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Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor

Admissions & Financial Aid | Boston, MA | Full Time

Job Description

New England Conservatory is a living laboratory, built on 150 years of innovation, openly pushing the boundaries of making and teaching music. We educate and train musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. Understanding that music is one of the transcendent expressions of human civilization, NEC aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary society.

NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. 

New England Conservatory (NEC) has determined that the highest possible rate of COVID-19 vaccination offers the best assurance of safeguarding the health of all members of our community. Therefore, NEC is requiring all employees to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 3, 2021. All newly hired employees at NEC must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Additionally, all members of the NEC community are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility. For more information, please contact NEC Human Resources.


The Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor provides assistance to prospective and current students and families on institutional, state, private, and federal financial aid. The Counselor also serves as the Admissions liaison for a small number of majors, working with the applicant pool from these majors throughout the enrollment process. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Financial Aid.


  • Represent NEC to prospective students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
  • Schedule and travel to college recruitment fairs, high schools, and summer festivals.
  • Oversee candidate files for select majors. Work with applicant pool throughout process from material submission to decision to enrollment.
  • Using discretion and independent judgment, counsel students and parents regarding the financial aid application process, loan repayment, student employment, and financial aid eligibility.
  • Counsel students in resolving financial aid issues. Formulate and discuss financing options based on individuals’ financial circumstances.
  • Facilitate student employment paperwork and entrance and exit counseling for students in assigned majors.
  • Create and maintain audition schedules and communicate audition and application details to applicants and faculty.
  • Coordinate prescreening recording review with faculty. Exercise independent judgment and recommend a resulting second-round applicant pool.
  • Provide leadership on audition days for student audition ambassadors. Serve as primary point of contact for assigned department faculty at auditions.
  • Compile and review audition results and file status to make decision recommendations to Committee.
  • Prepare reports on admissions and financial aid data as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred; musical background desirable.
  • Previous work in a college admissions or financial aid office desirable.
  • Professional demeanor, outgoing personality, and public service-oriented attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to respect the confidentiality of students and families in accordance with current laws.
  • Strong computer skills. Knowledge of higher education specific software and databases desirable.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently under time constraints.
  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.


  • 35 Hour Work Week
  • Medical Plans
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement Savings Account