Summary and Scope of Position:
The Assistant Director/Admission Counselor plays a significant role in supporting the mission and enrollment goals of Ursinus College, as well as maintaining the academic profile and fiscal health of the College. As a crucial member of the Office of Admission, the Assistant Director/Admission Counselor represents the institution to prospective students and parents, college counselors in efforts to recruit first year students to Ursinus. Primary responsibilities include identifying and assisting students throughout the recruitment, application, admission and enrollment process. This position facilitates recruitment within a specified region and assists the Director of Admission and Office of Admission through strategically implementing a highly efficient, team-based enrollment management model. Utilizing best practices, sound professional judgement and strategy development, the Admission Counselor will lead recruitment efforts in an assigned recruitment territory, and fully invest in meeting the established enrollment goals of the College.
The Assistant Director/Admission Counselor acts as a role model of exemplary admission practices as well as takes an active role in the campus community. A proactive and nimble approach to evolving environments in application development, project management, and higher education trends is needed for successful outcomes.
- Meets and/or exceeds established enrollment goals for an assigned, targeted recruitment territory
- Participates in admission travel of 8-12 weeks annually within the assigned recruitment territory, in new growth markets, and in other areas as needed, which includes: school visits; college fairs (both in and out of state)
- Responds to inquiries regarding applications, admission policies and procedures, financial aid availability and program offerings at Ursinus College through prompt response to phone calls, text messages and email inquires
- Develops and maintains relationships with prospective students and their families through frequent telephone, email, written and in-personal contact
- Establishes relationships with secondary school counselors, and other school administrators when appropriate, through attendance at various recruitment events, as well as continual outreach throughout the admission cycle
- Serves as the primary liaison between prospective students/parents and College programs, curriculum, and various campus opportunities by conducting interviews and information sessions, as well as through other modes of communication
- Completes application file review of admission for the assigned territory in a timely fashion; second reader for another territory
- Collaborates with Student Financial Services, as well as other campus offices, to provide information necessary for conversion and yield of prospective students
- Supports and participates in associated recruitment initiatives
- Extremely frequent evening and weekend work required
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree required with an appreciation for a liberal arts education experience
- 1-3 years’ experience in higher education admissions and/or recruitment for admission counselor; at least 3+ years of progressive admission, higher education or related experience required to be consider for assistant director
- Demonstrates the highest professional demeanor and ethical behavior while representing the institution
- The ability to articulate the value and benefits of a liberal arts education to a variety of audiences is essential
- Admission staff members are expected to remain current in external market conditions and identify best admission practices
- A celebration of diversity, both in the workplace and in student population
- Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain collegial relations with other College staff, faculty and students
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a close and integrated team of admission professionals
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A collaborative and transparent approach to problem-solving
- Ability to plan, organize and implement programs and projects related to the College’s enrollment goals
- A desire to join and foster a dynamic, transformative campus culture
- A valid driver’s license, US passport and the ability to participate in significant travel
- Ability to stand in one place for significant amounts of time and ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds
- Extensive knowledge of a College environment and undergraduate admission support
- In-depth knowledge of Slate CRM
Interested candidates should hit the apply button. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.
Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.