Human Resources


Assistant Dean of Admission

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience.  Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity.  The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression.  Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We seek a dynamic Assistant Dean of Admission to join our institution.

Position Summary
The Assistant Dean of Admission is the front-line admission professional responsible for recruitment of incoming students.  S/he has a shared responsibility for bringing in a class of freshman that is well qualified and diverse.  This role reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Admission.

This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week.  Starting pay is $37,000 per year.  Work schedule includes seven weeks of travel each year and occasional night or weekend work.  Reed College offers a benefits package that is exceptional.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of employment), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse.

Essential Functions

  • Manage admissions activities locally in Oregon and nationally in a territory including representing Reed to prospective students, high school counselors and parents. 
  • Conduct group information sessions. 
  • Read and evaluate college applications
  • Conduct individual interviews
  • Manage, recruit and train student workers in the dormitory host program which takes place year-round.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a strategic multicultural recruitment plan

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • Experience working in an admissions office as a regular employee or student employee is strongly preferred.
  • Must possess an understanding of the values, academic mission and culture of small liberal arts colleges, although attendance at a liberal arts college is not required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Must be sensitive to multicultural, socioeconomic and regional differences found among students from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional public speaking skills.
  • Strong writing skills, as writing is imperative to evaluating applications
  • Strong organizational skills and time-management skills, as workload is high during application reading season
  • Ability to successfully work independently and as part of a team
  • Exceptional follow-up
  • Genuine desire to be of service to others
  • Strong aptitude for new technology
  • An impeccable track record of integrity and the highest professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • A valid driver’s license

To Apply
Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to  In your letter, answer the question “How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?”.  Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.