Admissions Counselor

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA


Job Summary:

Otis College of Art and Design is currently accepting applications for an Admissions Counselor. The Admissions Counselor counsels prospective students regarding admission policies and procedures. Reviews and evaluates applicants to determine qualification for admission to Otis. The position involves extensive travel within the United States as well as working evenings and weekends. This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting directly to the Associate Director of Recruitment.



Develops, maintains, and monitors the Admissions Office communications calendar for prospective students with the guidance of upper management. Helps management develop recruitment strategies and plans. Helps management assess effectiveness of efforts and suggests modifications as needed.

Plans, develops, and attends outreach programs and other recruitment efforts (i.e., classroom visits in high schools and/or community colleges, group visits to campus, college fairs, and other special events.) Represents Otis locally and nationwide.

Manages an assigned territory to develop qualified applicants for admission and enrollment at Otis. Counsels applicants on admission policies and procedures. Communicates with prospective students via in-person interviews, by telephone, during portfolio reviews, on campus tours, and via written communication (i.e., responding to emails regarding application status, writing inquiries to prospective students.)

Organize focused outreach to veterans, including visits to military bases, federal and state agencies, and engagement with veteran alumni.

Reviews student artwork and credentials at portfolio events. Offers solutions to applicant problems and answers questions regarding admissions policies and/or procedures.

Interprets both domestic and international academic records. Applies transfer credit guidelines as appropriate. Creates academic plans for prospective students. Processes admissions decisions.

Manages assigned travel arrangements independently for out-of-state and local travel. Processes timely follow-up documentation.

Establishes and maintains a network of relationships with secondary school counselors, art teachers, high school and community college counselors.

Identifies and selects scholarship recipients based on eligibility requirements.

Serves as an information resource for the Otis community. Identifies opportunities to increase

program visibility.

Prepares informational materials often enlisting input or contributions from faculty, Chairs, and

other key college leaders.

Participates in and contributes to meetings, training programs, and the department’s overall

operational goals. Assists with planning retreats and evaluative exercises.

Maintains currency on College policies affecting admissions, recruitment, financial aid, transfer

credit evaluation, and other areas related to enrollment.

Performs other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree or combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education is required. A minimum of 2 years of experience working in recruitment and admissions with knowledge of transfer credit policies and financial aid programs is required. Preference given to veterans. Individual must have excellent oral and written communication skills and computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe. Individual must be able to work collaboratively in a team-based environment. Self-motivation, self- discipline, and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are essential. Must be willing and able to travel and work evenings and weekends. Experience and/or education at a fine art and design institution or similar background are highly desirable.


Emergency Response/Recovery – Position Requirement:

This is not considered an essential position.



Interested candidates must apply via Otis’ website at https://otis.simplehire.comto be considered for the position.


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