Consensus® Applicant Guide

Greetings. Washington College has contracted with HigherEdDecisions, powered by Consensus® search support software, as its search support partner.

This on-line application process will take less than 10 minutes, if you have already prepared your application materials (letter of interest, cv or resume, and reference list). The system accepts only Microsoft Word(.doc), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), and Text (.txt) files. Internet Explorer is the preferred internet browser.

Create User ID and Password

  • Select the Vacancy of Interest.
  • Create a User ID and Password, as directed, to Log in.

Create Applicant Profile

  • Page 1 will ask for preferred contact information.
  • Page 2 will ask for a summary of educational records.
  • Page 3 will ask for a summary of employment history.
  • Page 3 also includes standard browser buttons for you to attach your cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, reference list, and one other document as specified in the employment advertisement. The system accepts only Microsoft Word (.doc), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), and Text (.txt) files with a maximum file size of 2MB each.
  • Page 4 will ask for a voluntary disclosure of personal demographic information to help the Hiring Institution fulfill the provisions of its EEO/AA Program. This page is optional. Personal demographic information is provided only to the institutional HR office and is not available to search committees.
  • Page 5 is a preemployment declaration that includes standard provisions related to the accuracy of your application materials, eligibility to work in the U.S., criminal convictions, the employment of relatives within the Hiring Institution, and authorization to verify application materials. The preemployment declaration includes a digital signature and is required to complete your application. This information is provided only to the institutional HR office, not the search committee.

Verify Applicant Profile

Upon completing the application process, you will receive an on-line confirmation number and a system-generated e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. On the confirmation page, you will also have the option of printing a summary of your applicant profile to verify the accuracy of the information you submitted.

The application summary is used extensively by search committee members during the evaluation process. Even if educational or employment information is included in your resume, we strongly encourage you to take the time to complete the applicant profile.

Making Corrections

You may login into the System at any time during the open recruitment period to make corrections to your applicant profile or to attach additional or revised documents. New attachments replace original attachments within the same vacancy.

Applying for New Positions

If you apply for a different position in the future, your User ID and Password will remain the same and the System will retain all of the information in your applicant profile; however, you will need to attach new documents.

Technical Assistance

If you have questions regarding the on-line application process, please contact Office of Human Resources, at 410-778-7298 or On behalf of the College community, thank you for your interest in employment at Washington College.