University Registrar

Tacoma, Washington State
Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound

University Registrar

Job ID: 3329

Location: Registrar Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


University of Puget Sound invites applications for the position of University Registrar. This is an outstanding opportunity for a career-minded professional who seeks singular responsibilities at an independent, liberal arts institution.

Puget Sound is a 2,800-student nationally ranked liberal arts college established in 1888 in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities. Puget Sound's undergraduate program is based on a core curriculum for all students and includes a wide selection of majors in the liberal arts. The university also provides distinctive graduate programs in education, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Puget Sound is also one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa.

The Registrar reports to an Associate Academic Dean and is responsible to the faculty for the implementation of the curriculum and for the maintenance and security of student academic records. In addition to the Registrar, the office has eight other fulltime staff dedicated to student records and the student information system (PeopleSoft); services to students involving registration, transcripts, verifications, and athletic eligibility; course and classroom scheduling; proposing the academic calendar for ratification by the faculty; evaluation of academic credentials presented by applicants for admission; the articulation of exam, transfer, and study abroad credit; the evaluation of student academic progress through graduation; and extensive reporting.

The Registrar and the office staff are in a high-contact position with faculty, students, and staff regarding office services as well as academic policy and practice. This expectation is reinforced through membership on the university's Academic Standards Committee and Curriculum Committee. In addition, the Registrar oversees staff with delegated responsibilities on other campus collaborative initiatives such as Student Alert Group, Campus Core, Data Standards, Transfer Advising, and Commencement Planning.

A successful candidate will respect the traditional academic responsibilities of the Registrar's Office at Puget Sound, will have not only the expected excellent management, communication, reporting, and supervisory skills, but will provide an inspirational vision for the future of the office in serving the faculty and students, and in collaborating with other academic and administrative offices. Under the leadership of President Isiaah Crawford, who joined Puget Sound in July 2016, the campus will engage a new strategic planning process in 2017-18, offering opportunity for the next Registrar to play an active role in envisioning and implementing Puget Sound's next generation of achievement.

The Registrar is expected to keep pace with the trends in the profession and it will be vital for the individual to guide the continuing advancement of the office by developing subject matter experts to aid in the adoption of new methods and technologies that are appropriate for Puget Sound. Further, the Registrar is expected to cultivate and maintain professional associations within state, regional, and national associations and will benefit from Puget Sound's status as a national liberal arts college with close ties to other colleges and universities in Washington State and the Northwest Five Colleges Consortium.


Candidates should have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience within higher education administration with the demonstrated growth and potential to lead the staff and manage the technology necessary for the Registrar's Office to operate. PeopleSoft experience is much preferred; experience with implementing new systems is a bonus.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume (see below for link to submit application). Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without these documents requested below will not be considered:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Diversity Statement (see details below)
  • Three (3) letters of reference. These letters can be attached within the additional document section of the application.

Commitment to Diversity: Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. Please view the University Diversity Statement.

Candidate's Diversity Statement. As a university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the candidate's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways candidates can express their qualification:

  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your professional or community service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's diversity strategic plan;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

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How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA