Work Schedule: FT; Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Extensive travel, evening, and weekend work are required. Candidates must be available and willing to work non-traditional hours as needed.
General Description: The Admission Counselor, based in or around Denver, CO, is responsible for the outreach and recruitment of prospective students. The position is strongly focused on providing excellent follow-through, customer service, and communicating the educational opportunities available at Pacific Lutheran University. The Admission Counselor is specifically responsible for meeting individual recruitment goals and for contributing to the overall recruiting goals of the Admission team and Office. Reports to the Associate Director of Admission.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Articulate the university message to prospective students, families, high school counselors, community college personnel, alumni, pastors, and community members.
Develop and implement a recruitment plan for an assigned geographic territory. Initiate contact with high school guidance counselors, youth directors, pastors, alumni, and parents of prospective students, and cultivate relationships in a defined territory.
Research the potential for and plan travel in specific territory; develop a proposal for activities to serve the territory. Plan and implement 6-12 weeks of travel in the fall and in the spring.
Communicate with and counsel prospective students throughout the recruitment and application process, including extensive correspondence via phone and email.
Operate independently, exercising independent judgement and discretion with little or no guidance, and be able to make decisions on behalf of the Office of Admission and the university that are appropriate, timely, and defensible.
Generate and review admission applications.
Represent the university at a variety of functions including, college fairs, high school visits, receptions and community events.
Manage selected student recruitment programs and special projects as assigned by the Director of Admission.
Advise prospective students on Financial Aid.
Possess a generalist knowledge of the Pacific Lutheran University student experience, and the ability to communicate that experience in a clear and concise manner.
Maintain strong relationships with the on-campus admission staff via email, text, skype and other forms of communication.
Travel to campus approximately 4-5 times a year.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks with a strong attention to detail.
Sound appreciation for the values of a comprehensive liberal arts education. A strong commitment to PLU’s goals and mission.
Strong understanding of cultural competency, and how to communicate effectively to different audiences.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to consistently follow through on inquiries, requests, and suggestions.
Problem solving skills with the ability to develop relevant alternatives and recommendations.
Strong written communication skills as evidenced in the application materials.
Ability to speak publicly.
Ability to form strong coalitions with internal and external constituencies.
Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and to travel.
Must be living in or willing to relocate to the Denver, CO area and will work in a professional home office space.
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
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.
Proficiency or fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish.
Some lifting and carrying of boxes and supplies up to 50 lbs. unassisted.
Other Information: 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.
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.