Human Resources


Senior Associate Dean of Admission

Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1908 as an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity, Reed has served for over a hundred years as an exemplar of the liberal arts while consistently providing one of the best academic experiences in the United States. Reed’s campus, with a nature preserve and lake at its center, is five miles from downtown Portland, one of the most innovative, sustainable and progressive cities in the country.  Reed College is seeking a dynamic Senior Associate Dean of Admission to join our team.

Position Summary

The Senior Associate Dean will hold a key leadership role on Reed’s Admission team.  The Senior Associate Dean will be involved in all aspects of admission strategy, outreach, evaluation, and enrollment processes, with significant responsibility for day-to-day management of major areas of the office.  S/he will manage a team of Assistant Deans, support staff, and student workers.  S/he will also have significant responsibility for a domestic territory.

This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week.  Reed College offers a benefits package that is unparalleled.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership, mentoring, development, and day-to-day management over the Admission office, in partnership with the Dean of Admission, and specific oversight and management for his/her team members.

  • In partnership with the other leaders of Admission, set long-term admission strategy and short-term work plans.

  • Foster and maintain the diversity of the applicant pool.

  • Supervise the staff who coordinate multicultural outreach and programming, as well as the staff who coordinate alumni volunteers for admission interviews and college fairs.

  • In partnership with the Associate Dean of Admission for Information Systems, implement communication strategies for a diverse range of prospective students and applicants.

  • Maintain responsibility for Admission within a large domestic territory, including liasing with schools, counselors and other educational stakeholders as well as prospective students and families

  • Attend college fairs and conduct student interviews

  • Give public presentations on Reed’s offerings and admission process regularly, both on campus and around the country. Articulate the Reed message to a variety of diverse audiences.

  • Approximately eight weeks of travel each year are scheduled.  Evening and weekend work is required during the busiest part of the admission cycle in the spring.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; charisma and the ability to connect with a diverse range of individuals and large audiences, including internal constituents and colleagues

  • Commitment to and ability to articulate the values of a liberal-arts education

  • Commitment to inclusion and diversity, across numerous matrices, in college admission and enrollment

  • Outstanding public speaking, writing and communication skills

  • Familiarity with the national admission and enrollment landscape, including issues of affordability and aid, access, diversity, curriculum, outcomes, parent expectations, and national association guidelines

  • Demonstrated service orientation toward students, families, counselors, and other constituents

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with and interpret data

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently

  • Ability to train, mentor, and develop staff members through team-oriented leadership

  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of students and counselors from a range of schools and background

  • Creative mindset, with ability to bring innovation to new or ongoing admission programs and initiative

  • Flexibility, composure, and good humor during high-intensity times in the process

  • Proficiency with Excel spreadsheets and relational databases

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

  • Six to ten years’ experience in admission or equivalent educational and/or student services experience.

  • Leadership experience (i.e. directly managing the work of other full-time employees) is required.

  • Experience in selective admission and/or liberal arts college admission preferred.

To Apply

Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to  In your letter, answer the question “How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?”  Applications will be considered as they are submitted.  Priority will be given to those who apply before June 21, 2013.

Deadline: Open Until Filled