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Admissions Officer

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals
Position Description

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, the Admissions Officer works collaboratively with other university departments and offices in presenting Cal Poly’s academic programs, its philosophy, admission practices and procedures to prospective students and their families, secondary and post-secondary personnel, community based organizations, and to the general public. As part of the full cycle of recruitment and admission, the Admissions Officer admits freshmen, transfer, and graduate students, identifies requirements for their particular major, and advises students regarding appropriate pathways for meeting major and General Education degree requirements in order to ensure a timely and positive admissions process. The Admissions Officer assists in the development of statistical reports through the utilization and analysis of institutional, state, national, and third party research based information databases to enhance recruitment strategies, yield management, forecasting, and operational efficiency.

Department Summary

The Admissions Office serves the University by recruiting, admitting and enrolling a highly qualified, diverse new student population. The Admissions Office's primary function is to advise prospective students and the general public on admissions requirements, and to process all relevant materials to make an admission determination. This position, under general direction, provides advising to prospective students in support of the entire admission process and assists in actively recruiting and advising prospective students.

Key Qualifications

  • Provide information, guidance, and counsel to prospective students from recruitment through admission.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the success of various student visit programs designed to recruit targeted populations to the University.
  • Collaborate in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan for undergraduate students.
  • Organize, implement, and coordinate admissions programs.
  • Develop and conduct oral presentations in support of recruitment efforts.
  • Travel in/out of state to recruit prospective students at a variety of programs.

Education and Experience 

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job related field. Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field.

A master’s degree in a job related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.

Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the required knowledge and abilities may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,320- $57,528 annually

Classification Range: $55,320 - $78,672 annually

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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