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Jobs: Counselor, Outreach

Date Posted: June 16, 2022

Job #: 21444

Overview

What does the person in this role do? 

This Counselor supports the Outreach team in all of its activities, with a special focus on event planning for spring yield programming and fall travel locally and nationally, as well as various financial and administrative duties. The person in this role also has full junior counselor responsibilities in reading and selection. 

How does this role advance the mission and vision of  our office?  

This role supports the office’s commitment to access and equity, while demystifying MIT, and making a complex institution intelligible to our admitted students and their families through all of our outreach. We believe it is important to present MIT honestly, and our approach to outreach both depends on and expresses a deep integration with the community, so that admits can make an informed choice. 

What would make someone a good fit for this role, specifically? 

Someone who is a good fit for this role will have a tremendous amount of energy that is replenished by working with dedicated team and quirky students. A team-focused self-starter who is reliable, enjoys event planning (and making order from chaos), and is willing to step up and solve problems when they emerge. 

Where does this role fit in the organizational structure of the office? 

At MIT Admissions, an Admissions Counselor executes a range of tasks in support of critical programs. This position reports to the Associate Director for Outreach, who leads specific yield and programming initiatives. 

Characteristic Duties + Responsibilities 

Specific Role Duties + Responsibilities 

  • Support Campus Preview Weekend, MIT’s spring yield program showcasing the Institute for over 1,200 admitted students and 1,000 parents.  
  • Assist in the development and management of other admissions programs, with a particular focus on post-admission/pre-decision communications and events for admitted students
  • Assist admissions staff with other event planning as needed
  • Collaborate with other senior program managers at MIT as appropriate. 
  • Provide logistical support for planning national and local travel to recruit students and meet with alumni/ae
  • Prepare and process requisitions, purchase orders and invoices, verify credit card charges, support travel accounting and travel approval processes, and other financial and administrative duties as assigned

General Admissions Duties + Responsibilities 

  • Read and evaluate approximately 2,000 domestic and international first-year and transfer applications annually, requiring regular evening and weekend work from late October through May. 
  • Participate in the first-year and transfer selection process.
  • Schedule, plan and present numerous regional recruitment information sessions throughout the country, generally requiring 3 to 4 weeks of travel.
  • Other travel requirements include attendance at local and national college fairs, and occasional professional conference participation. 
  • Regularly serve as the designated available Admissions Officer at the Cambridge campus, presenting information sessions and answering questions from visitors.
  • Will be eligible to work a combination of in-office days and remote days each week.

Qualifications, Requirements, Preferences

Qualifications

The fundamental qualifications for an admissions officer include the following: 

  • The ability to read and write quickly, accurately, and well, with keen attention to detail, and the ability to discern pattern from chaos 
  • The capacity to rapidly form a well-supported opinion, and just as rapidly defer to the collective judgment of the committee when situationally appropriate
  • The adaptability to succeed in multiple professional contexts: reading at home alone, discussing cases in committee, and traveling to speak publicly before large audiences
  • The discretion and tact to discuss deeply sensitive matters, and the integrity to be entrusted with extremely important decisions
  • The initiative to work independently with minimal supervision over sustained periods

Certain roles in the office require specific skills, but these are the underlying attributes common to people who tend to enjoy, and do well in, the admissions profession. 

Requirements

A successful applicant will be able to demonstrably meet the following requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree (in any field) 
  • Demonstrable ability to support MIT’s goals of access, equity, and inclusion 
  • Strong public speaking and communication skills
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision and exercise good judgment, take initiative, and set priorities
  • The ability to perform regular evening and weekend work during the academic year, and a few (cumulative) weeks of travel by air annually 
  • A driver’s license 

Preferences

The following attributes may be a plus, but are not expected or required: 

  • Event planning experience 
  • At least one year of experience working in higher education
  • Proficiency with SLATE (Technolutions) preferred