University Admission Advisor

Full Time
Vancouver, BC
$45,000–$55,000 a year
Posted 29 days ago
Job description

Do you have a passion for education? Do you enjoy helping students plan their educational futures? Are you looking to work in a dynamic environment at a fast-growing educational institution?

KEY’s students have been admitted to top-tier universities around the world, just some of which include:

  • United States: Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, New York University, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and Yale
  • Canada: McGill, Queen’s, SFU, UBC, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, Waterloo, and Western
  • International: Durham, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, Edinburgh, King’s College London, and University College London

We are looking for a University Guidance Counselor with extensive knowledge and understanding of post-secondary institutions and their admissions processes. Our focus is on helping students and families navigate the complexities of applying to universities across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Your insight and expertise will provide families with accurate information about the appropriate post-secondary options available to their children.

Working with a team of seasoned education consultants, you will add to KEY’s expert insight from your time spent in the industry.

We believe that a strong foundation through education will set students on the right path to success. We need a like-minded individual to join our team.

Job types: Full-time, Permanent


$45,000 - $55,000 yearly


  • Meet with prospective and current clients to explain the university admissions process, from the admissions requirements of respective universities to appropriate high school courses and extracurricular activities selection.
  • Share your expert knowledge of the university admissions process, having gained your insight from your work in a university admissions and/or university academic setting.
  • Educate families and students on setting the right expectations when preparing for and applying to university.
  • From as early as Grade 8, guide students in planning their year-by-year activities, high school courses, extracurricular involvement, the focus of their academic interests, standardized test requirements, and leadership and character development.
  • When students reach the end of Grade 11/start of Grade 12, assist them with their applications including university selections and completion of all necessary documentation and components of the applications.
  • Guide students on writing effective, compelling personal statements (college admissions essays).
  • Provide expert interview coaching to students, helping them craft their message as to why they are the right fit for each respective university.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with admissions officers, high school university guidance counselors, independent education consultants, and other industry professionals to be kept abreast of the latest admissions trends and policies.
  • Develop and build relationships with clients and seek opportunities to develop additional contacts through referrals or other networks.
  • Answer client questions and ensure timely follow-up with clients on all matters pertaining to their university planning and application process.
  • Continually keep up-to-date on the latest information and trends in both post-secondary admissions and secondary independent school (private school) admissions.
  • Write articles, guides, or opinion pieces on educational topics.
  • Make presentations at informational seminars for clients.


NOTE: Applicants who have no prior experience working with students or no university degree will not be considered.

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably from a top-tier US, Canadian, or UK university.
  • Relevant work experience in a university or other post-secondary setting including the admissions office, student recruitment, and student academic advising, or work experience as a high school-based university guidance counselor.
  • Existing membership in any of the following associations is considered an asset: NACAC, HECA, or IECA.

Your Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Adaptability to changing conditions and priorities.
  • Ability to add to KEY’s thought leadership.
  • Provide superior service to KEY’s families on an ongoing basis.
  • Competence to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing: articulate admissions knowledge and other information with consistency and clarity.
  • Cultural sensitivity: promote an inclusive environment exemplified by the understanding of various cultural groups.
  • Problem-solving: use logic and analytical methods to develop realistic solutions.
  • Professionalism: demonstrate professional standards of conduct when interacting with individuals in a business environment.
  • Time management: balance a multitude of tasks and prioritize duties as needed as well as the ability to work with tight deadlines.
  • Organized at maintaining records.
  • Ability to build and maintain lasting working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Proactive to ask customers questions and ready to respond to any customer service opportunities.

About Company

KEY Education is a Vancouver-based admissions guidance and learning enrichment company. While we may be a local market leader, our reach is global. Our team consists of qualified professionals who are passionate about education, making KEY the trusted source for families seeking top-quality supplementary education services and guidance in applying to their dream schools around the world at all levels, from preschool through to graduate programs.

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