Director of Admissions
St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public, a non-sectarian, co-educational, liberal arts institution, is seeking an accomplished and innovative admission professional for the position of Director of Admissions. Chartered by the State of Maryland and designated as the state’s official Honors College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) is recognized as the premier public traditional liberal arts institution in the nation. Located on the site of Maryland’s first capital city, SMCM has a strong identity as an institution offering a small college experience comparable to that found at exceptional private colleges with commitments to access, affordability, and diversity.
The Director of Admissions works closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to develop and refine robust and innovative strategies designed to meet the enrollment goals of the College. Leading the admissions team, and working in collaboration with Enrollment Management and campus colleagues, the Director is responsible for the implementation, execution and assessment of an innovative goal and mission-driven strategic plan throughout all phases of the new student recruitment, admission, enrollment and matriculation process. The Director will have the managerial and strategic background necessary to provide exemplary and enthusiastic leadership for all on and off campus constituents engaged in the recruitment effort in a fast-paced environment with high expectations. The Director will be a creative thinker, quantitatively inclined, with high energy, a competitive spirit, intellectual curiosity, strong character, discipline, and a commitment to staff development in order to bring best practice, excellence and innovation to this institutionally-critical role.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; Master’s degree preferred. Must have at least five to seven years of progressively responsible leadership experience in undergraduate admission with significant experience in recruitment, staff supervision, communications, strategic planning, and data analysis; evidence of demonstrated planning, organizational, customer service, leadership and supervisory skills; demonstrated success in meeting or exceeding quantitative and qualitative enrollment goals; knowledge of national and international trends and developments in recruitment and admission for the purposes of modeling and strategic planning; strong quantitative and analytical prowess, and knowledge and experience with cutting-edge technologies in the enrollment area and reporting; approachable and diplomatic with well-developed oral and written communication skills, including effective public speaking and presentation skills, the ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment and manage multiple and, sometimes competing, priorities; proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; demonstrated ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives; ability to lead and supervise staff and handle personnel matters creatively and diplomatically; high level of understanding and commitment to the liberal arts; valid driver’s license and ability to travel; ability to work evenings and weekends; ability to lift at least 50 pound boxes of recruitment materials; and physical ability to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
The work environment for this position is in an office, on the College campus for events, at secondary schools, colleges, and business environments for recruitment visit purposes. Events and recruiting programs require standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting at least 50 pound boxes of recruitment materials, and walking; the office environment requires sitting; data entry, texting and telephoning prospective students, parents, etc.
Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland (www.smcm.edu), a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Science institution is located 70 miles southeast of Washington D.C.. Undergraduate and residential in nature, with a diverse co-educational student body numbering approximately 1700, SMCM emphasizes excellence in teaching and he student experience. The institution was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1997. The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and proximity to the amenities of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond.
St. Mary’s College embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission. We offer an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity. Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé (including e-mail address), statement of how the applicant’s employment at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity, and the names and contact information for three references and submitted online at: apply.interfolio.com/48832. Questions may be directed to Beverly Read at 240-895-5005.
Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary's College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Visit our website: www.smcm.edu/hr
Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.