Human Resources

The Center For Life Beyond Reed

Fellowships Adviser

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience.  Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity.  The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression.  Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We are seeking a Fellowships Adviser to join our institution.

Position Summary
As a member of The Center for Life Beyond Reed, this position will collaborate with students, community partners, staff and faculty to identify and support qualified student candidates in their efforts to win a wide range of nationally competitive awards such as Rhodes, Udall, Truman, and Fulbright.

This is a part-time (.6fte) exempt position, working 22.5 hours per week. Reed College offers a very generous benefit package.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employee’s children, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave as well as many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employees and their spouse/partner as well as discounted Trimet passes.

Essential Functions

  • Identify and mentor students with potential to compete for distinguished fellowships
  • Develop and present information sessions about competitive fellowship awards
  • Work with faculty, admission, and public affairs to raise awareness of opportunities and publicize student achievements
  • Work with faculty to recruit and advise students interested in awards; from the initial inquiry throughout the entire application process, including application preparation, proposal writing, obtaining letters of recommendation, and development of interviewing skills
  • Act as institutional representative to foundations and agencies sponsoring awards
  • Collaborate with Life Beyond Reed team members and a community of partners on programs, activities, workshops, and trainings designed to equip students with the skills necessary to successfully compete for national fellowships
  • Maintain Fellowships & Awards web site.

Qualifications Required
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A willingness and capacity to develop in depth knowledge of selection criteria for the 12 nationally competitive awards 
  • Demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity
  • 3 years of work experience in a field related to fellowships advising is strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Ability to articulate and represent the value of independent, liberal arts education
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to inform, persuade, and motivate various audiences such as faculty and students
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations
  • Ability to actively engage students in conversations designed to promote self-awareness and decision-making
  • Ability to collect, manage, and analyze data, including experience with software such as Excel
  • Ability to create and update web sites using a content management system (CMS)
  • Ability to promote programs and opportunities using various traditional and social media

Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to  In your letter, answer the question “How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?” Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Priority will be given to those who apply before September 20, 2013.

Salary/Rate of Pay:  $25,367/yr

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

Deadline: Open until filled