Whitman College — Associate Director of Admission (DEIA-focused)

Associate Director of Admission (DEIA-focused)
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .


Whitman College is a PWI with a desire to outgrow this designation and a commitment to recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse student body as well as a diverse faculty and staff. The Office of Admission seeks to hire a team member with a passion for recruitment, especially in working with underrepresented communities including BIPOC, first generation, low income and LGBTQIA+ students. In the admission office, multicultural recruitment is the responsibility of the entire admission staff. The purpose of the Associate Director role is to oversee this area of strategic importance as well as to help center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism-informed perspectives in recruitment and office culture.


  • Guide the discussion in the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Whitman Admission's multicultural and diversity initiatives and programs, with an emphasis on reaching domestic Black student representation of 10% in the next 5 years.
  • Maintain and foster key diversity-related recruitment partnerships, such as College Horizons, YES Prep, Rainier Scholars, Say Yes to Education, and U Chicago Charter Schools, and identify potential new partners.
  • Lead the admission team in the execution of Whitman's diversity-recruitment Visit Scholarship Programs (one fall program, one spring program).
  • Plan and execute territory-based recruitment. Typically includes 3-6 weeks of fall travel, 1-2 weeks of spring travel, and occasional summer travel.
  • Develop relationships in assigned territories with prospective students and other constituencies through in-person and/or virtual means, including but not limited to: high school presentations, prospective student interviews, community-based organization visits, and college fairs.
  • Review applications and make recommendations on admissibility of candidates as a member of the Admission Committee.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism and belief in their critical importance in a liberal arts education
  • Strong public speaking abilities and interpersonal skills
  • Promptness and responsiveness in corresponding with prospective students, their families and other constituencies both on- and off-campus (school counselors, alumni, student advocates, Whitman faculty, staff, administration, etc.)
  • Good judgment, sensitivity and confidentiality in all aspects of the recruitment, review, and yield processes
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Willingness to receive feedback
  • Comfort with the ebb and flow of the admission cycle and an openness to non-standard work hours, especially during travel and yield seasons
  • A desire to collaborate with fellow professionals in meeting office goals


  • This position requires at least 3 years of experience in admission work in the high school, community-based organization or college setting.
  • A Bachelor's Degree is required

PREFERRED QUALITIES & ABILITIES (appreciate, but not required)

  • Fluency in another language
  • Membership in regional and/or special interest groups
  • Familiarity with community-based organizations


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Application review will begin on April 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.


June 2022

For full application instructions and position description, visit https://whitman.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=161


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