Director of Admissions

Missouri Western State University
Job Description
Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, seeks an innovative recruitment and admissions professional to serve as the next Director of Admissions. The Director will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive student recruitment and admissions program designed to inform prospective students of the academic programs and services at Missouri Western State University. The Director of Admissions has budget management and oversight as well as resource allocation responsibilities; supervises the admissions staff; and serves as a leader in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

Designated as the State of Missouri’s applied learning institution, Missouri Western State University is a public open-access institution located in St. Joseph, Missouri, on a beautiful 744-acre campus approximately 45 minutes north of the Kansas City International Airport. With 4,500 plus graduate and undergraduate students and over 29,000 alumni, Missouri Western is designated as a First-Gen Forward campus dedicated to academic innovation, regional and community partnerships, and a student-centered experience.
Missouri Western State University is an active participant in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves, and the campus’ distinctive focus on applied learning and research is a hallmark of its innovative teaching and learning environment. Missouri Western seeks to build an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups and women to apply for this position. 

  • Executes, evaluates, and assumes a leadership role within the division in the recruitment strategy for first-year, transfer, readmit, and non-degree seeking students in order to achieve enrollment goals.
  • Hires, trains, mentors, and supervises admissions staff including exempt, non-exempt, and student employees.
  • Develops strategic goals and actions, in collaboration with the Admissions team, Marketing/Communications, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, and other key stakeholders, to achieve enrollment goals.
  • Develops and maintains strong professional relationships with constituents, including schools, community organizations, professional consultants and the Missouri Western campus community.
  • Coordinates and implements training for designated Admissions staff and campus personnel who represent Missouri Western at recruitment activities and events.
  • Responsible for budget management, oversight, and resource allocations.
  • Responsible for ensuring successful campus visits, orientation events and Griffon Edge by overseeing staff in charge of those events.
  • Fosters an office environment that empowers staff to provide exceptional service to prospective students, provide solutions, and execute student-centered practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Supervising staff
  • Decision-making ability
  • General services and procedures of colleges
  • Financial aid programs and scholarships
  • Registration/Orientation setup and processes
  • Perceiving the needs of students through the admissions process
  • Time management in and outside of the office
  • Budgeting and fiscal responsibility
  • Assessing situations and suggesting and implementing strategies
  • Working with diverse external and internal contacts
  • Organizing and presenting information
  • Training and coordinating staff and student leaders
  • Communication, as applied to interaction with students, coworkers, administration, and the general public
Applications will be reviewed until candidate is selected. 
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