Admission Counselor

Admission Job Description

Job Summary

* Responsible for recruitment and evaluation of prospective students and assistance with programs and social media outreach related to recruitment of prospective students; other duties as assigned by the Dean of Admission.

* Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Recruitment (60%)

* Plan and coordinate approximately six to eight weeks of travel annually to recruit students and manage an assigned geographic territory determined by application and enrollment data. Interview prospective students either on-campus, virtually, or during travel. Visit high schools, attend college fairs, conduct workshops, and meet with alumnae. Initiate and maintain effective communication between Smith College and college counselors from a diverse range of high schools. Manage correspondence and conversations with students, parents, counselors, agencies, and other constituencies. Present on-campus and/or virtual information sessions and participate in leading workshops during events for prospective and admitted students.

Admission reading and selection (20%)

* Read, evaluate, and participate in admission committee work to decide on admissibility of approximately 1000 candidates for admission to the college in coordination with a team of colleagues under the direction of the Dean of Admission.

Events and Social Media programming (10%)

* Assist in the coordination of on-campus and virtual events for prospective and admitted students as assigned by the Dean of Admission. Develop creative ideas to reach prospective students through a variety of social media platforms.

Professional Development, Admission in Higher Education (10%)

* Develop skills and connections and pursue professional development opportunities to better understand current issues and challenges in the field of admission and in Higher Education.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor’s degree and/or combination of education and relevant experience. Individual must hold valid driver's license and be able and willing to participate in both car and airplane travel.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in a higher education environment; fluency with a variety of computer software platforms; high comfort level with public speaking to large and small groups. Demonstrated interest in admission work and/or prior work or volunteer experience in an office of admission at a college or university preferred.


The ability to effectively and efficiently develop and execute several key projects simultaneously. Must be able to work independently, have strong organizational and planning skills, and excellent writing and oral communication skills. The position requires strong analytical and computer expertise including familiarity with MS Office suite and a willingness to adapt quickly to technologies transforming admission work today. Excellent interpersonal skills, able to effectively interact with people of all backgrounds, and participate as part of a cohesive team working toward a shared mission. Ability to use sound judgment, creativity, and vision.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

July 26, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade K Exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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