Assistant Director of Admissions, Events and Communications

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AdmissionJob Description

Job Summary

Responsible for the recruitment and evaluation of prospective students. Plan events and outreach to students and secondary schools and perform related public relations and marketing functions to aid in the overall mission of the Smith College Office of Admission. Support office senior leadership by mentoring and assisting in the training of new admission officers.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Recruitment and Yield 55%:

Coordinates on-campus and virtual recruiting events, and outreach programming with a team of admission officers. Keep abreast of virtual recruitment trends, utilize Slate CRM to track and evaluate the efficacy of recruitment programs and outreach. Brainstorm and innovate new recruitment initiatives with other admission officers. Build admission program registration pages and event landing pages using Slate CRM. Coordinate on-campus admitted student program for 300+ attendees with a team of admission officers. Assist in the proofing and editing of outgoing communications. Plan and coordinate up to six weeks of travel to recruit students and manage an assigned geographic territory determined by the Dean of Admission. Visit high schools, attend college fairs, conduct workshops and meet with alumnae. Initiate and maintain effective communication between Smith College and high school counselors from a diverse range of high schools. Manage communication with students, parents, counselors and other constituencies. Present on-campus and/or virtual information sessions and participate in leading workshops during events for prospective and admitted students.

Admission Reading and Selection (35%):

Interview and evaluate prospective applicants. Read, evaluate and vote on admissibility of candidates for admission to the College in coordination with a team of colleagues under the direction of the Dean of Admission.

Other Functions

Administrative (10%):

Keep abreast of pertinent developments at Smith College, in higher education, and in the field of professional admission work. Cooperate with other administrators of the college where necessary, especially Student Financial Services and the Alumnae Group. Performs related duties as required.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor's degree, minimum of three years of relevant experience in admission or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficient in the use of Slate admission software. Must hold valid driver's license and be able and willing to travel by both car and airplane.

Experience with public speaking required. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to demonstrate fluidity with a variety of software and database management platforms.


The ability to effectively and efficiently develop and execute several key projects simultaneously. Must be able to work independently, have strong organizational and planning skills, excellent writing and oral communication skills. Required strong analytical and computer expertise including familiarity with MS Office suite and CRM platforms and a willingness to adapt quickly to changing technologies. Excellent interpersonal skills, able to effectively interact with people of all backgrounds and participate as part of a cohesive team working toward a shared mission. Ability to use sound judgement, creativity and vision appreciated. The ability to articulate the values of a liberal arts college to prospective students, parents and secondary school personnel is important.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

May 18, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade J

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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