Job Details

Amherst College
  • Position Number: 3306425
  • Location: Amherst, MA
  • Position Type: Admissions/Enrollment

Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the position of Admission Counselor. Admission Counselor is an entry-level admission officer at Amherst College, an excellent opportunity to make a difference in college access at a College that prioritizes creating opportunity for academically talented students from all backgrounds. The Admission Counselor serves as one of the Admission Deans, does outreach for Amherst College, and is a full voting member of the Admission Committee.

The Admission Counselor, reporting to the Associate Dean of Admission, is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $49,227. Given the nature of this role, this is a largely on-campus, in-person role with the potential for some opportunity for participation in the College's hybrid work program. This position also travels on behalf of Amherst College for outreach purposes, doing recruitment travel several weeks each year, including visits to high schools, community-based organizations, and student programs.

Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community. Working with the Amherst College Office of Admission requires a desire to engage on issues of antiracism and equity in educational opportunities. All members of the Amherst Admission team take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. In support of our institutional vision of expanded access and broad diversity across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic dimensions, Amherst is committed to need-blind admission and generous need-based, no-loan financial aid for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Evening and weekend work is occasionally required.

Summary of Responsibilities

Recruitment and Admission

  • Conduct presentations for groups up to 250 visiting prospective students and their families

  • Develop recruitment strategies and coordinate travel in assigned geographic markets

  • Cultivate relationships with high-school counselors and Community Based Organizations within specific geographic regions

  • Work in pairs or as part of a team to evaluate first-year and transfer applicants.

  • Oversee application evaluation within assigned geographic regions

  • Participate as a voting member of the admission committee

  • Oversight of assigned recruitment travel and communication

Special Programs

  • Play a key role in special project areas for the Office of Admission. Depending on skills and interest, these responsibilities could include:

  • Campus visits: assist in recruiting, hiring, training, and managing an outstanding and diverse group of paid student tour guides

  • Communications: contribute to developing email and social media campaigns for prospective students and other audiences

  • Diversity outreach: assist with the planning and execution of on-campus open house programs



  • Bachelor's Degree

  • The ability to work with constituencies from varied racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds

  • Strong presentation skills; can bring to life programming that tells the story of a dynamic residential liberal arts environment to a wide-ranging audience

  • Ability to articulate the benefits of a liberal arts education to a diverse audience

  • Excellent interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, including prospective applicants, parents, high school counselors, alumni, faculty and staff

  • Proficiency in and ability to quickly learn and apply software (e.g., Google Workspace/Microsoft Office, Slack, Workday, Zoom)

  • Ability to exercise good judgment and think independently while working in a dynamic team environment

  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills including the flexibility to balance multiple priorities with reliable attention to detail

  • Travel approximately 10 - 20 days for recruitment including driving to/from high schools and college fairs for recruitment

  • Ability to handle confidential information with respect and discretion


  • Fluency in a language in addition to English

  • Experience working with on-campus programming

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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