University of America was founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic
bishops and is the national university of the Church in the United
States. It is the only American university established by papal
charter, and the only American university with ecclesiastical
faculties granting canonical degrees in three disciplines -
theology, philosophy, and canon law. Today the University is home
to 12 schools and 32 research facilities, as well as 3,100
undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students from across the United
States and around the world. The Catholic University of America is
located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from
Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress, and the National Mall.
The Catholic University of America seeks a strategic enrollment
professional with a collaborative nature and expertise in
enrollment best practices for the role of Dean of Graduate
Admission. This newly re-envisioned position will report to Dr. J.
Steven Brown, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Administration and
Dean of Graduate Studies. The Dean will play a key role in
achieving enrollment goals and objectives for the graduate school.
The Dean oversees the continuous assessment of effectiveness of
recruiting strategies, plays a pivotal role in devising advertising
and marketing approaches for publicizing the University’s academic
programs, and directs the department’s efforts in communications
for the enrollment of prospective graduate students. In these
capacities the Dean is expected to develop close working
relationships with school deans, department chairs, program
directors, expert coordinators, Office of Enrollment Management,
Office of Institutional Research, Division of University
Communication, and University Advancement, while serving as a
liaison between graduate school applicants and The Catholic
University of America.
Responsibilities and Priorities
The expectations for the Dean of Graduate Admission require that
the successful candidate possess the ability and experience to
accomplish the following responsibilities and priorities in these
- Provide a strategic vision that can be operationalized into a
strategic enrollment plan to aggressively grow the number of
revenue-generating graduate students.
- Help manage, leverage, and administer institutional discounting
to maximize net tuition revenues.
- Develop and execute graduate student recruitment strategies
including planning special recruitment and yield events as
appropriate for successful recruitment of students in the graduate
- Effectively collaborate and communicate with each school’s
deans, faculty, and key staff to assess goals, needs, and
efficiencies related to recruitment, admission, and enrollment
within that school.
- Develop and execute recruitment and marketing materials to
include collateral ranging from electronic and print materials to
- Manage and oversee graduate marketing spending and manage
relationship with external marketing partners.
- Develop and execute program specific communications plans for
prospects, applicants and matriculants.
- Develop and nurture key contacts at feeder schools including
directors of career services, deans, program directors, discipline
specific advisors, etc.
- Provide avenues of outreach to local industry and market
partners (government labs, working professionals, embassies,
companies) to aggressively expand local markets.
- Coordinate with University-wide online initiatives.
- Utilize available internal data and conduct market analyses to
determine attractive and appropriate opportunities.
- Plan strategically and analyze effectively with data driven
- Support the current team of graduate recruiters by giving
guidance, resources, and backup to accomplish the graduate
admission goals. Build out the team over the course of the next
several years to accommodate customer service for prospective
students in enhanced numbers.
- Serve as a non-voting member of the Graduate Board to
understand and contribute to discussions centering on new graduate
program development and procedures. Attend monthly Dean’s
- Work closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Academic
Administration and Dean of Graduate Studies on special projects
relating to graduate admission and enrollment.
- Support the mission and vision of The Catholic University of
Qualifications, Abilities and
The Dean should have a proven record of success in achieving
enrollment goals as well as exceptional analytical, organizational,
and communication skills. Candidates for this position should
possess a Master’s degree with at least five years in an academic
setting preferred and three years in a professional position at an
educational institution. In addition, the Dean of Graduate
Admission should exhibit the following personal and professional
qualities and characteristics:
- Knowledge of enrollment management theory, current trends, and
practices, as well as the capacity to understand the complex issues
facing higher education, especially at the graduate level.
- A broad understanding of strategic marketing; the ability to
employ current methods to communicate with prospective graduate
students and experience using digital social media strategies to
- Demonstrated capacity to hire, mentor, supervise and evaluate a
talented and motivated team.
- Commitment to the value of diversity and the mission of a
national, urban, Catholic research university.
