Director of Admissions

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
$90,000 to $107,000
Oct 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Shippensburg University is currently searching for a Director of Admissions.   Anticipated starting salary range is $90,000 to $107,000 annually including an extensive benefits package and tuition waiver for employee and dependents.

The Director of Admissions is responsible for all aspects of recruitment and admissions operations, including enrollment projections, strategy development, and the entire Admissions Application cycle.  The Director is also responsible for the management of the Office of Admissions, including leadership and supervision of its employees and procedures, development and implementation of policies, and review of staff performance.  The Director will serve as a key member of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and will advise it on all matters pertaining to admissions activities.  The Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership, development, supervision and evaluation of the Admissions Office staff, which includes an Associate Director, Assistant Directors, administrative staff members, and numerous student employees and student volunteers.  Manage the general operations of the Admissions Office.  Conduct staff, committee and individual meetings regularly and as needed.
  • Plan and supervise recruitment operations including annual enrollment projections, market/target analysis, prospect development, high school/community college outreach, counselor workshops and in-service training, recruitment events, student and alumni ambassador programs, and campus visit programs.
  • Work with the Office of Institutional Research and Planning to conduct market and demographic research to determine the university’s undergraduate market segment and to develop tracking reports and coordinate responses to audits or requests from accrediting bodies and other constituencies. 
  • Oversee the review of undergraduate and graduate applications and render appropriate decisions regarding admission to the University.  Provide academic departments and deans with information on accepted students for their respective areas. 
  • Develop, promote and implement appropriate inclusion of qualitative factors in the admission review process.
  • Share campus-wide responsibility for coordination of retention efforts on campus.
  • Promote the university’s commitment to enhancing inclusive excellence and cultural diversity.
  • Create, develop, review, interpret and evaluate undergraduate admissions standards, policies, and procedures and make recommendations for revision to ensure the university remains competitive in the market.
  • Collaborate with the Dean of Graduate Studies and provide coordinated support for graduate enrollment efforts.
  • Promote and actively engage faculty, staff, current students and alumni in the recruitment of students.
  • Provide strong collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, working closely with the Director, and exercise a strong presence on the major scholarship committees, so as to maximize the awarding of aid to high profile, high potential students.  Serve as a key member of the Scholarship Committee.
  • Develop and manage the Admissions Office budget.
  • Collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs on planning, coordinating, and implementing programs associated with student recruitment, such as new student orientation, housing, and living-learning communities, etc.
  • Communicate regularly admissions, enrollment and other figures to the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, PASSHE, and the Council of Trustees as required.

Shippensburg University employees value teamwork and collaboration, are dependable, take initiative, solve problems effectively, communicate clearly and support organizational change.  University employees work closely with individuals of diverse backgrounds and race, as well as those of differing religious affiliations, sexual orientation and gender.  They must possess good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with all members of the campus community. 

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a bachelor and master’s degree granting institution with a rich history of teaching excellence.  Established in 1871, Shippensburg has grown into a comprehensive regional public university, serving a population of over 5600 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students.  The University also continues to be recognized through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey identifying “Great Colleges to Work For.”

The historic borough of Shippensburg is in a small town setting in the growing region of south central Pennsylvania, at the conjunction of two major highways, Interstate 81 and 76.  Located in the picturesque Cumberland Valley, Shippensburg is 45 minutes from Gettysburg and the state capital of Harrisburg, one hour from Hershey, PA, and 2 hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum of five years of experience that reflect progressive responsibility in the general field of college admissions or a related field and complemented with extensive leadership and management experience.    Candidates must also have demonstrated experience in the strategic use of data to guide admissions strategies and tactics, a proven track record of process improvement related to marketing and recruiting planning, and use of technology as well as a demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity and diversity/multicultural issues.  A Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution is preferred.  Successful performance in an on-campus interview is required.

For full consideration all candidates should apply online at by October 26, 2017 with acceptance of materials continuing until the position is filled.  Materials submitted in other formats including paper documents will not be considered.  All applications and inquiries will remain confidential. 

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

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