This position relates directly to new student outreach with emphasis on the recruitment and matriculation of qualified prospective students. Admissions Counselors are assigned a specific recruitment territory where they attend high school visits and college fairs. Evening and weekend work, including travel, is required. Daily presentations to large and small groups. Admissions Counselors are involved in the planning and implementation of related recruitment activities.
Analyze historical enrollment data along with census data to determine optimum travel/recruitment plan in various markets.
Participate with the departmental leadership in defining key schools, set new student enrollment targets for each of those schools, and devise and implement strategies to reach those targets.
Determine appropriate recruitment events for different schools/regions. Examples include school presentations, school or community workshops, appointments with students/families outside of school location and regular school hours, and school counselor breakfasts/luncheons that could include informational presentations.
Seek out and manage partnerships with school administrators, community organizations, professional networks and other special interest groups that support the mission of higher education and assist with recruitment efforts to the university.
Develop and leverage alumni relationships for recruitment activities such as marketing, school visits, presentations, receptions, and send-offs.
Make decisions on applicant files
Understand components of financial aid awards in order to guide students and families through their award packages and navigate the appeal process when necessary.
Manage ongoing strategic communications (including email, print, and other media) with prospective students, parents, school counselors and other individuals or organizations involved in the college selection process.
Represent the university both on and off campus to prospective students, parents, school counselors and other individuals or organizations involved in the college selection process.
Provide counseling regarding the admission process and opportunities at the university. One-on-one admissions counseling to diverse populations is an important responsibility of this position. Admission counseling occurs primarily by in-person appointments, phone calls and emails.
Participate and assist in UG Admission hosted events. Events may be hosted on or off campus and some are scheduled after office hours.
Demonstrate working knowledge of admission policies and procedures, enrollment goals, university facts, knowledge of recruitment market, and proficient use of admissions and recruitment technology.
Other duties and special projects as assigned supporting the overall enrollment goals and the mission of the vision of the university.
Bachelor's degree required; 0-2 years experience.
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, and ability to multitask essential.
Knowledge of admission and recruitment software preferred. General knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, social media and presentation software highly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team based environment that at times can be fast paced.
Excellent time management skills and flexibility to balance significant travel and in-office responsibilities.
About Harris-Stowe State University
Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri. Harris-Stowe's beautiful campus is minutes from the renown Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions. Harris-Stowe's diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.
Harris-Stowe State University's primary mission, as set forth in Senate Bill 153, is to address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St. Louis region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the University offers a solid General Education curriculum, which serves as the foundation for the University's various baccalaureate programs in three broad professional areas, including baccalaureate degree programs in business, education, and arts and sciences.
In addition, the University is thoroughly committed to meeting to the greatest extent possible the needs of a student population that is diverse in age, culture, ethnicity and experiential backgrounds. In short, Harris-Stow...e State University is strongly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyond the metropolitan St. Louis region.
The University seeks to accomplish this overarching goal through an extensive academic support program, a college-preparatory academy for urban youth, supervision of student progress and through many community outreach and collaborative partnerships with businesses, government and educational institutions.
Underlying this commitment to a high-quality education is the University's emphasis on professional growth and personal development that is essential for an educated person entering a professional field.
In pursuit of its mission, Harris-Stowe State University offers a variety of programs and services that include, but are not limited to:
-Recruiting a diverse population of interested and qualified students, faculty and staff.
-Supporting student development through academic support services, extracurricular activities, student government,
cultural and community involvement, professional organizations and honor societies.
-Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the student's learning environment through a variety of innovative and creative
instructional techniques and delivery systems involving modern technology and through day, evening and Saturday
courses, which accommodate the students' varying educational and scheduling needs.
-Offering a broad and solid general education curriculum that serves as the foundation for professional studies and
lifelong learning while accommodating transfer students.
-Offering educational experiences that emphasize excellence in all areas and promote the development of effective
communication skills, interpersonal growth, critical thinking, workplace readiness and an understanding of and
appreciation for diversity.
-Participating in educational and collaborative partnerships and outreach programs with business, government and other
educational institutions, including K-12 and higher education.
-Providing a diverse range of cultural and educational services to the urban community, including in-service educational
opportunities for professional growth and development of teachers, educators and other professionals. Conducting
ongoing institutional assessment and modifying institutional operations, accordingly.
University Facts and Economic Impact:
-In the last four years, Harris-Stowe's graduation rates have increased by 35.6% percent.
-Freshman classes are at capacity and students now come from 50 states and 17 countries
-Enrollment has grown significantly to an all-time high of 1724 - 34% increase and the highest percentage increase of both
public and private four-year higher education institutions in Missouri.
-The UNCF performed an independent, extensive study of HBCUs and their impact on state and local economies. All
factors combined, HSSU's impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area is more than $65 million per year.