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Admission Officer/ Assistant Director of Admission

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Admissions and Financial Aid Division at Macalester College seeks to hire an Admissions Officer or Assistant Director of Admission. The position performs a broad range of admissions duties including recruitment travel, interviewing prospective students, leading information sessions, evaluating applications for admission, serving on the Admissions Committee and working on other projects as assigned. Often serves as a prospective student's initial and ongoing contact with Macalester College and is a spokesperson for the College's academic and extracurricular programs. 


Availability for evening and weekend events as well as overnight travel year-round with peaks in Sept -Oct and March-May.

  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status or orientation. 
  • Guide and assist ethnic, geographic, racial, and socio-economically diverse domestic and international applicants through the recruitment, selection, and enrollment process. 
  • Present the College's academic and extracurricular programs to the public, highlighting Macalester's distinctiveness from other selective liberal arts colleges. Thoroughly answers questions from prospective students and parents, makes all visitors feel welcomed and comfortable throughout the process. 
  • Develops and implements recruitment strategies for assigned regions and reevaluates the effectiveness of these strategies each year.
  • Travel activities include high school visits, college fairs, off-campus interviews, and other special events.  
  • Assists with special programming for under-represented students of color, first-generation students, LGBTQIA+, and low-income students. 
  • Participates in the admissions selection process and Admissions Committee.  Practices holistic admissions and, in collaboration with a team partner, makes respectful and professional recommendations regarding admission decisions through evaluation of applications and participation on the Admissions Committee.   
  • Cultivate and maintain working relationships with high school administrators, college and guidance counselors, independent counselors, and community-based organizations.
  •  Support and assist small and large visit programing. 
  • Bachelor's Degree required. 
  • Required Experience: 
    • Recent college graduates and those with one or three years of professional work experience in college admissions, counseling or student affairs will be considered for the Admissions Officer role. 
    • The Assistant Director position requires at least three years of professional work experience in college admissions, counseling or student affairs. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest and ability to work in a hybrid in-person and remote environment with extensive travel and some evening and weekend work at different times of the year.
  • Demonstrates the commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Actively engages in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion to increase individual capacity to support institutional changes that create and sustain a more welcoming and inclusive environment across the Macalester Community and in the college admissions process. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and communicate with appropriate staff. Strong attention to detail. 
  • Ability to present information on the College to large and small groups
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications, Google applications and ability to learn data management software. 
  • A valid driver's license is required.
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends
  • Ability and comfort with travel, i.e. driving a rental car and flying on domestic aircraft. 
  • Application reading will require sitting and operating a computer for extended periods of time during the application reading season. 
  • Additional physical activity includes carrying admissions materials while traveling, lifting and transporting 10-15 lb boxes, standing for extended periods of time and assisting with event set-up on occasion. 
Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for an Admissions Officer and Assistant Director of Admissions is $40,000 to $52,000 and Macalester's Benefits. Once the level of a candidate's experience is evaluated by the hiring committee, a more accurate salary estimation will be shared during a follow-up phone conversation.


Application Guidelines: 

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter in one pdf to the posting on Macalester’s Employment Opportunities page. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by July 22nd, and the position will be posted until filled. 


All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to: 


Jaclyn Howard 

Talent Acquisition Manager 

[email protected]


Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.BenefitsMacalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at [email protected]


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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