Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Who We Are:
The Swarthmore Office of Admissions is a mission-driven, close-knit team that manages a highly selective, holistic, and student-centered admissions process. Admissions deans seek out intellectually curious and enthusiastic learners from around the world who will contribute to building community and bridges across difference during their time at Swarthmore. The Admissions Office works particularly hard to reach underserved and traditionally underrepresented students by developing innovative outreach campaigns, forming relationships with counselors and advisors, and thinking outside of the traditional “highly selective college” box. Professionals in the Admissions Office are curious about the world, focused on dismantling and reducing inequities in K-12 and higher education, and work every day to break down barriers to attract the brightest, most accomplished, and most diverse class for Swarthmore College.
Admissions Counselors at Swarthmore manage a domestic (and sometimes, international) territory, consisting of prospective students and their high schools, community-based organizations, independent college consultants, families and other advisors. Counselors recruit, admit, and enroll students, alongside other admissions professionals, by promoting the College at high school visits, college fairs, college access organization meetings, and on-campus and off-campus recruiting events. They travel on behalf of the College, recruit students virtually, plan yield events, and collaborate with faculty, staff, and current students at Swarthmore. They read student applications, make decisions in concert with other team members, and participate in the Admissions Committee as a voting member. Counselors also contribute to a number of other initiatives, such as communications, tour guide management, data analysis, selection, recruitment, and access/diversity programming.
Who you are:
The Admissions Counselor needs to be a strong collaborator, communicator, and evaluator. The Admissions Counselor will build relationships with key constituents, including high school students; work both independently on projects and on teams to fulfill the recruitment, selection, and enrollment mission of the College; manage junior level programs and projects as assigned; travel and manage a physical territory; and leverage technology to manage a high volume, highly selective admissions process.
In addition, the Admissions Counselor must be:
Able to effectively speak in public to small and large audiences.
Able to write clearly and persuasively.
Able to travel locally, out-of-state, and, if required, internationally.
What you bring:
Public speaking experience
Skill in dealing with people, using tact and diplomacy, and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Strong customer service skills including articulating the value of higher education.
Ability to work beyond standard business hours, including evenings and weekends, in order to complete projects or meet heavy demand.
Ability to operate standard office equipment, including computer, printer, and copier, and standard office software, including Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
Valid driver’s license
Must be able to operate a computer, answer the phone, and interview prospective students.
Must be able to move boxes weighing up to 50 pounds for travel or campus programs.
Must be able to operate a motor vehicle in order to meet travel expectations.
Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably strong liberal arts
Knowledge of Slate CRM
Strong technology background
Fluency in written and oral communication in a second language
Experience or interest working in international admissions
If you are excited about this role, we want to hear from you!For full consideration, submit applications with pay expectations including resume and cover letter by September 9, 2022.
Review the Employee Contributions_2022, we offer benefit plans starting at $0 per month! Upon benefit eligibility, the College contributes 10% of an employee’s salary to their retirement account. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts on the date participation begins.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.