University of Washington
open to hybrid work schedule (combination in-office + remote)

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR [2 openings] Req #:203080Department:ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT: OFFICE OF ADMISSIONSJob Location: Seattle Campus Job Location Detail:open to hybrid work schedule (combination in-office + remote) Posting Date:04/19/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift:First Shift Notes:This recruitment may be used to fill 2 openings. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The mission of the Office of Admissions is to attract and enroll Washington's and the world's most promising undergraduate students. We aim, through admission policy and practice, to contribute to the creation of an intellectually and culturally vibrant student body. The members of the Admissions staff, working in a fast-paced environment, are committed to diversity, access and excellence.

The University of Washington Office of Admissions has an outstanding opportunity for an Admissions Counselor. The Office of Admissions is a unit within the Division of Enrollment Management.

The Office of Admissions is seeking a talented individual who wishes to join our staff as a counselor, to assist in the coordination of freshman outreach and recruitment for a university that receives more than 52,000 freshman applications annually. This position reports to the assistant director for freshmen recruitment. We are a values driven, ethical and collaborative office built on trust, transparency and mutual respect. We believe in the importance of embracing diversity and making a difference.

The Admissions Counselor must be flexible and have the drive to work in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal and writing skills are essential, as are strong public speaking skills and the ability to represent the University in a positive way to diverse audiences. Must be comfortable with technology and have familiarity with Google drive, spreadsheets and database software tools. Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. The Admissions Counselor must exhibit an appreciation of, and sensitivity to, a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The ideal candidate:

•is a trusted teammate
•is an excellent communicator
•is oriented toward customer service
•looks for ways to improve the process
•utilizes data to make informed decisions


•Counseling prospective transfer and freshman applicants about the boundless opportunities available at the UW and about the admissions process. Such counseling takes place through in-person and virtual appointments, information sessions, phone calls and emails
•Representing the UW at community colleges, high schools, community events and on-campus information sessions and events
•Managing and traveling to at least one in-state and one out-of-state freshman recruitment territory
•Assisting in outreach and recruitment programs
•Reviewing undergraduate applications through a holistic process
•Other duties as assigned

Requirements include:

•Bachelor’s degree
•At least two years admissions counseling and/or outreach experience or equivalent.
•Must be comfortable with technology and have basic familiarity with Google drive, spreadsheets and database software tools.
•Must be able to demonstrate ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
•Must be flexible and have the drive to work in a fast-paced office.
•Strong interpersonal and writing skills are essential, as are strong public speaking skills and the ability to present the University in a positive way to diverse populations.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


•Experience in both freshman and transfer admissions recruitment and outreach and an understanding of the distinctive qualities of the UW.
•Experience working with diverse populations as well as an understanding of cultural differences and their effect on college planning.
•Demonstrated enthusiasm for the UW, strong work ethic, exercises sound judgment, professionalism and maturity.
•Former student ambassador, tour guide, on-campus Resident Adviser, Peer Adviser, Orientation Leader or similar student involvement.
•Graduate of the UW or a similar research university.

Working Conditions:

•Office setting on the Seattle campus with occasional telework option. The position requires a significant amount of time at a work station, in addition to presenting and attending college fairs and visiting high schools (up to three hours in some cases).
•This position requires the ability to work evenings and weekends; potential travel throughout WA and the US;
•Load and transport materials, displays, and other equipment (up to 50 lbs).

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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