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 an experienced
enrollment professional to fill the position of Dean of
Undergraduate Admission. Reporting to the Vice President for
Enrollment Management, the Dean will serve as the chief
undergraduate admission officer for the University and is a highly
visible member of the campus community. The Dean of Undergraduate
Admission will be expected to have a rich professional
understanding of strategic
enrollment management best practices and a high level of
initiative and motivation to achieve enrollment goals. In
collaboration with administration, faculty, and staff, the Dean
will lead efforts to achieve the University’s enrollment goals at
the undergraduate level and articulate the values of a uniquely
Catholic education at a university located in the nation’s capital,
Washington D.C. The Dean will develop strategies to identify and
enroll academically talented students from across the nation who
value the integration of reason, faith, and service as key
components of their educational experience.
Responsibilities and Priorities
The expectations for the Dean of Admission require that
the successful candidate possess the ability and experience to
accomplish the following responsibilities and priorities in these
- Provide a leadership role for the University in the areas of
first-year, transfer, and international student admission.
- Assist the Vice President for Enrollment Management in
implementing a comprehensive marketing and recruitment plan in line
with the mission of CatholicU to meet the domestic and
international enrollment goals of the University.
- Assess research data, and think creatively and strategically in
the deployment of recruitment resources while anticipating new
trends within the enrollment management field.
- Mentor and supervise a staff that works together to promote the
academic, social, and spiritual benefits of attending CatholicU to
a national audience of high school students, their parents, and
high school counselors; and further develop a professional
development program to strengthen staff retention.
- Work with the campus community to further develop strategies
supporting diversity on campus and identifying barriers
underrepresented students must navigate in the enrollment
- Oversee the admission and scholarship review process for all
first-year and transfer applications.
- Interpret and apply existing admission policies and procedures,
as well as create new policies and procedures for the undergraduate
admissions process that are effective, efficient, and maintain high
levels of customer service.
- Travel for the purposes of recruitment, professional
conferences, and high school workshops on college admission.
- Interview and counsel prospective students and maintain regular
contact with prospects.
- Collaborate with the Vice President and the Executive Director
of Student Financial Assistance in development of need-based
strategies and communications plans for admitted students.
- Build professional relationships with high school and
independent counselors in the context of discussing high school and
student profiles, as well as the benefits of an education at
- Promote Catholic University to prospective students and their
families, highlighting academic, social, and spiritual
opportunities; and discuss application process and financial aid
- Collaborate with athletic coaches and administrators; possess
an awareness of the role athletics plays in the admission,
recruitment, and retention process.
- Further develop relationships with current Catholic University
constituents such as tour guides, work study students, volunteers
for on campus events, and alumni volunteers in order to enhance the
- Collaborate with other areas within the Division of Enrollment
Management (student financial assistance and enrollment services)
on the university’s strategic enrollment objectives.
- Collaborate with the Division of University Communications on
all recruitment marketing collateral, including print, photography,
videography, digital communications, and advertising.
- Plan strategically and analyze effectively with data driven
- 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 7-10 years of progressive
management and leadership experience in higher education admission
with at least three years of supervisory experience managing direct
reports. A Bachelor’s Degree is required (a master’s degree is
preferred). In addition, the Dean of Undergraduate Admission should
exhibit the following personal and professional qualities and
- Knowledge of enrollment management theory, current trends and
practices especially within the Catholic higher education
landscape, as well as the capacity to understand the complex issues
facing all of higher education.
- A broad understanding of strategic marketing; the ability to
use modern techniques to communicate with prospective students and
experience using digital social media strategies to increase
- 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
TargetX is preferred)
- 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. 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
The University also serves approximately 2,300 students seeking
advanced degrees, 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
campus. The Office of Campus Ministry offers numerous
opportunities 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. As one of the nation’s premier
Division III athletic institutions, the Catholic University
Cardinals attract student-athletes who make academics a top
priority and value the opportunity to enrich that experience by
competing in 25 intercollegiate and numerous club-level sports.
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
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An application must include a detailed letter of interest, an
up-to-date resume, and contact information for three professional
references. Submit all application materials by email to:
for assurance of full consideration. Applications will be
reviewed until the position is filled. Applications will be
reviewed upon receipt 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