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Ohio Wesleyan University
Job Location:
Delaware, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University ( is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus. 

Academic Affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University has an opening for a Registrar. This is a 12 month, full time, salaried position with university benefits. 


This is an exciting time to join Ohio Wesleyan University. We have just completed a comprehensive academic and administrative program review to better align our curricular offerings and administrative services to support student success. We seek to define the future of education at small private liberal arts colleges by expanding student opportunities through our signature experience, The OWU Connection, focused on life-changing high impact practices. We are hiring faculty in new and exciting areas and are committed to the success of a diverse campus community, including students, faculty, and staff. 

Ohio Wesleyan University seeks a motivated, innovative Registrar focused on student success to help support this important institutional work. The Registrar will make a difference in the life of college students by investing in helping students meet their academic goals. 

The Registrar will create a vision, lead strategic planning, ensure proper record management, and identify ways to reduce barriers to graduation. The Registrar will work directly with faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis with a service-oriented mindset. This position requires a positive attitude, especially in fast-paced situations, with an eye towards improving processes while being data-informed to support the best liberal arts education possible.

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Strategic Registrar Operations (45%)

a. Identifies and implements innovative practices to better serve students, with a focus on continuous improvement, student recruitment, and retention

b. Oversees the functions of an efficient, student-focused Registrar office 

c. Identifies solutions to support new areas of operation for the University

d. Supervises the office staff including their professional development

e. Plans, develops, and manages the Registrar's Office budget

f. Confers with faculty/students/parents regarding challenges with scheduling, registration, grading, etc.

g. Interprets and administers academic policies and manages all aspects of student appeals for exceptions to academic policies (late add/drop, dismissal, reinstatement, etc.)

h. Creates the Academic Calendar

i. Serves as the lead administrative representative for the faculty Academic Status Committee and provides support to the curriculum committees 

j. Works closely with student affairs, enrollment, finance, and other key areas supporting student success

k. Partners with our consortia the Ohio 5 and Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) to collaborate and follow higher education best practice and trends

2. Scheduling and Student Registration (20%)

a. Collaborates with the Associate Provost, department chairs, other faculty and staff to develop a class schedule minimizing barriers to student access 

b. Optimizes and manages the student registration process and improves student satisfaction 

c. Schedules classroom space according to student-centered policies

3. Data Innovation and Stewardship (20%)

a. Works with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to develop and maintain classification procedures for student data that enable a data-informed culture

b. Interprets and assures compliance with Federal, State, and University policies and regulations regarding institutional data

c. Develops, implements, and communicates record retention policies

d. Works closely with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to use data in strategic ways to support the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

4. Student Records and Compliance (10%)

a. Ensures student education records are maintained in an accurate and secure manner

b. Serves as the university FERPA Compliance Officer ensuring policies are compliant 

c. Oversees the collection, processing, and reporting of student grades and transcripts

d. Oversees National Student Clearinghouse reporting and veteran's benefits administration

e. Assists with transcript evaluation and transfer of credit processes

5. Convocation and Commencement (5%)

a. Participates in programming student milestones such as Commencement and Convocation

b. Oversees the degree clearance process, deferral processes, and prepares diplomas and certificates

c. Oversees special awards and honorary degrees as directed by the President or Provost

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience working in a Registrar Office or closely allied office
  • Working knowledge of Google or Microsoft productivity products
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and provide consistent and kind interactions with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse student, faculty, and staff
  • Sound professional judgment, flexibility, willingness to learn and implement new technologies, and the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity
  • Willingness to engage with Ohio Wesleyan University’s mission and aims

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Ellucian PowerCampus experience
  • Ellucian DegreeWorks experience
  • Supervisory experience

Completed application packets will include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information of three professional references

Application review will begin July 30th and will continue until the position is filled.

OWU is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all. OWU celebrates diversity and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, socioeconomic status, or any other legally protected factor. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

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