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Seasonal Application Readers

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Seasonal Application Readers

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Aug 30, 2021

Hamilton College is seeking temporary Seasonal Application Readers for the 2021-2022 application review season. Seasonal readers will be trained to assist the full-time admission team with the evaluation of first-year applications, including academic credentials, standardized testing, personal essays, recommendation letters, and extracurricular credentials, and other supplemental materials.

Seasonal Application Readers will have a key role in Hamilton’s selection process, and will provide the assistance needed to ensure applications review can be completed thoughtfully and thoroughly, but also efficiently. Readers must be able to grasp material quickly, read carefully, and consider applications thoughtfully and objectively, while providing thorough summaries. They will conduct independent preliminary reads on applications, but may also be assigned to a “partner review” team or be enlisted to assist with other admission activities (interviewing, processing materials, etc.) depending on experience.

Seasonal readers should expect to work 15-25 hours per week between November and March (the majority of reading will be completed in January and February). Mandatory training is scheduled for November 1-3, 2021, and attendance at some Saturday and evening virtual meetings may be expected. Training and work will be primarily conducted via Zoom. Compensation is $25/hour.

All applications are read online and successful candidates will work off-site (though there may be an opportunity for local readers to possibly join us in our Clinton, NY office if preferred). Candidates must have a recent computer (preferably fewer than 5 years old) with a reliable, high-speed internet connection, and must have access to a private, secure location in which to work.

To avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, we will not consider candidates for whom any of the following apply:

  • Parents/guardians of a high school junior or senior
  • Athletic coaches who work with or recruit high school athletes
  • Others who currently work with high school students, to include high school staff and faculty, independent consultants, staff at Community Based Organizations, or individuals who work at standardized testing or test prep organizations.
  • Employees at another undergraduate institution.

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Well-developed computer skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new technology
  • Strong ability to manage time independently
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Excellent written and communications skills
  • Willingness and ability to grasp and apply institutional priorities
  • Ability to internalize feedback and quickly adapt to suggested modifications
  • Ability to maintain the strictest levels of discretion and confidentiality
  • Willingness to consider and respect others’ viewpoints, especially when they differ from your own, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and in the college community we seek to build

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in highly selective college admissions (or related work, or relevant experience with and understanding of a selective college admission.
  • Understanding of the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Experience handling a heavy workload and a track record of meeting deadlines.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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