Organization: Boston College

Location: Boston, MA

Express Interest

Director of Undergraduate Admission:

Boston College seeks an experienced and collaborative partner to be the next Director of Undergraduate Admission (“The Director”). The Director will lead a strong admissions office team, and effectively manage the operational and financial activities of the Boston College Admissions Office responsible for attracting, recruiting, and enrolling a class that enables Boston College to fulfill its educational goals and mission.

Boston College:

Boston College was founded by the Society of Jesus and is committed to maintaining and strengthening the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University. This applies especially to its commitment to integrating intellectual, personal, ethical, and religious formation; and to uniting high academic achievement with service to others. With an enrollment of 9,358 full-time undergraduate and 4,638 graduate and professional students, Boston College is ranked 32nd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Boston College has an operating budget over $1 billion and an endowment of $2.4 billion.

When it was founded in 1863, Boston College was a small undergraduate institution situated in Boston’s South End. In 1909, Boston College broke ground on its Chestnut Hill campus. In the 1920s, Boston College began to fill out the dimensions of its University charter, with the inauguration of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, and the Evening College, which is now the Woods College of Advancing Studies. The 1930s saw the introduction of the Graduate School of Social Work and the College of Business Administration – today the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. The School of Nursing, named in honor of William F. Connell in 2003, and the School of Education, today named for Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch, followed in 1947 and 1952. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences first offered doctoral programs in 1952, followed by the graduate schools of Education, Nursing, Management, and Social Work.

The Boston College main campus is located on an idyllic 120-acre site in Chestnut Hill, and is supported by a 40-acre campus in Newton and a 67-acre campus in Brighton, in addition to the Connors Family Retreat & Conference Center in Dover and the Weston Observatory. In the eight Schools and Colleges, Boston College has 833 full-time faculty, 93% of whom hold doctoral degrees, 1,197 FTE faculty and 2,663 non-faculty employees.

Boston College is committed to ensure that all admitted students, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, can enroll. They are one of a small number of private universities in the country that are both need-blind and meet the full demonstrated need of all accepted students.

David Quigley, Provost and Dean of Faculties

In 2014, David Quigley was appointed Provost and Dean of Faculties.  In 2008, he was appointed Dean of the College and Graduate College of Arts and Sciences.  In 1998, David Quigley joined the Boston College History Department as a Professor of History.

A historian of the nineteenth-century American city, Quigley received his B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from New York University.  Quigley’s research explores the history of race and democracy in the urban United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction with a particular focus on New York City.    During his tenure as Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Quigley oversaw the hiring of 160 new faculty colleagues, helped lead the design and construction of a new 180,000-square-foot humanities building, and initiated a multi-year Core Renewal project focused on the university’s extensive undergraduate core curriculum.

John Mahoney, Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid

In April 2018, John Mahoney was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid.  In 1990, he was appointed the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Boston College. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College and served as a high school English teacher at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA before starting his admission career at Boston College.  Mr. Mahoney is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has written several articles on college admission.  He received the John B. Muir Award in 2002 for the best article in the Journal of College Admission and the Harry R. Carroll Award from the New England Association for College Admission Counseling in 2014 for distinguished service to the profession.

Strategic Directions at Boston College:

On August 30, 2017 Boston College announced a 10-year Strategic Plan, “Ever to Excel: Advancing Boston College’s Mission”. The 10-year plan advances a trajectory set over the course of the past decade by the previous Strategic Plan and the University’s landmark, $1.6-billion Light the World campaign, a period which saw BC achieve recognition as an “R1” institution – a designation assigned by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity. “To thrive in the coming decades, Boston College must remain true to its intellectual and religious roots and seek to be the world’s leading Jesuit, Catholic university. These ambitious goals distinguish Boston College from its peers in higher education worldwide, and reflect its desire to work for the transformation of the world.”

For further information, please refer to: Boston College announces 10-year Strategic Plan.

The Position:

The Director of Undergraduate Admission at Boston College is a senior position in the Office of Enrollment Management.  The Director leads and manages a strong admissions office team in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in all marketing and recruitment activities focused on enrolling the highest quality freshman and transfer students for Boston College.

