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Smith College - Dean of Admission

Northampton, MA

Job Description

Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, seeks a collaborative, inventive and experienced leader to serve as its next dean of admission. Reporting to Audrey Smith, vice president for enrollment, the dean of admission will join an exceptional team and have the unique opportunity to further enrollment success at a leading women’s college committed to inclusivity and access.

Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with more than 2,600 students from 48 states and 68 countries. Smith is located on a 147-acre campus known for its spectacular physical beauty, and the college continues to provide women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality.

The dean of admission provides vision, leadership and strategy for all aspects of Smith’s undergraduate admission operation, serving as the driving force to insure the enrollment of an exceptional student body. Over the past decade Smith has experienced notable success in enrollment, and the dean of admission will be expected to build on current strengths, continuously enhance the college’s visibility and competitive standing, and manage sometimes competing enrollment imperatives so that all of the college’s goals are reflected in each incoming class. As a highly visible advocate and representative for Smith, the dean of admission fosters relationships throughout the college and will be expected to build connections with prospective students, college counselors and Smith alumnae all over the world.

The ideal candidate will be able to provide strategic direction and leadership to an admission program that is well-executed, forward-thinking and student-centered. The personal qualities of integrity, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, significant strategic and analytical capacity, technological savvy and an inclusive work style are imperative. Smith’s new dean of admission will possess a bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of relevant experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A master’s degree is highly desired. Prior supervisory experience is required.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via e-mail to Smith College’s consultants Amy Crutchfield, Patricia Coleman and Robin Mamlet at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the assistant to the search, Laura Novak, at 630-575-6943.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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