Assistant Dean of Admissions

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Assistant Dean of Admissions

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: In a highly selective admissions environment, serves as a voting member of the admissions committee. Conducts information sessions for prospective students and parents. Interviews prospective applicants as part of the evaluative process. Oversees admissions responsibility for a distinct geographical region including cultivating relationships with high school counselors and visiting area high schools.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as primary admissions representative for specific geographic regions. Develops relationships with high school guidance counselors and visits schools within the regions.
  • Annually analyzes qualifications of over 2000 prospective students utilizing established admissions standards, guidelines, and criteria. Sits on the admissions committee as a full voting member making subjective evaluations of applicants for admission to the College. Critiques complex admissions essays and evaluates candidates’ demonstrated talents, character and potential contributions to Wake Forest. May independently contact secondary guidance professionals or recommenders to solicit clarification or additional information concerning applicants. Must maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive personal and academic information submitted in the application process by applicants, guidance professionals, or others.
  • Conducts evaluative admissions interviews, imparting information about the University to prospective students and parents, evaluating the applicant’s suitability for admission to Wake Forest. Counsels families concerning the applicant’s course selection, extracurricular pursuits and chances for financial aid or scholarship opportunities.
  • Travels throughout the United States but with particular emphasis on specified geographical regions. Represents Wake Forest at college fairs, evening information sessions, and individual high school visits. Collects data, plans, and evaluates travel to specific regions serving as the liaison to secondary schools and students in the region.
  • As a sole presenter, creates and conducts admissions information sessions for prospective students and parents (over 25,000 visitors per year). Responsible for constant updating and revising of the admissions presentation in conjunction with the University’s strategic plan.
  • In evaluating admissions applications, makes judgment calls concerning rigor of curriculum and comparing one secondary school to another. Evaluates complex essays which are critical to the selection process. May receive and use as part of the evaluation process confidential information on applicants concerning such issues as illegal activity, probation, or erratic academic activity. Evaluates applications in a highly subjective environment.
  • In speaking with students, parents and secondary school guidance professionals, must explain and defend University policies and decisions, as well as those of the Admissions Office, often in the face of criticism.
  • While conducting individual interviews on campus, at school visits or college fairs, must 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.
  • Must handle crises and make independent decisions dealing with travel responsibilities-i.e., weather related emergencies, cancellations or additions to recruitment activities.
  • Must use creativity and innovation to convey Wake Forest’s messages to various constituencies.
  • Coordinates and oversees specialized on campus admissions receruitment and yield programs.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong academic record and at least three years related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of Wake Forest academic and extracurricular programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently.
  • Strong technological skills, specifically with Microsoft Office Suite and multimedia applications.
  • Ability to foster teamwork and collegiality in a small office and with other departments.
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Ability to meet the University’s automobile insurance requirements.
  • Medium work; stooping, standing, lifting, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Close visual acuity.
  • Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree.


Responsible for own work.

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.

To help provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final 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






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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 4/26/2018
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