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Director of Admissions

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Director of Admissions is responsible for the leadership of undergraduate admissions and recruitment designed to attract and enroll a talented, diverse student population to Nebraska. This individual will guide the work of almost 60 staff members – including those within the Office of Admissions and those embedded in the academic units – and will oversee a budget of approximately $4.5 million dollars. The successful candidate will be collaborative, transparent, innovative, and entrepreneurial, with the vision and confidence to serve as a campus leader and a willingness to take calculated risks to engage students and families in new ways.

The director will serve as an internal leader and the authority on all admissions decisions and processing for the Office of Admissions and external voice for the value of a Nebraska degree. The director of admissions also serves as the residency officer for incoming and current undergraduate students at the university.

Reporting to the associate vice chancellor of academic services and enrollment management (ASEM), the director will be a key member of ASEM’s leadership team and other academic and student affairs committees on-campus, representing the division to the university and the public.

The director of admissions reports to the associate vice chancellor of academic services and enrollment management; this professional will be responsible for approximatley 60 team members, with direct supervision of 5 staff members.

The director’s peers in ASEM include:

▪ director of enrollment marketing and strategic enrollment initiatives

▪ director of scholarships and financial aid

▪ university registrar

▪ director of husker hub

▪ director of new student enrollment

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree and seven or more years of experience in undergraduate admission or a related field. Knowledge of higher education undergraduate admissions strategies and tactics. Facility with modern recruitment and office technologies and best practices regarding their use. Proficiency at navigating challenges and making decisions. Proven team leadership, planning and management skills. Critical Thinking and analytical skills necessary to lead and develop a dynamic, enthusiastic, and high-achieving team. Experience building strong professional relationships with diverse groups of constituents. Readiness to manage newcomers and experienced professionals in the admissions field; capable of developing employees from different generations and backgrounds. Ability to manage and deliver sensitive information, tactfully and professionally. Ability to understand data and potential impacts of decisions on recruitment cycle and overall yield with the ability to communicate related data to diverse audiences. Strong interpersonal skills to allow for effective and positive communication with manage across all operational areas of the university.

Preferred Qualifications:
A master’s degree in education, marketing, business, communication or a related field. 5 years in a leadership role within an undergraduate admissions office. Familiarity with the complexity and unique needs of a large, decentralized institution. Knowledge of the state of Nebraska and its challenges recruiting underrepresented populations.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a résumé and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in this search. Review of applications will begin July 21 and will continue on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Rob Springall, Kati Sweaney, Roxana Woudstra and Shelby Pykare

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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