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Posted Job Title
Vice Dean / Director of Admissions
Job Profile Title
Reporting to the Vice Provost / Dean of Admissions, the Vice Dean / Director of Admissions is a member of the senior management team of the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Admissions Office and will lead an Enrollment Team with an inclusive and growth-oriented commitment to Penn's four undergraduate schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing, and the Wharton School.
Situated within the world-class resources of the University, Penn Admissions synthesizes our values of strategic boldness, collective care, directed focus, intentional equity, and meaningful clarity to advance equitable admissions practices through a human-centered lens. We align these principles with Penn's dedicated commitment to research and discovery and seek a leader who can create new best practices that meaningfully clarify our position as a world-class institution.
Committed to strategic boldness and collective care, the Vice Dean / Director of Admissions envisions and coordinates enrollment strategies through data-informed decision making while enacting managerial effectiveness and work allocation for the Enrollment Team of approximately 30 staff while collaborating with the Vice Deans who oversee Marketing/Communication/Visit Experience, Operations, and Community Engagement and Inclusion. In total, Penn Admissions comprises approximately 60 staff, internally supporting all functions required by undergraduate admissions.
Committed to directed focus and intentional equity, the Vice Dean / Director of Admissions prioritizes the enrollment of a diverse, innovative, and talented class by overseeing the implementation of domestic and international enrollment strategies, developing external partnerships with schools and community-based organizations across Philadelphia, the United States, and internationally, and strengthening the evaluation and selection strategies that ultimately build our undergraduate enrollment.
With historical nods to the spirit of our founder, Benjamin Franklin, Penn Admissions engages in strategic boldness by locating and inspiring the next generation of students to contribute to the public good through an ethos of discovery, creativity, and innovation. In addition, the successful candidate for this role should be able to navigate complex governance structures and decentralized environments while cultivating influential relationships across the University and the national higher education landscape. This leader should display a history of dedicated advocacy for prospective students and should be able to convey and further define Penn's unique value proposition, while demonstrating an interest in supporting all students and families who seek a top-tier university education.
Contributing to the field of higher education, the Vice Dean / Director of Admissions will enhance Penn Admissions as a hallmark of thought leadership and as an extraordinary place to work, ensuring that all aspects of our work are viewed through diversity, equity, and inclusion. In partnership with senior leadership and key stakeholders across the university, this role will also ensure that research and best practices within and beyond higher education are applied to our work, towards a commitment of intellectual curiosity and continuous improvement.
- Masters degree plus 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in admissions and college counseling or equivalent combination of education and experience
- A deep commitment to issues of access and inclusion within higher education, and an understanding that these are essential lenses through which every strategic initiative and work product created by our office must be viewed
- History of developing evidence-based solutions and making decisions that are informed by data
- Outstanding track record for partnering with and drawing out the best in other professionals as a leader and manager, and of helping colleagues across all functions improve their own managerial approaches.
- Ability to lead, plan, develop, and implement projects / programs that deliver on priorities for both the office and for the broader institution, and the interpersonal intelligence to maintain relationships while also redirecting efforts if a project is not viable or aligned with these priorities
- Ability to structure complex issues and organize complicated insights from multiple sources and translate these effectively into strategic plans for action across the enrollment function
- A growth mindset and the ability to inspire this mindset in others
- Experience with planning and managing budgets
- Valid driver's license and ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as required
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Application Review Process:
Application review process will begin on January 31, 2023. Please submit the required Cover Letter and Resume/CV by this date for full consideration.
Targeted Pay Range:
up to $200,000, commensurate with education and experience.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$110,850.00 - $174,270.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.
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- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.
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