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Senior/Assistant Dean of Admission


Reed College seeks a warm and detail oriented person to be our Assistant Dean or Senior Assistant Dean of Admission. This position 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.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 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. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Salary for this position is $47,988-$53,318. This is not a remote position.

Who You Are

  • 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 enjoy public speaking, but you are the kind of person who does behind-the-scenes work well, too.
  • You are a collaborative team player who is able to make independent decisions when necessary.
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • You seek out feedback at work. You know that feedback is essential to help you grow professionally.
  • You are deeply curious about data and have experience using it to make informed decisions.
  • You have experience successfully managing complex projects.
  • You are an optimistic person that works collaboratively to solve problems as they arise. Your instinct is to solve a problem, not just report it.
  • You enjoy working in a dynamic environment that is committed to continuous improvement, even if it means that things change often.
  • 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 settings. (Work in admission as a student employee counts.)

What You’ll Do

  • 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. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies 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.

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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.