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Assistant Director International Admissions Specialist (4509U) - 7257
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 30, 2020
Title Assistant Director International Admissions Specialist (4509U) - 7257
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Admissions/Financial Aid

Assistant Director International Admissions Specialist (4509U) - 7257

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 9, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is charged with providing an equitable opportunity for every applicant to obtain admission to the University. The department must operate in a professional manner that ensures positive staff morale, values hard work and dedication, and in which staff communicate and collaborate effectively. Furthermore it must also present a coordinated effort to standardize procedures, document best practices, offer a variety of methods for professional development, as well as providing first-class customer service.



Using skills as a seasoned, experienced recruitment and/or admissions professional, identifies potential students, provides information, and ensures good relationships with the public and institutions and organizations involved in outreach/recruitment AND/OR independently reviews applications for admission, using professional judgment in determining whether applicant meets the requirements for admission, making exceptions to admissions requirements, and taking into account a variety of requirements. Recommends improvements/modifications to the assigned program(s).

Serve as liaison to international communities on the Berkeley campus; take special steps to sensitize and enlighten OUA staff to the special interests and needs of this population; act as the primary point person in determining and conducting outreach and yield efforts for these populations in assigned territory; determine what support groups and systems are available outside of Berkeley in helping to identify and prepare students from these groups for college admission in general and Berkeley in particular, and develop and deepen relationships with these groups; propose, plan and execute travel in support of the outreach and yield efforts for these groups. Serve as an active member of the International Team.

  • Serves as liaison between students, parents, colleges/universities, community agencies, and UC Berkeley college/school/department.
  • Provides in-depth information on admissions requirements, prerequisite courses, school/college programs and curricula, specific financial aid criteria, and career opportunities.
  • Advises prospective applicants, faculty and staff (international, US citizens or permanent residents) regarding admission and transfer credit.
  • Advising may be in person, by mail, by e-mail or by telephone. This requires: 1) a sound working knowledge of all education systems of the world 2) the ability to decipher records written in a foreign language, and 3) the ability to assess a student's educational background, making transfer credit judgments when necessary and then providing them with appropriate advising.
  • Advises the general public in person, by telephone, individually or through groups.
  • Provides information on admission policies/procedures, and selection and eligibility requirements for all colleges, schools and major programs. Those advised include prospective and current applicants, continuing and returning students, parents, government officials, faculty and staff from UC campuses and other educational institutions.
  • Serves as liaison between students, parents, colleges/universities, community agencies, and UC Berkeley college/school/department.
  • Serves as Officer-of-the-Day (OD) as assigned.

Application Review:
  • Serves as lead reader for assigned territory, including the training and management of assigned external readers.
  • Reads and scores applications for freshman and transfer admission.
  • Assesses academic preparedness of applicants.
  • Assesses applicants for motivation, initiative, leadership potential, work/life experience, extracurricular activities, socioeconomic status, disability, and educational/personal hardship.
  • Uses professional judgment when reviewing complex applications for admission.
  • Using extensive knowledge of college/school/department requirements and applicant pool, assesses the applicants' overall record and experience for final admissions recommendation, selecting those students whose academic profiles, relative to their foreign educational system of study, are comparable to the level set for US students..

  • Maintains a caseload of newly admitted students and performs course-by-course evaluations for international and domestic transfer credits.
  • Evaluates transcripts for prospective, new and continuing freshman and transfer students.
  • Documents and communicates transfer course equivalencies.
  • Mandates supplemental academic preparation as condition of admission where appropriate.
  • Determines if applicant has met specific University/campus requirements at point of admission.
  • Finalizes applicants' entrance records for the University.
  • Cancels admissions or recommends cancellation decision be sustained or reversed based on extenuating circumstances, recommendations or supplemental information regarding applicant.
  • Contacts applicants regarding status of their admission.

  • Serves as point of contact for all assigned schools/community colleges in assigned region.
  • Represents the University of California, Berkeley internationally and domestically at school/community college visits, college nights/fairs, and transfer days/fairs as assigned.
  • Behaves in a manner that promotes goodwill on behalf of the University.
  • Plans and conducts visits to schools, schedules and makes presentations, interviews, and follow-up visits.
  • Identifies potential students, and provides information about higher education generally and UC Berkeley specifically.
  • Plans, manages and implements events to enhance recruitment and yield, including New Student Receptions, diversity initiative events, mentoring programs, electronic communications, and similar activities.
  • Assesses effectiveness in attracting quality students to UC Berkeley. Utilizes search and marketing tools and technology.

Campus Partnerships:
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and implements activities for undergraduate student development in partnership with campus programs. Interprets, implements and applies University admission policies.
  • Keeps supervisor abreast of progress/process.
  • Maintain and support relationships with alumni and current student groups.

Professional Development and Other Duties As Assigned:
  • Maintains knowledge of and utilizes current references and resources, e.g., Evaluation Guidelines, articulation agreements, up-to-date references/resources, e.g., Quick Reference for Counselors, etc.
  • Participates in state, regional, national and international associations and events relating to recruitment and/or admissions in higher education, e.g., AACRAO, NACAC and/or International ACAC, EdUSA and systemwide Counselor Conferences.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Ability to interpret policies and procedures to prospective students and the public.
  • Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of academic programs, including curricula, admissions requirements, and financial aid programs, at colleges/universities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with schools, universities, community organizations, and other institutions.
  • Ability to develop recruitment programs, and design effective materials.
  • Thorough knowledge of project management including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Experience and skill in international student recruitment and knowledge of marketing research and analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of tertiary level foreign credentials, secondary school records, study abroad programs and policies, and the knowledge of major educational systems of the world.
  • Ability to develop recruitment programs, and design effective materials.
  • Thorough skills to develop the university's strategic recruitment plans, designing outreach and recruitment programs and materials that will attract and enroll top candidates to the school/college, including students from under-represented groups.
  • Thorough knowledge of international politics and socio-economic circumstances which may affect international students, including trends in international mail, communication and transportation. Ability to travel extensively and lift approximately 40lbs. Time, organization and project management skills. Must maintain current knowledge of applicable rules and standards of all associations and agencies to which the Berkeley campus of the University of California adheres, and, at all times avoid any and all violations of these rules and standards.
  • Proficiency in a variety of software applications including, but not limited to, office productivity, customer relations management, and online application reading and evaluation.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range $67,000.00 - $73,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full-time (40-hours per week), career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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