About the Role: This position is dedicated to guiding prospective students through the admissions process, providing information about programs, answering inquiries, and supporting students in making informed decisions about their educational journey. The Outreach and Admissions Specialist (Recruiter) serves as a primary point of contact for prospective students, ensuring a positive and seamless experience from initial inquiry to enrollment. This position exists to recruit all student prospects including traditional, non-traditional, first-generation, and students of a diverse background. The Outreach and Admissions Specialist (Recruiter) will need to be a team player that is dependable and organized with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently while creating the desire for potential students to attend Ridgewater College. This position works directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and fully supports the College's commitment to equity and inclusion. The home campus for this position is Hutchinson and does involve some travel.
Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Implement outreach and recruitment strategies and activities to achieve enrollment goals for Ridgewater College, while also reporting, monitoring, and tracking results.
Guide new and incoming students through the admissions process and, in collaboration with advising and student services staff, through registration and matriculation.
Associate degree and on year of related work experience
(i.e., customer service such as hospitality and/or retail, sales, recruitment, advertising, public relations, marketing, or communications)
Public speaking, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships.
Strong time management and organizational skills.
Bachelor's Degree in a related field
Knowledge of post-secondary education
Experience in college recruiting and admissions
Knowledge of carrying out event planning
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.
MISSION: Ridgewater College empowers diverse learners to reach their full potential and enrich their lives through personalized and relevant education in an accessible, supportive, and inclusive environment.
VISION: Ridgewater College is a student-centered educational leader focused on innovation, excellence and affordability.
Enterprising – We are future-focused, and change-oriented, developing creative solutions to challenges that maximize our institutional, system and local resources.
Empowerment – We develop and empower employees to make decisions to best serve students and stakeholders.
Excellence – We strive to exceed expectations in all that we do.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We seek to understand and appreciate the needs and experiences of every individual and actively work to provide genuine opportunities for everyone to succeed and participate in college activities and processes.
Trust and Respect – We are committed to developing a culture based in processes and behavior that create trust and respect among all stakeholders.
Collaboration – We connect and work together to achieve common goals while respecting needs and interests of stakeholders.
Curiosity and Creativity – We constantly strive to understand, learn, change, and improve.
Accountability – As individuals and groups, we willingly accept and take ownership of our successes and failures.
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! Minnesota State offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
11 paid holidays each year
Medical Insurance (Single Coverage $38.50 per month and Family Coverage is $262.66 per month)
Dental Insurance (low deductibles)
Paid Parental Leave (six weeks)
Employer paid life insurance
Short and Long Term Disability
Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in Transfer Education, transfer options, and technical education. Ridgewater College serves more than 5500 students on its campuses in the growing communities of Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Ridgewater College also offers some programs that are unique in the state of Minnesota and nationally. Small class sizes, up-to-date technology, and access to many student activities and organizations (including intercollegiate sports, choir, theater, and Student Senate) give students the opportunity to enjoy a positive college experience. Ridgewater College is proud of its scholarship foundation, and excellent graduation and job placement rates. As a partner in the region's business and industry, Ridgewater College strives to maintain a quality of education for tomorrow's workforce, and to keep pace with the needs of the community by offering Customized and Continuing Education courses. Ridgewater College is recognized as an educational leader that exemplifies innovation and excellence within a student-centered learning environment, and is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable, and supportive setting for all students.