The Assistant Dean contributes to all aspects of the Admissions process, including travel to recruit students and represent the college, review applications for admission, interview prospective students, lead public presentations to promote the College, build relationships with high school counselors and community based organizations, attend and organize recruitment initiatives both on and off-campus, and partner with colleagues across the College. The assistant dean will help coordinate aspects of our on-campus events and supervise some of our student employees. All Admissions staff are expected to contribute to Bowdoin’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and may have specialized responsibilities with underrepresented students. It is important that the assistant dean is able to clearly articulate the values and benefits of a liberal arts education and the opportunities available to students at Bowdoin.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants must possess excellent organizational skills and exceptional oral and written communication skills; strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; a willingness to travel and to work extended hours during peak periods; a thorough and creative event planner; and the ability to manage both the small details and a big vision. Proficiency in a variety of common programs of the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) is necessary. The successful candidate will be someone with a deep enthusiasm for the experience of a liberal arts education, possessing the ability to engage students from diverse backgrounds, with a high level of organization, energy, and exceptional presentation skills.
A minimum of three years of relevant recruitment experience in a private liberal arts college or in selective college advising is preferred. An understanding and enthusiasm for admissions work and its cyclical nature as well as an appreciation working with high school and college students. A valid driver’s license and the ability to comply with the College’s Motor Vehicle Policy is required. This position is subject to a criminal history background check and motor vehicle record check.
Internal Number: S00761JP
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.