of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This
historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12
highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s
distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with
the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2023.
Penn offers a unique working
environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of
educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide
variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive
benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a
wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and
resources, and much more.
COVID-19 vaccination or a University authorized exemption is a requirement for all positions at the
University of Pennsylvania. For more information about Penn’s vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the
Posted Job Title
Admissions Counselor/Assistant Director of Admissions
Job Description Summary
The Admissions Counselor / Assistant Director assists
in the recruitment, evaluation, selection and enrolling of candidates to Penn’s Schools. Serves as a speaker in a range of forums with
prospective students, parents, secondary school counselors and Penn Alumni; manages phone and email inquiries; work with the Enrollment Team
to review and recommend applicants to Penn’s undergraduate schools and programs from a given region and territory. The Admissions Counselor
/ Assistant Director has responsibility to work as part of a team to achieve the institution’s goals in enrolling a class of highly
accomplished students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, through fostering intentional equity and collective care while
engaging with students, families, and the review of applications.
Admissions Counselor / Assistant Director of Admissions will be part of the Enrollment Team, and is responsible for:
evaluating, selecting, and enrolling first-year and transfer candidates to Penn’s four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts &
Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Penn Nursing, and the Wharton School.
- Managing a geographic territory,
including building relationships with school educators and administrators and to attract appropriate applicants from the region and engaging
with students and families.
- Serving as a featured public speaker in a range of forums, both virtual and in-person, with prospective
students, parents, secondary school counselors, community-based organizations, and Penn alumni.
- Frequently supporting the Admissions
Visit Center in welcoming visitors, participating in virtual or in-person daily programming, and handling inquiries via phone, email and
- Demonstrating project management skills, collaborating within teams, leveraging technology and virtual tools, and
prioritizing individual duties in relation to achieving the goals of the University in enrolling highly qualified, diverse, and
intellectually passionate students.
- The Admissions Counselor will be responsible for contributing to projects and processes to
support the work of Penn Admissions.
- The Assistant Director will be responsible for contributing to and/or leading projects and
processes to support the work of Penn Admissions. Designation as an Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director will be dependent upon
professional experience and education.
Demonstrated project management skills plus the ability to
balance an individual schedule with multiple organizational calendars/schedules within a high-volume and timeline driven process. Dynamic
written communication, customer service, public speaking, teamwork, and collaboration skills are required. Volunteer, leadership, or
professional experience in higher education, college counseling, managing volunteers, or familiarity with evaluating applications are
appreciated, as is experience working with populations that are underrepresented in higher education. The job requires a valid driver’s
license and the ability to work nights and weekends.
Admissions Counselor: A bachelor’s degree is required with
entry-level professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Assistant Director: A bachelor’s
degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. Successful candidates will have at least 3-5 years of progressively responsible
experience in admissions, higher education or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for the Admissions
Counselor/Assistant Director position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are
Targeted Pay Range:
$57K-73K Commensurate with education and experience.
Job Location – City,
Department / School
$37,220.00 – $56,087.33
Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and
education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.
Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status,
or any other legally protected class.
Background check required after a conditional job offer
is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral
health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending
accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn’s
exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children
are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you
save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis.
Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a
substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal
affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care
Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care
insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you
apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family
members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is
committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide
variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and
Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University
resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit
our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music
or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn
community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you’ll find great deals
for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships
to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors,
cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer
creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of
non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for
eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal
adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.
To learn more, please
To apply, visit https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/3535-Market/Admissions-Counselo