Reporting to a senior member of the admission team, the Assistant Dean of Admission, Coordinator of Access & Equity will be tasked with the management of geographic territories as well as leadership on equity initiatives in the recruitment of prospective Occidental students. As part of the Equity Initiatives team, the assistant dean will assist the College’s efforts to identify, recruit, evaluate, and enroll students who are underrepresented in higher education—including first-generation college students and low-income students, with particular attention to students of color—and assist colleagues in implementing all aspects of this work.
The assistant dean will be an integral member of the team of admission officers who visit high schools and community-based organizations around the country for information sessions, college fairs, workshops, and other programming. The assistant dean will also serve in the rotation of admission officers responsible for hosting visitors for on-campus and virtual information sessions and other presentations. This position will simultaneously serve on the Admission Equity Initiatives team to implement programming (on-campus and virtual), maintain best practices, and coordinate outreach to achieve a diverse incoming class. The assistant dean will be involved in regular communication with admission constituents. Other duties will be assigned based on the needs of the office and the skills of the hire.
Occidental maintains a longstanding commitment to access and equity and as a result our current student body is 46% domestic students of color and 16% first-generation college students. Our financial aid policies meet 100% of the demonstrated need of our students. The Office of Admission seeks a colleague who will identify innovative ways to help us build upon this strong foundation and work towards building a more anti-racist admission process for our prospective students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion, and we encourage candidates to highlight relevant experiences in their cover letter.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage assigned geographic territories, including significant travel locally and out of state. Some evening and weekend work is required, as well as willingness to work extended hours during peak periods.
Maintain and develop relationships with school-based counselors and applicants at high schools within their assigned geographic territories in order to assess invitations for college fairs and information sessions, and to build a schedule of campus visits within these regions.
Evaluate first-year and transfer applications.
Serve in the rotation of the admission officer (AO) of the day in order to present information sessions and answer questions of prospective students visiting campus for tours, emailing with questions, or calling the Office of Admission to speak with an admission counselor.
Coordinate fly-in programs, supervise student interns, and design relevant programming with campus partners.
Manage relationships with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), including site visits, hosting college tours, and managing memorandums of understanding (MOUs).
Coordinate the Group Visits program for students, community-based organizations, and counselor groups.
Utilize technology and our admission database to identify and monitor admission pipelines for target audiences, facilitate communication, and compile reports as it relates to first generation and historically underrepresented populations.
QUALIFICATIONS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
This position requires strategic thinking, cultural competency, confidence in public speaking, strong written communication skills, attention to detail, and organizational abilities. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds, strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to decision-making as well as the ability to work autonomously, and a commitment to customer service. Further, this position will require a growth mindset, comfort in facilitating conversations on race, gender, and socioeconomic status and the ability to manage up. Upholding institutional confidentiality is expected. Experience in an academic setting with an understanding of a residential liberal arts education will be valued in the selection process. Experience with Technolutions Slate is preferred. Bachelor’s degree and a valid driver’s license are required.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format) to [email protected]. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by June 11, 2021. Preferred start date is July 6, 2021.
About Occidental College
ABOUT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
Founded in 1887, Occidental is a nationally recognized, private college of the liberal arts and sciences, dedicated to providing a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.
What makes Occidental special? An intellectually rigorous academic environment. Small classroom settings where students collaborate with professors and their peers while pursuing or discovering their passion. A beautiful residential campus that offers students hands-on engagement with the cultural and intellectual resources of Los Angeles. A community open to stimulating conversation and divergent points of view. Some 2,100 students from 46 states and 28 countries choose from 41 majors and minors and participate in one the country’s top undergraduate research programs. Oxy students routinely win top awards and fellowships; its first Rhodes Scholar was named in 1907. Dedicated to excellence and equity, Occidental also is one of the country’s most economically diverse campuses, according to the New York Times. Some 71 perc...ent of Oxy students receive some form of financial aid; 20 percent are Pell Grant recipients; and 19 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
As a condition of hire for a staff position and for appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already done so) and consent to a background check. Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with pre-employment verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
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