Sweet Briar College is a women’s liberal arts institution, located in Central Virginia approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 60 miles south of Charlottesville. Founded in 1901, the College’s curriculum encompasses a comprehensive baccalaureate program in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as masters’ programs in education. It is one of two women’s colleges in the United States offering an ABET-accredited engineering degree program.
Position Title: Senior Admissions Counselor
Reports to: Director of Admissions Strategy and Counseling
The Senior Admissions Counselor is responsible for recruiting qualified applicants for admission in accordance with state and federal accreditation and Sweet Briar policies and regulations. This position is primarily responsible for international recruitment and other recruitment territories in the United States as assigned. The Senior Admissions Counselor assists the Director of Admissions Strategy and Counseling with nurturing strategic relationships with counselors and headmasters and with recruiting prospective students at independent high schools.
Read, evaluate and make recommendations on admission applications
Manage recruitment in assigned geographic territories to achieve territorial enrollment targets
Counsel students and families through the college application process
Respond to email and telephone inquiries and provide accurate and timely information in accordance with Sweet Briar’s established messaging
Conduct information sessions for internal and external audiences such as prospective students, parents, high school guidance/college counselors and strategic partners
Cultivate strategic relationships for the purposes of recruiting international applicants and students attending independent high schools
Participate in recruitment and enrollment activities including open houses, regional presentations, training sessions, orientation programs, career days, and college fairs
Manage assigned travel including reservations and expense reports
Deliver extraordinary customer service and campus visit experiences
May assist in mentoring students, interns, and volunteers
Ability to use institutional software to record and track recruitment activities and read application materials
Five years of professional experience, preferably in recruitment, customer service, marketing, sales or related higher education experience
Understanding of international recruitment best practices
Effective at building and nurturing strategic relationships
Ability to communicate effectively with students and their families from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
Excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills with exceptional judgment, ethics and integrity
Superior organizational and problem resolution skills with great attention to detail
High energy, a competitive spirit, intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence
Working knowledge of Ellucian’s Banner and Technolutions’ Slate CRM
Experience in college admissions recruitment
Work Environment: Office environment, meetings at independent and international schools, exhibiting at college fairs, car and air travel.
Expected Work Hours: Extended hours expected as needed; evening and weekend work required.
Physical Demands: Occasionally lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds; stand for extended periods during fairs and special events.
Travel: Yes, international travel required - passport required; valid driver’s license and insurability required.
Other Duties:This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Sweet Briar College (www.sbc.edu), located on 3,250 scenic acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lynchburg, VA, is a nationally-ranked, independent, residential, liberal arts and sciences college for women preparing students to fulfill their academic, professional and personal aspirations by providing excellent academic and co-curricular programs. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our academic and co-curricular community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.