Assistant Dean of Admission

Amherst, MA
May 17, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Amherst College - a private, coeducational, highly selective liberal arts college founded in 1821 - invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean of Admission. Candidates must be familiar with and supportive of the mission of a selective liberal arts college.

The Assistant Dean of Admission is a full-time, 52 week per year position, job group and level PT-2. General admission responsibilities include recruitment travel, conducting information sessions with students and families, data analysis and decision making as well as a competence in working with a computerized database. Evening and weekend work is often required.

Special responsibilities will include but are not limited to overseeing Amherst's partnership with the QuestBridge Program. As a founding partner, Amherst admission has worked closely with QuestBridge since 2004 to provide educational opportunity to underserved low-income high school students. This person will also work with the Visitor Relation Team to take the lead on our Spring Open House for Admitted Students. The Admitted Student Questionnaire will also be administered by the assistant dean.

Assist the Dean of Admission by helping to bring new students to Amherst College who meet the academic criteria set by the Faculty Committee on Admission and Financial Aid and whose intellectual, social, racial, ethnic, economic, geographic, artistic and athletic qualities contribute to the well-being and success of the entire campus community.

This person also must exhibit leadership in working relationships both on and off campus as well as exhibit a positive, supportive and cooperative rapport with others. Deals effectively with various constituencies to achieve desired results. Demonstrates commitment to serve College constituencies, goals and priorities. Fosters intra-office cooperation and teamwork.

Key Responsibilities

Recruitment and Admission
  • Read and evaluate applications for admission
  • Participate as a voting member of the admission committee
  • Conduct on-campus and off-campus information sessions for prospective students and their families
  • Operational use of computerized Admission Office database
  • Serve on committees as assigned
  • Domestic recruitment travel (10 - 15%)
  • Cultivate relationships with high school counselors and Community Based Organizations within specific geomarkets

  • Oversee Amherst's partnership with the QuestBridge Program
  • With the Visitor Relation Team take the lead on our Spring Open House for Admitted Students
  • Administer the Admitted Student Questionnaire
  • Assist with fall prospective student diversity open houses


  • Bachelors degree
  • 2 - 3 years of experience in higher education admission or related field
  • Ability to articulate the benefits of a liberal arts education to a diverse audience
  • Exceptional skills in verbal and written communication with varied constituencies, including prospective applicants, parents, high school counselors, alumni, faculty and other staff
  • Enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency in the use of computerized systems and interest in related web analytics
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Close, consistent attention to detail
  • Evenings and weekends are often required
  • Valid driver's license

  • Master's degree
  • Experience working with a web content management systems (CMS), Slate and Excel

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!


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