Millikin University, a national leader in Performance Learning, seeks a spirited leader as Dean of First-Year Admission. Located in Decatur, Illinois, Millikin University is a private, residential campus serving approximately 2,000 students from 38 states and 26 countries.
The Dean of First-Year Admission will report to the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing and be responsible for managing the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of all first-year domestic students, overseeing day-to-day first-year admission operations and supervising an experienced team of seven admission professionals. A successful Dean will exemplify exceptional commitment, motivation, ownership, high energy, integrity, professional acumen, technological prowess, and thoughtful and effective leadership skills.
Works with the VP for Enrollment and Marketing to design, develop and execute strategic recruitment plans to increase enrollment and retention of Millikin’s domestic first-year undergraduate students.
Be accountable for recruitment outcomes and success as well as other University-wide initiatives as assigned.
Oversees day-to-day operations of the Office of Admission’s First-Year Recruitment Team.
Hires, trains, develops, supervises, leads, motivates, and manages an aggressive team of admission professionals to work effectively and collaboratively to achieve strategic enrollment goals.
Oversees the daily progress of work, the implementation of best practices, and the alignment of resources with departmental and institutional needs and goals.
Interacts with prospective first-year students and parents to assist in resolving obstacles for enrollment.
Responsible for ensuring timely completion, collection, and submission of student documentation from inquiry to matriculation. Ensures all students have all required documents completed and submitted prior to the start of classes.
Utilizes data to inform strategic decisions, monitors territory development, refines travel planning, and offers day-to-day reporting.
Employs and understands financial aid leveraging and assist in refining financial aid strategies to intentionally shape the student body.
Strengthens brand awareness and ensures communication of Millikin’s brand to prospective students.
Serves as a strategic partner to and regularly communicates with the Athletic Department regarding the recruitment and enrollment of student-athletes.
Serves as a strong partner to faculty in the recruitment of first-year students, learning and understanding Millkin academic offerings and culture, and leading faculty engagement in the recruitment process.
Works in collaboration with the Director of Events and Operations to coordinate in-person, virtual and/or off-campus events focused on increasing student interest in Millikin.
Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.
Requirements and Preferred Abilities:
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of progressive admission experience in higher education is required. A master’s degree is preferred.
Evidence of success in:
Recruitment and enrollment
Leadership and management
Staff development and training
Enrollment planning and data analysis
Verbal and written communication
Use of enrollment technologies
To be considered, applicants should complete an application for employment, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references at www.millikin.edu/employment. All application materials should be submitted electronically and references will not be contacted without permission. Materials will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2021. However, the search will remain open until the position is filled.
Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Division: Enrollment Department: Office of Admission FLSA Category: Exempt
About Millikin University
Millikin University is a private, residential university with an enrollment of 2,000 students in traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The campus is located in Decatur, Illinois, within three hours of major U.S. cities including Chicago, Saint Louis, and Indianapolis. Millikin is a comprehensive university with colleges/schools in Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and Professional Studies. A Millikin education focuses on Performance Learning, where students learn by performing their knowledge by working with local, regional, national and international clients, presenting research at national conferences, participating in global internships, and taking part in on-stage performances. In 2020, 97% of Millikin University graduates gained employment or entered graduate/professional school within six months of graduating. Discover more about Millikin at www.millikin.edu.