Clarke University
  • Admissions
  • Dubuque, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Clarke University seeks an energetic, experienced, and strategic thinking Director of Admissions. The successful candidate must have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred) and should have at least five years of progressive responsibility in college level recruiting. Previous experience managing an institutional recruitment plan is essential. A working knowledge of Ellucian and Technolutions/Slate especially developing assessment, source, productivity and yield reports would be preferred. Working in a data-driven environment, the Director also should have the ability to write and modify queries from the institution's database, and to use the resulting data to inform decisions to support Clarke's enrollment goals and net tuition revenue.

The Director of Admissions is a strategic member of the Enrollment Management Leadership Team, responsible for developing and managing positive relationships throughout the university. The ability to build productive relationships with athletic coaches and faculty is critical to the success of the Director of Admissions. Additionally, a strong candidate must be able to communicate effectively with students and their families from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. It is essential that the Director be an advocate for college access to first-generation and financially disadvantaged students.

The Director of Admissions will oversee personnel and day-to-day operations in the Office of Admissions including making decisions on student's applications, assignment of institutional academic merit and endowed scholarships, reconciliation of NAIA athletic talent awards, providing counseling services to prospective and current students and families, operational reporting and processing, research and planning, staff development, budget management, and utilization of technology in the execution of other recruitment initiatives. With the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Director will collaborate closely with other entities throughout campus in order to coordinate best-in-class recruitment strategies. The Director will represent Clarke and make presentations about admissions to external audiences and at internal admissions programs. The Director will also be expected to stay well informed of current student trends, principles of good practice and the development of new university program initiatives. The Director will serve on numerous university committees and be an active member of the campus community as well as having hands-on contact with many new students and families.

Strong candidates for this position should have established leadership skills and exceptional judgment; the ability to problem solve and interpret data; the capacity to prepare and analyze detailed reports; established administrative skills to manage the complex operations of a central administrative office; demonstrated ability to continually affect change; excellent communication skills and the ability to make complex information understandable; stellar customer service; the desire to work collaboratively and the ability to build and motivate a seasoned team of professionals and students through a direct and hands-on approach.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in a related field and five or more years of successful admissions experience is required. Current knowledge of recruiting best practices and a history of successfully recruiting students to a private university is essential. Supervisory experience and a Master's degree are preferred. Weekend and evening work should be expected.

To apply for this position, please upload a letter of application and resume online at Resume review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About Clarke

At Clarke University, everything we do is focused on making an impact on students so they can positively impact the world. For students, it means a place where more than facts are studied it means new ways of thinking are explored. For faculty and staff, it means more than just coming to work every day it means truly collaborating across the university to put student success first. It also means living and working in a thriving city named one of the "most livable" small cities in the country and one of "Best Green Places" in the country.

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