Grinnell Chamber

Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Full time
Posted: 07/11/2024
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources



Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa and is ranked #11 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. 

Grinnell College is a top ranked Liberal Arts institution that values diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. We seek candidates that align with these values and have the ability and desire to advance our values and belonging within our community and the communities we engage. Ideal candidates will be prepared to collaborate and contribute to the mission and values of the college across all constituencies.


The Assistant/Senior Assistant Director of Admission is a mid-level admission professional responsible for recruiting and selecting a class of entering first-year students that fulfills a range of enrollment goals. The primary focus of this position is to work collaboratively with the Senior Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships on the development and implementation of initiatives targeted at the enrollment of historically underrepresented students at Grinnell. This includes expanding recruitment of students affiliated with community-based organization partners and recruiting students into the Laurel Scholarship & Mentorship program. This position will also recruit and help select recipients for the Presidential Prize for Civic Engagement, a full-tuition scholarship aimed at students distinguished for their commitment to community engagement who are often from families that have been historically excluded from higher education.

In consultation with the Senior Associate Director of Admission, this position is expected to take initiative and think critically about effective recruitment strategy. The Assistant/SR Assistant Director of Admission must be able to articulate the benefits of a liberal arts education, especially for students who have been historically excluded from higher education. In addition to recruiting for these diversity-related programs, this position will maintain a recruitment territory.

They will also be responsible for reading first-year admission applications through a holistic reading process and will serve as a voting member of the admission selection committee. This position is expected to be able to execute responsibilities with limited supervision and is expected to model professionalism to early-career admission officers. This position is eligible for remote or hybrid work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development and implementation of community-based organization partners, including serving as the primary recruiter of these students to Grinnell
  • Development of and implementation of recruitment strategy for the cohort-based Laurel Scholarship &Mentorship program and the Presidential Prize for Civic Engagement
  • Review first year admission applications through a holistic, non-formulaic review process and serve as a voting member of the admission selection committee
  • Develop and implement a data-informed and strategic recruitment plan for specific geographic territories that includes virtual and in-person engagement opportunities. Activities may include virtual and in-person high school visits, college fairs, college advising workshops, and prospective student interviews. Moderate fall travel (5-6 weeks) and minimal spring travel (1 week) is required
  • Participate in on-campus and virtual visit programming, including conducting information session and prospective student interviews as appropriate


  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university
  • Three years or more of work experience
  • Driver’s license is required for the position
  • Champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to plan, organize, and think strategically
  • Ability to communicate in a multitude of channels and audiences

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