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Associate Director for Outreach, Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions
About the Position: As a member of the management team within the undergraduate Admissions Office, the Associate Director for Outreach and Recruitment for Undergraduate Admissions provides leadership to meet the undergraduate enrollment goals of the University. The position is responsible for increasing Western’s visibility to target audiences through proactive, collaborative development of data-driven strategies for recruitment of a talented and diverse student body. Supervises a team of Admissions professionals who are responsible for recruitment, admission/scholarship decisions and enrollment of first-year students. Cultivates excellent working relationships with academic departments, high school counselors and other key secondary school constituents. Adds ongoing value as an active and visible member of the Admissions team; routinely works within the Office of Admissions to support team members and serve members of the University community. Supports positive staff morale, productive internal communications and models hard work and dedication toward reaching desired outcomes. Position is exempt professional. Evening and weekend work is expected and varies throughout the year; includes travel.

This position has an anticipated start date of Summer, 2013

About the College/Department: The Office of Admissions supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.  

A special mix of academic excellence, a focus on undergraduates, active learning, personal attention to students, respect for diversity and beautiful surroundings makes Western Washington University one of the top public master's-granting universities in the nation. With an enrollment of approximately 14,900 students and selective admission standards, the academic community is large enough to provide tremendous choice and intellectual challenge while also small enough for students to find support for creating their own path. Words frequently used to describe the campus culture include adventurous, collaborative, distinctive, engaging and inviting. 

Located 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Bellingham is a vibrant coastal community of 80,000 and offers outstanding opportunities for entertainment, recreation and community involvement.  s, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Serves on the Assistant Vice President’s strategic management team, participates in long-term planning, assessment and improvements. Provides motivation of staff to resolve a variety of issues involved in the operation of the Admissions Office
  • Researches, designs and implements a data-based territory management system to strengthen freshman and transfer recruitment and yield efforts and to ensure targeted multicultural outreach
  • Collaboratively develops strategies and tactics for reaching established enrollment goals for all recruitment territories
  • Oversees travel assignments, including but not limited to college fairs, high school visits, admissions yield receptions and a variety of other recruitment activities
  • Oversees planning, delivery and assessment of on- and off-campus programs using data-driven strategies designed to achieve recruitment and enrollment goals
  • Provides supervision, mentorship, direction, motivation, evaluation and support to a diverse group of staff members responsible for recruitment, admission and enrollment of first-year students
  • Oversees processes related to identification of and communications to Distinguished Scholars
  • Identifies and explores new market segments for targeted recruitment
  • Develops, implements and evaluates staff retreats that focus on recruitment strategies and support team effectiveness
  • Oversees and provides proactive outreach to support excellent working relationships with academic departments, high school counselors and other key secondary school constituents
  • Travels on behalf of the University for recruitment, meetings, and other events
  • Positively represents the University to the public, both informally and formally, through public speaking
  • Evaluates admissions and scholarship applications and makes admissions and scholarship awarding decisions in accordance with established guidelines
  • Develops and monitors statistical reports to enhance recruitment strategies, yield management, forecasting and operational efficiency; makes data-driven recommendations of admitted student and scholarship overcommit levels
  • Confirms and communicates new undergraduate student scholarship and tuition waiver budgets each year
  • Collaboratively develops and implements effective processes to develop scholarship awarding guidelines, identify candidates, ensure fairness and tracking of decisions in the selection of recipients, code decisions and inform recipients of their scholarship awards in a timely manner
  • Monitors scholarship offers and acceptances to ensure that program enrollment and budgetary goals are met
  • Collaborates with other departments within the Division of Enrollment and Student Services regarding recruitment, admissions, enrollment and retention issues
  • Position is exempt professional; evening and weekend work is expected and varies throughout the year
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively-responsible, full-time professional Admissions experience, with minimum of three years of supervisory experience within Admissions
  • Demonstrated experience using territory management to achieve desired enrollment outcomes
  • Familiarity with technology tools that support recruitment, admissions and marketing efforts
  • Evidence of successfully leading a team; effective coaching/mentoring skills
  • Effective decision-making skills while adhering to established guidelines and maintaining confidentiality
  • Strong organizational, project and program management skills
  • Outstanding public speaking, writing and communication skills
  • Experience working effectively with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings
Preferred Qualifications:
Academic Emphasis:
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This is a full-time, 12-month administrative FLSA exempt position with an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Union:
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications must be submitted electronically to the HR website

A complete application packet includes the following:
1)      Cover letter addressing your qualifications as well as explaining your interest in this position
2)      Resume
3)      Two-page written statement of your personal philosophy of leadership concerning outreach and recruitment within admissions
4)      Provide contact information for three professional references. All finalists will be required to submit a college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) with verification of Master’s degree completion.
Other Information: If you have questions about the application process please contact Shawn Flaherty, Admissions Search Coordinator at Shawn.Flaherty@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7655.

Learn more about Western Washington University and the Office of Admissions

Please review the Conditions of Employment.
Job Posted: 4/4/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins May 6, 2013; position is open until filled.
Recruitment #: 130176
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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