As a university that prides itself on innovative thinking, unparalleled research and other advancements, Ohio State seeks a thought leader in admissions and enrollment planning who takes a strategic approach – a person who will grasp the essential nature of this distinctive institution and employ both traditional and non-traditional means to expand the university’s visibility in order to attract, select, enroll and retain a highly talented and increasingly diverse student population.
The Executive Director of Admissions must ensure excellent relationships with secondary schools and community based organizations; lead an admissions team that proactively and strategically anticipates and responds to enrollment challenges, one that is optimistic, opportunistic, forward-looking, innovative and results-oriented; employ both traditional and cutting edge methods to engage prospective students and families in a way they can best hear and respond to; keep student success and welfare always at the forefront, including an anticipation of and responsiveness to matters that influence student academic success, retention and graduation; and broaden the reach of the university in every part of the state, the country and the world.
The Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions will:
Direct the undergraduate admissions process and assist with strategic enrollment planning efforts, both domestically and internationally, for the university
Lead the development of a vision and direct the planning and setting of goals, priorities, policies, procedures, operations and budgets for admissions
Work collaboratively with university partners to ensure admissions goals and processes are aligned to university priorities
Provide leadership for enhancing technology and operations to guide efficient and effective admission processes for colleges and the university
In partnership with Analysis and Reporting and Student Financial Aid, and under the direction of the AVP for Strategic Enrollment Planning, utilize data and analytics to make data-informed decisions to ensure admission decisions support enrollment goals
Communicate and engage with campus stakeholders throughout the admissions process; enhance working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
In partnership with Strategic Marketing and Communications, design and implement an effective marketing and communications strategic plan
Represent the university at outreach activities and public functions
Oversee compliance and policy efforts that mitigate risk and ensure best practices; hear admissions appeals and consider grievances
Serve on local and national committees, task forces and working groups
Champion the performance management process within the office
Progressive admissions leadership experience with a focused and integrated approach to excellence, access and diversity (10+ years)
Knowledge of current trends and best practices in admissions recruitment and strategic enrollment planning for both domestic and international undergraduate populations
Successful track record in the recruitment of various populations of students
Experience leading a complex organization through implementing new programs, processes and systems to accomplish goals
Experience utilizing scholarships and financial aid to achieve enrollment and financial goals
Innovative thinker who has demonstrated a strategic approach to recruitment
Excellent leadership, public relations and team-building skills
Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.