Last-minute notice: Winter 2015 GSSA Positions, Undergraduate Admission Review Readers

Application Deadline:   October 16, 2014

WINTER 2015 Graduate Assistantships: Admissions Readers


UWHires Requisition #112232  (This position was initially miscategorized on UWHires but is available now.)

CLASSIFICATION:  Graduate Staff Assistant

POSITIONS: Undergraduate Admissions Review Readers, multiple positions
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT:  December 16, 2014-February 28, 2015 (five pay periods).  Must be available for weekday training December 16-19, plus January 2—no exceptions.  On December 16, training will run for approximately 5 hours.
HOURS:  183 hours over 5 pay periods; approximately 19 hours per week.  All files must be read in the Office of Admissions during regular office hours or during the optional, extended evening hours and Saturdays.  No files will be taken home.  Available work hours:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays; extended in-office reading hours until 8:00 p.m. several nights each week; weekly Saturday hours for those who wish to use them.
SALARY:  Major components of tuition plus standard salary; salary is commensurate with student standing.
CREDIT LOAD:  Must be formally enrolled in the UW Graduate School in a tuition-based (state-funded) program for at least 10 credits during winter quarter 2015.  Fee-based (self-sustaining) programs not eligible for tuition waiver.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during winter quarter 2015.  These positions offer a valuable, hands-on opportunity to participate with Admissions professionals in the review of undergraduate applications for autumn quarter 2015.

Readers will assess freshman applications, using a combination of personal and academic factors.  Applications are assessed by two Readers separately, and final admission decisions are made by Admissions administrators, based on Reader assessments.
REQUIRED: Ability to do the following:  read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complicated assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately; work independently for hours at a time.
Sensitivity to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage; familiarity with U.S. high school systems.
APPLY:  Through UWHires, requisition#112232.  In addition to a resume, and in place of a traditional cover letter, you must submit a letter that addresses the following questions in a total of 500 words or less:
Question 1:  Your assignment is to select a strong and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington.  What is the meaning of “strong and diverse?”  What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications for the desired freshman class, and why?
Question 2:  How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours?  Is it ever appropriate to use judgment based on personal opinion in reviewing for admission to a public university?  Please give an example to illustrate your decision.
Your application will not be considered complete, nor will it be reviewed, without the required letter addressing the questions above.
NOTIFICATION DATES:  We will notify those accepted for the positions by October 30, 2014.
CONTACT IN UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS:  Robin Hennes, Assistant Director:; 206.616.3862
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or