The director of admissions acts as a senior advisor to the senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid on all admissions matters and assists with strategic planning efforts; they are responsible for understanding national and international issues in higher ed and guiding recruitment and selection strategies accordingly; provides strong administrative leadership for the admissions process by overseeing the review of approximately 9000 applications and making admissions decisions consistent with institutional priorities; oversees the office budget; manages all hiring processes; serves as a direct supervisor for approximately 10 staff members. This position is involved in all areas of the admissions work, including recruitment, public speaking, event oversight, and travel. The director will be a strategic partner in the implementation of a comprehensive recruitment plan measured by data and best practices.
The director will join a well-established office team with deep experience in admissions and will have the skills necessary to balance the operations of a fast-paced office while remaining a strategic thought partner. The Bowdoin admissions office has been a leader in equity and access in college admissions—the director will continue to develop innovative approaches that guide the work and honor Bowdoin’s core values: inclusion, rigor, generosity, and a commitment to the common good. They will be a collaborative leader with the ability to mentor and supervise admissions staff, as well as serve as a liaison for collaboration between the office of admissions, faculty, and marketing and communications staff; and actively participate in national and state professional admissions associations and to stay informed of current admissions trends and research.
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A Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) along with substantial documented progressive professional experience in an admissions office, preferably in a private liberal arts college, with a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience is required. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to think strategically and problem solve are essential attributes of the successful candidate.
The director will be expected to have broad undergraduate recruitment experience, appreciate and seek to expand diversity among staff and the student body, and be able to optimize technology to support a strategic recruitment model. This individual must have a deep enthusiasm for the experience of a liberal arts education, the ability to engage students from diverse backgrounds, and have a high level of initiative, organization and energy.
Normal business hours between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Additional hours and frequent weekend and evening work are required during peak periods and often throughout the year. Travel is a necessary component of this position.
This is an exempt position requiring the time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete all of the job requirements.
Internal Number: S00777JP
About Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.
The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.