Reporting to the vice chancellor for enrollment management, the director of admissions is the chief admissions professional on the Morris campus and will plan and oversee the strategic development and expansion of domestic first-year and transfer student populations. Critical functions include directing the recruitment, admissions, and matriculation of applicants to meet enrollment goals, develop and implement strategies that yield broadly representative student populations and provide leadership and direction for professional staff. The Director will work to develop and sustain relationships with key constituents, including prospective students, parents, high school and independent counselors, alumni, and community college partners.
Hire, train, supervise, and mentor admissions staff members; inspire new thinking, courage, and the highest standards of performance and teamwork. Manage with an eye towards professional development, transparency, and staff engagement while ensuring all staff are meeting the needs of the department and collectively meeting institutional goals.
Execute a recently developed comprehensive recruitment plan that articulates long- and short- term strategic goals to recruit first-year and transfer populations.
Oversee the collection and organization of accurate data regarding all phases of the enrollment process; analyze the data and make data-driven enrollment projections and decisions.
Develop, implement, and evaluate policies, procedures, information systems, and controls for recruitment and admissions functions to assure maximum efficiency and effectiveness of the operation.
In collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid, manage scholarship resources consistent with strategic initiatives and overall goals.
Oversee and work closely with partners that support financial aid, student search, and other recruitment efforts.
Collaborate in the development of communication strategies and materials to serve the University's enrollment objectives.
Create strong relationships on and off-campus. Partner with admissions staff at other University of Minnesota campuses.
Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of relevant experience.
A record of success in the following: university admission, including recruitment and enrollment planning and program development; team building within the office and among university departments; human resource and budget management; and data collection analysis and assessment activities.
Desired Qualities and Experiences:
Master’s degree and at least 4 years’ experience
Strong appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of a liberal arts education in a residential setting
Excellent communication and leadership skills
Ability to foster intercultural competence, advance equity and inclusion, and create a diverse, inclusive work environment; success recruiting a diverse student body
Ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders
Familiarity with current national issues in higher education and awareness of their implications for liberal arts colleges
Capacity to think strategically and to work creatively, and the skills and discipline to bring initiatives to fruition
Ability to represent campus effectively and in various capacities at the University of Minnesota System level and to collaborate with system partners
Internal Number: 335148
About University of Minnesota, Morris
A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1600 is supported by approximately 130 faculty members with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.
UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications – U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes ...Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.