Director of Undergraduate Admissions

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Director of Undergraduate Admissions

UNC Charlotte seeks a visionary leader to serve as the next Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Building on the office’s reputation for success, the Director will oversee UNC Charlotte’s overall recruiting, admissions, and enrollment efforts for first-year and transfer students. The University seeks candidates who are innovative and accomplished leaders, forward-thinking professionals with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity in all forms, dedicated to fostering a culture of campus-wide recruitment, and who have a strong commitment to excellence and high-quality customer service.

About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte, a member of the UNC system, is the state’s second largest and fastest growing university. UNC Charlotte leverages its location in North Carolina’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the dynamic and growing Charlotte region. Charlotte is consistently ranked as a best place to live with the appeal of a large city and easy access to the mountains, lakes, and beaches.

The University’s enrollment exceeds 30,000 students, including approximately 24,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 8 colleges offering more than 170 undergraduate majors with 77 Bachelor’s degree programs, 65 Master’s degree programs, and 24 Doctoral programs. Additional information about UNC Charlotte is available at

Responsibilities of the Director of Undergraduate Admissions

The Director of Undergraduate Admissions reports to the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. The Director provides leadership and oversight for the Undergraduate Admissions team including admissions operations, the design and implementation of recruitment strategies and data models, and the development of collaborative relationships with academic departments in coordinating admissions efforts. The Director will lead the team to achieve university strategic goals in recruiting, enrolling and graduating a talented and diverse student body that includes first year, transfer, adult, and international students.

The Director oversees a staff of 30, with four direct reports, and is responsible for an operating budget of more than $1 million. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received 25,000 applications last year for first-year and transfer students, and enrolled more than 6,600 new undergraduates. The Office also oversees a campus visit program that serves 30,000 guests each year. Additional information about the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located at

o In collaboration with the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, develop and lead the implementation, execution and evaluation of a comprehensive, data-driven undergraduate enrollment plan that is consistent with the University’s strategic goals and direction;

o Lead the development of recruitment communications and marketing strategies for Admissions and is expected to contribute to university-wide strategic enrollment marketing efforts;

o Provide leadership in designing the institution’s enrollment strategy and expected to make sophisticated use of data and technology, employ high-impact best practices in recruitment and enrollment, and inspire others to work collegially in achieving the University’s enrollment goals;

o Analyze regional, national, and global market trends as well as current and anticipated demands for particular University programs in order to serve as the expert and advocate for undergraduate admissions to the faculty, senior leadership, and external constituents;

o Develop collaborative relationships with academic departments and external constituencies in coordinating admissions efforts, including close partnerships with offices of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid, Niner Central Student Services, University Scholarships, Enrollment Communications, University Communications, Adult Students & Evening Services, the Transfer Center, New Students & Family Services, College Deans, department heads, Athletics, and others;

o Develop staff, support sustained professional development, inspire creativity, and foster an office culture of encouragement, support and open communication;

o Serve as a strong advocate for undergraduate admissions throughout the University and in the state system;

o Understand the impact of financial aid on access and admissions decisions and collaborate closely with financial aid staff on awarding strategies and outreach.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education admissions and/or enrollment management;

A record of accountability and success in achieving annual enrollment goals and targets for new undergraduate students;

Excellent communication skills, and the ability to work collegially with a wide range of internal and external constituencies;

A record of supervision and development of a diverse staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

o A record of sound administrative, personnel, and fiscal management, preferably at a large public institution of higher education;

o Experience in transfer and international recruitment and admission practices;

o Background that includes developing, initiating, evaluating and improving recruitment, enrollment, communication and marketing plans, and strategies;

o Ability to lead a strong, resilient, and resourceful performance-driven admissions team;

o Experience with Slate for undergraduate admissions.

Application and Nomination

Qualified candidates must apply electronically at The position number is 000722. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume; and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant and will only be contacted for finalists. Finalists are also subject to educational and criminal background checks.

Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by April 10, 2021; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.

All applicants must apply online at Please see the job posting at:

To provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Melodie Basey, Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost, at [email protected]. Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

Position is subject to criminal background check. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.




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Posted: 3/12/2021
Application Due: 5/11/2021
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