Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $40000 - $45000 per year



Application Deadline



United States


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Title: Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA)
Office: Boston, MA
Location: Boston, MA
Career Stage: Specialist
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Reporting to the Associate Director, Admissions, the Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA) will serve as a key contributor to screen applicants and enroll students each year. The Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA) will play a key role in ensuring our systems are working seamlessly to enable us to screen and select applicants in a consistent and equitable fashion. The Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA) will drive efforts to codify and improve our systems and processes. This will include developing tools such as our academic assessments, interview tools and trainings for team members, etc., as well as creating an operations manual to document our policies and practices.

To be successful in this role, you will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic organization where you can directly interact with and advocate for Year Up's potential students. You will demonstrate a persuasive and confident communication style that will enable you to develop and maintain promising relationships in the local community to attract the best possible Year Up candidates.

The Admissions Specialist (Boston, MA) will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a coach, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in creating and sustaining a positive educational environment.

*This position will require occasional attendance at weekend or evening events

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.



  • Facilitate, coordinate, and contribute enhancements to our group interviews ("learning assessments"), ensuring we have a sound process to screen applicants for their ability to work in our interactive classroom setting
  • Develop an operations manual to incorporate best practices from other sites and codify the site's processes
  • Develop process improvements each cycle and support implementation
  • Conduct one-on-one interviews and group interviews to assess prospective students
  • Utilize our database to identify trends and help answer strategic questions related to our admissions process
  • Other duties as assigned

Outreach & Recruitment

  • Help support team conversion efforts via phone to ensure all applicants are contacted within 48 hours and signed up to come in for the first step in the application process
  • Occasionally support recruitment efforts via attendance at job fairs, community events and recruitment presentations to connect with potential students
  • Maintain and regularly update database with applicant information and communication

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • 1-2+ years' work experience preferred, including experience working with young adults
  • 1 year of experience in administrative support or project management in a fast-paced environment a plus
  • 1 year of experience working with urban young adults desirable
  • Proven strong project management skills, a passion and talent for systems and process improvement
  • Passion for and ability to use data to drive learning and improvement
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Effective communication skills/public speaking skills, and the ability to connect quickly and authentically with people from a variety of different professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Experience with is a plus
  • Experience in an academic setting and/or knowledge of the local community is a plus
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization with a mission to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines hands-on technical and professional skills, educational stipends, college-level coursework, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place talented and motivated young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 nationwide. Year Up currently serves 21 U.S. cities across 16 markets, including Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.

Year Up participates in E-Verify.

Please visit to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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