Director of Admissions
Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2022
DUTIES RELATED TO THE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
Virginia Military Institute is accepting applications for a skilled, dynamic Director of Admissions. Reporting to the VMI Chief of Staff, the Admissions Director must maintain knowledge of all Federal, state, and institutional admissions regulations, General Orders and procedures. In leading the day-to-day operations of the office, the director will be responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the high-touch, high-energy admissions and recruitment plan through personalized service and efficient processes to maximize the effectiveness of VMI’s strategic enrollment plan. With a goal to serve cadets, prospective cadets, and their families, the successful candidate must possess strong leadership, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Specific Responsibilities of the Director of Admissions include:
- Manage and administer all aspects of the VMI admissions program
- Maintain the institute’s administrative responsibilities and reporting requirements with the State Council of Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Provide leadership in creating and advancing admissions strategies designed to meet the recruitment, outreach, enrollment and retention goals of the institute
- Oversee the implementation and assessment of a comprehensive Coast to Coast recruitment and outreach plan and the development and management of the recruitment and admissions budget
- Facilitate implementation and monitoring of strategic goals and tactics that address prospective cadets, program and enrollment inquiries, application processes, and all phases of the enrollment process
- Establish a forward thinking vision and strategic direction for the department using metrics to facilitate a learning organization
- Develop and maintain a cadet-centered, admissions experience for prospective and new cadets
- Work collaboratively with academic programs, faculty and the institute community in establishing and achieving enrollment goals for all instructional areas of VMI
- Maintain a working knowledge of residency determination, state board admissions policies and ensure the dissemination of college information to prospective cadets as required by federal and state law
- Manage the institute's programs with special criteria processes and procedures
- Supervises, evaluates and provides professional development opportunities for recruitment and admissions staff
- Serves as college liaison and representative to local community organizations, secondary schools, military, other higher education institutions, businesses, industry partners and government agencies, as it relates to recruitment, admissions and outreach initiatives.
- Actively participate in Strategic Enrollment Management development and implementation with financial aid, marketing, and other areas of the Institute in the timely, accurate, and appropriate development and dissemination of information and admissions metrics
- Actively participate in planning and decision making for student success initiatives; participates in campus committees; attends college and division events and meetings and represents the college as appropriate on issues related to recruitment and admissions.
- Participate in professional development appropriate to the functions of the position and professional interests.
- Supports the mission, vision, and values of VMI
- Resolve and escalate issues arising from operations and coordination with other departments
- Partner with VMI Alumni Agencies
- Counsel cadets, prospective cadets, and their families about VMI’s admissions procedures
- Attend regional, state and national training conferences
- Actively participate as a member of the Institute Policy Committee (IPC)
- Prepare reports and briefs for the Superintendent
- Perform other duties as required
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong presentation skills; ability to speak effectively before audiences of 200 or more.
- Requires valid driver's license and some business travel by plane.
- Ability to work effectively with time and volume pressures. Must be able to meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate inclusively with all members of VMI community (students, faculty, staff, alumni) as well as prospective students and families from around the world.
- Ability to meet department and institute goals
- Ability to work outside normal business hours including evening and weekends
- Requires independent judgment, discretion and diplomacy
- Skill in the use of admissions-related computerized systems, CRMs, and databases, including CommonApp, EAB, and Microsoft
This is a full-time administrative faculty position with a full benefits package. A flexible work schedule will be considered. Professional development opportunities including participation in national conferences on higher education will be offered encouraged.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Inquiries, application, and nominations may be submitted electronically in confidence: Director of Admissions- Job Application
Please include a letter of application, resume, and telephone numbers and addresses of three references. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to June 10, 2022. For additional information please contact:
Valerie Roane Stores Major, Virginia Militia Virginia Military Institute
Interim Director of Human Resources 305 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, VA 24450
VMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against anyone because of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, or based on any other status protected by law. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni also are encouraged to apply. VMI will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment, educational opportunities, programs and services.
