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 Sample Job Description: Admissions Counselor

Position Description:

This position reports to the Associate Director for Recruitment and Outreach.  Program coordination responsibilities include coordination and support of certain invitational programs of the Office of Admissions, as well as some others in conjunction with the Office of Minority Affairs; also coordinates communication with the high school and independent counseling communities.  Admissions recruitment, counseling, outreach and application review are all significant functions of this position.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Represent the University both on- and off-campus to a prospective students, parents, secondary school counselors and other individuals or organizations involved in the college selection process.  Plan and implement recruitment activities for assigned high schools and territories, including travel to distant sites in the state of Washington and nationally.

Counsel prospective applicants on the admissions process and opportunities at the University.  One-on-one admissions counseling to diverse populations is an important responsibility of this position.  Admissions counseling occurs primarily by in-person appointments, phone calls and emails.  Review and score application essays and other materials submitted by applicants for the purposes of making admission decisions.

Coordinate and contribute to the success of various student visit programs designed to recruit targeted prospective applicants to the University.  These programs require significant collaboration with the Office of Minority Affairs and other departments and offices across campus.

In close consultation with the Associate Director for Recruitment and Outreach, manage ongoing strategic communications with high school and independent counselors, including email, print, and other media.  Assist in the development and delivery of on-campus events and programs for counseling groups and individuals.

When you apply, in addition to your resume, please include a brief cover letter describing your interest in this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree with at least one year of admissions counseling and outreach experience, or equivalent.

This position requires the ability to travel to remote locations and to load and transport  admissions materials, displays and other equipment. Some evening and weekend hours required, especially during the travel season.  Strong cross-cultural interpersonal and writing skills are necessary, including public speaking skills and the ability to present the University in a positive way to diverse populations.  Ability to represent the admissions profession positively through a strong, student-centered ethic.


Experience coordinating programs.  Graduate of the University or a similar research university.  Former Student Ambassador, Tour Guide, RA, Orientation Leader, or similar Student involvement.  Basic familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and database software tools.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.