Wellesley College, a premier liberal arts and sciences college for women located twelve miles west of Boston, invites applications for the position of Associate/Assistant Director of Admission. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team responsible for recruiting students through various on- and off-campus programs and events. General admission responsibilities include travel for high school visits, parent-student gatherings, and college fairs; group presentations and interviews with prospective students; reading and evaluation of applications for admission. Primary responsibilities will support the Office’s diversity recruitment team and could include coordination of travel grant fly-in programs for prospective students, assistance with partnership programs with QuestBridge and the Posse Foundation, supporting diversity intern student assistants, and outreach and relationship building with on-campus student organizations. Position requires knowledge of and enthusiasm for the College’s mission and niche in higher education; sensitivity to multicultural issues and a commitment to building a socially and economically diverse applicant pool; and enthusiasm for cultivating relationships with intermediary groups that assist students in the college search and application processes.
Bachelor’s degree required, enrollment in or completion of Master’s degree program preferred. 3-5 years of previous admission, higher education, secondary school, non-profit organization or related experience is preferred. Familiarity with and support of the mission of a selective, liberal arts college is essential. Candidates should demonstrate organizational skills related to program/project management; be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with varied and multicultural constituencies including prospective students, parents, alumnae, faculty, school counselors, and other staff; and work well both independently and in teams. Candidates fluent in a second language are encouraged to apply. Regular evening and weekend work will be required. Must be available to travel out of state several weeks annually. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license. Ideal start date is July 1. Willing to be flexible on relocation date.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Develops and organizes programs for prospective students and their families as well as strengthens relationships with agencies that support the educational objectives of low-income students and students of color
Conducts extensive recruitment travel, interviewing prospective students and networking with high school counselors and community-based organizations
Reviews applications and coordinates review of assigned geographic regions, serving also as a resource for readers with questions about applicants from under-represented backgrounds
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree or enrollment in master’s degree or post-baccalaureate certificate program preferred. Candidates fluent or proficient in Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
Three to five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in higher education administration or related field with a preference for candidates with experience and knowledge of diversity recruitment at selective colleges. This position requires knowledge of and enthusiasm for the College’s mission and niche in higher education, sensitivity to multicultural issues, a commitment to building a socioeconomically diverse applicant pool, and an understanding of differences in students’ secondary school backgrounds. Demonstrated interest in and experience with web technologies to reach prospective students a plus.
Skills and Abilities Required:
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills required. Background working with multicultural communities required. Demonstrated program/project management skills and ability to work independently and lead a team is required. Valid driver’s license required.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.