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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Job no: 256097-LI
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Administrative Services

Job Summary:

The senior associate director will lead the strategy, coordination, and oversight of application review and related processes in alignment with the vision of the director of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and campus priorities. This position will supervise four assistant directors who plan and execute the application review, admissions services processes, remote reader program, and transfer teams. The senior associate director for admissions will serve as a member of the senior-level leadership team.

Responsibilities: Plans and provides direction for the administrative operations of the institution to advance program goals and objectives.
  • 45% Recommends, reviews, and directs personnel resource allocation to ensure appropriate utilization of resources
  • 10% Supervises managerial, professional, and support staff of the unit or division and facilitates unit staff developmental opportunities
  • 10% Serves as liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the institution
  • 10% Develops and audits administrative operating reports, budgets, policies, and procedures to comply with regulations, institution policies, and business objectives
  • 5% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 5% Serves as a subject matter expert in the division and on campus for undergraduate admissions and how to review undergraduate applications
  • 5% DEM is committed to the highest standard of service. This position will be a role model by practicing exemplary, respectful and inclusive behaviors in all interactions. Participation in unit and divisional diversity & inclusion plans are mandatory
  • 5% Oversees the creation and maintenance of procedures used in application review
  • 5% Leads application review process based on institutional priorities for each new incoming class
  • Collaborate with the senior associate director team to lead office-wide initiatives and directives
  • Facilitate the development of professional staff team members through setting clear job expectations, encouraging ongoing professional development, and completing mid-point and annual reviews
  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of application review and related processes in alignment with the vision of the Director of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Participate in work groups, committees, and collaborative projects that engage in application review
  • Serve as a member of the senior administration in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Support unit team leads in aligning unit goals with office strategic direction
  • Support decision making groups and individuals across unit
  • Support the Director of Admissions and Recruitment in setting strategic direction and developing high-level expectations for application review
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


Minimum years and type of relevant work experience required:

--A bachelor's degree is required, as is at least seven years' experience in the field of admissions in higher education, preferably within a large, complex institutional setting
--Experience with application review
--Supervisory experience
--Project management and/or strategic planning experience

Highly qualified candidates will have the following:

--Proven innovative and strategic leadership in admissions
--Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
--Demonstrated supervisory abilities
--Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and collaboration skills
--Ability to expand the University's reach to grow enrollment across target populations
--Ability to leverage data and technology

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires that most work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $130,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The expected salary range for this position is $130,000 up to $150,000 for highly experienced candidates. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

UW-Madison employees in this position will receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; and retirement benefits through the Wisconsin Retirement System. For details about University of Wisconsin-System benefits and leave, please see UW-Madison's Benefits Summary and Benefits for Employees Covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System:

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the state's public flagship institution of higher learning, seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader to serve as its next senior associate director for admissions in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment in the Division of Enrollment Management.

The mission of the Division of Enrollment Management (DEM) is to strategically achieve UW-Madison's enrollment goals and collaborate with campus partners to provide information and services to enhance student success. The Division includes the following offices: Admissions and Recruitment, Student Financial Aid, Registrar, the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab, and the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. Together, these units collectively provide the foundation of support and services for the academic infrastructure throughout the student lifecycle. The division is committed to the highest standard of service for students, colleagues, visitors and other stakeholders. Team members will serve as role models by practicing exemplary, respectful and inclusive behaviors in all of our interactions.

Reporting to the director of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, the senior associate director for admissions will provide critical strategic leadership for the application review processes, which includes more than 65,000 domestic and international first-year and transfer applications, annually. This is one of several new positions for the office which were developed as a result of a recently-completed organizational assessment. The assessment was initiated due to exponential increases in applications and increased campus recruitment initiatives. Both factors have significantly strained systems and team members. A reorganization, including this position and several others, were a direct result of this work.

Guided by the vision of the director, this position is responsible for long-term planning undergraduate application review, working collaboratively to develop and implement sustainable and efficient plans, systems and processes with management team members within their unit and across the office and division, as well as with units/schools/colleges/divisions across campus.

The senior associate director oversees approximately 25 permanent and 45 seasonal team members and directly supervises four assistant directors who plan and execute the application review, admissions services processes, remote reader program, and transfer teams. The senior associate director will serve as a member of the office's executive leadership team. Positions reporting directly to the senior associate director include:

-Assistant Director, Admissions
-Assistant Director, Counselor Training and Development
-Assistant Director, Admissions-Remote Reader Program
-Assistant Director, Transfer

How to Apply:

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at

Nominations, inquiries and application materials should be submitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison consultants, Lisa Meyer and Kati Sweaney at 

All applications will be considered confidential. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin-Madison in these searches. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 25, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:

Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment and must be able to sustain eligibility, without sponsorship, throughout the duration of their employment.


UW-Madison consultants Lisa Meyer and Kati Sweaney 
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Administrative Director (Inst)(AD072)



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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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