Position Purpose: The Graduate Admission Counselor supports learning by recruiting and assisting graduate students throughout the enrollment process. This position is responsible for generating new student inquiries, guiding students through the admission and financial aid process, and assisting with registration.
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 a member of the graduate enrollment team.
Responsible for recruiting graduate students for programs offered through the Center for Graduate Studies.
Researches and provides accurate information about academic and transfer policies, admission procedures, and degree programs, including academic requirements.
Evaluates college transcripts to determine whether students meet admission guidelines. Reads, interprets, and evaluates students' academic credentials and make admission/denial decisions.
Collaborates with other departments as necessary to define pathways for admission.
Interviews and counsels students through the admission process including reviewing credentials, facilitating appointments with appropriate staff, faculty and university departments.
Manages all aspects of the admission funnel, including judgments on admission status.
Ensures admitted students complete the enrollment and financial aid process through to matriculation.
Manages all outside recruiting events and travel based on past data and trends.
Assists with planning, coordination and execution of open houses and information sessions for graduate students.
Actively recommends and executes strategies for recruitment and retention of graduate students.
Contributes and collaborates with departmental staff and other university departments in creation of recruiting and marketing materials.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's required, master's preferred.
Experience in higher education admissions and or sales helpful.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Ability to handle and act upon confidential information.
Ability to interact and communicate with a diverse group of student, staff, faculty and to develop strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, students and general public.
Knowledge of Microsoft systems; knowledge of Colleague and Slate preferred.
Ability to work required evening and Saturday hours.
Flexibility with an evolving work environment.
Valid Illinois driver's license; ability to travel regularly to colleges, college and career fairs and businesses and provide own vehicle.
Ability to move about campus and between campuses.
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 (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.
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