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Company Name:
The University of California, Santa Cruz
Approximate Salary:
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Santa Cruz, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
10 years or more
Education level:
Bachelor Degree

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Education

Job #: 1808244

Full Time; Career

Minimum starting salary: $20.50/hourly. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

The Director of Undergraduate Admissions is a key campus enrollment management leader providing strategic planning and direction, resource management, systems effectiveness and integration, staff development, and continuity planning for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Amidst a constantly changing and complex environment, the Director leads efforts to identify, recruit, select, and enroll new freshmen and transfers, locally and globally, who will enhance our community of scholars and ultimately become our future alumni.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management, the Director provides vision, collaboration, and coordination of undergraduate admissions programs and processes serving diverse and academically prepared students and their families and supporters. The Director provides leadership and accountability for highly effective and collaborative plans and strategies for achieving campus enrollment goals for new undergraduate students.

The Director ensures the development and effective implementation of a multichannel marketing and communication strategy intended to assist students and their influencers (including family, counselors, and teachers) to determine whether UC Santa Cruz is a fit to their educational and career goals, all within highly competitive markets.

The Director is continuously assessing and reviewing the effectiveness of strategies and technical systems, and collaborates with faculty and staff across our complex and decentralized campus to support recruitment and yield, and ensure timely and accurate review of applications and the granting of college credit. The director will be responsible for reconciling both campus and system-wide priorities related to admissions and enrollment in cases where they might not be directly in concert with each other as well as ensuring admissions policies and practices remain within the guidelines and expectations of professional and other governing bodies as well.

The Director will lead a diverse and exceptional team of admissions professionals who strive to continually enhance programs and processes to best serve all constituents.

The Director will represent the campus locally, nationally and internationally on matters pertaining to admissions and enrollment management.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions generates, reviews, and processes in excess of 67,000 applications and serves approximately 38,000 campus visitors each year. The office has 44 career staff full time employees (FTE), 45-50 part-time/temporary staff, and 150 student staff. Staff works locally and regionally throughout California and the nation.

The office is part of Enrollment Management, which includes Financial Aid and Scholarships, Orientation and Undergraduate Admissions. Enrollment Management is part of the multi-faceted academic Division of Undergraduate Education. Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Education work closely with select Academic Senate committees.

Since its founding in 1965, the University of California, Santa Cruz, has grown from 652 students to nearly 19,000 students (2017-18) and earned international distinction as a world university with high-impact research, ranking 3rd in the world for research influence by Times Higher Education, and among the top 50 universities in the world, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2017 Best Global Universities rankings.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz offers rigorous academic programs and cutting-edge research opportunities. At the core of our progressive educational approach are our 10 distinctive residential colleges, which organize the campus into smaller living/learning communities.

This position requires passing a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check. Please note: Time required to complete this process may vary and can be lengthy.

Qualifications include:

Bachelor's degree.

Ten years of progressively responsible admissions experience at fast-paced, high volume, complex institution using broad-based review for selective admissions.

Exceptional leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. Ability to act persuasively and tactfully in politically nuanced situations. Proven ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of individuals in a very dynamic, complex, and fast-paced environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including skills in public speaking, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Experience and success in creating and implementing strategic recruitment and yield plans for residents, out of state, and international freshman and transfer populations based on university goals.

Experience developing and refining admissions and articulation policies and processes with faculty committees, departments and divisions.

Some special conditions include:

Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

Selected candidate will be required to hold a U.S. Passport in order to travel to international destinations.

Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.

Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

Position is open until filled. Initial Review Date: 10-14-2018


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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site ( ) on or before the initial review date (IRD). A computer is available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center (SVC), 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922. The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.