Director of Admissions

Fort Collins, Colorado
Jun 08, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research 1 university, with annual research expenditures of more than $300 million. As Colorado’s land-grant university, one of the university’s core values is a bedrock commitment to access, opportunity, and success for undergraduate students. Over the past decade, CSU has been the “university of choice” for Colorado residents with almost 10 percent of 2016 Colorado high school graduates choosing to pursue a degree at CSU, more than any other institution. While Colorado State remains committed to the in-state population, it has simultaneously increased its non-resident enrollment. The five home states for the largest number of non-resident undergraduate students are California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Arizona.

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment and Access, the Director of Admissions works with the Vice President and other institutional leadership in setting admissions policies and strategies in order to realize the University’s enrollment goals. The Director is responsible for the leadership, oversight, and management of the Office of Admissions and all its functions. The position oversees an office consisting of 51 staff and is responsible for a $4.8 million budget. The Office of Admissions is part of the Division of Enrollment and Access, along with the Central Administration team, the Office of Financial Aid, the Access Center, and the Office of the Registrar. The Office of Admissions consists of five functional units: Admissions Marketing and Communication; Admissions Processing (UG, GR, INTL applicant processing); Recruitment, Outreach and Visitor Services; Systems (IT), and Central Support (HR, budget, and program support). The Director of Admissions is charged with leading undergraduate recruitment and outreach efforts for the entire university, as well as making decisions on all undergraduate applications, and processing applications for graduate, professional, and several non-degree programs to meet strategic enrollment goals while providing outstanding access for students.

A master’s degree in student affairs or higher education, business, humanities, sciences or a closely related field that emphasizes analysis and critical thinking skills is required. The successful candidate must possess a minimum of seven years of experience in a leadership role in admissions or enrollment management coupled with five years of direct supervisory experience of full time employees. A personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes is essential. An ability to work irregular work hours, including nights and weekends and maintain a valid driver’s license or have access to a licensed driver is required. Preferred qualifications include an earned doctoral degree in higher education administration, education, student affairs, counseling, or related field; familiarity with the complexity of student recruitment at a large institution; and campus visit programming experience or event planning experience. Evidence of experience leading an organization to develop and achieve the elements of a strategic plan, including strategies for target populations and goals is preferred. Demonstrated analytical skills in the area of budgets, program/initiative assessments, and/or return on investment are desired.

Review of applications will begin July 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ readjustment Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and all civil rights laws of the State of Colorado. Accordingly, equal opportunity of employment and admission shall be extended to all persons and the university shall promote equal opportunity and treatment through a positive and continuing affirmative action program.

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