Assistant Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

August 31, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 1, 2021
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Position Description

Fairleigh Dickinson University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Assistant Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions.  Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment, Planning and Effectiveness, the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions (AVP/Dean) assists in the planning of recruitment strategies and activities to increase all freshman and transfer new student enrollments.

The AVP/Dean manages and assures the quality control and expedience of the undergraduate admissions marketing process for both the Metropolitan Campus and Florham Campus. The incumbent is in charge of all aspects of undergraduate admissions and operations at both the Metropolitan and Florham Campuses, and is responsible for meeting the enrollment goals of the University and training/organizing the admissions counseling staff at both campuses.

The AVP/Dean will participate in all aspects of recruitment and admissions including, but not limited to, the representation of the university to wide and diverse audiences, travel locally, regionally, and nationally for secondary school visits, student interviews, event planning and correspondence. Collaborates with Deans and Department Chairs in support of the recruitment, admissions, and enrollment process. The AVP/Dean’s responsibilities also include, of critical importance, managing the financial aid leveraging model in coordination with our consulting partner, to ensure that the enrollment meets or exceeds projections in head count, student type and that the net tuition revenue budgeted is met.

The AVP/Dean will be responsible for:

  • Participating in the development, coordination and implementation of undergraduate admissions relations program including prospect management and strategic planning;
  • Planning (in coordination with the VPEPE and the University Director of Branding and Marketing) all phases of prospect marketing, advertising, publications, telemarketing, direct mail, and events;
  • Providing regular data updates, ensuring data integrity and providing weekly reports on achieving enrollment goals; 
  • Representing the University to wide and diverse audiences as well as internal constituents, travel locally, regionally and nationally;
  • Developing on-campus and supervising off-campus receptions for guidance counselors;
  • Administering, supervising, and directing activities of exempt and nonexempt staff including decisions to hire, terminate, and/or modify personnel status;
  • Handling appeals of merit-based financial awarding in consultation with the University Director of Financial Aid;
  • Assuring that the recruitment and admissions plan is integrated and consistent with University goals and direction;
  • Helping evaluate the effectiveness of all recruitment and admission strategies planned and implemented;
  • Working with financial leveraging consultants in the development of scholarship and financial aid models and the continued evaluation of its effectiveness;
  • Ensuring that application volume, admit decisions and deposits are aligned or exceed those projected for the academic year;
  • Examining the data related to the admissions funnel and the financial leveraging model to ensure data integrity, and that undergraduate enrollments will yield the projected net tuition revenue;
  • Participating in the design, implementation, and coordination of various Enrollment Management projects including, but not limited to:
  1. Marketing and Recruitment Strategies
  2. Technology-based platforms and products to enhance the enrollment process
  3. Annual Reports
  • Adhering to all NCAA, conference and University rules and regulations and exercising due diligence to assure that student-athletes and staff members comply with the same.


The Ideal Candidate Should Have:

  • Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred, with three years of senior level experience in college administration/marketing/financial aid or related field, including staff supervision and managerial functions;
  • 7 to 10 years of college admissions experience;
  • Effective management of financial leveraging for undergraduate enrollment;
  • Outstanding oral and written communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Prior experience with analyzing relevant macro and institutional data;
  • Conversant with computerized systems and a commitment to technology in the admissions operations;
  • Proven ability to recruit, train and motivate personnel in order to encourage a student - centered approach to recruitment and maximize net tuition revenue generation and undergraduate enrollment growth;
  • Experience in enrolling students from underserved backgrounds including first generation and those of low socioeconomic status;
  • Willingness and ability to work non-standard hours including evenings and weekends, and at other Fairleigh Dickinson University locations as required; and
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel locally and nationally.

About The Institution

Fairleigh Dickinson University:

The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.  The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire, England, and the Vancouver Campus, British Columbia, Canada.

FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs -- days, evenings and weekends.  The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.

The FDU Community:

FDU's Florham Campus is in Morris County, New Jersey, bridging the towns of Florham Park and Madison. The campus consists of 178 acres, part of Florham, a former country estate of early 20th-century socialites Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly. Florham is a contraction of the first names of the couple. FDU has owned the campus since 1958.

FDU Florham is primarily a residential campus, supported by a strong student life program. It boasts active fraternities and sororities, diverse student activities, and dynamic Division III and intramural athletics programs. Resident students are joined in class by undergraduate commuters and by adult, graduate, and certificate students, utilizing first-class educational resources either retrofitted into the campus' distinctive and appealing original buildings, or newly built especially in the most recent decades.

The Metropolitan Campus is located near New York City.  This campus is home to many of FDU’s business, professional, science and health care programs. It’s a celebration of diversity, too, attracting students from 63 countries. Running through the heart of campus is the Hackensack River. Quaint homes, shops, ethnic restaurants and parks are near by, as well as shopping malls, community groups, and office and professional buildings.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Senior Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information and all applicants should apply at

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as it relates to this position.
2) A complete CV highlighting your career in higher education and educational credentials.
3) The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by October 1, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.  Fairleigh Dickinson University takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.