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Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Admission Communications


The Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Communications has primary responsibility for the distribution of admission marketing materials and implements and develops the college’s admission marketing and communication strategy in partnership with the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. This position reports to the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, is under the division of the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and primarily works on campus interfacing with faculty, staff, and students. This is not a remote position.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including a comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance option for you (Reed pays 60% on medical and dental insurance premiums for your dependent), 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 typical work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Salary for this position is $75,000-81,000 per year. Pay offers are dependent on experience and are determined in conjunction with an internal pay equity assessment. This is an exempt position in grade 7.

Who You Are

  • You are able to manage projects with multiple competing priorities and demands.

  • You always have a plan to meet your goals and deadlines.

  • You thrive when you are able to collaborate with others. People like working with you because you’re organized and have a high level of attention to detail.

  • Your time management skills allow you to stay on top of and ahead of your work.

  • You have strong writing skills and understand how to tailor your messaging for diverse audiences.

  • You are able to synthesize information from multiple sources in order to make informed decisions.

  • You are known for bringing order to your team’s work. You are a systems thinker and are always thinking about ways to get the work done more efficiently and effectively.

  • You excel at engaging people and building a coalition of support and buy-in. 

  • You are open and receptive to change, even if the change is outside of your control.

  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.

  • You are flexible when you need to change or redirect a plan based on current department priorities.

  • You have a growth mindset. In addition to bringing your experience to bear, you’re also eager to learn and apply new information.  

What You’ll Do

  • Lead strategy development, goal-setting, and implementation of communication, marketing, and public relations efforts and the multi-year national plan

  • Manage the marketing and communication budget. 

  • Manage executive communications and reports to the Board of Trustees, President's Staff, Senior Staff, Admission and Financial Aid Committee, Faculty, and the campus community. 

  • Coordinates the annual admission and financial aid report for the board and president’s staff. 

  • Works collaboratively with partners inside and outside the institution on marketing and communication plans for Reed admissions content that is accurate, timely, and compelling. 

  • Leads marketing, communication, and data team to produce multi-channel content. Lead Admission Marketing working group.

  • Determines yearly institutional admission goals, evaluate the outcomes of the outreach strategy, and recommend improvements. 

  • Work directly with faculty to create academic collateral, videos, and digital content for existing and new college programs.

  • Serve as the Public Affairs rep for admission and financial aid to plan, produce, review and gather feedback for print and digital admission pieces.

  • Supervises Admission Communication Marketing team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years of progressively responsible experience preferably in the marketing and communications field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with project management software

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. 

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.