Reed College — Director of Admission

Reed College in Portland, Oregon – a highly selective national liberal arts and sciences college that provides one of the nation’s most rigorous undergraduate experiences – seeks a creative and collegial professional to serve as its next Director of Admission.

Reporting directly to the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, the new director will provide strategic leadership, vision, oversight and coordination of the college’s office of admission during an exciting period of ongoing growth. Reed recruited its largest and most racially diverse class ever in 2021, and the new director will contribute creativity and strategic excellence to the college’s mission of reaching prospective students who may not yet be familiar with Reed. In addition, the director will serve as manager and mentor for a team of ten admission professionals, fostering respect and open feedback as well as a highly productive work environment. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

Reed College enjoys a national reputation as a leader in liberal arts education. With 1,521 undergraduate students, a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 15, Reed truly values a personalized learning environment. All classes are taught by professors (there are no adjuncts), and the college consistently attracts bright, highly motivated students who are intellectual, demanding, engaged, creative and independent. The academic program begins with a yearlong interdisciplinary humanities course and ends with the senior thesis, an independent research project which all students complete. As part of its commitment to making a world-class education accessible, Reed meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all domestic and international students, and the admission process is fully test-blind.

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to WittKieffer consultants Lisa Meyer and Kati Sweaney at ReedDirectorAdmission@wittkieffer.com. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile which can be found at WittKieffer.com. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. 

Reed College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or familial status, military status, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, status as a parent, family relationship, or any other category protected by law. 

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