Admissions Counselor / Assistant Director of Admissions
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
The successful candidate will focus on engagement in a range of on and off campus admissions and recruitment activities representing Clark University's undergraduate educational experience to prospective students, their parents, counselors, and alumni. The candidate will be hired as an Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director depending on experience. The successful candidate will perform counselor-of-the-day duties on a regularly scheduled basis, which includes presenting information sessions to large crowds. The qualified candidate will analyze and review admissions applications in a manner consistent with institutional policies and priorities. All admissions counselors must use quantitative data, in addition to qualitative feedback, in improving their approach to engagement and student recruitment. This position is largely in-person, on-campus with limited remote work days available depending on the season/staffing needs.
The candidate must possess strong communication skills and be eager to advance the work of traditional admission offices. Depending on skillsets and needs, this role might assist with virtual programming, student supervision, and/or event planning.
This position requires occasional weekend and evening work, in addition to approximately 3-5 weeks of travel per year.
You like connecting with strangers; you are passionate about sharing your passion for higher education.
You play it cool under pressure - and you always admit when you need more time to find an answer.
You offer a solution with every problem you encounter.
You enjoy connecting with college students, but you know how to maintain strong professional boundaries.
When you encounter something done well, you look for ways to make it a little bit better.
You enjoy working - the occasional evening or weekend event won't bring you down.
You have a decent understanding of the college application process, and you are excited to learn a lot more. And as you learn, you are open to new ways of doing this work.
You bring a sense of humor and positivity to the workplace.
You are student-centered and know how to bring down the temperature when others are feeling stressed.
You value diversity and are motivated to learn from the experiences of others.
You believe in creating the best experiences for folks, all while representing an institution authentically.
You believe in the education that Clark offers to students all over the globe.
(Special purviews such as virtual programming, student supervision, or others will be assigned based on the skillset of the hired candidate.)
Travel and Recruitment:
Plan all logistics associated with recruitment travel as called upon
Travel to college fairs, high school visits, alumni events and other off campus recruitment activities as needed
First-Year Fall Application Review:
As needed, read, evaluate, rate and make recommendations to the Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid and the Admissions Committee on first-year applicants Make judgments on the admissibility of student applicants on the basis of institutional policy and independent analysis of applicant potential for success
Counselor of the Day Duty:
Serve as host and resource to all visiting students and families who visit Clark University on the dates of assigned Counselor of the Day duty coverage
Conduct group information sessions
Provide phone coverage on scheduled coverage days
Other Duties as Assigned
Willingness to travel
Possession of a valid driver's license
Strong public speaking skills
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Strong ability to build and maintain professional relationships with multiple constituencies both on and off campus - includes ability to maintain confidentiality
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong computing skills
Willingness and desire to learn new skills to enhance team performance
Time management skills and team-oriented attitude
Experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents on campus
Ability to work independently, as well as in group settings
Ability to lift 20 lbs
Understanding of a small, liberal arts and research, residential university setting
Desire to understand admissions and the larger landscape in which the field is positioned
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.
Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly ...recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities.