Vincennes University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Admissions. Reporting to the Senior Director of External Relations, the Director will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of all University activities in student recruitment and enrollment. The position of Director of Admissions represents the key leadership component and opportunity at the University to grow its residential undergraduate population primarily at the Vincennes, IN, campus. The Director serves as an important part of the external relations leadership team.
The University & the Vincennes Community: Founded in 1801 by US President, William Henry Harrison, Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. A broad range of program offerings and a commitment to superior service ensure the University's role as an important link in Indiana's economic and cultural vitality. VU is a diverse community whose members all share responsibility for supporting the University's mission and are respected for their contributions.
The Vincennes community can best be summed up as “Small Town Living with a Big City Flair.” Vincennes offers many of the amenities found in larger cities but is coupled with the same type of citizen interaction and environment that is found in smaller towns across the Midwest. Vincennes and Knox Counties offer a wide variety of activities for families and individuals. Whether looking for a place to find solitude or to compete on a sports team, Vincennes has what you need.
Vincennes University, home of the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, offers a full season of dramatic and musical productions, while the non-profit community theatre Old Town Players offers many presentations each season.
The Position: The Director of Admission’s position will require both broad oversight as well as a hands-on management style, including a working knowledge of current best-practices in student recruitment, data-driven admissions forecasting, strategic management of financial aid and financial aid leveraging practices, and exceptional CRM (SLATE) expertise primarily at the Vincennes campus. Collaboration throughout the University on all matters concerning enrollment of first-time freshmen and transfer students is required. He/she will provide leadership in designing the University’s enrollment strategies and is expected to make sophisticated use of high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based enrollment decisions, utilizing best practices in admissions and enrollment management, while inspiring others on campus, (faculty, administrators, students, and alumni) to work collaboratively in achieving enrollment goals. Additionally, the Director is involved with establishing and maintaining a collaborative recruitment and enrollment environment. The new Director must be innovative and adept at promoting current academic programs, as well as bringing forth recommendations for new recruitment ideas, marketing strategies, and academic programs that match the University’s mission, resources, and market demand. The Director oversees a staff of up to 20 employees and student workers.
Qualifications: To be considered for the position of Director of Admissions, the ideal candidate should have:
Eight (8) years of progressive admissions responsibilities, extensive leadership experience in admissions within an enrollment management partnership environment;
Sophisticated understanding of enrollment strategies, market research, social media, admissions, financial aid, and student information systems;
Analytical ability, excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with faculty, students, alumni, and administrators across the entire University community is important;
Working knowledge of enrollment CRM (SLATE), student information systems, and other technology solutions in student marketing and recruitment;
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred;
Consistent record of new student enrollment improvements.
Application and Nomination Process: All applications and nominations must be sent electronically to:
Applicants must apply electronically by submitting:
Cover letter outlining admissions experiences and success in all areas indicated in The Position;
Complete and up-to-date Resume, and;
Five professional References with title, institutional affiliation, email address, and direct telephone number.
The search process is confidential and no references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate. Applications submitted by February 19, 2021, will be given priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled but the University plans to fill the position by May/June, 2021, or sooner. Applications will be judged on a rolling basis.
Vincennes University is an accredited equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or veteran status. Vincennes University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual harassment, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions specific to Title IX may be referred to the College's Title IX Coordinator or to the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
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