The Pitzer College Office of Admission seeks a charismatic and resourceful individual for the position of Interim Admission Counselor. The ideal candidate is an energetic individual who loves to learn new things, thrives working independently with limited structure, knows how to “roll with the punches” and loves interacting with and counseling young adults. Additionally, this person should be a comfortable public speaker and a strong proponent of a liberal arts education. Being able to “think on your feet” and “hit the ground running” are also important abilities for this interim, full-time position.
Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts institution and member of the prestigious consortium of The Claremont Colleges. With a student body of approximately 1,000 co-educational undergraduates, Pitzer’s core values include social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. The College is ranked eighth in the country for most engaged students in community service, fifth for the most undergraduate students studying abroad, and number one for six straight years in the most Fulbrights awarded to students.
1. Assist in the development of strategies for recruiting new students, including conducting research on admission trends and best practices, and consolidating information into suggestions for new ideas for marketing, programs or other relevant activities. 2. Interview and counsel applicants and their families. 3. Conduct daily information sessions for prospective students and their families 4. Read and evaluate applications and actively participate in the committee process to select candidates for admission. 5. Initiate correspondence and complete arrangements in connection with the above responsibilities. 6. In Spring 2018, may need to travel (within a defined territory) to visit high schools, attend college fairs and conduct special programs (approximately 4 weeks). Manage receipts and prepare travel reports to meet College policies and deadlines. 7. May, as directed, participate in campus committees related to admission activities. 8. May coordinate one or more admission office programs under the general supervision of the Director of Admission 9. Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.
Supervisory Responsibility: May supervise up to 10 student employees.
Work Schedule: November 1, 2017 through June 29, 2018: The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend work will be required, including travel. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.
1. Very strong public speaking, writing and communication skills in English. Foreign language skills are a plus, particularly in Spanish and Chinese. 2. Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness in solving problems, often in short timeframes and with little direction. Ability to resolve problems for last-minute changes in plan. 3. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while satisfying expectations and deadlines. 4. Very strong interpersonal and networking skills, including an ability to be engaging and adept in interact with a diverse population of multiple constituent groups (on and off campus), and convey a passion for Pitzer College. 5. Ability to be proactive and work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a team. 6. Experience using office automation. 7. Working knowledge of social media and recent versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. 8. Ability to drive to off campus locations. 9. Ability to travel nationally for weeks at a time. 10. Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed for travel and special events.
Must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably from Pitzer College, The Claremont Colleges or another selective liberal arts program.
Some experience working in Admission or a closely related field is preferred; experience during college/university studies such as a Student Ambassador, Tour Guide, RA, Orientation Leader or other similar student position.
Individuals with work experience in Admission and/or at a private, liberal arts college will be given preference. HTML coding, graphic and publications design, and social media knowledge are a plus.
Must have and maintain a valid California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the College’s insurer.
This is generally a sedentary role; however, it requires the ability to sit for prolonged periods of time and the ability to operate a computer for prolonged periods of time. Ability to drive locally and travel by airplane nationally. Occasionally will be required to stand for prolonged periods of time at activities/events on- and off-campus. Must have stamina to work long hours as needed, including extended periods of travel and attending activities/events in the evenings.
Additional Salary Information: The monthly salary will be dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits which can be viewed at http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/human-resources/benefits/.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.