University of California, Berkeley — Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions

University of California, Berkeley seeks a strategic and visionary enrollment professional to serve as its next Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions (AVC).

Reporting directly to Femi Ogundele, Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, the new AVC will work closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor to develop and refine innovative enrollment strategies. The successful candidate will be plugged in to the major trends of the admissions profession and higher education as a whole, exhibiting curiosity about emerging best practices and a perpetual appetite to learn. A strategic mindset is a must, as is readiness to join an office that is spearheading new concepts and approaches in undergraduate admissions. 

Leading the day-to-day work of the undergraduate admissions team, and working in collaboration with Admissions & Enrollment and campus colleagues, the AVC is responsible for the implementation, execution and assessment of an ambitious goal- and mission-driven strategic plan throughout all phases of the new student recruitment, reading, admission, enrollment and matriculation processes. The AVC oversees an office consisting of ~50 full-time staff members and an average of 135 seasonal application readers and is responsible for an $8.1 million budget for the office of admissions. The successful candidate will have seven to ten years of leadership experience in undergraduate admissions. A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. 

In the fall 2021 cycle, one year after admitting its most diverse freshmen class in 30 years, the University of California, Berkeley, has met or exceeded 2020’s successes in its admission of underrepresented minority students for fall 2021. For the fall 2022 cycle, even during the peak of COVID, the University continues to receive a record number of applications. UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence across all disciplines, for the opportunities it affords students of all backgrounds, and for scientific discovery, innovation and cultural creativity. Ranked nationally as the No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall by QS World University Rankings’ 2021 listing of top American universities, Berkeley sits at the epicenter of imagination and invention just across the bay from San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to WittKieffer consultants Lisa Meyer and Kati Sweaney at BerkeleyAdmissions@wittkieffer.com. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents: a resume; a brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in your professional experience; and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, available at wittkieffer.com. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. 

The University of California, Berkeley values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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