an organization, fostering collaboration among different areas, and leading a complex organization toward the achievement of institutional goals.

Experience supervising and/or collaborating with colleagues at geographically diverse locations. Experience in hiring, training, deploying, and reassigning staff to meet desired goals.

Documented experience in public speaking.

Demonstrated commitment to, and experience successfully advocating for diversity and the values of diversity.

Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.

Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive issues.


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Washington State University is an EO/AA educator and employer.


Review of applications will begin on September 7, 2021.



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