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Assistant Dean of Admission

Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts (US)

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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Assistant Dean of Admission position. The Assistant Dean of Admission is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $54,752-commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Assistant Dean of Admission is a critical role within the Amherst College Office of Admission and the Visitor Relations team. The Assistant Dean leads important efforts for campus visitor programs, and with the entire Admission Office seeks to recruit, admit, and enroll a talented and diverse student body.

The Assistant Dean holds significant responsibility as a member of the Visitor Relations Team, spearheading efforts around campus tours, information sessions, and more. The Assistant Dean also works with the paid student tour guides. The Assistant Dean serves as one of the members of the admission committee and is a full contributor throughout the admission cycle. The Assistant Dean is responsible for recruitment and outreach both on and off campus.

Working with the Amherst College Office of Admission requires a desire to engage on issues of antiracism and equity in educational opportunity. All members of the Amherst Admission team take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. In support of our institutional vision of expanded access and broad diversity across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic dimensions, Amherst is committed to need-blind admission and generous need-based, no-loan financial aid for all students, regardless of citizenship. Evening and weekend work sometimes required.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Recruitment and Admission

  • Conduct presentations for groups up to 250 visiting prospective students and their families
  • Develop recruitment strategies and coordinate travel in assigned geographic markets
  • Cultivate relationships with high-school counselors and Community Based Organizations within specific geomarkets
  • Work in pairs or as part of a team to evaluate first-year and transfer applicants
  • Oversee application evaluation within assigned geomarkets
  • Participate as a voting member of the admission committee
  • Oversight of assigned recruitment travel and communication


Visitor Relations


  • Play a leadership and strategic role with all campus visitor programs, including information sessions and campus tours
  • Collaboratively recruit, hire, train, and manage an outstanding and diverse group of paid student tour guides
  • the Associate Dean/Coordinator of Visitor Relations
  • Serve as an engaged member of a creative Visitor Relations team


Diversity Outreach


  • Collaborate on and be a thought partner for on-campus open house programs





  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Valid Driver's License and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles
  • Experience and commitment to working within a diverse and inclusive environment
  • The ability to work with diverse constituencies from varied racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds
  • Strong presentation skills; can bring to life programming that tells the story of Amherst College and the liberal arts to a diverse audience
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, including prospective applicants, parents, high school counselors, alumni, faculty and staff
  • Proficiency in the use of productivity software such as Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Workday, and Zoom
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and think independently while working in a dynamic team environment
  • Excellent time-management, presentation, and organizational skills with consistent attention to detail
  • Travel approximately 15 - 20 days for recruitment (may include international travel) including driving to/from high schools and college fairs for recruitment


  • Master's Degree
  • Experience with admission management systems such as Slate
  • Experience working with a web content management systems (CMS) and web analytics
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English
  • Experience working with on-campus programming

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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