Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services

Jan 08, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Community College

Vassar College

Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services

Department: Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources

Duration of Position: Full year / Full time

Position Type: Administrator

Posting Date: 07-01-2019

Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled

Posting Number: 1001556

About Vassar College
About Vassar College: Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college with an endowment of approximately $1 billion. Consistently ranked among the top colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its 1,000-acre campus. With approximately 2,500 undergraduate students and an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio, Vassar is committed to providing a rigorous course of study among 30 departments, 5 interdisciplinary programs, 13 multidisciplinary programs, 51 majors and 1,000 courses. Vassar students come from every socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. The Vassar campus boasts over 100 academic and residential buildings, with 98 percent of the student body living on campus. Twenty-three teams participate in NCAA Division III athletics as members of the Liberty League. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For more information about the College, visit Location: The 1,000-acre Vassar campus is located in a residential area of Poughkeepsie, NY, in the heart of the scenic Hudson Valley. Poughkeepsie has a population of 100,000 and serves as the county seat of Dutchess County. Within Poughkeepsie are numerous opportunities for entertainment and shopping, the Bardavon Opera House, dance clubs, theaters and shopping malls. There are a great variety of restaurants at every price range. Poughkeepsie and the surrounding communities offer excellent schools and beautiful homes for families. To the north and west of Poughkeepsie, opportunities for recreational and outdoor activities abound? including hiking, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing and camping. Since Poughkeepsie is located approximately 75 miles from New York City, one can travel to New York in the comfort of a commuter train, arriving in less than 2 hours. Residents of Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities enjoy access to the big city while taking advantage of living within the benefits and the beauty found in the Hudson Valley.

Position Summary and Responsibilities Position Summary and Responsibilities: Vassar College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services. The successful candidate will design and implement a strategic and effective approach to maintaining and growing the profile of talented, highly engaged and diverse students at the College. In enrolling highly qualified students from all socio-economic, cultural and geographic backgrounds, the Dean is supported by the College's need based financial aid policies and a deep commitment to inclusion through a College-wide program of engaged pluralism. The Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services oversees a staff of 29, serves on select College committees including serving as co-chair to the College Committee on Admission and Financial Aid and as staff to the Admissions Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Dean also presents admissions and financial aid information and strategy to the Board of Trustees, and partners closely with the Athletics Department and the Offices of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, Finance and Administration, and Communications. Reporting to the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, the Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services is a member of the senior staff and works collaboratively with the President on College-wide goals and decision-making.

Priorities: The Dean will embrace Vassar's commitment to access, inclusion and engaged pluralism while bringing innovative approaches including the use of technological tools to building and shaping the admissions pipeline and enrolling students who will thrive at Vassar. The Dean will also oversee the effective use of financial aid policies to meet College financial goals and enrollment targets. The Dean will possess excellent analytical skills and a sophisticated approach to market analysis and enrollment modeling. Strong leadership with the ability to foster the development of a highly skilled admission and financial aid team is essential. Other priorities include collaborating with Communications staff on a recently launched branding exercise and with the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Affairs on a renewed Alumnae/i Admissions Programs.

Qualifications: Candidates for this position should be passionate about a liberal arts education and dedicated to inclusion and diversity in all forms. The ideal candidate will have the professional presence, skills and demeanor necessary to represent Vassar effectively to internal and external communities, including prospective students, high school counselors, parents, alumnae and alumni, the Board of Trustees, and faculty, as well as to the media. Candidates should have these additional qualities and experiences:Sophistication and experience with effective recruitment and enrollment strategies in a competitive and complex admission environment. Strong analytical skills in assessing the effectiveness of recruitment and financial aid funding modeling. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A strategic approach to enrollment and financial aid that is both data-driven and mission-guided. Knowledge of market trends especially in selective admissions. Experience with innovative approaches, including technologies, in building an applicant pool and a student body. Enthusiasm for learning about and participating in national conversations about admissions in higher education. Financial and budgetary mastery. Willingness to participate in all aspects of the admissions process. Commitment to the professional development of staff members. Strong belief in collaborative efforts with senior administration and faculty. An inspirational leadership style. Calm, warm and welcoming demeanor characterized by empathy and the ability to listen. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Required Applicant Documents
Cover Letter
Contact Information for 3 References

Optional Applicant Documents

Special Instructions to Applicants
A cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references should be submitted electronically to Nominations may be sent to Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, at [email protected] Although resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled, for assurance of full consideration, please submit materials before February 15, 2019. The expected start date for a new Dean is July 1, 2019.

For full consideration applicants should apply by:

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To Apply
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

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