Assistant or Associate Director of Admissions

  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Morris, MN, USA
  • Nov 22, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

Reporting to the University of Minnesota Morris Director of Admissions, the Assistant or Associate Director of Admissions is responsible for oversight of the university’s efforts to identify, recruit, evaluate and enroll students who are traditionally underserved in higher education, and will work with campus collaborators in implementing this work on the UMN Morris campus. This is a 12 month, 100% time position and has the potential of being regionally based.


The Assistant or Associate Director of Admissions will provide leadership in recruitment and outreach efforts for racial and ethnic populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education for the Office of Admissions at the Morris campus, working collaboratively with partners across campus, cultivating relationships with key constituents, including prospective students, parents and guardians, high school counselors, community leaders, secondary school teachers and administrators, and community-based organizations, and manage a recruitment territory that includes representation of both UMN Morris and UMN Crookston.

  • Lead the design and execution of a recruitment plan that is tailored to the outreach and recruitment for racial and ethnic populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including BIPOC students.
  • Complete application review of, and follow-up with, prospective international applicants.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Coordinate and execute a college recruitment management plan that applies an effective hybrid mix of in-person and virtual recruitment, over-the-phone communication, and other methods of relationship building within multicultural communities.
  • Build and manage relationships with key external stakeholders, including prospective students, parents and guardians, high school counselors, community leaders, secondary school teachers and administrators, with specific focus on multicultural outreach.
  • Provide and lead training workshops to current admissions staff on best practices to most effectively serve diverse student populations.
  • Proactively recruit top students to UMN Morris and UMN Crookston within an assigned geographic market, and represent the campuses at high school and community presentations and college fairs in Minnesota and surrounding states.
  • Meet with prospective students and parents to provide individual counseling on educational options and alternatives.
  • Independently review applications and make admission recommendations based on academic requirements and program choice compatibility.
  • Model and promote respect and effective partnerships in advancing both campus’s efforts to build inclusive, respectful campus communities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree. Four years of progressive responsibility in undergraduate admissions and recruitment or related experience.
  • A demonstrated understanding and strong commitment to the value of a liberal arts education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, with an active understanding of current issues and challenges facing individuals representing diverse backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated track record of success in achieving stated outcomes.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (including verbal, written, and presentation).
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Valid driver's license; ability to work nights and weekends and travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years of progressive responsibility in undergraduate admissions and recruitment or related experience in a higher-education setting.
  • A master’s degree is preferred.
  • This position will be filled at either the Assistant Director or Associate Director level dependent on experience.

The Office of Admissions is the primary source of information about the University of Minnesota Morris for prospective students, their families, and school counselors. The office recruits and admits students and facilitates connections to the University community. In addition, it represents and markets the campus through electronic communications and printed brochures and material regarding all phases of the institution and its policies and programs. As part of a new collaboration, this position recruits for both the University of Minnesota Morris and the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Applications must be submitted online.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.  Include contact information for three professional references.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

UMN Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. UMN Morris is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to either attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or agree to comply with the University's testing requirement. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

In the coming weeks the University will move from attestation to requiring all faculty and staff systemwide to submit proof of vaccination.