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Harvard University Admissions Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54536BRAuto req ID:54536BRJob Code:S0055P FSS Admissions Officer I Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Admissions OfficerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :055Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Should possess strong customer service and communication skills in order to represent the College effectively to secondary schools and prospective applicants.

  • Must work well under pressure, and possess strong time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines,; independent initiative, excellent judgment, and the ability to keep information confidential.

  • Proficiency with office productivity and collaboration software, as well as business applications, a must.

  • Application review is conducted online, sometimes remotely; each reader is expected to have reliable Internet access.

  • Problem solving skills, including specifically: the ability to develop and analyze options/hypotheses objectively.

  • Communication skills (both written and verbal), including specifically: the ability to make presentations to large groups of students, parents and alumni/ae.

Additional Information:

In order to be considered for this position, please demonstrate basic qualifications are met. Applicants MUST submit a cover letter in addition to their resume in order for their application to be reviewed.

This seasonal position (October through May) is a two-year term appointment.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.


The Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Employment Office of Harvard College is committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In order to recruit and admit a diverse class, as well as support students' equitable access to educational experiences, we strive toward Harvard University's goal of inclusive excellence. We affirm that a rich learning and working environment can only result from a diverse community where all are supported in being their authentic, true selves and empowered to contribute fully to our shared goals and achievements.

Department:Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Typical Core Duties:

  • Recruit, evaluate, and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for admissions

  • Perform pre and post admissions outreach; counsel admitted, denied and wait-listed candidates

  • Coordinate onsite logistics for admissions events

  • May assist in the administration of a specific project and/or program

  • Develop relationships with secondary or university personnel, professional organizations, students, parents, alumni and secondary school staff

  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 1 year relevant work experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Extensive travel, ability to work evenings and weekends, substantial interviewing, admissions application review, and full participation in the work of the Admissions Selection Committee.

  • Work will require sitting, near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is typically performed in an office setting but may be remote, as directed by FAS.

  • Travel and night/weekend work may be required.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide information and advice about Harvard College, generally, and about its admissions procedures specifically, through information sessions conducted both in Cambridge and elsewhere. Travel may be undertaken independently or as joint travel with other institutions.

  • Conduct interviews of prospective and current applicants.

  • Read and evaluate admissions applications from assigned geographical regions (approximately 1500-2000 cases in recent years). Apply discretion and independent judgment in deciding which qualified students should be presented to the committee for possible admission.

  • Handle correspondence, email and telephone contact from prospective students, applicants, parents, secondary school administrators and the general public in assigned geographical regions.

  • Develop and nurture relationships with alumni/ae interviewers. Devise regional interview process procedure; plan and run alumni/ae interviewing workshops in assigned geographical areas. Train and guide alumni/ae on how to conduct successful applicant interviews.

  • Answer and respond to inquiries and concerns of applicants and students, both admitted and rejected, from assigned geographical area.

  • Additional administrative responsibilities as assigned, including but not limited to, the preparation of publications, coordination of student groups, coordination of recruiting efforts, coordination of joint travel, assisting with the transfer admissions process.

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