Assistant Dean of Admission

Amherst, MA
Mar 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, year round position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

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, domestic and international. The Assistant Dean of Admissions works with the Dean of Admission to achieve an academically talented and diverse student body.

The Assistant Dean is responsible for recruitment travel, conducting information sessions with students and families, reading and evaluating admission applications, and operating the computerized Admission Office database. The Assistant Dean of Admission holds significant responsibility as a member of the Communications Team and Transfer Outreach Team, and provides key support for our Diversity Outreach Programs that affects the success of Admission efforts. The Assistant Dean takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key 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; oversight of recruitment travel planning and communication in those regions
  • Cultivate relationships with high-school counselors and Community Based Organizations within specific geomarkets
  • Responsible for directing alumni volunteer recruiting efforts in assigned 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


Communications Team

  • As a primary member, provide expertise and skills needed for the development, implementation and management of a new communications strategy to engage prospective students through a variety of social media

Transfer Outreach Team

  • As a primary member of the transfer admission team recruit and evaluate transfer applicants

Diversity Outreach

  • Identify promising candidates
  • Assist with spring admitted student open houses and fall prospective student diversity open houses
  • Participate in the hiring process for Diversity Interns



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 - 3 years of experience in higher education admission or a related field
  • Valid Driver's License and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles
  • Ability to articulate the benefits of a liberal arts education to a diverse audience
  • Excellent interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, including prospective applicants, parents, high school counselors, alumni, faculty and staff
  • Enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency in the use of computerized systems including Microsoft Word and Excel, and related web analytics, and experience with web editing tools
  • Excellent time-management, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Close, consistent attention to detail
  • Evenings and weekends are often required
  • Travel approximately 15 – 20 days for recruitment (may include international travel) including driving to/from high schools and college fairs for recruitment
  • Experience with social media


  • Master's Degree
  • Experience working with a web content management systems (CMS), Colleague, Slate & ImageNow


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