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Assistant Dean of Admission

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 9, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

Located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier colleges of liberal arts and sciences with 3,000 undergraduates and 200 graduates. Established in 1831, Wesleyan University is known for its rich open curriculum of interdisciplinary opportunity combining Humanities, Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Wesleyan students make their mark in the world through creativity, intellectual independence, risk-taking, and drive to improve the world. The University has a long-standing commitment to providing underrepresented students from all racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds access to our dynamically diverse campus.

The Office of Admission at Wesleyan University serves as the hub of activity and point of first contact for the University for thousands of prospective students and families. The admissions team is responsible for generating, processing, and reviewing more than 13,000 first-year and transfer applications and hosts over 15,000 individual visitors on campus annually. In addition, the office promotes the university virtually and hosts admission events all over the world.

The Assistant Dean reports to an Associate Dean of Admission and, works closely with faculty, staff, current students, and alumni, participates fully in all aspects of Wesleyan’s undergraduate admission operation: recruitment, selection, and yield programs. The Assistant Dean serves as the University’s representative for all aspects of admission operation both on and off-campus.


Manages a strategic in-person and virtual recruitment plan, including visiting schools, community-based organizations, college fairs along with organizing and hosting recruitment events.

Supports Wesleyan University’s commitment to the recruitment of historically underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.

Participates in rotational dean on duty responsibilities: leading hour-long information sessions and answering questions from prospective students, family members, and counselors in-person and via phone, internet, and email.

Participates in admission recruitment and yield efforts and other on-campus and virtual events.

Interviews prospective applicants and responds to specific questions regarding academics, admission, financial aid, residential life, and extracurricular activities.

Reviews, prepares, and presents applications as a member of the Wesleyan admission committee.

Establishes and cultivates relationships with students, parents, counselors, and alumni while representing Wesleyan University in professional organizations that support recruitment goals.

Liaises with current students and faculty.

Assists in the management of admission initiatives to include, but not limited to diversity outreach, communications, admission volunteers, tour guides, and yield activities.

Four to five weeks of fall travel and two to three of spring/summer travel.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and some experience in higher education, secondary school, or in a community based organization (experience may include work or volunteer experience as a student) or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Excellent interpersonal skills

Effective communications skills with the ability to present publicly.

Creative thinking & problem solving, with a collaborative/team-oriented mindset.

Sensitivity to and empathy for people from different backgrounds and a commitment to working within, and contributing to, a diverse and inclusive community.

Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects effectively and simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment, while working independently and as a part of a diverse team.

Comfort with learning new technology, analyzing and using data to inform decisions, and an organized and detail-oriented approach to documentation.

Valid driver’s license; travel requiring driving is expected.

Extended hours during evenings and
weekends are routine and expected during peak seasons.

Preferred Qualifications

Fluency in a second language

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application close date is August 6, 2021

In your cover please address the following question: Describe the value of a liberal arts education.

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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