Admission Counselor

Job description

Category:: Administrative
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Sep 6, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Summary of Position:
The Admission Counselor works as a member of the undergraduate admissions staff to promote the value of a Women's college education. This position will recruit, evaluate and admit students to the College and meet enrollment goals. The Admission Counselor position plays a vital role in ensuring that prospective students, counselors, and community partners are inspired, informed, and counseled on Mills College's academic programs and resources. The Office of Admissions is a fast-paced, professional and confidential work environment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop, Execute, and Evaluate Recruitment Strategies
  • Develops strategic travel plan in assigned recruitment territory including high school visits, college fairs, and on and off campus presentations to interact with prospective students
  • Coordinate all aspects of recruitment travel through scheduling, transportation and accommodations
  • Attend receptions for admitted students and conduct presentations on the benefits of a Mills College education
  • Coordinate and monitor prospective students interaction with the Mills community i.e. current students, athletics, academic programs, student resources, and alumnae
  • Develop and report enrollment data on trends in assigned recruitment territory
  • 10 to 12 weeks of travel is required, including evening and weekend work, primarily during fall months

Evaluate Applications

  • Maintains reports and records on application activity in assigned recruitment territory
  • Helps prospective students update and submit all required admission documents to complete applications
  • Evaluate applications for admission and provide recommendations to the admission committee
  • Application evaluation requires 10 weeks of file review, including evening and weekend work, primarily during winter months

Admission Counseling

  • Establish, develop, and maintain communication with prospective students , their families, guidance counselors and community partners through phone, email, mail, interviews, and presentations

Special Projects

  • Chairs working group/project in admission office, e.g. athletics, social media, yield receptions, bridge programs and scholarship committees
  • Develops communication plans for working group/project in admission office
  • Coordinates activities and communication with offices on and off campus including but not limited to academic programs, financial aid office, college fair organizers, and alumnae
  • Meet and communicate with the entire admission team to maintain clear communication and the progress of shared goals
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Intermediate knowledge of Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to exhibit strong customer service orientation for all levels of College constituencies and members of the public.
  • Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment


  • Knowledge of Admissions cycles, processes, procedures and data
  • Knowledge of Admissions recruiting and communications strategies
  • Knowledge of financial aid policies and cycles

Education and Training

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • This position may require extended periods of sitting and doing computer work. It also requires the ability to walk around the 135-acre Mills campus
  • Valid driver's license and proof of current vehicle insurance
  • This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




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Posted: 9/8/2019
Application Due: 12/14/2019
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