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Director of Admissions

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas (US)
Date posted
Mar 18, 2024

Job Details

Emporia State University is transforming to build a bright future. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Emporia State University is an essential part of the university’s transformation and to the health and long-term vitality of the university. Emporia State is seeking an experienced, competitive, results-driven professional with a proven track as an effective and decisive leader who excels at professional development of employees and building strong teams.


This capable leader will execute a metrics-based, ever-evolving strategic recruitment plan to yield a cohort of newly enrolled undergraduate students. The selected candidate will deliver a superior student recruitment experience that will attract new students to Hornet Nation.


  • Strategic + tactical leadership of all aspects of university undergraduate admissions functions.
  • Develop a data-driven strategic recruitment plan in collaboration with the vice president and partners across campus.
  • Develop strategic objectives with associated key performance indicators for all staff – recruitment, data processing and administrative.
  • Develop and deliver reports that 1) provide actionable data to leadership and admissions teams; and 2) conveys status to goals.
  • Recommend partner / vendor strategy that helps ESU achieve its recruitment objectives. Ongoing management of contracts and relationships with key vendors including CRM, name buys, higher ed enrollment firms, etc.,


  • Organization design + talent development
  • Conduct continual organizational assessment to ensure the undergraduate admissions team is staffed to operate at optimal efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Create career pathing and professional development objectives and plans for undergraduate admissions staff.
  • Conduct ongoing training of admissions team to foster culture of continuous improvement to deliver an elevated recruitment experience.
  • Ongoing selection, training and evaluation of ESU admissions team employees.


  • Strategic relationship development
  • Build relationships with community colleges, school personnel, alumni, key organizations and other entities to build trust and pipelines of prospective students for ESU. 
  • Build relationships with campus partners – IT, Enrollment Services, Student Success, Faculty / Academic Affairs to ensure alignment
  • Work closely with ESU Marketing + Communication to develop aligned strategies for effective, highly-coordinated approach to attract new students to ESU. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and five-years of experience in Undergraduate Admissions, Sales, Recruitment or other related leadership roles with progressively increasing levels of administrative and supervisory experience.
  • Superior leadership, team-minded and excellent talent development
  • Strategic, data-driven employee with proven track record of achieving goals, performance targets.


  • Salary:  $75,000 - $110,000 annually.
  • Qualifications and previous experience will be considered for placement of base rank and salary. 


Base pay is one component of Emporia State University’s total rewards package. We are dedicated to supporting the needs of the “whole you” with our holistic approach to employee benefits by offering comprehensive well-being benefits for you and your family that include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Free Dental insurance for employees
  • Retirement through the Kansas Board of Regents
  • Up to 31 days paid vacation and holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reduction and tuition assistance
  • Dependent tuition waiver
  • For full details about our benefit plan offerings, please visit here


To apply, upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references here.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.\

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hire.


For more information

Jose Pavon

HR Professional

Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors which cannot be considered by law.


Emporia State University.

Founded in 1861, Emporia State University began as Kansas State Normal School, as teacher’s college. Today, ESU’s Teachers College is one of only four post-secondary institutions in the United States to be identified as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program in a national study of teacher education programs.

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