Admissions Readers (4511U) 20929

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
Closing date
Jul 15, 2033

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Admissions Readers (4511U) 20929 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must provide a fair opportunity for every applicant to obtain admission to the University, operate in a professional manner that ensures positive staff morale and values hard work and dedication, communicate and collaborate effectively, present a coordinated effort to standardize procedures and document best practices, offer a variety of methods for professional development, and provide first-class customer service in a cost-effective and transparent manner.

  • Perform comprehensive evaluation of all available applicant information for freshman or transfer undergraduate applications. This information may encompass academic, socioeconomic, geographic, disability, talent, extraordinary circumstance, school and family context, and personal achievement factors. Use holistic evaluation methods to make a comprehensive assessment of each applicant. Actively participate in all training and norming sessions.
  • Actively participate in all training and norming sessions. Support program goals for reader competence and process effectiveness by contributing to facilitated group discussions of sample applications. Provide feedback on overall training/norming process.
  • Meet specified weekly reading targets. Consult with experienced level staff or faculty when reviewing mroe complex applications.
  • Obtains and maintains knowledge of systems that are used for the reading process, including Slate and UC specific tools.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of, or can quickly learn, UC Berkeley, and the ability to interpret policies.
  • Working knowledge of, or can quickly learn, academic programs, including curricula, admissions requirements, and financial aid programs at UC Berkeley.
  • Thorough knowledge of secondary school policies and practices, particularly as related to curriculum, standardized testing, extracurricular activities, transcript issues, etc.
  • Ability to read and score applications online. Must maintain awareness of own scoring patterns in relation to normed scoring patterns, and must adjust scoring practices as required.
  • Must demonstrate high level of discretion and sensitive judgement and must be able to utilize a background of professional knowledge and experience to interpret guidelines which will apply to a large, complex, detailed array of objective and subjective information. All information is highly sensitive and confidential.
  • Superior communication, analytic, time management, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
  • Must attend norming and training sessions, meet workload deadlines and work independently. Training will begin the first week of November. Reading freshman applications will continue through the end of January, and reading transfer applications will continue through the end of March.
  • Candidates need to be adept at setting up a home office with access to the internet and have the ability to problem-solve a variety of issues (including both technology and procedural) independently. Candidates must have a personal computer with up-to-date security and internet browsers. Successful candidates must demonstrate a high proficiency with technology and web-based applications as all applicant files are reviewed electronically via an online platform.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience as a UC Berkeley undergraduate application reader, or an application reader for another institution or program of similar size/scale.
  • Knowledge of K-14 higher education issues.
  • Knowledge of and/or sensitivity to issues related to the multiple identities students come with and may write about in their application.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $21.00 - $24.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a part-time position. We are looking for freshman readers and transfer readers.
  • Freshman readers must be available for reading from 11/01/2021-02/11/2022.
  • Transfer readers must be available for reading from 02/01/2022-04/08/2022.
  • Attendance at a virtual synchronous Reader Training, tentatively scheduled for the week of 11/01/2021, is required for both Freshman and Transfer readers. Exact dates and times of Reader Training will be confirmed no later than October 2021.

Candidates may not be:
  • Concurrently enrolled as a UC Berkeley undergraduate.
  • Concurrently employed by the University of California.
  • Concurrently employed by another college or university.
  • Concurrently reading applications for another college or university.
  • Working as an independent admissions counselor.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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