- In-depth knowledge of student information and customer
relationship management systems (experience with PeopleSoft and/or
Salesforce/TargetX is preferred).
- Total mastery of Microsoft Office and familiarity with basic
- The ability to manage multiple projects within a complex
- Effective communications skills, both verbal and written, and a
dedication to strong customer service.
- Open and collaborative leadership style that builds trust and
- Experience in and a demonstrated commitment to working with
diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and
The Catholic University of America
The Catholic University of America serves as the one and only
national university of the Catholic Church in the United
States. Founded in 1887 as a papally-chartered graduate and
research center, the University began offering undergraduate
education in 1904. One of the original graduate schools in
the nation, Catholic University consists of ten schools that award
both undergraduate and advanced degrees: Architecture and
planning, arts and sciences, business, engineering, performing and
fine arts, nursing, philosophy, professional studies, social work,
and theology and religious studies. In addition, advanced
degrees are also awarded in the School of Canon Law and the
Columbus School of Law. Approximately 3,100 undergraduates
combine a base curriculum in the liberal arts with more in-depth
courses from their major fields of study. Undergraduate students in
all majors can find semester, year-long or summer-only
opportunities for study on five continents and at The Rome Center
of The Catholic University of America.
The University serves approximately 2,300 students seeking
advanced degrees in more than 150
degree programs including canonical degrees in canon law,
philosophy, and theology. Theological College, the University
seminary, prepares men for the priesthood who come from many
dioceses of the United States.
Many first-time visitors to campus are captivated by the
University’s expansive campus with 176 tree-lined, rolling acres,
which contains 48 major buildings and residence halls, with more
than 2,000 students living on campus. The campus is the largest and
greenest of any college or university in Washington, D.C., and the
skyline is dominated by the adjacent majestic Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman
Catholic church in North America.
Students have numerous opportunities for participation.
There are over 90 clubs and organizations that thrive on
Office of Campus Ministry offers activities for faith
development as well as community service and social justice
education in the Washington, D.C. area, in the greater United
States, and abroad.
To learn more about the University, go to https://www.catholic.edu/index.html.
The Catholic University of America Mission
As the national university of the Catholic Church in the
United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country
with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of
America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American
institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus
Christ as handed on by the Church.
Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason,
The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the
truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service
to the Church, the nation and the world.
Catholic University is located in both a powerful and historic
city, and surrounded by lush, green landscapes and cherry blossoms.
Situated just three miles north of Capitol Hill in the heart of the
Brookland neighborhood, Catholic University’s campus, the largest
in Washington, D.C., provides a residential oasis for Catholic’s
students, all looking for a distinctive educational experience
rooted in a deeper meaning.
Between the Brookland and Edgewood neighborhoods that surround
Catholic University, families can find a wealth of activities, from
live music to nearby historic Bunker Hill Park, to educational and
social opportunities. Stepping beyond Brookland and into the heart
of Washington D.C., students and employees will find access to the
nation’s capital as a learning laboratory, a world-class cultural
center, and the heart of the nation’s political life.
Washington, D.C., is a city of politics, parades, festivals,
museums, professional sports, theatres, concerts, shopping, parks,
restaurants, monuments, waterways, and trendy neighborhoods.
Catholic University’s own Metro stop makes it easy to get around
the city and connect to everything that Washington D.C. has to
offer. It is only three stops away from Union Station,
offering commuting services to surrounding states as well as full
Amtrak transit services.
Applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of
Dean of Admission should be directed to Napier Executive Search. To
arrange for a confidential conversation, please contact Catherine
) or Mary Napier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An application must include a detailed letter of interest, an
up-to-date resume, and contact information for three professional
references. For best consideration, submit all application
materials by email on or before July 20 to: email@example.com for
assurance of full consideration. Applications will be
reviewed until the position is filled. All applications and
nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be
given prior to contacting references.
The Catholic University of America does not discriminate on
the basis of sex in any educational or employment programs or
activities in which it participates.
All applicants must be supportive of
the mission of The Catholic University of