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Executive Director for Admissions and Recruitment

Takoma Park, MD
Job Title:               Executive Director for Admissions and Recruitment
Department:          Admissions  

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

Primary responsibility for recruitment & admissions of transfer students and the associated memorandums of understanding with Washington Adventist University and its educational partners. Works collaboratively with VP as cost center manager for Admissions.

Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Plans and implements comprehensive recruitment & marketing strategies as essential for meeting and exceeding the university goals for transfer students
  • Working with the directors of admissions and student financial services plans and implements comprehensive  transfer student recruitment, conversion and enrollment strategies for the university as essential for meeting and exceeding the VISION 2030 enrollment goals.
  • Achieves financial objectives by coordinating the development of budgets in each of the areas under the accountability, working with directors or coordinators in marketing, student recruiting and financial aid and then handling variances from those budgets through effective corrective actions.
  • Maintains staffing by coordinating interviewing, hiring and training employees as approved by the vice president —and assuring that work in those departments is directed, appraised, rewarded and disciplined; and assures that appropriate complaint and problem-solving efforts are handled according to appropriate handbook policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains a consistent corporate image in all marketing and recruiting programs and campaigns for all campus entities; works closely with the Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications to coordinate image management.
  • Supports a spirit of excellence in service.
  • Actively promotes a departmental and university culture of relationship rich interactions as informed by the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • Attends mandatory Convocation every Wednesday.

  • Supervision Received:
Reports directly to the Vice President for Enrollment
  • Supervision Given:
 Provides indirect supervision to staff and student workers as approved by the Vice President

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Must possess personal attributes that are in harmony with the philosophy and objectives of this organization.  Must be able to effectively communicate with all levels and ages of employees and the public, provide leadership qualities and foster appropriate customer relations.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Education and Experience:
  • Master's degree in related field; or
  • Four to ten years related experience and/or training; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  •    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • Must be a baptized member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in good standing.
  • Language Skills:
  • Superior command of English grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Interpersonal Skills:
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Ability to analyze financial statements.
  • Ability to analyze personnel reports.
  • Working knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge and use of technology and its applications.
  • Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Ability to deal with non-verbal symbolism.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
  • Other Skills and Abilities
  • Must exhibit strong leadership ability. 
  • Possess capacity for planning and follow through.
  • Advanced skills in team building, motivation, and conflict resolution. 
  • Physical Demands:
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is frequently required to travel locally, overnight, and/or for extended periods of time.  The employee is frequently required to travel, both locally and overnight.

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.


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