The Transfer Admission Counselor is responsible for managing recruitment efforts in a geographic territory, including public speaking engagements, travel to college recruitment events, communication with prospective students, reviewing application files, financial aid counseling, and managing special projects. The position is strongly focused on providing excellent follow-through, customer service, and communicating the educational opportunities available at Pacific Lutheran University. The Transfer Admission Counselor is specifically responsible for meeting individual recruitment goals and for contributing to the overall recruiting goals of the Admission team and office. This position reports to the Associate Director of Admission.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Articulate the university message to prospective students, families, community college personnel, alumni, pastors, and community members.
Communicate with prospective students throughout the recruitment and application process, including extensive correspondence via phone and email.
Generate and review admission applications.
Represent the university at a variety of functions including college fairs, advising days, receptions and community events.
Plan and implement 9-12 weeks of travel annually.
Manage selected student recruitment programs and special projects as assigned by the Associate Director of Admission.
Provide guidance related to academic advising and degree programs.
Provide financial aid counseling and advising.
Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Sound appreciation for the values of a comprehensive liberal arts education. A strong commitment to PLU’s goals and mission.
Sensitivity to the concerns and needs of diverse student populations.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to follow through consistently on inquiries, requests, and suggestions.
Ability to resolve problems and to develop relevant alternatives and recommendations.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, establish positive public relations, and interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
Ability to form strong coalitions with internal and external constituencies.
Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and to travel is required.
Proficiency or fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish.
Experience working or attendance at a community or junior college.
Personal experience as a transfer student.
Social media skills, including experience with Facebook and Twitter.
Applicants presenting advanced admission experience and skill development may be considered for placement as a Senior Transfer Admission Counselor.
Some lifting and carrying of boxes and supplies up to 50 lbs.
Frequent sitting while performing keyboarding, writing, driving and counseling and standing while at college fairs for 2-3 hours.
PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.
1. Bachelor’s degree. 2. Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years). 3. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract), and pass PLU’s internal Driver’s Certification Training.
Additional Salary Information: DOE + excellent benefits.
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.