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In the Office of Admissions within the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success, the Admissions Counselor is part of a team responsible for the recruitment of new undergraduate students to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to meet the strategic enrollment goals of the University. The ideal candidate has a passion for VCU and encouraging students to pursue higher education, is willing to travel extensively, and is excited to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Primary responsibilities of the position include: • Represent VCU at various student recruitment events and activities for the assigned area or student base including attending college fairs, career fairs, visits to high schools and community colleges. • Serve as a University liaison and provide exemplary customer service and information about the University to prospective undergraduate students, their parents, guidance counselors, and other constituencies. • Plan, organize, and conduct information sessions, interviews, and counseling sessions with prospective undergraduate students and their parents to provide information about the University, admissions processes, and university policies and procedures. • Evaluate data and applicant credentials for admission and counsel prospective students on their admissibility and ability to be successful once at VCU. • Coordinate and implement recruitment strategies to attract new freshmen and transfer students from assigned area or student base and work closely with other University offices. • Respond to email, participate in chat sessions, and make phone calls to perspective students to encourage campus visits and applications for admission. Maintain appropriate follow-up communication with these students and their families regarding the status of their applications for admission and financial aid. • Participate in other Admissions recruitment activities including with campus partners and out-of-state. • Maintain relationships with secondary school counselors, community college counselors, and community-based organization leaders. • Other duties as assigned.
Position Details: • Full-time, year-round position with high and low periods of activity. Competitive health benefits, leave and retirement plans. • Extensive travel is required – Trips with total mileage beyond 25 miles will be reimbursed, appropriate hotel and per diem expenses will also be provided. • Weekends and evening work is common and expected including working hours over winter break. • For the remainder of the spring semester, the employee will work a hybrid remote schedule that will include an alternation of working from home and from the Office of Admissions on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Schedules are still being determined for summer and beyond.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent applicable experience and education.
Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
Ability to use Office products including PowerPoint.
Ability to provide clear direction and establish efficient priorities.
Comfort with and the ability to travel for extended periods.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
A current driver’s license and current car insurance.
Ability to work some hours over the University’s winter break.
Ability to obtain and manage a VCU travel card.
Experience in higher education, admissions, or recruitment experience.
Knowledge of VCU programs or prior VCU
Previous customer service and public speaking experience.
Bi-lingual in Spanish, Arabic, and/or Mandarin Chinese.
About Virginia Commonwealth University
The university takes its founding date of 1838 from the year the Medical College of Virginia was created as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College. In 1968, MCV and RPI merged to become Virginia Commonwealth University, the most comprehensive urban university in the state.
Today, Virginia Commonwealth University is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls nearly 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.