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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

Website: williams.edu

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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

Admission Counselor
$42,000 and $47,000 Per Year
Williamstown
Full Time
Counselor
Bachelor's Degree
Required
Some experience in higher education, a secondary school or other relevant educational setting

The college is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Admission Counselor in the Office of Admission. This is a full-time, year-round, regular appointment reporting to a senior member of the admission team, with an expected 2-year commitment. Admission Counselors participate in all aspects of the admission process, including: meeting with prospective students; leading public presentations; recruitment travel; reviewing and evaluating applications for admission; serving as a full-voting member of the Admission Committee; and working with current students, staff, faculty, and alumni to organize and facilitate recruitment events both on and off campus. Admission Counselors also have responsibility for individual and team-based project work which is assigned based on the strengths and interests of the individual, and the needs of the office.

Recruited and chosen through a highly selective admission process, undergraduates come to Williams from around the world and a wide variety of backgrounds. More than half of all students receive financial aid, 14 percent are first-generation college students, 21 percent are Pell Grant recipients, and among domestic students, 46 percent are students of color. Nine percent of the student body is international. The college is deeply committed to access and has converted its entire financial aid program into the nation’s first “all-grant” program. Starting with the Fall 2022 semester, loans and work study and summer work expectations will be eliminated from all financial aid awards and replaced by grants. In other words, all students receiving financial aid will get 100 percent of their aid in the form of grants that don’t need to be repaid. 

The Admission Counselor will have the opportunity to work on initiatives related to the recruitment of first-generation college students, low-income students, American students of color, and international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion, and we encourage candidates to highlight relevant experiences in their cover letter.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, and some experience in higher education, a secondary school or other relevant educational setting is preferred. Current college seniors and recent graduates with a keen interest in higher education administration and college access also encouraged to apply
  • Familiarity with the nature and aims of a selective liberal arts college
  • Cultural competency and enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds is essential
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, and exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Significant travel and some evening and weekend responsibilities are required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • A valid driver’s license with a satisfactory record is also required
  • Willingness to work extended hours during peak periods
  • Foreign language skills are highly desirable

For optimal consideration please submit your cover letter and resume by Monday, May 23. Review of resumes will begin on Tuesday, May 24 and no earlier, and continue until the position is filled. The salary will be between $42,000 and $47,000, commensurate with experience. Job Group 3-C. Please visit https://staff-careers.williams.edu/ to apply. 

* On July 1, Williams College will begin its one-year remote and flexible work pilot, with individual offices responsible for creating their own plans. While details are still being finalized, the Office of Admission’s plan will allow for some remote work at specific times of the year, via a predetermined schedule. Remote work may only be conducted in  Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York or Vermont. We are happy to answer questions about the plan during the interview process. 

Williams is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts with access to Albany, Boston, Burlington (VT), New York City, and Montreal. Distinguished by a reputation for outstanding and inclusive teaching and scholarship, academic excellence, and exceptional alumni loyalty, the college is committed to building and supporting a diverse learning community of approximately 2,200 undergraduates.
 


Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and participation in our testing program is required as a condition of employment at Williams.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at hr@williams.edu.

 

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