Director of Admission

Fargo, ND
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Dec 28, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Description & Details:

North Dakota State University is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and results-oriented leader for the position of Director of Undergraduate Admission. The Director will lead an enthusiastic and professional admissions team and collaborate extensively with campus entities in reaching NDSU's campus-wide undergraduate enrollment goals. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and is responsible for the leadership and management of the Office of Undergraduate Admission including both recruitment and admission.

North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university - an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world.

NDSU is a major research university of nearly 13,000 students. The university's researchers are leaders in areas such as nanotechnology, microelectronics, polymers, food safety, plant science, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology, robotics and materials science.

NDSU is ranked 94 among public universities based on NDSU's research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation's top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; computer sciences; natural resources and conservation science; political science and government; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

Fargo, North Dakota, home of NDSU, is located about three and a half hours from Minneapolis. The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area has a population of nearly 240,000 and consistently ranks among the best areas to live in the country. Fargo recently was listed as Livability's third most recession-proof U.S. city; WalletHub named it the sixth happiest city in the nation; and Fargo's job market was ranked fourth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More information about NDSU and the Fargo-Moorhead community can be found here:


Responsibilities include supervision of office staff (27 FTE); development and implementation of recruitment strategies to attract a diverse pool of undergraduate students in existing and emerging markets; oversight of application processing and communication with applicants; implementation of new student scholarship strategy and awarding process; management of operating and scholarship budgets; and implementation of existing and emerging technologies to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of the office. In addition, the director represents the Office of Admission on university, regional and national committees and professional organizations.

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience. North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with its commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees including fully funded health insurance for both individual and family plans.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree
  • 5 years professional level experience in higher education admission or other relevant student service in higher education
  • Advanced knowledge of recruitment and enrollment strategies, policies and practices
  • Evidence of strong supervisory experience and ability to motivate and lead professional staff members
  • Ability to collaborate and build productive relationships with multiple constituencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the student body
  • Evidence of strong communication skills (written, interpersonal and public speaking)
  • Budget management experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstration of progressive levels of experience within the college admission/recruitment profession
  • Experience devising financial aid/scholarship strategies
  • Experience with use of customer relationship management software and other emerging technology in the admission/recruitment field
  • Experience analyzing data and using it to inform strategic and tactical plans for recruitment and admissions
  • Experience implementing creative, equitable, and inclusive recruitment strategies

Applicant Materials Required:

NDSU welcomes candidates from underrepresented groups and does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. Direct inquiries to Vice Provost, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, (701) 231-7708 , .

To apply please submit a letter of interest addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume/vita and contact information for three professional references electronically . Screening will begin February 1, 2021 and remain open until a suitable applicant is chosen. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Alan Kallmeyer, Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, (701) 231-8835, .


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. ยง 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.