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May 9 2019

Administrative Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

The Position
Michigan State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

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.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree is required.

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.

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) has always been an innovator in research, teaching, and application of knowledge. In 1863, Michigan State was designated the beneficiary of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act endowment, becoming the pioneer land-grant college in the United States and serving as a prototype for future institutions. From these origins, Michigan State has evolved into a comprehensive, global, world-class university with a full spectrum of programs and attracting a diverse set of gifted professors, staff members, and students. The University has been an elected member of the Association of American Universities since 1964.

Located in East Lansing, (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/) a community three miles east of Michigan’s capital in Lansing, MSU is located on a 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development and 538 buildings, including 95 academic buildings. Michigan State enrolls approximately 51,000 students and employs more than 11,600 faculty and staff members from all of Michigan’s 83 counties, all of America’s 50 states, and 130 countries. Made up of equal parts women and men, the student body includes 16.6% students of color and 14.5% international students.

The University offers more than 200 programs of study at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels. MSU is guided by “Bolder by Design” (http://bolderbydesign.msu.edu) as a “shared strategic framework that aligns our efforts across Michigan State University and around the globe, harnessing the power of working together to achieve our highest aspirations and to fuel the creation of better outcomes and growing value for our students, state, nation, and world.”

Procedure for Candidacy
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include a current curriculum vita and letter explaining interest and relevant experience. For additional information concerning Michigan State University visit http://www.msu.edu.

Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates
Tel: 614-798-8500 ext. 125
Email: jeff@harrisandassociates.com

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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