Director of Admissions

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Title Director of Admissions Posting Number S00777JP Department Admissions Office Job Summary

The director of admissions acts as a senior advisor to the senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid on all admissions matters and assists with strategic planning efforts; they are responsible for understanding national and international issues in higher ed and guiding recruitment and selection strategies accordingly; provides strong administrative leadership for the admissions process by overseeing the review of approximately 9000 applications and making admissions decisions consistent with institutional priorities; oversees the office budget; manages all hiring processes; serves as a direct supervisor for approximately 10 staff members. This position is involved in all areas of the admissions work, including recruitment, public speaking, event oversight, and travel. The director will be a strategic partner in the implementation of a comprehensive recruitment plan measured by data and best practices.

The director will join a well-established office team with deep experience in admissions and will have the skills necessary to balance the operations of a fast-paced office while remaining a strategic thought partner. The Bowdoin admissions office has been a leader in equity and access in college admissions—the director will continue to develop innovative approaches that guide the work and honor Bowdoin’s core values: inclusion, rigor, generosity, and a commitment to the common good. They will be a collaborative leader with the ability to mentor and supervise admissions staff, as well as serve as a liaison for collaboration between the office of admissions, faculty, and marketing and communications staff; and actively participate in national and state professional admissions associations and to stay informed of current admissions trends and research.

The college has partnered with Spellman Johnson on this search. Please see Special Instructions for application details or visit this link:

Education/Skills Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) along with substantial documented progressive professional experience in an admissions office, preferably in a private liberal arts college, with a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience is required. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to think strategically and problem solve are essential attributes of the successful candidate.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

The director will be expected to have broad undergraduate recruitment experience, appreciate and seek to expand diversity among staff and the student body, and be able to optimize technology to support a strategic recruitment model. This individual must have a deep enthusiasm for the experience of a liberal arts education, the ability to engage students from diverse backgrounds, and have a high level of initiative, organization and energy.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Normal business hours between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Additional hours and frequent weekend and evening work are required during peak periods and often throughout the year. Travel is a necessary component of this position.

This is an exempt position requiring the time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete all of the job requirements.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Shift First Shift Employment Category Full Time Year Round FTE 1.00 Benefits Eligible Yes Pay Type Salaried Background Check Package Requirements Administrative Staff + MVR Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? Yes Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No Posting Date 04/22/2021 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled Yes Type of Posting Internal/External Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin May 21, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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