Admission Seasonal Reader


Website Occidental Occidental College

Occidental College is a selective liberal arts college located in a residential section of northeast Los Angeles enrolling about 2,100 students.

Position Summary
Occidental College is seeking Seasonal Readers for the 2017-2018 undergraduate admission application reading season. Under the supervision of a Senior Associate Dean of Admission, the Seasonal Reader is expected to commit to a variety of hours, based on position (seeking 20-30 hours), including training, to review first year applications from January 3rd through mid-March. The admission process is holistic, taking into consideration each applicant’s academic credentials, contributions to school and community and ability to contribute to and benefit from Occidental’s diverse educational atmosphere. In keeping with this holistic philosophy, the reader will be responsible for reviewing high school transcripts, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendation letters and other application documents.

The Seasonal Reader will be a first reader on application files, submitting thorough and detailed evaluation notes. The Seasonal Reader must maintain steady and frequent communication with the admission office and be receptive to guidance and feedback from second readers.

The Seasonal Reader is required to read at a pace that allows for the completion of a weekly target file number between January and mid-March. The number of hours required and the number of files to be read may vary slightly depending on the month, with January and February experiencing the highest volume. The Seasonal Reader must attend a three-day reader training taking place the first full week of January 2018, and be ready to begin reviewing files in early January. The Reader shall attend weekly on-campus reader meetings. Seasonal Readers team with our full-time reading staff through our comprehensive holistic reading process.

All applications are read on-line. Candidates must have a computer and access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection in a private, secure location.

Given the sensitive nature of our files and selection process, and to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, the Reader must not be an immediate family member of anyone applying to Occidental College.

Education Required
Bachelor’s Degree

Experience Required
No experience required.  Preference given to candidates living in Southern California.

Other Skills Required

Well-developed computer skills and the ability to adapt to new technology
Strong attention to detail
Capacity to meet specific deadlines and read a large volume of files under a time constraint
Ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to applicants’ information

Experience Preferred
Prior experience in college admission, or previous employment, at a selective college or university.

Salary Information
$25 per hour

Job Duties

  • Review first year applications
  • Review high school transcripts, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendation letters, and other application documents
  • Submit thorough and detailed evaluation notes as a ‘first reader’ on application files
  • Maintain steady and frequent communication with the admission office and be receptive to guidance and feedback from ‘second readers’
  • Attend weekly on-campus reader meetings

Appointment Period
January 3, 2018 – March 16, 2018

The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.  The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College’s academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

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