Reporting to a senior member of the admission team, the Assistant Dean/Senior Assistant Dean will be a critical member of the admission team, coordinating the College’s efforts to identify, recruit, evaluate, and enroll first-year and transfer students who study at institutions located outside of the United States.
Occidental’s location in Los Angeles attracts an unusually diverse, multinational, and multicultural student body. 45% of Occidental students were either themselves born outside of the United States or have at least one parent who was born outside of the United States. Roughly 15-20% of Occidental students have spent a portion of their education outside of the United States prior to matriculation. Occidental has historically enrolled 8-10% of first-year students directly from high schools outside of the United States. Including dual citizens, some 15-18% of Occidental students hold passports to other countries. 6-9% of Occidental students are non-resident aliens.
The assistant dean will be an integral member of the team of admission officers who visit high schools around the United States and the world (both in-person and virtually) 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 information sessions and other presentations. The assistant dean will be involved in building and maintaining relationships with admission constituents, including parents, school-based counselors, independent counselors, and community-based organizations. While the primary function of this position will be working with prospective international students, the assistant dean will also manage some domestic territories. The assistant dean will coordinate with colleagues in appropriate departments, such as the International Programs Office, to direct college-wide international initiatives in the recruitment and support of international students. 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 all domestic 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.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage assigned geographic territories, including recruitment travel abroad and within the United States. This role will have a particular focus on Asia, but will coordinate the global recruitment of all applicants outside of the United States in consultation with senior admission staff.
Maintain relationships with school-based counselors and applicants at high schools within the 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.
Read and evaluate first-year and transfer applications from within their assigned admission territories.
Serve in the rotation of the admission officer (AO) of the day in order to present information sessions and answer the questions of prospective students visiting campus for tours, emailing with questions, or calling the Office of Admission to speak with an admission counselor.
Utilize technology and our admission database to identify and monitor admission pipelines for target audiences, facilitate communication, and compile reports as it relates to populations of international populations at Occidental.
Serve as one of the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Designated School Officials (DSO) for the College.
Serve as the primary contact with external vendors and organizations that support the recruitment and enrollment of international students.
Maintain active membership and engage directly with international college counseling organizations such as IACAC and CIS.
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 the following is preferred: Technolutions Slate, English language proficiency exams and interview platforms, internationally-based curricula (e.g. non-U.S. national curricula, A-levels, IGCSE, and IB), SEVIS, and international organizations such as International ACAC and CIS. Bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, and a valid passport 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.
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