1231 Director of Admissions - West Plains


TITLE Director of Admissions - West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice-Chancellor of Student Services


The Director of Admissions - West Plains participates in the achievement of Missouri State University – West Plains established enrollment recruitment goals and objectives, coordinates the student recruitment effort, formulates and supervises the Admissions Office procedures, and ensures that the activities of the office support the goals of Missouri State University – West Plains. The Director of Admissions is directly responsible for the admission of students, ensures compliance with established policies and guidelines regarding admission of students, and works alongside the staff in assuring completion of essential tasks. The Director of Admissions maintains a computerized record of prospective and admitted students, complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the release/non-release of student information, reviews academic credentials, financial resources, and English language proficiency of prospective students from other countries in order to determine eligibility for admission and the acceptability of documentation for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security From I-20, advises international students and applicants about admission and the U.S. immigration laws and regulations, monitors international student status, and evaluates actions to be taken when an international student’s status changes.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in business, communications, counseling or a relevant field is required. A master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: Two years of supervisory experience in college or university admissions is required. Five years of experience in a college admissions, advising, records, and/or registration office is preferred.

Skills: Management skills in the selection and supervision of a staff of professional, clerical, and student employees. Ability to plan, develop and implement procedures and policies to ensure delivery of quality student services. Keyboarding and data entry skills are required. Familiarity with relational databases is preferred. Knowledge of Student Exchange Visitors Information Tracking System (SEVIS) is preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Strong oral and written communications skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Significant data entry is required. Frequent bending, reaching and stretching are required. Lifting of materials weighing between 15-35 pounds is required. Requires occasional weekend and evening work and occasional travel associated with extended campus admissions and professional development opportunities.


1. Develops a competent, productive, and effective staff by supervising, directly and through delegation, professional, clerical, and student employees of the Office of Admissions.

2. Contributes to the accomplishment of the University’s recruitment and enrollment goals by serving the needs of high school counselors and A+ coordinators throughout the seven-county service area, maintaining good communication and providing current information throughout the school year.

3. Assures the success of special recruitment activities such as Red Carpet Days, informational programs for high school counselors and A+ Coordinators and special events on campus for prospective students by coordinating with other Student Services and Academic departments.

4. Collaborates with University Communications in the development of recruitment materials and brochures.

5. Assures the Admissions website contains current and accurate information.

6. Ensures the delivery of high quality and efficient services in the area of application processing by overseeing the administration of policies and procedures and through direct supervision.

7. Provides prompt, efficient and friendly service to students, academic and administrative units, and others in the processing of student admissions, and the seamless coordination of services.

8. Works cooperatively with Academic Affairs to admit and enroll area high school students participating in dual credit or dual enrollment opportunities.

9. Maintains a comprehensive familiarity with the student information system modules relating to admissions.

10. Determines information needed to evaluate international student applications and transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States, interpreting U.S. immigration law, regulations, and practice in order to evaluate the acceptability of the student’s financial resources and documentation of the command of the English language according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security criteria.

11. Utilizes an understanding of U.S. immigration laws and regulations to assist international students in maintaining immigration status, and provides information, monitors student status, and advises students of possible courses of action and consequences of actions.

12. Manages funds by developing and controlling Admissions budget.

13. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

15. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to the Office of Admissions are completed in the best interests of the campus by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are delegated by the Vice-Chancellor of Student Services.


The Director of Admissions – West Plains reports to the Vice-Chancellor of Student Services. Supervises a staff of full-time and part-time university employees and part-time student workers in the Office of Admissions.