Admission Officer (2 Positions)

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
May 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Admission Officer (2 Positions)
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.


The Admission Officer plays a key role in recruiting a talented and diverse student body to Whitman College. This includes personal contact through travel, connecting virtually and in person through interviews, cultivating relationships in assigned geographical areas, and coordination of programs that support admission objectives. This position will provide an introduction to the work of an admissions office as well as important issues in higher education. The Admission Officer reports to the Senior Associate Director of Admission.

  • Recruit students in assigned territories in person and/or virtually, at high school presentations, prospective student interviews, community-based organization visits, and college fairs. Typically includes 3-6 weeks of fall travel, 1-2 weeks of spring travel, and occasional summer travel.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with prospective students, their families and high school counselors.
  • Conduct general information sessions about Whitman College and the admission process.
  • Review applications, make recommendations on admissibility of candidates, and participate as a member of the Admission Committee.
  • Participate in a comprehensive, ongoing training program that focuses on developing admissions skills, understanding the broader context of higher education, and taking advantage of other professional development and skills-building opportunities.
  • Coordinate other recruitment programs and perform other tasks that might include multicultural recruitment, management of a scholarship program, or overseeing Whitman student admission staff.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  1. Must have a strong appreciation for diversity and enthusiasm for working with diverse populations.
  2. Must appreciate the value of a liberal arts education.
  3. Must enjoy travel and be willing to travel nationally, and for some officers, internationally as needed.
  4. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable in the state of Washington.
  5. Must be a strong public speaker and enjoy small group presentations and individual interviews.
  6. Must be a strong writer and responsive in corresponding with prospective students.
  7. Must exhibit critical reasoning, sound judgment and maintain strict confidentiality.
  8. Must exhibit poise and sensitivity in dealing with prospective students and parents, high school counselors, and other constituencies (e.g., alumni).
  9. Must have strong time management, planning and organizational skills, and be open to feedback.
  10. Must be proficient in basic computer skills and able to learn new software.
  11. Must be willing to work outside of standard business hours, including evenings and weekends.
  12. Must be a team player and willing to cooperate with fellow professionals in meeting office goals.

The position requires a Bachelor's Degree.

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