The Director of Undergraduate Admission will work closely with the Director of Financial Aid and report to the Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid to achieve Boston College’s enrollment and retention goals and will oversee a team of  17 professional staff – of which 2 are part-time freshman readers, alongside 5 seasonal application readers.

The Director of Undergraduate Admission will coordinate, in conjunction with Enrollment Management and Information Technology Services, the successful implementation of Slate over the next two years.

Admission to Boston College has become increasingly competitive as more students with superior academic records, intellectual curiosity, and scholarly promise continue to apply. For the Class of 2022, there were 31,000 applications for 2,300 places in the four undergraduate divisions.

Eagle Eye Information Sessions and Campus Tours, important elements in Boston College’s marketing campaign, provide insight about Boston College’s students, faculty and campus life.  The Office of Undergraduate Admission offers a variety of opportunities for prospective students and families to meet with admission representatives and students. Approximately 75,000 visitors participate each year.

At Boston College, the Enrollment Management team is comprised of the University’s chief strategists in the areas of undergraduate recruitment, retention, financial strategies, and enrollment research. In close collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of Student Services, the team provides executive guidance on ways to enhance Boston College’s image globally by designing strategies to recruit, enroll, retain, service, and graduate first-rate scholars dedicated to academic excellence and service to others.

The Opportunity:

The Director of Undergraduate Admission:

  • As a senior member of the Enrollment Management team, the Director coordinates admission and enrollment objectives;
  • Plans and directs the human resources, operational, and financial activities of the Boston College Office of Undergraduate Admission;
  • Plans and develops Undergraduate Admission policies, procedures, programs, and strategies within University guidelines and implements to achieve Boston College’s enrollment goals;
  • Directs freshman and transfer programs, special programs such as alumni coordination and student volunteers, and those directed towards recruitment of AHANA and physically challenged students;
  • Coordinates with the Director of Financial Aid and Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid in executing Boston College’s commitment to need blind admission and need based financial aid (all financial aid awarded at Boston College is need-based with the exception of one small merit-based program);
  • Directs compilation of data and statistics for periodic projections and reports regarding recruitment objectives and enrollment analytics; uses data analytics to institute best practice assessment;
  • Directs the design, production, and dissemination of Undergraduate Admission marketing materials in conjunction with the Office of University Communications;
  • Partners with campus stakeholders (Faculty, athletics, alumni) in the development of recruitment initiatives and promotional activities;
  • Supervises staff responsible for Eagle Eye Campus Visit program, campus visit and student information sessions to prospective students and parents of students;
  • Develops budget requests and oversees $2.5 million operating budget;
  • Interviews, selects, and evaluates performance of exempt staff and oversees such actions regarding non-exempt staff;
  • Participates in or oversees the training of staff regarding policies, procedures, programs and strategies.

Qualifications and Experience:

The Director of Undergraduate Admission will have the following experiences, capabilities, and attributes:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required;
  • A Master’s Degree in educational administration or a related area or equivalent combination of education is preferred;
  • Five+ years’ progressively responsible experience in selective college admissions;
  • Prior experience as Dean/Director of Undergraduate Admission at a selective institution highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of integrated student information systems and current technologies for recruitment and admissions; Prior experience with Slate is highly desirable;
  • Ability to communicate and present effectively to individuals and large groups of prospective students and families, secondary school personnel, alumni, current students, as well as administrators and faculty;
  • Proven leadership, planning, and management skills; and the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to lead and develop a dynamic, enthusiastic and hard-working team;
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience; and the ability to manage and deliver sensitive information tactfully and professionally;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to allow for effective and positive communication with management across all operational areas of the University;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Distinct appreciation for the Jesuit, Catholic mission, traditions, and culture of Boston College and have the ability to represent and communicate this message to prospective students and families.

Contact:

Koya Leadership Partners is assisting Boston College with this hire. This search is being led by:

Liz Neumann, Managing Director
Beth Schaefer, Vice President
Josyanne Roche, Consultant

Nominations and applications, including a detailed letter of interest, qualifications, and a current curriculum vitae, should be submitted here.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with higher education institutions, mission-driven organizations and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.