Hamilton College, a highly selective, private liberal arts college with a national reputation, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Admission.
Hamilton’s enrollment division is under the leadership of Monica Inzer, current Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Effective Summer 2017, Ms. Inzer will assume the title Vice President for Enrollment Management, and will focus more intentionally on strategic recruitment initiatives, sustaining Hamilton’s financial aid promise, retention/enrollment management, and implementing initiatives that emerge from Hamilton’s next strategic plan. Hamilton’s 20th President David Wippman, who began his tenure in the summer of 2016, has launched a strategic planning process that will focus on issues ranging from curricular innovation and student success to imagining the Hamilton of the future.
The Vice President for Enrollment Management will continue to provide vision, strategy and oversight for all aspects of admission recruitment and student financial aid. The Dean of Admission will replace a long-serving Director of Admission who is retiring, and in this elevated role will be a critical partner in helping the VP and the College realize new ambitions. The successful candidate will play a lead role in developing Hamilton’s admission strategy, manage all aspects of recruitment and selection, and will work to sustain and improve upon successes the College has achieved in the areas of selectivity, quality, and diversity of the institution’s student body. The new Dean will be a highly visible member of the community and an effective spokesperson for the College.
Qualifications and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate must possess a strategic focus in recruitment and enrollment practices. The Dean will manage admission recruitment, selection, and yield initiatives designed to meet the enrollment goals of the institution. S/he will conduct geodemographic market analysis and develop a strategy and plan for admission staff travel. With the VP for Enrollment Management, the successful candidate will identify new student sources and strategic partners, and will manage and assess external vendors and relationships.
The new Dean will demonstrate the ability to continuously research and evaluate admission and enrollment data, build yield models, and work closely with the VP, institutional research, communications, and institutional technology departments to produce and update the College’s recruitment and communication plans according to changing markets and demographics. Expertise with data analysis and an appreciation and passion for technology, including successful use of enterprise systems and CRMs, and, in particular, experience with the use and implementation of the Slate CRM is preferred.
Financial aid knowledge or experience as it relates to private, liberal arts education is preferred and an appreciation for working in a need-blind admission environment that also meets the full demonstrated financial need of students is desirable.
With demonstrated ability to lead a highly selective institution, the successful candidate will be well-versed in demographics and social and economic trends, and experienced and knowledgeable about international recruitment and recruitment for diversity and inclusion. The Dean must display integrity in the enrollment process and an ethical approach to maintaining selectivity. Demonstrated success in managing admission recruitment, selection, and yield initiatives designed to meet institutional goals is required. The Dean should have a strong appreciation for and commitment to diversity and access, defined broadly (ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, gender, first generation to college, etc.). S/he will be responsible for leading a best-in-class campus visit program and data-informed territory management operation. Leading by example, the Dean will travel extensively, assuming key speaking engagements at strategic partner schools and programs, and will represent the institution at conferences and other admission events. Budget management and optimization are also part of the dean’s responsibilities.
The Dean of Admission will have the opportunity to partner with the institution’s long-standing Director of Admission Lora Schilder, who will remain at Hamilton College on a part-time basis until her retirement in the next year. To position the new dean for successful leadership, the director will be available to assist the successful candidate, as needed, with onboarding and transitional issues related to the management of the office.
Outstanding communication skills and astute marketing sense
The Dean of Admission will have a lead role in admission marketing, including the admission website, publications, social media, and digital content. The implementation of increasingly sophisticated and data dependent communication strategies for direct mail, email, digital and social networking is a priority. Close collaboration with the communications and development division will be ongoing.
Possessing excellent written and oral communication skills, the Dean will represent the Hamilton College Admission Office to a variety of internal and external audiences, ranging from prospective students and their families to the Board of Trustees. The Dean will work across campus with various members of the faculty and administration to establish and execute campus-wide initiatives to support the institution’s admission efforts.
Excellent managerial ability
The Dean will strategically lead and model service excellence for the admission team. While engendering a sense of team and camaraderie, the Dean will hire, train, develop and supervise all admission staff. Working closely with the retiring director of admission for one year, s/he will cultivate the individual and collective strengths of a relatively young admission team, including eleven high functioning associate and assistant deans, an operations team of seven, and part-time help as needed. The Dean will have the opportunity to evaluate and possibly restructure positions and roles within admission, including the eventual consideration of regional admission officers, and assessment of the Hamilton Alumni Recruitment Team (HART) among other programs.
The Dean will lead in the development and refinement of key areas of focus, including search, counselor relationship cultivation, travel and territory management, diversity recruitment, communication flow and messaging, athletic recruitment and campus events and visit programs. The Dean must demonstrate the ability to make good hires, provide excellent training and mentoring, and promote professional development through external opportunities and internal coaching and mentorship.
Education and Progressive Experience
This position requires a leader who will bring to the role a highly successful record of achievement in admission, a commitment to Hamilton’s liberal arts mission, substantial experience with effectively using technology and data to enhance and inform the student recruitment process, and proven strength in diversity recruitment. The position requires at least ten years of increasingly responsible related experience; an advanced degree is preferred.
