Admission Counselor, Pacific Northwest Regions

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Bard CollegeAdmission Counselor, Pacific Northwest RegionsEmployer Website:
Bard College seeks an Admission Counselor responsible for representing Bard College to multiple constituencies, including prospective students and their families, Bard Alumni/ae, and school/community contacts. Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Admission, this representative engages in recruiting initiatives and follow-up to meet application and enrollment goals, focusing on Pacific Northwest regions and other select neighboring regions as assigned. This is a full-time, year-round, benefit eligible position.

The Admission Counselor manages planning and follow-up of recruitment activities including high/secondary school visits, college fairs, prospective family and counselor receptions, admitted student and family events and individual meetings and interviews for assigned geographic areas. Secondary responsibilities include new recruitment program development and implementation, and other duties as assigned.

The regions that this representative is responsible for are focused primarily on travel areas within the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho. However, responsibilities for lighter travel and application reading also stretch to Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Additional travel and reading support outside of these regions may be assigned as needed. This Admission Counselor must live in the primary regions of the Pacific Northwest, specifically in Seattle, WA or Portland, OR. Remote staff are often required to train on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY for 6-12 months.

Description of Duties:
  • Admission travel, recruitment and counseling:
  • Fall recruitment takes place from September through November (sometimes starting in August) and spring recruitment takes place from March through May with occasional travel for fairs, trainings and conferences during the summer months
  • Travel for up to 20 weeks out of the year covering school visits, college fairs, prospective and admitted student events (sometimes coordinated with Alumni/ae Affairs and Development and other Bard College Offices)
  • Represent Bard College through high/secondary school visits, college fairs, community college visits, counselor functions, alumni/ae receptions, community-based organizations
  • Plan, develop, and implement outreach and recruitment activities to meet undergraduate-enrollment goals considering enrollment history and other relevant data
  • Meet with and advise prospective students and their families about the college selection process and provide information about opportunities available to them at Bard Conduct interviews for prospective students
  • Manage recruitment-related correspondence (emails, letters, phone calls) with students and their families as well as school counselors and teachers from designated recruitment regions. Initiate outreach and recruitment messages and respond to requests for information about Bard College programs, application status, and other information essential to the college selection and admission processes
  • Represent Bard College at networking events and conferences
  • Participate in office trainings
  • Participate in on-campus programs such as the Immediate Decision Plan and Admitted Students Day and as directed
  • Attend workshop days and case study events at the request of individual high/secondary schools
  • Coordinate events with Alumni/ae Affairs,
  • Development and Bard College Berlin or other Network partners when appropriate
  • Support international students throughout the application process by coordinating communication to international students (website, email, Bard portal) with colleagues who share international regions, the communications team, and the senior leadership team
  • Coordinate with the Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS) to support international students with visa application questions, travel to campus and enrollment processes
  • Assist the Senior Leadership Team with special projects and tasks as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional experience in Higher Education for at least a year, preferably as an Admission Counselor
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Ease in using and learning technology for communication, record keeping, and management of data Self-motivated with ability to function independently
  • Good writing, communication, and time management skills
  • Highly organized
  • Travel experience
  • Ability to organize trips, buy tickets, make hotel reservations, and coordinate travel plans
  • Ability to work some irregular hours and travel on occasional nights and weekends
  • Experience in working in Microsoft Office applications and Google Suite Programs
  • Knowledge of Technolutions Slate is ideal
  • Spanish language skills are ideal
  • Driver’s license in good standing
  • Ability to lift packages and boxes of up to 30 pounds in transporting material for travel.
To Apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three professional references to Interfolio by following this link:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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