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Tennessee Wesleyan University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that celebrates the all-encompassing diversity of its student body. TWU is committed to sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for the campus community that includes a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences. TWU faculty and staff have a passion and desire to prepare students from a broad spectrum of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds towards personal and professional success. TWU encourages applications from candidates without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


The Executive Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership for the University admissions office and has broad responsibility and accountability for all Admissions functions. The Executive Director will be responsible for staffing, training, and leading a campus Admissions Team.  The Executive Director will facilitate the recruitment, selection and enrollment of qualified student applicants for admission. 

Essential Functions:
The Executive Director will provide education and training related to University educational programs, expected outcomes, student services, and financial considerations to students, parents, and University constituents.  

· Management responsibility of Admissions directors, assistant directors, staff and student workers.
· Serve on various University committees.
· Overall responsibility for Admissions data reporting to Administration.
· Key member of the strategic enrollment planning process. 
· Counsel parents, applicants, and Admissions counselors regarding the University’s admission policies and procedures.
· Assure prompt and effective contact with prospective and admitted candidates.
· Assure participation by the Admissions Office in off-campus events to move prospective students through the pipeline (including high school/community college visits, college fairs, and yield events).
· Evaluation of student undergraduate/graduate applications for admission based on the University’s recruiting goals and standards.
· Oversight of on-campus admission events (open houses, admitted student events).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·       Experience in the areas of strategic enrollment planning and admissions is expected, as is knowledge of broader higher education trends, knowledge of best practices in enrollment management and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
·       Must possess strong leadership and ability to prioritize and balance responsibilities.  Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
·       Effective analytical and decision-making skills. Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
·       A proven track record in the identification, admission, recruitment and enrollment of prospective students, comprehensive and strategic enrollment planning, and shaping classes to meet the University mission.
·       Familiarity with and appreciation of traditional, nontraditional, transfer, graduate and non-degree seeking student recruitment.
·       Analytical, data-informed, and outcomes-oriented; experienced in data analytics and funnel management. Experience with enrollment management technology platforms.
·       The ability to engage current students, faculty, alumni, and parents in the recruitment and enrollment of all new students.
·       Familiarity with compliance of federal and state financial aid regulations, along with attention to adherence of budget guidelines.
·       Strong interpersonal communication skills required to interact effectively with all University constituents including Board of Trustees, donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and administrative colleagues in athletics and elsewhere on the campus.  
·       Ability to inspire, motivate and lead an energetic team; recognize the skill sets and talents of the staff and provide professional development opportunities to enhance them.
·       Personal strengths that include approachability, accessibility, energy, motivation, resourcefulness, and good humor.
·       Ability to handle information of sensitive and confidential nature in the utmost professional manner.
·       Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.

·       Bachelor's degree and at least three - five years of progressive leadership experience in College Admissions, including recruitment and enrollment planning and program development.
·       Preferred qualifications of Master’s degree in a related field and five – seven years’ experience in a college admission setting.
·       Experience in developing and maintaining collaborative professional relationships; effective public speaking, verbal, and written communication skills. Experience in collecting and analyzing data for recruitment metrics; proven ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
·       Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
·       Pre-Employment screening is required including a criminal background-check.

Qualified applicants are asked to upload a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.  In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled. 
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to .

Upward Bound is a federally funded, college preparatory grant program that assists first-generation high school students in their pursuit of higher education.  Upward Bound at Tennessee Wesleyan University serves 9th-12th grade students in Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk counties.

Job Responsibilities
· Weekly travel to target high schools
· Manage caseload of participants at one or more of target schools and provide for them academic advising, college/career exploration opportunities, and social and emotional support.
·       Assess and document the academic and motivational needs of participants.
·       Monitor and document the academic progress of participants.
·       Plan, organize, and help conduct monthly Saturday sessions and field trips.
·       Assist with planning and coordinating of residential academic summer session and summer session field trips.
·       Recruit new students for Upward Bound at target high schools and 8th grade students at middle schools.
·       Assist seniors in preparation for postsecondary education, including applying for scholarships, completion of the FAFSA, ACT testing preparation, financial aid availability, career development, and college admissions information.

Minimum Qualifications
·       Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, or a related field
·       Excellent communication skills and writing ability
·       Ability to operate most Microsoft Office programs efficiently
·       Ability to develop and maintain good rapport with target high school and feeder middle school administration, faculty, and school counselors 
·       Ability to work flexible hours including occasional nights, weekends and travel for trainings
·       Prior experience with first-generation youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds
·       Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in diverse cultures and populations
·       Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and work independently

Preferred Qualifications
·       Experience working in federal TRIO programs
·       Experience in counseling/advising high school students

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to

While reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Research, the role of the Director of Assessment, Data, and Evaluation is to facilitate ongoing annual and benchmark assessment activities for the University, track, deliver, and help disseminate student achievement data, as well as facilitate and support additional annual reporting activities. This person will manage the coordination of various assessments including but not limited to the Freshmen and Senior General Education Exam (CLA+), Major Field Tests, and Course Evaluations. This position will also communicate with institutional leadership to discuss the updating, maintenance, and publishing of data to various internal and external constituent groups, using dashboards, technology platforms and forums.

Primary Responsibilities 
·       Oversee student test administration and coordination of all test logistics including the following: organization of materials, developing testing schedules, train proctors on testing process, securing testing documents, maintaining testing data, and ensuring accreditation-mandated communication and/or notifications to stakeholders occur
·       Create and execute project plans to coordinate logistics of assessment administration and proactively communicate roles and responsibilities to stakeholders involved
·       Assist in the compilation of data and generation of reports to support the evaluation of programs, assessment of student learning; identify and analyze patterns in data, and report assessment findings to internal and external constituents and continuously seek opportunities to leverage technology to enhance existing services
·       Participates in the evaluation of the institution’s strategic plan
·       Maintain and manage multiple project timelines, including surveys and student course evaluations
·       Respond in a timely manner to requests concerning data and assessment needs
·       Assist with data preparation for projects
·       Assist with the planning and implementation of new education initiatives
·       Actively participate in the Institutional Effectiveness Committee 
·       Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Qualifications Experience 
·       Experience with and knowledge of assessment (K-12 and/or Higher Education)
·       Must be an intermediate to advanced user of MS Excel and have basic experience analyzing quantitative data and presenting data graphically
·       Experience with learning and data management systems preferred
·       Strong analytical and organizational skills
·       Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences, to develop support for initiatives among stakeholders, and to motivate and work cooperatively with others
·       Demonstrated ability to set and meet high goals as well as ability to establish timelines and consistently meet deadlines
·       Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced dynamic environment
·       Exceptional professional orientation – communication, organization, and attitude

Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
Master’s Degree in Education or related field preferred

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to