The 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 Admission Counselor acts as a significant support for the Director of Admission, and other senior members of the Admission team by strategically implementing a highly efficient, team-based enrollment management model. Utilizing best practices, sound professional judgment, 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 Admission Counselor acts as a role model of exemplary admission practices and 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.
Through collaboration with other departmental staff, plan and formulate strategies to attract qualified and interested students to Ursinus College
Meet established enrollment goals for an assigned, targeted recruitment territory.
Manage all activities related to prospective students, applicants, school districts, and colleges from a specific territory/population
Respond 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
Develop and maintain relationships with prospective students and their families through frequent telephone, email, written, and in-person contact
Establish 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
Serve 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
Exercise professional judgment, follow established guidelines and expectations and consult with senior staff members when necessary in reviewing applications and recommending applicants for admissions
Collaborate with Student Financial Services, as well as other campus offices, to provide information necessary for conversion and yield of prospective students
Participation in extensive travel 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); specialty recruitment tours; and attendance at special programs hosted by Community-Based Organizations and Partner Programs. Travel can range from 8-12 weeks annually
Under supervision and with guidance from the Director of Admission, coordinate outreach to Community-Based Organizations to explore and develop partnerships with external organizations to expand the reach of Ursinus College
Represent Ursinus College at regional and national college fairs
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, which can be as a student employee/ambassador/tour guide in an office of admission
Demonstrate 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
Possess 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
Knowledge of Slate CRM
Extensive knowledge of a College environment and undergraduate admission support
Ability to positively interact and establish personal contacts with diverse group of students, parents, school counselors, and college personnel
An in-depth knowledge of, and passion for, the liberal arts
A high proficiency in multi-tasking and strategic thinking
Interested candidates should apply here. 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 AA/EO 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.
Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1500 students located about 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. With a diverse community of students, it is an expectation of all faculty to contribute to the inclusion, engagement, and success of all students.