Executive Director of Admissions

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Commensurate with experience.
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Utah (the U), the state’s flagship institution of higher learning and a major teaching and research university, seeks a highly skilled and collaborative leader to serve as its next Executive Director of Admissions.

The University of Utah enrolled its largest and most academically prepared class in fall of 2016. The new Executive Director will assume this role in the midst of an upward trajectory across all measures, as the university is in a period of tremendous growth and possibility. Indeed, student demographics in Utah are moving in a positive direction; the U has committed significant resources and support to enrollment; and many across the campus are ready to engage in enrollment efforts. The Executive Director will be empowered to continue to move the needle and greatly impact the future student body of the University of Utah.

Reporting to Mary G. Parker, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Executive Director of Admissions will serve as the day-to-day leader in helping to achieve the university’s ambitious enrollment growth goals. The new Executive Director will be an internal leader and mentor in the admissions office and an enthusiastic external representative for the value of a University of Utah education. The Executive Director will be a skilled relationship manager who develops connections with faculty, deans, administrative staff, University leadership, and current students. She or he oversees an office consisting of 85 staff and is responsible for a $5.3 million budget for the Office of Admissions.

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader of people and programs who displays progressive leadership in the admissions field. She or he will convey sincere personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning and allocation of resources. The U is seeking a leader who engages, inspires and supports staff; leads with transparency and inclusivity; makes data-informed decisions; and establishes her or himself as a respected leader across campus. A master’s degree is required, as is the ability to travel during peak times in the admissions cycle, including possible international travel.

The state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, the University of Utah is the flagship university of the state. The university boasts 18 schools and colleges and offers more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students. The university is noted for its high research profile, its diversity of ideas and people, its stunningly beautiful setting and the warmth, friendliness, and collegiality of its faculty, staff, and students.

The U is strongly committed to delivering outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares students for leadership roles in Utah, the country, and the world. The university’s partnership with the state is reflected in a deep commitment to provide education for Utah’s residents and service in the university’s local and regional communities. Additional information may be found at: http://www.utah.edu/.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a professional resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Utah’s consultants, Amy Crutchfield and Patricia Coleman, at Utah-EDOA@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the administrative support for the search, Laura Novak, at 630-575-6943.

The University of Utah 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.