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ADMISSIONS RECRMT MGR 1 (Director of Evaluation and Policy)

Company: NAFSA
Location: Davis
Posted on: March 13, 2023

Job Description:

ADMISSIONS RECRMT MGR 1 (Director of Evaluation and Policy) Department Purpose

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recruits, admits and enrolls highly qualified new undergraduate students who reflect the broad diversity of California and the world. Through K-14 outreach and academic preparation programs, strategic recruitment initiatives, knowledgeable and caring students and staff, and admissions processes based in equity and integrity, the department aspires to be an international beacon recognized for the diversity and success of our students and future alumni who learn, lead and contribute to a bolder future for California, the nation and the world.

The department is composed of 63 FTE career positions , seven contract positions and approximately 230 student employees working in all aspects of student outreach, recruitment, events, campus tours, evaluation, communications, and operations. The department successfully recruited, admitted and enrolled more than 9,000 new first-year and transfer students from a pool of more than 110,000 applicants for the fall 2022 term.

Ranked as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation, UC Davis is one of the most comprehensive universities in the state of California with more than 100 academic majors, four colleges and six professional schools, including the only veterinary school in the state. The campus' roughly 31,000 undergraduates study in one of the few true college towns in California, situated just 20 minutes from Sacramento, and an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area. UC Davis has been recognized as a leader for diversity, inclusion and internationalization, and as an engine of social mobility.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions (UA), the Director of Evaluation & Policy is a critical leader in UA who provides broad oversight and project management to support the review and selection of undergraduate applicants to UC Davis from a pool of more than 100,000 applicants annually. The Director oversees the holistic review of first-year applicants, transfer credit evaluation, the Transfer Admission Guarantee program, and athletic and special talent admission. The Director coordinates and works collaboratively with the administrative and academic units that include colleges, schools, Academic Senate, Enrollment Management Analytics, and technology teams to meet project and enrollment goals. This position serves as the UC Davis campus admission policy expert and develops and sponsors training of UA and campus staff in support of admission and enrollment projects and goals. Working with the Executive Director and assigned faculty committees, the Director implements systemwide and local admission policy based on the ideals of equity and access, while ensuring strong academic preparation and support for newly enrolled students. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading teams in a highly-selective admission environment; developing admission programs that support first-generation, low-income and/or historically marginalized populations; hiring, training and growing a team of exceptionally talented admission professionals; delivering excellent customer service to a broad range of stakeholders; and working collaboratively to meet campus enrollment goals.

This position is based on the university campus in Davis, CA. The selected candidate will be expected to come to campus frequently, although Undergraduate Admissions works in a predominantly hybrid environment.


Salary Range

$81,000/annually - $160,600/annually

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Full-Time, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm


Davis, CA.

Union Representation


Benefits Eligible


Apply by Date

March 31st 2023


  • Work at a computer for extended periods of time.
    • The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.


      Minimum Education/Experience:
      • Bachelor's degree and demonstrated experience in undergraduate admissions program development and management to design, implement, and evaluate admission policies and practices, with a focus on equity and integrity.
      • Leadership experience including strategic planning, budgeting, organization, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
      • Experience developing and executing strategic and tactical plans to develop and design application review and training programs, and assess the success of the programs to develop solutions and devise program improvements, particularly as applied to equity-based admission practices.
      • Experience in management of staff to include supervising techniques, resource assessment, goal setting, position recruitment, training and development, work assignment, motivation and team building, performance evaluation, corrective/disciplinary action, mediation, and conflict resolution of a large, production-oriented student service unit.
      • Experience working with a University of California or comparable research university and highly-selective undergraduate admission office.
      • Experience implementing educational policy and academic philosophies to support UC Admission policy, interpretation, and implementation. Skills to interpret, assess, and apply broad UC and campus admission policies, guidelines/standards, and procedures to make selection and admission decisions, grant exceptions, and provide leadership to achieve required outcomes and deliverable.
        Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :
        • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to clearly, diplomatically and effectively interact with Individuals of varying ages and cultural backgrounds and perspectives to research, secure, and provide Information to clarify situations, resolve problems, make public presentations, and train/lead staff. Oral, written communication, and data analysis skills to prepare and deliver presentations as well as written reports. Strong customer service orientation.

          Preferred Education/Experience:
          • Master's degree in a related field.
          • Undergraduate Admissions leadership experience within the University of California system.
          • Experience and initiative to work independently on multiple admissions related functions that are highly political and visible at the campus level, the statewide UC system level, and the state of California
            Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
            • Skills to exercise initiative, critical analysis, originality, and good judgment promoting flexibility and effective problem solving and decision-making.
            • Analytical skills to gather and interpret data, identify trends, anticipate impacts, and implement proposals on policy and practices.
            • Skills to manipulate databases, produce reports, charts, spreadsheets, graphs, and to work effectively with technical and analytical managers.

              The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

              Background Check

              This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

              EEO/AA Statement

              Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

              At UC Davis, we're solving life's most urgent challenges to bring a fuller, healthier, and more resilient world within reach. We grow from every challenge we take on and we don't just maintain - we improve.

              We recognize that creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant organization means understanding and valuing both our individual differences and our common ground. The most comprehensive solutions come from the most diverse minds and you belong here.

              As you consider joining UC Davis, please explore our Principles of Community, our Clinical Strategic Plan and strategic vision for research and education, and our latest efforts to outgrow the expected.

              The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

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