Dean of Admissions Sea Education Association Woods Hole, MA
About Sea Education Association
Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, we have equipped over 10,000 undergraduate and high school students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders who are prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.
SEA Semester®, our Boston University accredited study abroad program, is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community.
SEA Gap Year programs offer any student interested in the oceans the opportunity to study the marine environment through the disciplines of science, maritime history and culture, policy, and leadership. We offer academic, credit-bearing programs as well as experiential, non-credit-bearing learning opportunities.
SEA Summer High School programs offer unique learning opportunities for current high school students, including shore-based field programs on our campus and at-sea voyages focused on oceanographic research under sail.
SEA's campus is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and our expeditions take place aboard our two tall ship research vessels. For more information on SEA please visit www.sea.edu.
We are seeking an entrepreneurial and skilled Dean of Admissions to lead all aspects of the SEA Admissions office and team. As we continue to diversify our program offerings across undergraduate, gap year, and high school programs, the Dean of Admissions will build an effective strategy for all recruitment and admissions activities and guide a high-performing team to implement this strategy. Working with their team, the Dean of Admissions will create and sustain recruitment pipelines and develop admissions processes that will ensure that a diverse range of qualified students engage with our programs. In addition to leading the admissions team, the Dean of Admissions will collaborate with other SEA staff and faculty to identify and act on opportunities for new program development and relationship-building with partner institutions.
Joining SEA at a time when the field of study-abroad education is rapidly changing, an innovative and strategic Dean of Admissions will have the opportunity to act as a key member of our senior management team and help position the organization for continued success.
Create a comprehensive recruitment and admissions strategy, informed by market research; establish appropriate goals; and supervise the admissions team to carry out this strategy and meet enrollment goals
Manage the budget and staffing resources needed to ensure SEA achieves recruitment, admissions, and enrollment goals; approve and administer the budget for admissions and develop an effective staffing model and hire, train, and manage a high-performing team
Guide the delivery of an effective recruitment plan that educates a diverse range of audiences about SEA's educational programs, including prospective students and families; higher education and high school administrators, faculty, and staff; and the general public
Administer and monitor the admissions process for all SEA programs, ensuring academic quality and rigor, continued efforts to increase the diversity of SEA's student population, and timely application processing
Oversee SEA's communication to prospective students, parents, and other relevant audiences at all stages of the recruitment and admissions process, ensuring consistency of messaging
Partner with the Academic Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships to develop key relationships with college and university administrators, faculty, and staff in order to promote SEA programs, build referral pipelines, and develop opportunities for affiliation
Collaborate with colleagues in marketing/communications and alumni affairs, ensuring that SEA's digital marketing program and alumni activities can be leveraged toward recruitment goals
Participate in new academic program development efforts, working closely with the Academic Dean and SEA faculty members
Work with the Associate Dean of Student Services and Financial Aid to coordinate messaging regarding SEA's commitment to affordability, scholarship offerings, and financial aid processes
Inspire and encourage members of the SEA community about their role in promoting SEA
Participate on SEA's Senior Management Group, working collaboratively with colleagues to address institutional needs and supporting the President in long-range planning
Prepare and present enrollment statistics, status, and objectives to the President, Trustees, and the Senior Management Group; act as liaison to the Enrollment Committee
Act as an external representative for SEA, including participation in conferences, meetings, and campus visits as well as hosting visitors to campus
As the incoming Dean of Admissions, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following skills and experiences:
You come to this opportunity with at least five years of management experience in relevant roles in study abroad and/or academic admissions or administration. You bring a proven track record of meeting recruitment and admissions goals in a study abroad (provider or sending institution), experiential education, independent school, or higher education context.
You share our commitment to the benefits of study abroad and experiential education experiences. A love of the ocean and appreciation for environmental studies are also valuable in this role.
You are a strategic thinker who leverages market research to build, implement, and adjust recruitment and admissions strategies.
You demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to develop appropriate staffing plans and manage staff at varying levels of experience to develop their professional skills.
You possess outstanding interpersonal and communications skills and are able to engage, motivate, and collaborate with a diverse range of audiences, stakeholders, and partners.
You are a skilled project manager with the ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage a wide range of responsibilities.
You share our commitment to increasing diversity among our student, faculty, and staff and ensuring an inclusive environment.
Willingness and ability to travel is required.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $95,000, commensurate with experience. SEA offers a full benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; retirement plans; and generous vacation/sick/personal time and holidays.
SEA has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume, addressed to Peg Brandon, via 0.
SEA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.
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