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Director of Admissions

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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College / University
Please review the details for the position before applying for the opening. If you are an internal employee, please apply through the internal portal on Workday. You should have your completed resume/cv and cover letter ready to upload. You should upload both documents on the third page (the required section is named resume/cv - this is also where you should upload your cover letter). These documents should either be in a PDF format (.pdf) or a Word document (.doc) format.

Job Posting Title
Director of Admissions

Job Description Summary
Admin Exempt

Job Description

Wellesley College is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years - women who are committed to making a difference.

One of the nation's first and most renowned private, women's liberal arts colleges, Wellesley College seeks a collaborative, dynamic, and strategic leader to serve as its next director of admission. Located in the greater Boston area, Wellesley has a highly diverse and academically talented population of 2,400 women from all 50 states, more than 80 countries, and many social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Reporting to the dean of admission and financial aid, the director of admission will serve on the Admission and Student Financial Services leadership team and manage and mentor a team of 17 admission professionals committed to the implementation of the daily functions related to the Office of Admission. With exemplary personal and professional integrity, the director will oversee the strategic execution in the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of an academically talented and diverse applicant pool. The new director will be a trusted advisor to the division, campus leadership, and other partners across the College. The director will provide tactical leadership for the admission staff, and nurture and develop talent in the Office of Admission. Additionally, the director will be nimble and think innovatively to generate ideas to enhance Wellesley's competitiveness in the national and global context of higher education.

The ideal candidate will be a data-informed thought partner with an understanding of national and international trends and markets, especially within a mission-driven, highly selective admissions setting. The director will embody exceptional interpersonal communication skills and will be a campus and community partner to assure all constituencies are informed, supported, and committed to recruiting accomplished, creative, and diverse students to the campus. This position will represent Wellesley to internal and external audiences and must be able to embrace and promote the value of a college dedicated to the education of women.

Wellesley has played, and continues to play, a decisive role in shaping leadership models for women. Founded in 1870 by Pauline and Henry Durant to "offer to young women opportunities for education equivalent to those usually provided in colleges for young men," it opened its doors in 1875 and was the first American college to have a president, faculty, and students who were all women. Today, Wellesley enrolls approximately 600 first-year students each year, 54% of whom identify as U.S. students of color and 21% are the first in their family to attend college. Committed to inclusive excellence, Wellesley is among a select group of private colleges and universities that admits students without considering their ability to pay. The College holds a steadfast dedication to equity across race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category that can be used to divide people. Wellesley students are trailblazers: They are talented, motivated, intellectually gifted, civically engaged, socially conscious, and exceptionally engaged. Wellesley students benefit from an unequaled educational experience that honors and cultivates not only what is best about each of them, and their own potential, but about what women offer our world.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile, which can be found here: Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting Wellesley College in this search. Candidate review has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be submitted by the priority deadline of August 24, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the consultants supporting this search:

Shelley Arakawa, J.D. & Kati Sweaney

Wellesley College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution,
committed to increasing the diversity of the College community.

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EEO Statement

At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas-the best solutions-draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish.

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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