Guided by the tenets of the Bates Mission Statement, the Admission Counselor serves as a member of the Admission team to recruit, admit, and enroll an academically talented and diverse class of students. This hands-on position provides direct support for an increasingly diverse Bates College community utilizing excellent customer service skills. The position will assist with various recruitment, selection, and yield projects assigned according to previous experiences and departmental needs. May supervise students. Works closely with deans, counselors, operations team, campus partners, and secondary school counselors.
Salary Range - $38,024 - $45,000 (Candidate's position in the range is determined by their experience and internal equity)
• Represent Bates at high school visits, college fairs, and other recruiting events, either virtually or in-person (if/when possible).
• Assure equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to faculty, staff, and students.
• Manage geographic territories as assigned; coordinate 4 to 6 weeks of recruitment events per year, either virtually or in-person (if/when possible); develop an annual plan and evaluate the effectiveness of each activity; recommend improvements and changes in strategy as appropriate.
• Work in pairs or as part of a team to evaluate first-year and transfer applications.
• Lead information sessions and conduct interviews with prospective students, either virtually or in-person (if/when possible); counsel families through admission and financial aid process; engage with key constituents such as alumni, current students, and high school counselors.
• Respond to concerns or inquiries from prospective students, parents, college/guidance counselors, coaches, alumni/ae, and other constituents.
• Contribute to the overall positive morale of the office and work with colleagues within Admission and across the College for the overall benefit of Bates.
• Attend designated conferences and/or other professional development activities.
• Other duties as assigned by Director of Admission and/or Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
• Up to 1 year of experience in admission or in a student/ customer service, academic, and/or non-profit setting are preferred but not required. • Familiarity with the academic environment and higher education, preferably the liberal arts. • Experience with a customer relationship management (CRM) system is preferred but not required. • Ability to leverage social media platforms for marketing and/or recruiting purposes is preferred but not required. • Given the increasingly diverse applicant pool, the ability to communicate in other languages is preferred but not required.
Skills and Knowledge
• Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills. • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision. • Impeccable organizational (time, task, project management) skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community. • Strong interpersonal skills (a sense of humor is a plus) with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative, and have a positive attitude. • Genuine curiosity about the world, particularly higher education and issues of diversity and access. • Proficiency in basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • Proficiency in Zoom, Google Meet, and/or other video communication platforms. • Proficiency in various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok. • Ability and willingness to learn additional applications as needed. • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train, or bus) domestically for four to six weeks, concentrated in the fall and spring (if/when possible), for recruitment events, professional conferences, and other programs. • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, and other non-traditional schedules. • Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college. • Demonstrated commitment to practices in equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and compassion.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at email@example.com.
Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.