Director of Undergraduate Admissions

New York City, New York
Jul 30, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY is seeking a director of undergraduate admissions.  Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions is a member of the enrollment management senior leadership team and is responsible for the direction and administration of all phases of operations within the Manhattan College Office of Admissions. Leading a team of 12 within the admissions office, the Director will develop and implement strategies for all on and off campus prospective student recruitment activities and works closely with the Director of Financial Aid in the execution of annual financial aid models designed to meet optimal enrollment levels within Manhattan's five academic schools. The Director will assume the lead role in developing goals and strategies related to all aspects of admissions policies, operations and annual enrollment management targets and will provide a clear and innovative vision for student recruitment and retention initiatives throughout campus. Through the Manhattan College Board of Trustee Committee on Enrollment Management, the Director will work with Board of Trustees on an on-going basis. The Director will also interact regularly with the President of the College, other Vice Presidents and Deans on matters relating to the execution and development of undergraduate enrollment strategies.


  • Progressive responsibility and prior work experience in competitive undergraduate admissions
  • Experience in the management and development of staff
  • Prior experience with integrated student information systems, preferably Ellucian Banner Software and Client Relation Management solutions (CRMs)
  • Savvy in using data as a rubric for analysis and assessment
  • Considerable knowledge and familiarity with strategies and tactics for student success in recruitment from inquiry to matriculation
  • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and lead an admissions committee
  • Ability to develop congenial and productive working relationships with college administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by John Baptist de La Salle.  Manhattan College adheres to the core Lasallian principles:  Respect for all people, concern for the poor, inclusive community, quality education and faith in the presence of God.  Under the guidance of President Brennan O’Donnell, the six schools that comprise the College – Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering, Science and Continuing and Professional Studies – offer students the kind of options and opportunity that are normally found in a much larger school.  With over 3,400 undergraduate students, one-third of which are first generation, and close to 500 graduate students, this small campus lends itself to huge opportunities. 

Grounded in tradition, Manhattan College produces exceptional graduates who not only go on to lead successful careers, but also make a positive impact in the world. The transformative education is built on a strong liberal arts foundation and paired with hands-on, technical knowledge that evolves and adapts with our world. Guided by history, faith and strong leadership, Manhattan continues to climb in national rankings as a top-valued school.

The College is situated on 22 acres in Riverdale, in an atmosphere which maintains the comforts of an idyllic suburban campus while simultaneously facilitating the big city experience of New York City.  Seventy-five percent of new students live on campus.  Manhattan offers 19 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports in NCAA Division I and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and hosts over 100 student clubs and organizations. The beautiful campus offers a serene escape from city life with easy access to the culture and opportunities of midtown Manhattan.

This past spring was a very exciting time at Manhattan College. In April, the College emerged from the silent phase of the most ambitious capital campaign in its history with the announcement of two major gifts that will transform three of its five academic schools. The College received a $25 million gift from Mr. Thomas O’Malley ‘63 (the largest gift in Manhattan College history) to increase student scholarships and grants, support innovative teaching and research and enhance and diversify learning within the College’s School of Business. In recognition of Mr. O’Malley’s continued generous support through the years, the School of Business has been renamed as the O’Malley School of Business. The College also broke ground in March on a new Engineering and Science Center, the first step in creating a true South campus, one of the major goals of the Manhattan College Campus Plan. The new Engineering and Science Center was made possible through a $5 million leadership gift from Dr. Neil Higgins ’62 and will offer undergraduate and graduate students in the College’s Schools of Engineering and Science the opportunity to study and conduct research for years to come with an academic and supporting facility supportive of both School’s reputations and missions.


  • Brookings rates Manhattan College 9th out of more than 7,000 two- and four-year schools in an analysis that examined how well schools prepare students for successful careers.
  • MONEY Magazine lists us as #17 on its 50 Best Colleges That Add the Most Value list for 2017.
  • Payscale rates in the top 4% nationwide on its 2017 College Return on Investment (ROI) Report.
  • Forbes puts us among the top 100 Northeast colleges on its 2017 Best Value Colleges list.

Location:  Riverdale, NY is known for its winding, tree-lined streets and stately single-family homes, set apart from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Riverdale is a unique section in the Bronx that has both a suburban and urban feel.  Riverdale offers many restaurants, small cafes and shops, and is also home to Van Cortlandt Park, New York City’s fourth-largest park with over 1,100 acres.  Van Cortlandt Park offers golf at the nation’s first public golf course; swimming pools; and tennis, bocce and handball courts; the Riverdale Equestrian Centre and other outdoor activities with lots of space to roam. From Riverdale, the heart of Manhattan is a thirty-minute train ride on the 1 Train, which has a stop next to campus, offering unparalleled access to the museums, theatres, sports venues and landmarks of New York City. 

Applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of Director of Undergraduate Admissions should be directed to Napier Executive Search.  To arrange for a confidential conversation, please contact Robin Reynders ([email protected]) or Mary Napier ([email protected]).   An application must include a detailed letter of interest, an up-to-date resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Please submit all application materials by email to: [email protected] .  Materials will be reviewed upon receipt and for best consideration should be on file by August 24, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.  All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given prior to contacting references.

Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. We expect our faculty, administration, and staff to be knowledgeable about our mission and to make a positive contribution to the mission. Applicants from historically under-represented segments of the population are encouraged to apply, as well as those attracted to a college with a Catholic identity. We are committed to a diverse campus community. AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V

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