Director of First-Year Admission
Reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Admission, the Director of
First-Year Admission has primary responsibility for creating and
implementing a best-practice admission recruitment strategy that
aligns with meeting the University's enrollment goals. The Director
will provide leadership for the Office of Undergraduate Admission
and will play an integral role across the institution, working in
partnership with the Dean and the Vice President for Strategic
Enrollment in recommending and determining admission strategies,
tactics, practices, and policies to realize Pacific's enrollment
goals. The Director will help propel the University forward to
achieve continuous improvement in meeting the University's
undergraduate enrollment goals of students while maintaining its
commitment to diversity and student success.
While building cooperation with various partnerships across
University of the Pacific and high school counselor and
community-based organizations communities, the Director will
develop and execute a recruitment plan that meets annual goals and
positions the University for on-going enrollment success. The
Director will foster a team environment that sets clear
expectations and is cohesive, imaginative, energetic, and
results-oriented. The Director will work to develop a culture of
talent management, providing the support to help the admission
staff grow and develop as a team and individuals.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Support the Vice President for Strategic Enrollment, Dean of
Undergraduate Admission, Executive Director for Financial Aid and
individual school/college deans to collaboratively develop
admission projections, incoming class profiles, and identify
school/college implications for enrollment.
- Build a highly effective and efficient, results-focused
territory management program in high schools. Lead the development
of and use of reporting tools to continually assess and achieve
- Incorporate systems solutions and data analytics into all
recruitment programs to create efficiencies and on-going
- Work toward increasing diversity in all forms including the
geographic, socio-economic, and racial diversity of the
undergraduate student population.
- Effectively manage teams to build upon the strengths of
individuals, develop strategies to overcome deficiencies, set clear
expectations and provide appropriate training and coaching to meet
- In collaboration with the Vice President for Strategic
Enrollment, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Office of Marketing
and Communications, and external enrollment partners direct
marketing, recruiting, and outreach to prospective undergraduate
students, their families and high schools.
- Work collaboratively and strategically with the Executive
Director of Financial Aid to meet enrollment and revenue goals for
the undergraduate population.
- In collaboration with the Dean, serve as the point-of-contact
for undergraduate admission-related inquiries and concerns.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Campus Visits and
Events, regional recruitment leadership, and Director of Transfer
- Work to meet program-specific targets.
- Commitment to providing professional development opportunities
for team members.
- Fulfill other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least five (5) years of experience in a college admission or
an enrollment management role
Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:
- Demonstrate mastery of running a productive and results-driven
- Demonstrate quantitative, qualitative, and analytical
problem-solving and decision- making skills.
- Master’s degree is preferred.
- Experience working with enterprise-wide student information
- Prior experience with Slate CRM.
- Attention to detail.
- Vision and leadership: ability to shape and deliver Pacific’s
future student body within the context of University goals; ability
to build and motivate a team; affinity for developing complex
- Strong analytical capacity: the ability to produce plans and
budgets that link expenditures to outcomes, to assess the
effectiveness of how recruitment funds are employed, to produce
regular and systematic comparative reports that detail progress
toward enrollment goals.
- An ability to balance strategic plans and tactical detail:
evidence of ability to focus and lead an organization to achieve
the elements of a strategic plan, and to continuously refine the
organizational plan, structure, and operations as the plan
- Demonstrate ability in creative marketing: proven success in
innovative thinking; excellent execution of both complex and
routine marketing strategies; a record of taking programs to new
levels of success; ability to think creatively, and to leverage
- Superior communication skills: dynamic speaking and strong
writing skills to communicate effectively with all constituencies,
including prospective students and their families, the admission
staff, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, and the public.
The physical demands described here are representative but not
definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Duties require frequent sitting, repetitive use of hands and wrists
while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional walking,
standing and simple grasping. Infrequent climbing stairs, bending,
stooping, kneeling or reaching. May be requested to lift up to
Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work is performed in normal office environment. Work may be
required during non-business hours and weekends. Occasional travel
both local and overnight.
Valid driver’s license required. Incumbent must also be able to
meet the University’s fleet rules and be eligible to drive for
University business. The University and its insurance carrier
reserve the right to exclude applicants based on their driving
Commensurate with experience, exempt
Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are
required to execute a release and authorization for a background
To apply, visit https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/19889
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In
compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is
committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff
and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in
the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff
on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry,
age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and
veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy,
gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical