Vanderbilt University — Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Job Identification: 10000562 

Job Description
The Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions is part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for assisting in the efforts to recruit, evaluate the applications of, and select new members of the undergraduate schools of the university.

This position will be assigned to assist with one or more of the major functional areas of the office: Evaluation & Selection, Marketing & Communications, Organization Culture & DEI, Operations, Recruitment & Outreach, and/or Visitor Experience & Strategy, and will lead select initiatives in one of these areas (i.e. recruitment programs, task forces, student groups or other special assignments). The position may have supervisory responsibilities over student groups or other professional employees. Additionally, this position will interact extensively with prospective students and applicants and may exercise independent judgement in contributing to admissions decisions.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University is a critical unit within University Enrollment Affairs that contributes greatly to the entire Vanderbilt community. Its mission is to recruit, select, and enroll a diverse cohort of degree-seeking first-year and transfer students who are intellectually curious, academically talented, and socially engaged. The Office consists of a team that includes the Director, an experienced group of admissions officers, and a well-seasoned support staff engaged in marketing Vanderbilt globally. To accomplish this, members of the OUA team travel both domestically and abroad to conduct high school visits, attend college fairs, and do speaking engagements. The Office communicates systematically with hundreds of thousands of prospective students through traditional printed publications, the web, and other social media channels, and serves as the first point of contact for members of the public interested in VU.

OUA fully supports the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is committed to the belief that equity and social justice must be accorded to all. The Office also believes that a part of its responsibility is to contribute to a diverse university community where students, staff, and faculty of differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences learn about and from each other in classroom settings as well as throughout the entire campus. It strives to ensure that the composition of OUA staff reflects its commitment to these values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the Evaluation & Selection, Recruitment & Outreach, Visitor Experience & Strategy, Marketing & Communications and Operations efforts of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. May include the following:

  • Review application materials in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Meet with or present information sessions to prospective students and applicants as assigned.
  • Participate in the Admissions Committee as required.
  • Travel for recruitment purposes, including participation in consortium events, speaking engagements, high school visits, college fair and career day programs as assigned.
  • Assist with developing recruitment plans for meeting enrollment goals.
  • Lead and/or contribute to programs designed to impact recruitment/yield efforts (i.e.,PreVU, Black & Gold Days, Counselor Conference, Anchor Days, daily information sessions, VirtualVU sessions, etc.)

Supervisory Relationships
This position has supervisory responsibilities. Supervisees could include admissions counselors, administrative assistants, and/or student or volunteer groups which support the work of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The position reports functionally and administratively to the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the direct supervisor will be a member of the leadership team.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
  • A valid drivers license is necessary.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible admissions office experience is necessary.
  • As a salaried (exempt) position, ability to work weekends and nights is necessary, especially in key times of the recruitment cycle.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are necessary.
  • The ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is necessary.
  • Effective verbal and writing skills are necessary.
  • Strong public speaking skills, with comfort in front of audiences of 150+, are necessary.
  • Ability to travel independently up to 10+ weeks annually is necessary.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information is necessary.
  • Skill in the use of the Slate CRM, word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software is preferred.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills are preferred

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education. 

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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About Us
Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At Vanderbilt University , our work – regardless of title or role – is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities… we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.

We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.