Agnes Scott College — Director of Admission

Through its unique transformative experience, SUMMIT, Agnes Scott is preparing students for lifelong success in their professional, civic and personal lives. We are focused on our students—these terrific individuals who inspire me every day—and their futures.”

PRESIDENT LEOCADIA I. ZAK

Agnes Scott College, a private, liberal arts inclusive women’s college in Decatur, Georgia, is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and relational Director of Admission. Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, the director will lead a cohesive team of nine professionals. The director will manage the daily operation and recruitment process of the Office of Admission and provide leadership for the recruitment of undergraduate inquiries, applicants, and enrolled students. The successful candidate will be a contributor to the enrollment team and a leader of the College’s efforts to recruit the most talented and best-suited undergraduate students, and will focus on the following opportunities and responsibilities:

  • Implement innovative recruitment and yield initiatives which acknowledge the evolving needs and interests of students and reflect an authentic representation of the uniqueness of Agnes Scott College.
  • Serve as an integral member of the divisional leadership team to strategically guide Agnes Scott College’s student enrollment efforts.
  • Recruit prospects and applicants from within an assigned segment and geographical territory.
  • Oversee the application review process as well as read, analyze, and evaluate credentials of applicants for admission; manage the merit scholarship review and selection process.  
  • Provide training and cross training, as well as professional development, to the admission staff; evaluate the team’s performance and serve as an advocate, resource, and mentor to inspire and support the growth and development of staff to retain strong individuals and capitalize on the skills and abilities within the team. 
  • Work with the vice president on enrollment strategy, marketing strategy, and budget development; creatively leverage financial and human resources to meet budgetary goals.
  • Develop relationships and serve as a liaison with campus constituencies across the college to support the enrollment and retention of students and foster relationships of trust within the community to support student recruitment.
  • Lead the office in interpreting statistical data to inform strategic decisions and measure success; assist in the preparation of the annual report and budget. 
  • Partner with the vice president and her leadership staff to develop and implement annual and long-term recruitment and yield plans to achieve the college’s enrollment goals.
  • Represent Agnes Scott and the enrollment division, particularly in the absence of the vice president for enrollment, by participating in internal meetings as well as external professional organizations and presenting at local, regional, and national events, programs, and panels.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of community by building bridges, serving on committees, and participating in campus events.
  • Enhance the strong working relationship with the Office of Financial Aid to execute financial aid leveraging strategies, to increase communication and efficiency, and share information regarding costs, aid, and process with prospective students and their families.
  • Partner with the director of enrollment marketing on marketing communications strategy that will reach, influence, and compel prospective students and their families to consider Agnes Scott College, including direct mail and email campaigns, print publications, digital strategy, and the website.
  • Collaborate with the director of admission operations to lead the admissions team in evaluating, implementing, and leveraging technology to innovate, increase operational efficiency, and meet the expectations of students and families. 
  • Oversee initiatives to enhance diversity among incoming students and build international enrollments by expanding pathway programs and articulation agreements. 
  • Provide information to the Agnes Scott community regarding changing demographics and the competitive landscape and engage institutional partners in effective recruitment activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes of the Successful Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred; as well as eight years of progressive leadership and management experience in higher education administration. In addition, the following job-related qualifications represent the knowledge, skills, and attributes an individual needs to possess:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; strong presentation and organizational skills.
  • Devotion to removing barriers for students; ability and willingness to work effectively in a workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Supportive manager who will advocate for, motivate, and mentor a hard-working team and embrace a culture of trust and care.
  • Commitment to the institutional mission, a genuine passion for an inclusive women’s educational experience, and the ability to enthusiastically share the transformational power of an Agnes Scott education with interested and well-qualified students.
  • Ambitious for self, the institution, and the team and a willingness to embrace new challenges in a dynamic and evolving environment; ability to be flexible and adapt to a new vision in response to curriculum changes, market forces, emerging challenges, and new opportunities.
  • A strong knowledge of best practices and new ideas in student recruitment and retention; an ability to foster a culture of excellence while appropriately leveraging data and sharing information within the Office of Admission. 
  • Familiar and comfortable serving students with a highly personalized approach.
  • Ability to capture and tell the story of an inclusive women’s college; understands the complexity but is able to convey it with clarity and in effective ways.
  • Evidence of a positive and collaborative spirit that is willing to listen, learn, adapt, and educate.
  • Considerable regard and awareness of Agnes Scott College policies and procedures, systems operations, high school curricula, and student concerns.
  • Familiarity with automated inquiry tracking and response systems.
  • Proficiency using technology (Slate and Colleague experience preferred).
  • An understanding of and ability to work with various databases and an interest in emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to maintain strict confidentiality.

AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE

Foundations
Agnes Scott College honors in its name the integrity and intellectual curiosity of Agnes Irvine Scott, a Scots-Irish immigrant to the United States. Her son, Col. George Washington Scott, was the college’s primary benefactor, and The Rev. Frank Henry Gaines, minister of Decatur Presbyterian Church, was the founding president. Agnes Scott was established with a distinctive mission: to educate women for the betterment of their families and the elevation of their region. The first institution of higher education in Georgia to receive regional accreditation, Agnes Scott College dedicated itself from the beginning to the highest level of “moral and intellectual training and education.” The college’s residential campus, prized for its aesthetic distinction, has given all student generations a sense of place, purpose and responsibility. This tradition of educational leadership continues in the 21st century as the college models new forms of undergraduate education for women through SUMMIT, which prepares every graduate to be an effective leader in a global society. The college is guided by the 2021-2026 strategic plan, Pathway to Success, to implement innovative curricular and co-curricular initiatives to best serve the modern student.

Widening the vision of its founders while remaining grounded in its original mission, Agnes Scott College continues to provide students with an edge for achievement. Alumnae distinguish themselves in medicine, science, education, ministry, the arts, law, politics, business, and community service. Since the early 1920s, the college has ranked in the top 10 percent of American colleges whose graduates complete Ph.D. degrees. The Agnes Scott student body has expanded to include women who represent the diversity that is the United States and the world.

Mission
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.

  • Agnes Scott College provides a dynamic liberal arts and sciences curriculum of the highest standards so that students and faculty can realize their full creative and intellectual potential.
  • Agnes Scott College fosters an environment in which women can develop high expectations for themselves as individuals, scholars, professionals, and citizens of the world.
  • Agnes Scott College strives to be a just and inclusive community that expects honorable behavior, encourages spiritual inquiry, and promotes respectful dialogue across differences.

Values
A Commitment to Women

A Commitment to Teaching and Learning

A Commitment to the Liberal Arts

A Commitment to an Appreciation of Diverse Cultures

A Commitment to a Community that Values Justice, Courage and Integrity

Academics
Since 1889, Agnes Scott College has empowered students to fulfill their potential through an innovative liberal arts education. They believe in big questions, global perspectives, and leading change. It is a community where the dreamers, the intellectually curious, and the socially engaged fulfill their potential. Agnes Scott is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation – a home for those who think college should be transformative. Its goal is to open doors for talented students and help them grow as individuals, scholars, professionals, and citizens of the world.

Grounded in a core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development, Agnes Scott offers 34 majors and 32 minors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Dual degrees are offered in computer science and nursing and computer science with Emory University and in engineering with Georgia Institute of Technology. The college also offers a growing set of post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. Agnes Scott recently added new graduate programs in counseling, health communications, and medical sciences, along with post-baccalaureate programs in pre-medical and pre-allied health.  The faculty share a passionate dedication to student learning. They are also committed scholars, research scientists, and creative artists actively engaged in their disciplines. Agnes Scott College faculty have won numerous national and international fellowships and awards, including Fulbright Awards, and fellowships and grants. 

SUMMIT
In 2015, Agnes Scott completed a comprehensive, multi-year process to develop, test, and launch a signature academic experience, SUMMIT. This initiative, a distinctive and groundbreaking approach to the liberal arts, equips students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to prepare them to be global citizens and effective leaders. 