Other characteristics and requirements desired in a successful Dean of Admission:
- Confident, competent, smart and engaging
- Embody and embrace Hamilton’s culture of “prestige without pretension”
- Possess a passion for liberal arts education
- Well-organized with attention to detail
- Efficient process leader
- Troubleshooter by nature
- Dedicated to ethical and transparent admission and recruitment practices
- Gifted communicator, willing to represent the institution to external partners and media
- Ability to work independently while staying in synch with the Vice President
- Highly collaborative
- High energy
- Committed to continuous improvement and aspiration for excellence
- Strong listener and accessible to staff and others in the community
- Models customer service values
- Demonstrates a strong work ethic, but also an appreciation for work/life balance for staff
Hamilton College: “Prestigious but unpretentious”
Named for one the nation’s favorite founding fathers, and the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton College is often described as “prestigious but unpretentious.” The third-oldest college in New York, Hamilton became coeducational when it merged with neighboring Kirkland College in 1978. Hamilton offers an open curriculum, providing its nearly 2,000 undergraduate students the freedom to choose courses that reflect their interests, while fulfilling the College’s expectations that they study broadly across the liberal arts. With a strong emphasis on effective communication, Hamilton students are critical and creative thinkers, and gifted writers and speakers that work with advisors to create individualized plans of study specific to their interests and goals. Nearly two thirds of students will study off-campus during their time at Hamilton through 180 programs around the world or through the school’s consortium programs in Spain, India, France and China, as well as U.S. locations in New York, Boston and Washington.
Hamilton’s student body is comprised of 23 percent U.S. students of color, 6 percent international, and 15% first generation to college. Hamilton students originate from 48 states and 45 countries. Hamilton’s acceptance rate has ranged from 24-26% in recent years. Each year, the college enrolls 475-480 fall first-years, 35-40 January first-years, and approximately 25-30 transfer students. Including transfer applicants, the College attracted nearly 6,000 applications during the 2016-17 year.
Hamilton College was founded as a college of opportunity, and stands today as one of the roughly three dozen colleges in the nation that meets 100 percent demonstrated financial need, and is need-blind in admission decisions. The College also cares deeply about effective communication, ethical leadership, and service to others. It prepares students for lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship. Guided by the motto “Know Thyself,” the College emphasizes intellectual growth, flexibility, and collaboration in a residential academic community. Hamilton students learn to think independently, embrace difference, write and speak persuasively, and engage issues ethically and creatively. Hamilton enables its students to effect positive change in the world.
More than $236 million have been invested in campus facilities over the past decade, with $186 million committed to academic facilities. Students choose from 43 majors and 56 areas of study; participate in 29 NCAA Division III varsity sports as part of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), 17 club sports, and 17 intramural programs; and engage in over 200 clubs and organizations including those focused on volunteerism, religion, public affairs, culture, the media, comedy, music, and performance.
Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on College Hill overlooking the picturesque New England-style village of Clinton, N.Y. Utica is 10 minutes to the northeast, Syracuse is 45 minutes to the west and Albany is 90 minutes to the east. Boston, New York City and Toronto are all roughly 4 hours from Hamilton College.
Clinton, New York:
Founded in 1787, the village is named for New York’s first governor, George Clinton. The world-famous Bristol-Myers Squibb Company was founded in Clinton by two Hamilton alumni in the late 1800s. According to the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, the town enjoys an unexpectedly rich cultural life for a community its size. The Kirkland Art Center, housed on the Village Green, sponsors gallery exhibitions, coffeehouses, concerts and a wide variety of arts, crafts and activities, while Hamilton College offers many performing arts series, lectures, readings and exhibitions throughout the year. Clinton's Village Green serves as the focal point for much of the activity in the community, especially during the summer months. Whether attending the Tuesday evening concerts, sampling fresh produce and delicious baked goods at the Farmers Market, enjoying a Cider Mill donut, learning about days past during Historic Clinton Week, or watching one of the many annual parades, the Village Green is the center of community life. Nice restaurants and a variety of bed and breakfasts also make it an ideal location from which to explore other regional attractions. In addition to its many beautiful scenic vistas, Central New York is rich in American history. Visitors to the area can visit the Erie Canal Village, Fort Stanwix National Monument, the Oriskany Battlefield and the Baron Von Steuben Memorial. Nearby is the Adirondack Park, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, and an antique collector’s paradise, The Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, the Stanley Performing Arts Center and Turning Stone Casino. Those employed at Hamilton cite a campus community that is caring and fosters long-term appreciation of individuals. In addition to a competitive benefits package that features robust tuition reimbursement plans and retirement contributions, the area provides a relatively low cost of living, access to quality child care including the Clinton Early Learning Center, and support for trailing spouses/partners.
To Apply: Napier Executive Search is assisting Hamilton College in finding the right person for the position of Dean of Admission. For more information, or to nominate someone for this position, contact Mary Napier (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Robin Reynders (email@example.com). All conversations will remain confidential unless otherwise stated and agreed.
Interested candidates should submit a résumé along with a letter of interest describing his/her unique qualifications for the Dean of Admission at Hamilton College. Candidates should also provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references.For confidentiality, references will not be contacted without permission. All application materials should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org March 1, 2017.The preferred start date is Summer 2017.
Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.