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Director of Undergraduate Admissions

South Dakota Board of Regents
Brookings, SD
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

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Logo Institution South Dakota State University Working Title Director of Undergraduate Admissions Posting Number NFE02286P Department SDSU-Admissions Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings Posting Text

Are you passionate about higher education and possess a strategic mindset? The Office of Admissions at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and collaborative leader with strong entrepreneurial, strategic, and analytic skills to lead a student-centered and data driven campus-wide undergraduate recruitment effort. This position is located in Brookings, South Dakota and is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible position.

The Admissions Office at SDSU serves as the primary gateway for prospective students facilitating a smooth and transparent exploration, application, and enrollment process focused on high quality experiences and exceptional service. The department engages in active recruitment and outreach efforts while collaborating closely with academic departments, financial aid, and other administrative units to ensure a seamless experience for prospective and admitted students.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and collaborates with a variety of internal and external constituencies to create and implement differentiated and highly personalized recruitment plans taking full advantage of available technologies and resourceful personnel to maximize enrollment. This position is responsible to develop, implement and lead strategies to recruit, admit, and enroll undergraduate students at the university, to provide leadership, supervision, and strategic direction for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and build and maintain collaborative relationships within and outside the university to enhance recruitment and enrollment efforts.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays. Relocation benefits are available per university's guidelines. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful experience and progressive responsibility in college admissions, public relations, recruitment settings, or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful experience managing people and leading collaborative teams;
  • Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Valid driver's license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.

  • Experience integrating relevant technology and best practices into recruitment or business processes;
  • Effective use of data when making decisions and assessing effectiveness of programs and/or services;
  • Demonstrated success building collaborative working relationships with internal and external groups;
  • Understanding of the higher education recruitment market in South Dakota and the region;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize projects and initiatives in order to maximize resources and create efficiencies;
  • Strategic planning, communications planning, and/or marketing experience;
  • Working knowledge of effective budget management, supervisory skills and program development and management;
  • Strong commitment to staff development and customer service.


This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Posting Date 03/12/2024 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 04/02/2024 Advertised Salary The salary range for this position is $76,000-$85,000. Duration of the Term 12 months If Other, describe duration Appointment Percent 100 Work Hours

Standard hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week Appointment Type Regular Faculty Status No Scope of Search External (includes Internal) If internal, define scope of search This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays, Valid Drivers License If other, please indicate Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran's status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact search committee chair, Shari Landmark, at 605-688-5386 or

Working Conditions

Cognitive Requirements

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Protective Clothing/Equipment

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Physical Requirements

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Sensory Requirements

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Working Conditions & Exposures

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Working Environment

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    • Where did you hear about this position?
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  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference List

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