Dean of Admissions and Enrollment

Saint Martins University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 12, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Saint Martin’s University seeks a collaborative and innovative new Dean to provide leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of the recruitment process; leverage technology, social media, and the web to maximize enrollment effectiveness; cultivate and strengthen a team environment; develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-year Admissions’ strategic plan; serve as a resource to achieve institutional enrollment goals, and establish annual metrics to assess recruitment efficiency and impact.

The Position

Reporting to the President and serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Dean is the chief enrollment officer for the University. The Dean also has an indirect reporting relationship to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and serves on the Extended Provost Council. The Dean provides leadership of undergraduate and graduate recruitment and admissions, currently a thirteen-member team, with the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and the Director of Graduate Admissions as direct reports. The Dean works closely with the Center for Student Success on retention and completion, the Office of International Programs and Development on international recruitment and admissions, the Office of Marketing and Communications on branding and marketing, and the Office of Finance, particularly the Office of Student Financial Services.

The Qualifications

Successful candidates will possess a master’s degree in a student services discipline, education, or related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of five years’ higher education administration experience primarily in the areas of enrollment management, admissions, international admissions, student records, registration, financial aid, and veterans’ programs is also required. Preferred qualifications include strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills with specific focus on relationship building; commitment to shared governance; and demonstrated support for the Catholic Benedictine values, mission, goals, vision, and ethos of student-centered education.

The University

Founded in 1895, Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine coeducational institution. The University offers 29 baccalaureate and 10 graduate degree programs in four colleges and schools: the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Counseling. The University welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students to its Lacey campus and additional students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Ranked by Niche as the second most diverse private college in Washington State, the University is extremely proud of its student diversity. The physical beauty of the 380-acre campus reflects the rich intellectual and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest. Rooted in the long tradition of the liberal arts, the University curriculum cultivates creativity, the ability to communicate and pursue ideas, critical thinking, independent inquiry, academic proficiency, the formation of sound ethical judgments, and service to humanity. The University's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference at the Division II level.

The Location

Lacey, Washington, and neighboring Olympia, the state capital, combine for a total population that exceeds 100,000. Ranked the 75th best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine, the city is less than an hour from Seattle, 30 minutes from Tacoma, and two hours from Portland, Oregon. With its surrounding metropolitan area, Lacy and the greater Olympia area attract nationally recognized entertainers, artists, and musicians, providing cultural opportunities that complement the University's educational experience. The southern Puget Sound area is quite picturesque with an abundance of natural beauty. Water activities are as close as five minutes from campus on a wealth of nearby lakes, streams, and ocean inlets. Pacific Ocean beaches, just 50 miles west, offer opportunities for sailing, deep-sea fishing, clamming, and kiting. Less than an hour away, hikers, skiers, backpackers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts can pursue their favorite pastimes in the mountains or enjoy such spectacular Northwest attractions as Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, the Olympic Peninsula, and the San Juan Islands.

The Invitation

Saint Martin’s University is pleased to partner with the search firm Strategic Search Advantage. To learn more about this opportunity, please view the position profile at

To apply, please submit a complete resume/curriculum vitae and letter of application. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualifications. Send your application materials to Gary Rhoads at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, February 5, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Nominations for this opportunity are encouraged. If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, please forward your nomination to Gary via email or contact him by phone.

Gary Rhoads, Search Consultant
Strategic Search Advantage

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.