Assistant Dean of Admission
Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.
Amherst College invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean of Admission. The Assistant Dean is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
The Assistant Dean of Admission is a critical role within the Amherst College Office of Admission and the Diversity outreach team. The Assistant Dean leads important efforts around diversity outreach and recruitment, and with the entire Admission Office seeks to recruit, admit, and enroll a talented and diverse student body.
The Assistant Dean holds significant responsibility as a member of the Diversity Outreach Team, including coordination of the Access to Amherst and Be a Mammoth programs. The Assistant Dean also oversees the Diversity Outreach Interns. The Assistant Dean serves as one of the members of the admission committee and is a full contributor throughout the admission cycle. The Assistant Dean is responsible for recruitment and outreach both on and off-campus.
Working with the Amherst College Office of Admission, and specifically, the Diversity Outreach Team requires a desire to engage on issues of antiracism and equity in educational opportunity. All members of the Amherst Admission team take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. In support of our institutional vision of expanded access and broad diversity across geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic dimensions, Amherst is committed to need-blind admission and generous need-based, no-loan financial aid for all students, regardless of citizenship. Evening and weekend work sometimes required.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruitment and Admission
- Conduct presentations for groups up to 250 visiting prospective students and their families
- Develop recruitment strategies and coordinate travel in assigned geographic markets
- Cultivate relationships with high-school counselors and Community Based Organizations within specific geomarkets
- Read and evaluate applications for admission
- Oversee application evaluation within assigned geomarkets
- Participate as a voting member of the admission committee
- Operational use of computerized Admission Office database
- Oversight of recruitment travel and communication
Programs: Diversity Outreach Team
- Support the Associate Dean for Diversity Outreach on three functional areas: programs, outreach, and policy/strategy.
- Coordinate the fall Access to Amherst and spring Be a Mammoth programs for prospective and admitted students.
- Oversee the Diversity Outreach Interns, including supervision, hiring, and support.
- Support the Early Overnight for Native Students and CBO Counselor Fly-In programs.
- Assist with training and development of anti-racist strategy within the Office of Admission
- Bachelor's Degree
- Valid Driver's License and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles
- 2 - 3 years of experience in higher education admission or a related field
- Experience and commitment to working within a diverse and inclusive environment
- The ability to work with diverse constituencies from varied racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds
- Strong presentation skills; can bring to life programming that tells the story of Amherst College and the liberal arts to a diverse audience
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, including prospective applicants, parents, high school counselors, alumni, faculty, and staff
- Proficiency in the use of productivity software such as Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Workday, and Zoom
- Ability to exercise good judgment and think independently while working in a dynamic team environment
- Excellent time-management, presentation, and organizational skills with consistent attention to detail
- Travel approximately 15 - 20 days for recruitment (may include international travel) including driving to/from high schools and college fairs for recruitment
- Master's Degree
- Experience with admission management systems such as Slate
- Experience working with a web content management systems (CMS) and web analytics
- Fluency in a language in addition to English
Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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