SUMMIT prepares every student to be an effective leader in a global society and enables every student to develop professionally relevant skills throughout their four years. It also provides a core curriculum and co-curriculum in global learning and leadership development, including immersive faculty-led global and leadership experiences in the first and second year, respectively. A focus on digital literacy equips students to become proficient in at least one applied technology area. Throughout SUMMIT, students build a four-part personal board of advisors, including career advising. With SUMMIT, the faculty and staff have developed the college’s curriculum to further articulate and deepen the goal of professional success and have attached specific, scaffolded experiences to the student experience. 

While many colleges have an office of career planning and other support for students, Agnes Scott has incorporated this key component into the curriculum. Additionally, the elements of professional success are spread across all four years of each student’s journey. SCALE, Sophomore Class Atlanta Leadership Experience, is an essential part of the professional success component. Each student selects a community partner organization – a business, nonprofit, or government entity – related to their major and career interests and then spends four days in an on-site immersion with the partner organization to apply their classroom skills in a real-world environment. ACE, Applied Career Experiences, is a week-long, one-credit course for juniors and seniors designed to complement the college’s goals for professional success. 

Diversity and Inclusion
Over the past few decades, Agnes Scott has become one of the country’s most diverse liberal arts colleges. Sixty-three percent of undergraduates identify as students of color, and no racial or ethnic group is in the majority. The undergraduate student body includes women and persons of other marginalized genders, while the post-baccalaureate and graduate programs are coed. Members of the college community represent many different racial, ethnic, national, cultural, religious, and gender identities, sexual orientations, political views, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Nearly 30 percent of full-time faculty and a third of exempt staff are people of color, and eight of the last 13 tenure-track faculty hires were women of color. 

In 2015, the college strengthened its commitment to diversity and inclusion by establishing the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion. This campus-wide center honors the remarkable woman who integrated Agnes Scott in 1965 and went on to a distinguished career in the global human rights movement, becoming the first United Nations Special Rapporteur for Minority Rights. The center’s mission is to help Agnes Scott create a culture of inclusive excellence by promoting active and ongoing engagement with diversity by all members of the campus community. 

Agnes Scott remains committed to the ongoing work of creating an inclusive environment in which all feel welcomed and supported. In 2019, the college hired its first vice president for equity and inclusion and in the summer of 2020, the college published a bold justice, equity, diversity, inclusion plan (J.E.D.I.B), a campus-wide roadmap for realizing the college’s commitment to social justice. In 2022, the college will continue the work to realize all five areas which were identified in the 2021 plan. To maintain progress in advancing a culture of anti-racism at Agnes Scott, they are integrating the J.E.D.I.B. framework into all curriculum planning and programming through a focus on these three primary goals: Inspiring and Supporting our Students; Developing and Caring for our Employees and Community Partners: Implement the J.E.D.I.B. goals as outlined in the 2021 strategic plan; and Driving Inclusive Excellence through Training, Education and Research: Launch the Professional Inclusive Leadership Program to support our colleagues in their J.E.D.I.B. journeys.

Student Life
Students have endless opportunities to get involved and expand their leadership skills while at Agnes Scott. They to take part in the greater community through community engagement projects and immerse themselves in experiences that promote an understanding of self, others, and the world.

The Center for Student Involvement encourages students to get actively and intentionally involved and serves as a primary resource for diversity, leadership, service and wellness programs and activities.

Residence life is an integral part of Agnes Scott’s liberal arts experience, and nearly 80 percent of students live on campus. While living on campus, students can take advantage of residence life programs such as Decatur and Atlanta excursions, on-campus social activities, and opportunities to learn outside the classroom. The residence halls provide a balance of study, rest, relaxation, and social opportunities. In addition to traditional residential halls, Agnes Scott also offers Living-Learning Communities. The Agnes Scott LLCs are intended for upper-class students who have an interest in leadership development, global learning, or STEM fields. 

