Assistant Director of Admission

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Opening Details

This is an exciting moment to be joining the Office of Admission at Williams. As we prepare to bid farewell to four terrific colleagues who are heading off to graduate school and retirement, we look forward to growing our dynamic, hard-working and diverse team that is passionate about recruiting and enrolling exceptional students from a wide range of backgrounds, and that has a lot of fun together.

The college is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Assistant Director of Admission in the Office of Admission. This is a full-time, year-round, regular appointment reporting to a senior member of the admission team. The Assistant Director of Admission is part of a 28-member admission and student financial services team and participates in all aspects of the admission process, including: meeting with prospective students and families; leading public presentations; recruitment travel; reviewing and evaluating applications for admission; serving as a full-voting member of the Admission Committee; and working with current students, staff, faculty, and alumni to organize and facilitate recruitment events both on and off campus.

We will utilize the specific strengths, experiences, and interests of our new colleague in order to provide the greatest opportunities for professional growth and advance the ambitious goals of the office. To this end, the Assistant Director of Admission will oversee a portfolio that might include, among other areas: work related to the recruitment of first-generation college students, low-income students, Black, indigenous and POC students and international students; management of office social media accounts and website; collaboration with the college’s central communications office to develop print and digital recruitment content; analysis of data to assess past and current practices and inform future initiatives; and oversight of some aspects of the prospective student and family campus visit experience. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion, and we encourage candidates to highlight relevant experiences in their cover letter.

Recruited and chosen through a highly selective admission process, undergraduates come to Williams from around the world and a wide variety of backgrounds. Sixteen percent are first-generation college students, 21 percent are Pell Grant recipients, and 38 percent are U.S. students of color. Nine percent are international. The college is deeply committed to access. More than half of all students receive financial aid and among aided families, the average cost is about $16,000. Many pay nothing at all, and indebtedness rates at graduation are among the nation’s lowest.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of successful experience in secondary school or higher education admission required
  • Familiarity with the nature and aims of a selective liberal arts college
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, a highly collaborative approach to day-to-day work and exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Cultural competency and enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds is essential
  • Willingness to work extended hours during peak periods
  • Significant travel* and some evening and weekend work is required
  • A valid driver’s license is also required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Foreign language skills are highly desirable

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups

For optimal consideration please submit your cover letter and resume by April 25, 2021. Review of resumes will begin on April 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Pay starts in the low $50,000’s, commensurate with experience. Job Group 3-B. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

*Business travel at the college has been suspended in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. We do not yet know when it will resume, but when it does, it will be an expected component of the assistant director’s job responsibilities.

Williams is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts with access to Albany, Boston, Burlington (VT), New York City, and Montreal. Distinguished by a reputation for outstanding and inclusive teaching and scholarship, academic excellence, and exceptional alumni loyalty, the college is committed to building and supporting a diverse learning community of approximately 2,200 undergraduates.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

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