Position Purpose: The Freshman Admission Counselor supports learning by recruiting a diverse student population of full-time freshmen to undergraduate programs. The position also counsels prospective students throughout the admission process.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Serves as an active member of the Freshman Recruitment team; assists with special programs and research projects; participates in the development and implementation of enrollment strategies.
Identifies, recruits and enrolls prospective students in an assigned geographic territory, uses past data to plan and arrange all phases of travel.
Researches and provides accurate information about Aurora University's degree program and admissions procedures.
Evaluates high school transcripts, ACT and SAT board scores. Makes decisions on admission and scholarship levels.
Manages high school visits, attendance at college fairs, campus visits, written correspondence, and financial aid discussions.
Assists with open houses, on-campus and off-campus recruitment events, and telecounseling.
Provides financial aid information to prospective students and families, including explanation of the financial aid process; works with the family to determine a comprehensive financial plan for attendance at the University.
Works with student interns to assists in fulfilling admission counselor duties.
Recommends and implements strategies to meet enrollment goals for freshman.
Engages with current CRM, Colleague and other technology recruitment strategies; actively recommend ideas and process improvements.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required
Experience in higher education preferred. Experience in admissions, or sales important.
Ability to relate well to prospective undergraduate students.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Customer-service orientation and professional manner.
Knowledge of Microsoft software essential. Knowledge of Colleague/Slate preferred.
Ability to handle and act on confidential information.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents; and to develop strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students and the general public.
Ability to prioritize work and to meet deadlines required. Flexibility with an evolving work situation.
Bilingual skills are preferred, but not required.
Valid Illinois driver's license. Ability to travel regularly to high schools and career fairs, providing own vehicle.
Some evening and Saturday hours required.
Ability to move about campus and other locations.
Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Ability to interact via telephone, in person and via electronic media.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University is a private institution of higher learning in Chicago's western suburbs, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs to more than 4,900 students annually. Our community is focused on helping students to discover what matters and then build their life around it. In addition to the main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at... George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Aurora University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.