Executive Director of Admissions
West Texas A&M University, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Admissions. As an integral member of the enrollment team, the Executive Director of Admissions will oversee recruitment and enrollment of new students to West Texas A&M University, with particular focus on increasing transfer student enrollment in support of the University strategic plan. The Executive Director will also coordinate all activities associated with the Office of Admissions; supervise the Office of Scholarship Services and Call Center; hire, train, and supervise a team for recruiting and enrollment functions; and manage the budget.
The University: At West Texas A&M University, we offer our students the WTAMU experience—an opportunity to cultivate lifelong friendships, instill ethics and solidify values while building skills for success. That, coupled with our low tuition and challenging course offerings, makes a degree from WTAMU both attainable and affordable for bright, motivated students regardless of their means.
The University offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 38 master’s degree programs and two Ph.D. program, and many of those academic programs are ranked on U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges List.” Our students learn from top faculty in smart classrooms at both our Canyon campus and the Amarillo Center and enjoy access to a variety of activities that contribute to the WTAMU experience. Those activities include everything from study abroad opportunities and research initiatives to leadership development programs and internships along with more than 100 campus organizations as well as Division II athletics.
Plus, more than $150 million in construction, renovations and campus beautification projects over the past 10-15 years have transformed the WTAMU landscape. Our new and improved facilities, including a recently constructed Agricultural Sciences Complex, support the University’s commitment to excellence and contribute to the WTAMU experience while serving a growing and diverse population of more than 10,000 students representing 48 states and 64 countries.
Canyon and the Greater Amarillo Area: Canyon, Texas, is a thriving community of more than 13,000 people. Selected as a Texas Main Street City in 2002, Canyon features a historic downtown square with restaurants, shopping, nightlife and businesses, as well as a strong educational system with 15 campuses in Canyon and Amarillo and small class sizes. Canyon offers a variety of community events including the Canyon Farmer’s Market, Canyon Main Street concert series, Movie Nights and more, and is home to the Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. At Palo Duro Canyon State Park, you can enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding and TEXAS, a musical drama about the settling of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Other attractions include the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the state’s largest history museum.
Just 14 minutes north of Canyon is Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo is a unique and history-rich city of nearly 200,000 along historic Route 66. Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle area are a blend of two American eras: working western ranches and a vibrant 21st century economy. The Amarillo Cultural District features a vast array of arts from the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Little Theatre, the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts and more. There is plenty of shopping and antiquing along Sixth Street, a restored section of Historic Route 66, and dining and nightlife downtown on the historic Polk Street. For the family, there are endless activities including the zoo, botanical gardens, drive-in theatre, Don Harrington Discovery Center and more. Plus, the Amarillo school system has been named a District of Innovation and has been nationally recognized for its math and science programs. For those that like a weekend getaway, Santa Fe, Taos, Red River and more are located just a few hours away in New Mexico; Oklahoma City is just four hours away; and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area is just a five hour drive.
The Position: This position will report to the Assistant Vice President for Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success. It will require both broad oversight and hands-on management, as well as a working knowledge of current best practices in student recruitment and data-driven admission forecasting. The primary responsibilities of the position include:
- Directs a comprehensive, integrated and data-driven recruitment, enrollment and admissions plan to recruit and retain freshmen and transfer students;
- Supervises staff representing the University at high school and community college fairs for designated territories and during their guiding of prospective students through the admissions and enrollment processes;
- Provides effective budget management and oversees fiscal operations of departments by establishing cost controls;
- Manages strategic planning and programs to support the strategic plan for enrollment management;
- Supervises Office of Scholarship Services and Call Center;
- Develops plans that enhance student diversity on the University campus;
- Leads the development and oversight of communications, promotions and public relations for admissions and Office of Scholarship Services;
- Develops, directs and evaluates process compliance and internal controls;
- Develops the overall freshman and transfer strategic recruitment, admissions and enrollment plan.
- Facilitates the organization and implementation of recruitment and admissions strategies to meet enrollment goals and oversees the admissions process for freshman and transfer students.
- Communicates the benefits of an education at the University to prospective students and families.
Qualifications: To be considered for the position of Executive Director of Admissions, the ideal candidate should have a Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and seven years of admissions/enrollment experience. Additionally, he/she should have the ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others within the University community and should possess strong written and verbal communications skills. It is imperative that the professional chosen for this position has the ability to implement a recruitment plan and has a strong commitment to diversity.
- Membership and active in relevant professional organizations
- Knowledge of student information systems and enrollment management software
WTAMU Mission/Vision/Core Goals:
West Texas A&M University is a diverse and inclusive student-centered community of learners that:
- provides a technology-rich, academically rigorous educational experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- cultivates opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, information literacy and ethical behavior;
- directs resources in support of empowering co-curricular experiences;
- maintains focus on the development of future leaders for our community, the state, the nation and the world; and
- serves through education, research, and consultation as a catalyst for economic development and enhancement of the quality of life for the region.
Guided by its pioneering spirit, West Texas A&M University is recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning, with a strong focus on engaging students in challenging and meaningful experiences that aid in their intellectual and personal development. WTAMU alumni will be scholar-leaders empowered to advance their chosen field, to impact their communities and to pursue excellence.
West Texas A&M University holds these core values as those principles that the University will not compromise, even to overcome obstacles or achieve short-term gain:
- academic and intellectual freedom
- pursuit of excellence in all endeavors
- creativity and innovation
- respect for the dignity of all individuals
- cooperation and communication
- community service and leadership
- exceed expectations of internal and external customers
- continuous improvement
Application and Nomination Process: The University has partnered with Scott Healy & Associates in managing and overseeing the entire search process. All applications and nominations must be sent electronically to:
Scott Healy & Associates
Attn: Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President
Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a Cover Letter outlining their experiences and success in all areas indicated in The Position, a complete and up-to-date Résume and the names of five professional References with title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct telephone number.
The search process is confidential and no references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate. Complete applications submitted by September 14, 2018, will be given priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
West Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin or veteran status.