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Freshman Reader - Admissions (4511U) 1638 - 1638
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Freshman Reader - Admissions (4511U) 1638 - 1638
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Admissions/Student Records/Registrar

Freshman Reader - Admissions (4511U) 1638 - 1638

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must provide a fair opportunity for every applicant to obtain admission to the University, operate in a professional manner that ensures positive staff morale and values hard work and dedication, communicate and collaborate effectively, present a coordinated effort to standardize procedures and document best practices, offer a variety of methods for professional development, and provide first-class customer service in a cost-effective and transparent manner.


Perform comprehensive evaluation of all available applicant information for domestic freshman undergraduate applications. This information may encompass academic, socioeconomic, geographic, disability, talent, extraordinary circumstance, school and family context, and personal achievement factors. Use holistic evaluation methods to make a comprehensive assessment of each applicant. Actively participate in all training and norming sessions. Support program goals for reader competence and process effectiveness by contributing to facilitated group discussions of sample applications. Consult with experienced level staff or faculty when reviewing more complex applications. Provide feedback on overall training/norming process. Meet specified weekly numerical reading targets.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of UC Campuses, and the ability to interpret policies.
  • Working knowledge of academic programs, including curricula, admissions requirements, and financial aid programs at UC Berkeley.
  • Thorough knowledge of secondary school policies and practices, particularly as related to curriculum, standardized testing, extracurricular activities, transcript issues, etc.
  • Ability to read and score applications online. Must maintain awareness of own scoring patterns in relation to normed scoring patterns, and must adjust scoring practices as required.
  • Must demonstrate high level of discretion and sensitive judgment and must be able to utilize a background of professional knowledge and experience to interpret guidelines which will apply to a large, complex, detailed array of objective and subjective information. All information is highly sensitive and confidential.
  • Superior communication, analytic, time management, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
  • Must attend norming & training sessions, meet workload deadlines and work independently. Training will start the beginning of November. Reading will continue through the end of January.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate a high proficiency in Windows-based applications as all applicant files are reviewed electronically via an online platform.
  • Candidates need to be adept at setting up a home office with access to the internet and have the ability to problem-solve a variety of issues (including both technology and procedural) independently.
  • Candidates' home computer system must include up to date security and internet browsers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent years of experience.
  • Knowledge of K-14 higher education issues.
  • Knowledge of and/or sensitivity to issues related to the multiple identities students come with and may write about in their application.
  • Previous experience as a UC Berkeley application reader.

Salary & Benefits

This is considered a By Your Agreement (BYA) position, and pay will be determined by the number of applications read. Readers will earn $20 per hour for training and $3.50 for each application read. 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 part-time position from 10/19/2019-01/31/2020
Candidates may not be:
  • Concurrently enrolled as a UC Berkeley undergraduate.
  • Concurrently employed by University of California
  • Concurrently reading applications for another college or university
  • Working as an independent admissions counselor

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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