Information about VMI
Virginia Military Institute was founded in 1839 as America's first state supported military college located in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. VMI was the second institution of higher education created by the Commonwealth of Virginia, after the University of
- The City of Lexington, Virginia and the greater Rockbridge County offer a stimulating cultural atmosphere, a relaxed rural pace, and a diverse economic base to make life both pleasant and rewarding. In keeping with its founding principles and unlike any other senior military college in the United States, VMI seeks to enroll young men and women of exceptional talent, curiosity, and character in an academic community in which innovative teaching and active
learning are complemented by an intensive military regimen focused on educating the “whole” cadet. The Corps of Cadets is comprised of 1,700 cadets and is wholly undergraduate. The institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines with half enrolled in engineering, science, and half the liberal arts. All VMI cadets are required to participate in the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps (ROTC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked VMI among the nation’s top undergraduate public liberal arts colleges since 2001. NCAA Athletic competition requires commitment in time and effort to compete at the NCAA Division I level complimented by a participation in club sports, intramurals, and other military training activities.
The Institute’s efficacy is well demonstrated by generations of VMI alumni. Notable alumni of VMI include a Nobel Peace Prize winner, 11 Rhodes Scholars, seven Medal of Honor recipients, a Pulitzer Prize winner, college presidents, and generals and flag officers. VMI’s endowment, $700 million, is the 4th largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the 40th largest for public colleges or universities in the country, regardless of size.
VMI supports a positive work-place environment focusing on operational excellence, regulatory compliance, and continuous improvement. VMI provides a workplace that is warm, welcoming, energetic, and cohesive in support of the Institute’s mission in developing leaders of character. We operate with a high sense of civility, distinguished by strong ethical behavior, in line with VMI’s foundational characteristic: honor.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans to apply.
The Virginia Military Institute is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, or based on any other status protected by law. In pursuit of this goal, any question of impermissible discrimination on these bases will be addressed with efficiency and energy and in accordance with VMI General Order 16. General Order 90 addresses complaints or reports of retaliation against those who have opposed prohibited practices, those who have filed complaints or reports of prohibited practices, and those who have testified or otherwise participated in the enforcement of General Order 16.
Information About Lexington, VA
For 200 years in Lexington, the junction of Main and Washington Streets has been the busiest spot in town. In the 1700s Main Street was part of the Great Wagon Road and was often jammed with horses and wagons. Three courthouses have anchored the southeast corner, and the Alexander-Withrow House (home of The Georges), on the opposite corner, dates from 1789.
Lined with historic buildings, farm-to-table restaurants, bright galleries, and welcoming boutiques, downtown Lexington is easy to love. And with red brick sidewalks tying it all together, it's also easy to explore on foot.
With power lines hidden underground, historic architecture, and Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute in view, downtown Lexington looks much as it did in the 1860s. The museums and cultural events on the two campuses are open to the public, offering world class speakers and entertainment. The downtown of Lexington is robustly supported with an active Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Association, and the Lexington Visitors Center generating $136M in tourism revenue.
In addition to its charming downtown, Lexington offers a premium outdoor experience and fun for the whole family, including but not limited to Rockbridge Outdoors, Hulls Drive-In Theater (family centric experience), Virginia Horse Center, Safari Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden. The Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization provides several recreational programs. Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital, located in Lexington, provides a 25-bed critical access hospital offering inpatient and outpatient care as well as outreach activities. It can be summed up as…Small Towns, Big Backyards and all the Roads that Connect It.
The Lexington community is also very proud of its two schools (one elementary and one middle school; the high school serves the entire county) with small class sizes, modern buildings, safe streets and high percentage of those that ‘walk’ to school. Lexington City Schools create a positive climate in which students feel safe and valued. There are many opportunities for development outside the standard curriculum, such as the Roots and Shoots Garden, where the students learn about where food comes from and what is harvested that is then used in the school cafeteria.