Assistant Dean

New York, IA
Sep 12, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
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Assistant Dean/Senior Assistant Dean of Admission


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Reed College seeks a warm, capable, and astute person to be our Assistant Dean or Senior Assistant Dean of Admission. The Assistant Dean/Senior Assistant Dean has primary responsibility for the recruitment of incoming students. This role reports to the Associate Dean of Admission.

This is a full-time position. The work week at Reed College is 37.5 hours, and hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Work schedule includes approximately seven weeks of travel each year and some night and weekend work. Starting salary is $46,000 at the Assistant Dean level and $52,000 at the Senior Assistant Dean level.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package , including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center.


You are empathetic and adept at working with others who are different from you, as our prospective students come from a vast spectrum of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
You are energized by talking to young adults and their families. In general, you love talking and connecting.
You enjoy working in a dynamic environment that is committed to continuous improvement, even if it means that things change often.
You enjoy public speaking, but you are the kind of person who does behind-the-scenes work well, too.
You always meet your deadlines. You know that others are counting on you.
You have experience successfully managing complex projects.
You have experience using data to make decisions.
You seek out feedback at work. You know that feedback is essential to help you grow professionally.
You are committed to equity and inclusion and it shows in your work.
Through your lived experience or your work, you would contribute an important aspect of diversity to our team.
You prefer a team environment at work, rather than working alone.
You are an optimistic person and work collaboratively to solve problems as they arise. Your instinct is to solve a problem, not just report it.
You already know that you love the work of college admission. You keep up with the people and the industry. You read the journals and the blogs.
At the Assistant Dean level, you have at least one year of experience working in admission, financial aid, student counseling, or other educational setting. (Work in admission as a student employee counts.) At the Senior Assistant Dean level, you have at least three years of this experience.


Develop and execute recruitment plans utilizing reports, data, and industry best practices.
Manage admission activities within an assigned territory, traveling up to eight weeks a year and representing Reed to prospective students, their parents, and high school counselors.
Conduct on-campus and virtual recruiting activities such as information sessions and interviews.
Build relationships with families and constituents who demonstrate an interest in Reed.
Manage a functional area of the admission process like programming or overseeing student workers.
During reading season each spring, you and your colleagues will have the primary task of reading and evaluating college applications. This requires discipline, self-motivation, and focus. Careful and close reading of college applications is the most important aspect of our profession.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

What draws you to college admission, and why are you interested in working at Reed College?
Share a professional accomplishment of which you are particularly proud.

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:

If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early.

Reed College responds to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

If, because of an impairment or disability, you need accommodation during any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources at 503-517-7608.

Contact Reed College

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard Portland, Oregon 97202-8199 Phone: 503-771-1112 Fax: 503-777-7769

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