EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications closes Oct 1, 2018
The Office of Admissions is seeking an Out-of-State Admissions Counselor. This position will be responsible for recruiting & yielding out-of state undergraduate students in the Southeast region of the US to various Colleges and programs at MSU. The role serves as one of the primary contacts for prospective students & their parents and counselors in the Southeast (TN, GA, NC, SC, FL & AL). This is a non-union position.
Manages a recruitment territory by contacting, visiting, and informing prospective students, parents, and other counselors about MSU programs, culture, mission, and life on campus. Designs and deploys strategies, in conjunction with Office of Admissions leadership, to achieve enrollment goals regarding applications, acceptances, and deposited/enrolled students as well as other factors as defined by MSU’s enrollment strategy (e.g., academic preparedness). Evaluates effectiveness of strategies and activities, assesses outcomes, and develops improved programming to achieve goals. Utilizes MSU / Office of Admissions’ technology platforms to plan and execute events and communicate with prospective students. Completes routine reports related to recruitment, projections, personal schedule, travel, special programs, and professional development. Performs other professional duties related to the employing department, such as budget management and project management.
Recruiting Events and Presentations
Implements recruitment strategies as outlined in the MSU out-of-state admissions plan in the assigned territory to include high school and/or community college visits, college fairs, area receptions, and events. Provides admission presentations to visitors during off-campus events. Works with students, parents, and other groups (e.g., guidance counselors, alumni associations) that assist with the recruitment of students. Travels to secondary schools and community colleges in order to inform counselors and students about MSU. Assists in designing, developing, coordinating and implementing admissions programs, including providing information about MSU, such as group recruiting programs and regional and national recruiting events.
Interviews and counsels prospective students and their parents to ascertain their qualifications and provide admission guideline information. Reviews admission applications, evaluates credentials, and makes admission decision recommendations. Advising / Counseling / Communication Advises students and families of admission requirements, transfer guidelines, financial aid and scholarship information, residence life, etc. Provides follow-up to students and parents via phone, letters, email, and scheduled appointments in specific recruitment territory. Counsels and provides guidance to students in developing educational plans in order to achieve educational goals.
Serves on special admissions and scholarship committees. Initiates, plans, and executes special projects in conjunction with the goals and objectives of the office.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four year college degree program; six months to one year of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in admissions, counseling, public relations, student services or related area, including implementing programs and schedules, making formal presentations, and working with the public; experience with database, spreadsheet, desk top publishing and/or presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; may require conversational proficiency in a foreign language. Valid driver's license.
The Admissions Counselor must be enthusiastic, people-oriented, and enjoy working with high school and college students as well as parents and guidance counselors. He / She must have an ability to communicate effectively (both in oral and written form) to inspire interest in MSU with prospective students. The successful candidate should have exceptional organizational skills, be willing to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced, goal driven environment, and maintain a positive attitude. Minimum 2 years of experience preferred; This position requires, or will require prior to the completion of the probationary period: knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet. Ability to travel throughout the region. Ability to travel overnight and work nights and weekends.
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter and Resume
Work evenings and weekends required
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Full Time (90-100%), Administrative Professionals- AP, Advising/Counseling, Non-Union
Internal Number: 513055
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