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Admissions Counselor - Diversity and Access

Smith College
Smith College

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AdmissionJob Description

Job Summary:

Entry level position, responsible for recruitment and evaluation of prospective students.This position supports any and all student diversity and access initiatives that may include Questbridge, Posse and general Community Based Organization partnerships; other duties as assigned by the dean of admission.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Recruitment (40%):

  • Plan and coordinate approximately six to eight weeks of travel annually to recruit students and manage an assigned geographic territory determined by application and enrollment data.
  • Visit high schools, attend college fairs, conduct workshops, and meet with alumnae. Initiate and maintain effective communication between Smith
  • College and college counselors from a diverse range of high schools.
  • Manage correspondence and conversations with students, parents, counselors, community based organizations, and other constituencies.
  • Present on-campus and/or virtual information sessions and participate in leading workshops during events for prospective and admitted students.

Admission Reading and Selection (40%):

  • Read, evaluate, and participate in admission committee work to decide on admissibility of approximately 1000 candidates for admission to the college in coordination with a team of colleagues under the direction of the Dean of Admission.
  • Candidates may include first-years, transfers, Questbridge and Posse applicants.

On Campus Programming and Teams (10%):

  • Work with and support all on-campus programs as part of the Diversity and Access Team under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Associate Director of Admission/Diversity & Access.
  • Represent the interests of recruiting and enrolling a diverse class on any assigned teams, including Questbridge.

Professional Development (10%):

  • Develop skills and connections and pursue professional development opportunities to better understand current issues and challenges in the field of admission and in Higher Education.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses):

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or combination of education and relevant experience. Individual must hold a valid driver's license and be able and willing to participate in both car and airplane travel.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a higher education environment; fluency with a variety of computer software platforms; high comfort level with public speaking to large and small groups.
  • Demonstrated interest in admission work and/or prior work or volunteer experience in an office of admission at a college or university preferred.


  • The ability to effectively and efficiently develop and execute several key projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to work independently, have strong organizational and planning skills, and excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • The position requires strong analytical and computer expertise including
  • familiarity with MS Office suite and a willingness to adapt quickly to technologies transforming admission work today.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to effectively interact with people of all
  • backgrounds, and participate as part of a cohesive team working toward a shared mission.
  • Ability to use sound judgment, creativity, and vision.
Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

July 19, 2024

Compensation Grade:

Grade K Exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

As set forth in our mission and values, Smith College is committed to promoting a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty. The College will not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other classification protected by law. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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