Executive Director of Admissions & Recruitment - West Virginia University

Founded in 1867, West Virginia University (WVU) is a land-grant, doctoral research institution enrolling approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. WVU offers 193 degree programs in natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; and public health across its 15 colleges and schools. WVU is one of 115 institutions classified as a R1 (Highest Research Activity) Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. One of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, E. Gordon Gee, was named WVU’s 24th president in 2014. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, rated “No.1 Small City in America” and the ninth “best college town in America.” WVU offers easy access to Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Columbus, Ohio. WVU is a member of NCAA Division I and the Big 12 Athletic Conference.

The Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Executive Director of Admissions & Recruitment is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the recruitment and admission of new domestic and international undergraduate students to West Virginia University. The Executive Director provides leadership and vision in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and strategies designed to attract and enroll prospective students and ensures that all core areas of the recruitment operation are achieving expected levels of performance, including: territory management, student telecounseling, event planning, outreach, social media and web-based recruitment, and alumni recruitment. Additionally, the Executive Director partners with University Relations in the yearly development, design, and production of a strategic marketing and communications plan for prospective and admitted students, including print, email, web-based and social media platforms. The Executive Director also provides overall leadership in developing and enhancing internal policies and procedures to continuously improve the admission process for more than 27,000 applicants annually. This position also includes identifying and deploying strategies to leverage technology and enhancements to the Student Information System (Banner) and CRM (Target X) to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the admissions and recruitment process. The Executive Director develops and efficiently administers the Recruitment Office budget, including budget forecasting, planning, and monitoring of expenditures, and supervises seven direct reports.


Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree and at least six years of progressively responsible experience in higher education admissions and recruitment. Demonstrated success in managing staff and college admission and recruitment functions is also required. The ideal candidate will have experience using Ellucian’s Banner Student Information System and/or Target X’s CRM. Strong relationship building skills and a record of success working collaboratively with diverse populations is expected. A valid driver’s license is required.

Consideration will be given to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and eight years of directly related experience.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications begins April 8, 2016. West Virginia University is partnering with the executive search firm, Williams & Company, on this search. Interested candidates should apply for this position online by visiting West Virginia University at: www.jobs.wvu.edu

Confidential inquiries and/or nominations may be directed to Martha Smiles at Williams & Company: Martha@williamscompany.net or (802) 497-0151.

Please visit West Virginia University’s website: www.wvu.edu

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans.

Meeting the needs of today's professional couples is a critical factor in WVU's success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.