Director of Admissions
The University of Vermont (UVM), one of the oldest universities in America, seeks an exceptional admissions leader to serve as the director of admissions and further advance a vital unit within one of the nation’s premier public research universities.
The only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution, UVM enrolls 12,000 degree-seeking students including 10,000 undergraduates and over 1,900 graduate students, and combines faculty-student relationships typically found in a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research institution. It is home to seven undergraduate schools and colleges including an honors college, as well as a graduate college, medical school and divisions of extension and continuing education. The university attracts a distinguished faculty and has steadily built its research enterprise, growing sponsored research from $65 million in 1999 to over $138 million in 2016 The campus spans Burlington’s highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the historic city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live.
As an institutional leader reporting to the vice president for enrollment management (VPEM), the director will build upon a solid foundation and steady upward trajectory to take admissions at the university to the next level of strength. The director will continue to build considerable institutional support for and interest in enrolling a class of first-year and transfer students who are high-achieving and represent diverse backgrounds. The University of Vermont seeks a seasoned admissions leader with energy, optimism, creativity, collegiality, candor, integrity and a desire to experiment and take calculated risks. The director will possess great analytic depth; an eye for the possible; deep understanding of the national higher education landscape; an eagerness to engage in meaningful interchange about enrollment trade-offs and challenges with university leadership, faculty and others; a mature leadership style; a commitment to supporting and developing staff; and demonstrated impact advancing diversity and inclusive excellence. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 26. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to The University of Vermont’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Jennifer Desjarlais and Alexis von Kunes Newton at UVMAdmissions@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.
The University of Vermont values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.