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Executive Director, Undergraduate Admission

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
USD $116,500.00/Yr. - USD $282,300.00/Yr.

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Executive Director, Undergraduate Admission

University of California Los Angeles

Budgeted Pay Scale:
Full Salary Range: USD $116,500.00/Yr. - USD $282,300.00/Yr.

Special Instructions to Applicants
This position is eligible for a remote work arrangement within the state of California. The selected candidate must reside within the state of California or be willing to relocate

Department Summary
The Office of Undergraduate Admission supports UCLA undergraduate student enrollment goals through recruitment, admission, and yield practices consistent with the mission and values of the university. We seek to recruit and enroll high-achieving, talented students from diverse backgrounds from throughout California, the US, and abroad to both benefit from and contribute to one of the leading research universities in the world.

Position Summary
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for the position of Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Enrollment management, the Executive Director is responsible for the strategic oversight of recruitment, admission, and enrollment of all new undergraduates, both first-year and transfer, to UCLA. The Executive Director leads UCLA's efforts to attract an academically talented and racially, ethnically, geographically, and socio-economically diverse pool of applicants each year. In alignment with policies enacted by faculty, the Executive Director will lead the application review process that helps the campus achieve critical and ambitious enrollment goals each year. The successful candidate for this role will bring significant admission background and experience in the field of undergraduate admission and will demonstrate values that align with those of UCLA, namely a commitment to access, equity, and inclusive excellence. Attracting an applicant pool of over 170,000 first-year and transfer applicants this past year, UCLA is the most applied to campus in the US and annually enrolls 10,000+ new students, over 1/3 of which are newly enrolled transfers. Our commitment is to ensure our new students have demonstrated excellence both in and outside of the classroom and that our student body reflects the broad diversity, perspectives and talents of California. As stated in the UCLA mission statement, "we strive for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality." The Executive Director functions with a very high degree of autonomy and is an essential member of the Enrollment Management leadership team. Also, the Executive Director will contribute to the creation of data-informed enrollment strategies, collaborating closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor and other leaders within the division and throughout campus to ensure the development of an integrated outreach, recruitment, admission and financial aid strategy.

Salary & Compensation
*UCLA provides a full pay range. Actual salary offers consider factors, including budget, prior experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business considerations. Salary offers at the top of the range are not common. Visit UC Benefit package to discover benefits that start on day one, and UC Total Compensation Estimator to calculate the total compensation value with benefits.

  • 10 years of experience in progressively responsible positions leading and managing undergraduate admissions at a large institution (Required)
  • Detailed knowledge of University-level undergraduate admission and enrollment management strategies, promising practices in the field, and state and national admissions issues and trends. (Required)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage an admissions office of a large educational institution with a highly diverse student population and staff. (Required)
  • Ability to see the "big picture," recognize new possibilities, challenge established policies and practices, and solve complex problems, often without precedent. (Required)
  • Ability to lead and implement organizational strategic planning. (Required)
  • Ability to implement services and programs in an efficient, effective manner and to evaluate these efforts with a focus on continuous improvement to quality of basic admissions processes. (Required)
  • Ability to proactively analyze complex situations and issues and to work creatively, using a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools, to inform decision-making and devise strategies for addressing specific admissions and enrollment-related situations. (Required)
  • Ability to synthesize information quickly, multi-task, work effectively - sometimes under extreme pressure of deadlines - and work easily with ambiguity and shifting priorities. (Required)
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse populations and to represent the University in a professional, authoritative and tactful manner on complex and important issues, promoting goodwill and public support for UCLA. (Required)
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to define timelines, actions and critical paths to keep projects moving forward and allow for completion of goals and successful outcomes. (Required)
  • Working knowledge of admissions-related information management systems and analytical ability to evaluate system needs and develop programs responsive to student and administrative requirements. (Required)
  • Supervisory and leadership skills, including diplomacy, listening and negotiation skills, sufficient to direct a large professional and administrative staff, and maintain the high morale of that staff. (Required)
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage fiscal resources through budget planning and fund management. (Required)
  • Outstanding oral/written communication skills that demonstrate the ability to effectively present info; make persuasive speeches/presentations on controversial or complex topics; and, influence outcomes. Key audiences include the public, senior administrators, faculty, alumni, media, parent groups. (Required)
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the values of the University, including a commitment to diversity in both students and staff. (Required)

  • Education, Licenses, Certifications & Personal Affiliations
  • Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. (Required)
  • An advanced or other terminal, professional degree. (Preferred)

  • Special Conditions for Employment
  • Background Check: Continued employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  • Live Scan Background Check: A Live Scan background check must be completed prior to the start of employment.
  • Age Requirement: Candidate(s) must be 18 years or older to be eligible to be hired.
  • 20% Travel is required for this position.

  • Schedule
    Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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    UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

    UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

    The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

    The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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