Associate Dean, Diversity Engagement

Winston Salem, NC
Aug 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Associate Dean, Diversity Engagement

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Associate Dean of Admissions, Diversity Engagement serves as a senior voting member of the Admissions Committee with responsibilities for the recruitment and selection of applicants to the University. Spearheads efforts to develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive plan to enhance undergraduate diversity This position also establishes and develops collaborative working relationships with faculty, administration and students to accomplish the University’s diversity enrollment aims.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive plan to assist in the achievement of the University’s diversity enrollment aims.
  • Spearheads efforts and initiatives that support the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of applicants to the University, with particular responsibility for underrepresented populations.
  • Creates, leads, and evaluates task forces that aid in diversity recruitment, admission and sustained enrollment. May serve on University diversity task forces as needed.
  • With an emphasis on underrepresented groups, manages a substantial geographic territory, providing leadership for travel, school visits, counselor contact, admissions volunteer coordination, interviewing, application reading, and evaluation.
  • Serves as a liaison to community-based organizations that serve underrepresented populations.
  • Collaborates with Student Financial Aid Office to assist students from underrepresented populations in navigating the financial aid process.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Merit Scholarships and the Dean of Admissions to identify merit scholarship candidates.
  • Uses data to inform critical recruitment, admission, and enrollment functions (i.e. travel, information dissemination, parent and student engagement, and collaboration across the University community).
  • Serves as a senior voting member of the Admission Committee.
  • Crafts a data-driven annual report on diversity admissions.

Other Functions:

  • Supervises and mentors the Coordinator of Diversity Engagement, including scheduling and assigning work, reviewing performance, recommending salary increases, promotions or discharges.
  • Supervises ad hoc task forces on diversity admissions.
  • Participates in budget development.
  • Evaluates admissions applications in a highly selective environment, making judgment calls on rigor of curriculum and students’ suitability for admission to Wake Forest University.
  • Evaluates complex essays.
  • Receives confidential information on applicants concerning illegal activity, probation or personal issues.
  • Ability to use problem solving skills to answer sensitive, complex and often emotionally charged or adversarial questions concerning the University without benefit of immediate consultation or advice, while conducting individual interviews on campus, at school visits or college fairs.
  • Ability to handle crises and make independent decisions regarding travel responsibilities.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least five years college admissions or related experience.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of higher education including admissions and financial aid.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Skill in programming and outreach for under-represented populations.
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information.
  • Outstanding organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of selective liberal arts college environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, database management, the Internet, and other relevant software.
  • Ability to collect and compile information and prepare reports.
  • General knowledge of budget development and fiscal management.
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Advanced degree.
  • Experience in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Spanish language.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Manages staff/student workers.
  • Budgetary responsibilities.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States