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Admissions Director Job Description

Admissions Directors establish, re-evaluate, promote, and execute the admissions process for colleges, universities and other educational institutions.

We are recruiting for a decisive, driven Admissions Director to lead our admissions department as we examine, define, and conduct our admissions process and promote our school to prospective students and their guardians. Working as an Admissions Director you will help establish and update our procedures and criteria, work with potential students to determine their eligibility and oversee the admissions process as we evaluate applications and issues decisions. You will also plan and oversee promotional activities and schedule or conduct tours, student interviews, and information sessions.

To succeed as an Admissions Director you should be committed to promoting your school and attracting top talent. You need to be engaging, organised and analytical with exceptional communication skills.

Admissions Director Duties and Responsibilities

  • Extensive experience in education or admissions.
  • Understanding of statistics, admissions requirements and procedures, school funding, and financial aid application processes.
  • Experience with specific schools may be a major plus.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, networking, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in computers.
  • Some sales and marketing skills may prove beneficial.
  • Master’s degree in Education or related field, Doctorate may be preferred.

Admissions Director Skills and Requirements

  • Help colleges, universities, and other academic institutions establish, examine, alter, and explain admissions guidelines, processes and requirements.
  • Assist in the admissions decision-making process as student applications are evaluated and accepted or denied.
  • Provide students, parents, and guardians with information regarding admissions requirements and processes, financial aid applications, enrolment issues or other procedures.
  • Engage in recruiting by planning, coordinating, and overseeing promotional events, campus tours, student interviews, and other admissions activities.
  • Review and interpret student information, including test scores, extracurricular activities, and grades.
  • Communicate changes, statistics, and other information to the school president, registrar and department heads.
  • Direct, hire, and coach admissions staff members.
  • Extensive experience in education or admissions.
  • Understanding of statistics, admissions requirements and procedures, school funding, and financial aid application processes.
  • Experience with specific schools may be a major plus.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, networking, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in computers.
  • Some sales and marketing skills may prove beneficial.
  • Master’s degree in Education or related field, Doctorate may be preferred.

Personalising Your Admissions Director Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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