Website Occidental College

Private four year liberal arts & sciences college in Los Angeles

Job Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Admission, the admission counselor visits high schools, community colleges, and community-based organizations around the country delivering information sessions, college fairs, workshops, and other programming. The admission counselor assists with virtual programming, on-campus programs, and prospective student interviews. In addition to general admission officer duties, the admission counselor reads and evaluates applications and actively participates in the committee process to select candidates.

This position is represented for purposes of collective bargaining by SEIU.

Job Duties

25% – Manage assigned geographic territories, including significant travel locally and out of state. Some evening and weekend work is required, as well as willingness to work extended hours during peak periods. Maintain and develop relationships with school-based counselors and applicants at high schools and community colleges within their assigned geographic territories in order to assess invitations for college fairs and information sessions, and to build a schedule of campus visits within these regions. Utilize technology and our admission database to identify target audiences, facilitate communication, and compile reports as it relates to territory and event management. – (Essential)
25% – Evaluate first-year and transfer applications. – (Essential)
25% – Serve in the rotation of the admission officer (AO) of the day in order to present information sessions and answer questions of prospective students and families visiting campus for tours, emailing with questions, or calling the Office of Admission to speak with an admission counselor. – (Essential)
25% – Support and serve on various programming teams in the admission office. – (Essential)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, communications, marketing, counseling or other fields of study related to position responsibilities.
  • One year of admissions experience.
  • Ability to travel in and out of state.
  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, cultural competency and confidence in public speaking.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated dedication to a residential liberal arts education and a commitment to diversity and equity.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and organize data, and present findings in a comprehensible manner for different audiences.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google drives/folders/forms, Adobe Acrobat, Web Editing, and social media applications or any combination of productivity programs applicable to position responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented and thorough; skilled at anticipating and preventing potential problems and handling a wide variety of tasks with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Strong commitment to a quality work product.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally, in writing and electronically. Effective interpersonal skills as evidenced in the ability to collaborate with a variety of constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, inclusion & diversity.
  • Demonstrated skill in adapting to and performing work effectively in high-volume, high accountability, confidential environment with multiple and changing priorities. Effective organizational, logistical, time management and planning skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks/projects simultaneously, prioritize and fulfill the functions of an office in a timely manner.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership and training, and to work effectively and professionally across functions, disciplines, levels, and with diverse groups.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an academic setting with an understanding of a residential liberal arts education. Prior professional admissions experience.

Preferred start date of June 24, 2024 or July 1, 2024.


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