Dec 19, 2019

Director of First-Year Admissions

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Amherst, MA, USA
Full-Time Education

Job Description

Director of First-Year Admissions

Amherst, Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks an experienced, strategic and dynamic leader to serve as its next Director of First-Year Admissions. The Director will play a critical role in helping to define the University's undergraduate recruitment and enrollment goals, and leading a team and a strategy to see that those goals are met. Working closely with the Enrollment Management team, the Director will be responsible for providing overall direction, leadership, and coordination of the University's first-year admissions programs and processes.

Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the nation's top public universities. UMass Amherst is the largest public research university in New England, and as the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system, plays a particular and leading role in making a profound, transformative impact for the common good. The institution is distinguished by the excellence and breadth of the activities in its nine colleges and schools. True to its land grant roots, UMass Amherst is engaged in research and creative work in all fields and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral university with the “highest research activity” or R1. The state's innovation economy has expanded, and supports one of the nation's most robust economies. The University has demonstrated their capacity for leadership in several key fields of importance to the state and the nation, and will expand these areas based on the intersection of campus strengths and evolving workforce and other important societal needs.

Reporting to and working closely with the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Director is part of the Enrollment Management leadership team and will play a critical role in developing, integrating, and aligning a strategic vision for first-year, non-transfer admissions. The new Director will sustain the University's exceptional admissions trajectory, lead a high-performing staff of admissions professionals in the continuous improvement of their methods and processes, and inspire outstanding prospective students and their families to enroll at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The successful candidate will possess strong leadership, management, and organizational skills, with a leadership style that relies on motivation, creative problem solving, and collaboration. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated knowledge of current best practices in thriving programs for recruitment and admissions, and an in-depth understanding of student market trends, data analytics, and prospect development. Candidates must also possess excellent statistical, communication, and interpersonal skills, and be committed to the University's dedication to diversity. A Master's degree is required from an accredited institution in higher education, multicultural education, communications or related field.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, referrals and applications should be directed in strict confidence to: Alycia Johnson ( Electronic submission of application materials is strongly recommended at:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

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