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Jobs: Counselor, Selection

Date Posted: July 14, 2022

Job #: 21566 (apply here)


What does the person in this role do? 

This Counselor supports the Selection team in all of its activities, with a special focus on supporting the development and management of admissions programs related to evaluation and selection. 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 all aspects of (arguably) the core function of MIT Admissions: to correctly evaluate and select a talented, diverse, and generally outstanding first-year class.  

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

Someone who is a good fit for this role will have (and enjoy exercising) intense attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects at once. 

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 an Assistant Director on the Selection team, and works frequently with the Associate Director of Selection and Assistant Director for Customer Service as well. 

Characteristic Duties + Responsibilities 

Specific Role Duties + Responsibilities 

  • Help develop and manage admissions programs related to evaluation and selection processes
  • Manage inbound email for admitted and enrolling students in conjunction with the Assistant Director for Customer Service
  • Coordinate reading and selection process for international applicants in conjunction with the Associate Director for Selection
  • Serve as the liaison with other campus partners to support international applicants and admitted students during the enrollment process

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


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. 


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 


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

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