Job description

Req: R0004039

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Dean supports ambitious university enrollment goals of building increasingly talented and diverse incoming classes by actively recruiting, admitting, and enrolling students from a designated recruitment territory. Contributes to a welcoming and enriching campus visitation program by leading information sessions, conducting student interviews, and hosting open house programs. This position is designated to support the Recruitment team while also planning, implementing, and managing a comprehensive plan to enhance undergraduate diversity. The salary, title, and reporting structure of this position will be commensurate with a candidate’s experience.

Essential Functions:

  • Collects data, plans and executes admissions travel to specified geographical regions in alignment with university enrollment goals, such as building a broader and more diverse applicant pool. Serves as the University’s admissions representative and liaison to secondary schools and students. Determines how best to disseminate information about Wake Forest to specific markets and tailors admissions activities accordingly. Educates and updates high school counselors and prospective students concerning the University’s mission, characteristics and accomplishments. Represents Wake Forest at college fairs, evening information sessions, college admissions panels and individual high school visits. Evaluates effectiveness of travel and makes adjustments for subsequent visits.
  • Annually analyzes qualifications of over 2,000 prospective students utilizing established admissions standards, guidelines, and criteria. Sits on the admissions committee as a full voting member making subjective evaluations of applicants for admission to the College. Critiques complex admissions essays and evaluates candidates’ demonstrated talents, character and potential contributions to Wake Forest. May independently contact secondary school professionals or recommenders to solicit clarification or additional information concerning applicants. Must maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive personal and academic information submitted in the application process by applicants, secondary school professionals or others.
  • Conducts admissions interviews, imparting information about the University to prospective students. Interviews are evaluative in nature and require prompt documentation of interview notes and assessment of potential for success at the university.
  • As a sole presenter, creates and conducts some daily group admissions information sessions for prospective students and parents (over 25,000 visitors per year). Responsible for constant updating and revising of the admissions presentation in conjunction with the University’s integrated marketing efforts.
  • Promptly reply to prospective students, parents, high school counselors, and others seeking information on admissions standards, academic programs, diversity and inclusion practices, and extracurricular opportunities via telephone and email. Proactively outreach to the most notable of prospective students to introduce them to the university and further encourage their enrollment.
  • Participates and assists in the coordination of various on campus recruiting programs and projects.
  • Coordinates programming for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Initiatives may include: panel presentations, class simulations, group visits and staff training.
  • Participates in the maintenance of up-to-date records and statistics on current applicants.
  • Serve as a model and mentor for new and junior-level admissions officers.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • BA/BS with a strong academic record and three or more years related work experience.
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills (direct reports may be added in time).
  • Knowledge of Wake Forest academic and extracurricular programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills both orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of budget development and fiscal management.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituents.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Power Point, Word and EXCEL.
  • Ability to foster teamwork, inclusion, and collegiality in a small office and with other departments.
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Valid driver license with good driving record; must be insurable.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Knowledge of Slate by Technolutions and Powerfaids


  • Responsible for own work only.

In furtherance of the University’s commitment to resuming operations in a manner consistent with or similar to how those operations were conducted prior to the pandemic, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Faculty and staff with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination should contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

How to apply

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