Dean of Admissions

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7063315 (Ref.No. 1793070)
Posted: January 30, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 2015-1602473
Location: CA 94556, CA
Closing: 2/28/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity


Establish and implement strategies to recruit incoming students meeting stated new student financial, academic, and demographic goals. Oversee application process. Hire, mentor and supervise professional staff. Directly plan and collaborate with institutional partners (Vice Presidents/Provosts, Academic Deans, Student Life, Business and Finance, Enrollment Services, College Communications; Athletics; Development/ Advancement/ Alumni Relations; Mission; Physical Plant). Evaluate recruiting and financial aid leveraging strategies and make informed, data-driven recommendations to improve efficacy of recruitment efforts. Develop a culture of success in the Admissions Department. Create informed polices and procedures to ensure excellent student services.

1. Development and execution of admissions recruitment plans to enroll incoming first-time, transfer students, and international students to meet the College's financial, academic, demographic short and long-term enrollment goals. Development of recruitment communication plan for prospective student search, as well as for applicants, and yield. Work with College Marketing for development of print publications, digital marketing, and social media. Work with vendors/partners for generation of inquiries.
2. Directly supervise and evaluate associate directors. Plan and conduct regular staff meetings. Provide coaching and assistance to ensure that counselors meet stated enrollment goals. Plan and evaluate the counselors' territories. Evaluate activities and strategies for effectiveness and return on investment. Develop and manage operations budget.

3. Establish and develop relationships with external organizations, including community college partners and college bound organizations, in addition to other established partnership opportunities. Align institutions to build student pipelines through these organizations.
4. Provide reports and analysis needed to ensure that strategies are on target to meet established goals. Make recommendations for adjustments when needed.
5. Review and evaluate admissions criteria, making recommendations where necessary.

6. Work with financial aid consultants to develop effective leveraging plan, merit scholarship strategy, ensuring that student quality, diversity, and revenue goals are met.

Experience and Qualifications


REQUIRED: 8 years overall in Admissions/Higher Education
PREFERRED: 6 years of Admissions leadership

Skills / Abilities: Proficiency in software systems (e.g. Slate CRM, Datatel Student Record system; ImageNow document imaging) and the Microsoft suite of applications (word/exceljaccess/powerpoint.) Ongoing need for writing copy for electronic and print correspondence, social media, and publications appropriate to a selective collegiate institution. Needs to persuasively and diplomatically convey orally and in writing College policies, including decisions to deny admission as well as offer acceptance.

Licenses & Certification:

Other Requirements: Required to frequently work evenings and weekends throughout the year (for field work in September, October, April or to contend with seasonal application surges requiring considerable evening and weekend work from November through March. Seasonal requirement for travel related to recruitment, presentations, attendance at conferences, representation of the College as chief admissions representative locally, regionally, nationally (e.g. September/October/May.) This typically involves at least 3-4 weeks away from home annually.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions: Please apply online at

Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College

  1. A resume

  2. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.

  3. In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, please go to the Public Safety website at To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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