Director of Admissions
University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, ND

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Department: Admissions

Hiring Details: $90,000 plus/year, benfitted, exempt, fulltime

Application Deadline: Initial screening will begin on May 30, 2014 with position open until filled

University of North Dakota

As a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution, the University of North Dakota (UND) takes great pride in its history, world-class programs, and vision for the future. The University’s outstanding academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels prepare students for a lifetime of learning, personal fulfillment, professional success, and to have a positive impact on society. Enrolling over 15,000 students (including 3,000 graduate students) from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and more than 50 countries, the University offers programs in aerospace, the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, and the sciences. UND is located in Grand Forks, a community-minded college town of over 50,000 on the banks of the beautiful Red River, and is within driving distance of metropolitan Minneapolis and Winnipeg.

The Position

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Admissions & Financial Aid, the Director of Admissions provides strategic, dynamic, and creative leadership in the management of a broad-based admissions program that recruits, admits, and enrolls academically talented students. This is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and accomplished professional to join a progressive enrollment management team. The Director administers recruitment activities that consider changing goal demographics and competitive markets, effective marketing, strategic outreach and travel, the campus visit experience, and key performance indicators including predictive modeling and yield management. The department manages all functions to receive and complete a holistic review of applications, transcripts, and other academic documents to ensure the timely and accurate processing of materials. The Director provides robust staff management by defining the duties and responsibilities of staff, assessing performance and providing feedback, and designing training and staff development opportunities. The successful candidate will analyze data to assess and shape admissions objectives, and will continue the institution’s record of improving the academic profile and diversity of its entering classes by using innovative recruitment technologies and techniques. The Director will have a high profile both internally and externally, and will collaborate with a broad array of constituents including numerous Student Affairs offices, Academic Affairs, the North Dakota University System office, as well as parents, students, and alumni. The Director oversees 26 staff with 2 direct reports, and manages a departmental budget of approximately $1.5 million.


Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, five years of progressively responsible experience in college recruitment and admissions (or closely related enrollment management area), and three years of supervisory experience, including hiring, evaluation, supervision, motivation, and training of professional and student staff. Successful candidates will also demonstrate working knowledge of the admission process, including recruitment/yield strategies, admission cycle, and application processing; ability to establish collegial relationships with diverse students, staff, faculty, administrators, and the community. Applicants must have valid driver’s license and successfully pass a background check

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in higher education administration, communications, marketing, business, or closely related field; experience working with Hobsons, PeopleSoft, and ImageNow platforms; experience working with holistic review admission processes; and understanding of innovative technology and media in recruitment and admission processes.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin May 30, 2014. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group

UND – Director of Admissions

Peter W. Rosenberg, Senior Associate

Any submission regarding this opening is subject to the North Dakota Open Records laws.

The names of all candidates and nominees are a matter of public record under the statutes and policies of the State of North Dakota.

UND is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

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