Hood College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Admission. Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the DOA will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of all College activities in student recruitment and enrollment. Serving an important role on the enrollment management leadership team, the Director will join Hood at an exciting time in its 125 year history as it embarks on an ambitious strategic plan that includes growth and diversification of the undergraduate population as critical to an experientially-based, holistic education.
The College and Greater Frederick, MD Community: Founded in 1893 in Frederick, Maryland, Hood College is a coeducational, independent, liberal arts college, which offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates. Home to approximately 1,200 undergraduate students from 25 states and 15 countries, Hood offers 32 majors, 50 minors, and pre-professional preparation in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, dentistry and law. Hood students experience small class sizes, where they receive individual attention from supportive faculty.
With its proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the I-270 biotech corridor, students have access to countless internships and research opportunities. At Hood, we are challenging students to improve their critical thinking, communication and collaborative skills and preparing them not just for their first jobs, but for their careers. For high-achieving students, we offer a four-year honors program with a living and learning setting expanding the curriculum with an emphasis on interdisciplinary education through discussion-based seminars, collaborative projects and experiential learning opportunities.
Eighty-five percent of first-year students live on campus; more than 40 campus clubs and organizations as well as 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams and two club-level athletic teams create an active and vibrant campus environment. In addition to its exceptional undergraduate program, Hood’s professionally oriented graduate school offers 19 master’s degrees, 10 certificate programs and two doctoral programs. Our graduate programs are designed to work in tandem with our bachelor’s degrees so that students can take advantage of five-year, dual-degree programs.
Hood is located in a fantastic college town; students are within walking distance of shops, galleries and restaurants and a vibrant downtown. A tremendous alumni network offers students and graduates mentoring, connections, guidance and advice. The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and many other publications have recognized Hood as an affordable top-tier institution.
The Position: The Director’s position will require both broad oversight as well as a hands-on management style, including a working knowledge of current best-practices in student recruitment, data-driven admission forecasting, strategic management of financial aid and financial aid leveraging practices, and exceptional CRM expertise (preferably TargetX). Collaboration throughout the College on all matters concerning enrollment of first-time freshmen and transfer students is required. He/she will provide leadership in designing the College’s enrollment strategies and is expected to make sophisticated use of high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based enrollment decisions, utilizing best practices in admission and enrollment management, while inspiring others on campus to work collaboratively in achieving enrollment goals. The new DOA must be innovative and adept at promoting current academic programs, as well as bringing forth recommendations for new recruitment ideas, marketing strategies, and academic programs that match the College’s mission, resources, and market demand.
Qualifications: To be considered for the position of Director of Admission, the ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree, eight (8) years of progressive enrollment/admission responsibilities, extensive leadership experience in admission within an enrollment management partnership environment, and sophisticated understanding of enrollment strategies, market research, social media, admission, financial aid, and student information systems. Analytical ability, excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with faculty, students, alumni, and administrators across the entire College community is important.
Application and Nomination Process: The College has partnered with Scott Healy & Associates in managing and overseeing the entire extended search process. All applications and nominations must be sent electronically to:
Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a cover letter outlining their experience and success in all areas indicated in The Position, a complete and up-to-date resume, and the names of five professional references with title, institutional affiliation, email address, and direct telephone number. The search process is confidential and no references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate. Applications submitted by February 16, 2018, will be given priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Nondiscrimination Notice: Prospective Students and Prospective Employees:
Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, age, or any other protected classification under applicable federal, state, or local law, in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and their implementing regulations.
Hood College complies with applicable laws regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled students and employees. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process, or to have access to a program, service, or activity of Hood College are requested to contact the Disability Services Coordinator.
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About Hood College
Hood's picturesque 50-acre campus is ideally situated in the middle of charming, historic Frederick. The Frederick-Washington-Baltimore triangle not only features a vast and diverse array of world-famous social and cultural destinations, but also abounds with internships at government agencies, laboratories, media firms, schools and IT companies, among others. Hood College prepares students to excel in meeting the personal, professional and global challenges of the future. Hood is committed to the integration of the liberal arts, the professions and technology, to the exploration of values, a sense of community and to the preparation of students for lives of responsibility, leadership and service.