Through the Department of Athletics, Agnes Scott offers the following NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Starting in Fall 2022, the college will compete in the newly formed Collegiate Conference of the South. A strong recreation and intramurals program offers students a variety of activities to enhance fitness, encourage friendly competition and play just for fun. Students (as well as faculty and staff) can use the SNAP Fitness gym located on campus, a facility with free weights, exercise equipment, and personal training.

Leadership
Leocadia I. Zak became the ninth president of Agnes Scott College in July 2018. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College, which recognized her as a Woman of Influence in 2012, she holds a JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

During Zak’s tenure, Agnes Scott has achieved record enrollment and fundraising, launched graduate programs, and been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for innovation, teaching, first-year experience and social mobility. The college has continued to build its unique SUMMIT experience by adding signature components for professional success in the junior and senior years. With her appointment of the college’s first vice president for equity and inclusion, who now oversees the Office of People and Culture, Agnes Scott has further strengthened its commitment to community and to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The college was designated as a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and launched its first JEDIB annual plan in 2020.

Under her leadership, Agnes Scott developed a strategic plan, Pathway to Success, that will guide the college through 2026. Core themes of the plan are providing a transformative education, ensuring student success, building a culture of community, and engaging the world beyond the campus. As president, she has also focused on improving the operational efficiency of the college and securing its financial future.

Recognition
For the fourth consecutive year, Agnes Scott College has been recognized as the nation’s #1 most innovative liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings. 

Among U.S. liberal arts colleges, Agnes Scott also ranked #2 for best undergraduate teaching and #6 for social mobility. The college maintained its #1 spot for first-year experience and rose to #2 for learning communities, both among all U.S. higher education institutions. 

Agnes Scott has been named a Colleges That Change Lives School (CTCL), a designation that recognizes a student-centered college experience.

The college has received awards for its sustainability efforts from Southface Energy Institute, the Georgia Trust, the Georgia Urban Forestry Council, and the Clean Air Campaign, and the STARS Gold award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

Agnes Scott is also nationally recognized for its SUMMIT curriculum; the college received the Heiskell Award for Scholars as Drivers of Innovation and recognition from the Institute for International Education.

Location
Decatur is a historic city with a small-town feel located just six miles from downtown Atlanta. With a population of about 25,000, Decatur is known as a community of “homes, schools, and places of worship.” The Agnes Scott campus is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, and music venues. Residents can listen to famous and up-and-coming singer/songwriters at Eddie’s Attic or have a picnic at one of Decatur’s concerts on the square.  The city of Decatur’s downtown square ranks number #2 on 2021 USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Public Square. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring DeKalb County and all of metro Atlanta. With three MARTA train stations inside its city limits, Decatur is well connected to downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the world. For information about life in Decatur, click here. 

Atlanta, the urban center of the Southeast, offers world-class arts and cultural attractions, sporting events, thriving commerce, and an international airport – all of them easy to get to by car or public transportation. Metro Atlanta is the ninth-largest and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation. Home to more than six million people, the region offers robust business options from Fortune 500s to more than 700 startups. Major attractions include Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Carter Center, Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Woodruff Arts Center, and Zoo Atlanta. Residents and visitors can also enjoy a variety of sports activities. The Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), and Atlanta United (MLS) all call metro Atlanta home. Outdoor recreation is also abundant in the region. From outdoor festivals to the newest neighborhood restaurants, Atlanta offers something for every interest and taste. For more information about the region, click here.

To Apply:
Applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of Director of Admission at Agnes Scott College should be directed to Napier Executive Search. To arrange for a confidential conversation, please contact Laura Robinson (laura.robinson@napiersearch.com) or Mary Napier (mary.napier@napiersearch.com). An application must include a detailed letter of interest, an up-to-date resume, and contact information for three professional references.  For best consideration, submit all application materials by email to: agnesscott@napiersearch.com by May 13, 2022.  Materials will be reviewed beginning in late May, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is Summer 2022. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential, and notice will be given prior to contacting references.

An equal opportunity employer, Agnes Scott College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment. Agnes Scott College has a strong commitment to diversity and urges members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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