Director of Admission

Wellesley College, a premier liberal arts college for women, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Director of Admission. Situated on a campus of 500 acres, the College is enriched by its proximity to the greater Boston area and is home to 2,350 undergraduate students representing 50 states and more than 80 countries; 48 percent students of color, 13 percent international citizens and 17 percent of entering first-years as first-generation college students. Diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Wellesley.

Serving as the leader for the admission staff, the director will report to Joy St. John, dean of admission and financial aid. The director of admission will manage the day-to-day operations of the department and oversee all critical admission functions such as student recruitment, communications, customer service, data reporting, events management and human resources. She or he oversees an office consisting of 20 staff and is responsible for an operating budget of over one million dollars for the Office of Admission. The successful candidate, a leader of great skill, will serve as an encouraging manager and mentor capable of bringing further cohesion to a department of eager, committed and engaged admission professionals.

The director will be an inspirational team builder with the capacity for embedding admission practices within institutional values and aspirations. In addition, the new director will possess great analytic and technological depth; an eagerness to engage in meaningful interchange about admission priorities, challenges, and trade-offs; a demonstrated commitment to the review of candidates to achieve a diverse and talented student population; and a nuanced understanding of the importance and impact of mission-driven selective admissions. She or he will also possess superior interpersonal communication skills, a collaborative leadership style and a commitment to and record of exemplary personal and professional integrity. Prior supervisory experience and a Master’s degree are required.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; interested individuals are encouraged to submit credentials without delay. Candidates should provide a professional resume, and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile that can be found at Materials should be sent via e-mail to Wellesley College’s search consultants Pat Coleman and Ann Wright at


Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.