The Western Kentucky University Office of Admissions is accepting applications for an Admissions Counselor position. The Admissions Office seeks to grow WKU's student population through the recruitment and admission of a diverse, academically-distinguished, and engaged student body. This full-time, one year position reports to the Assistant Director for Recruitment and operates as a recruiter, ambassador, event planner, and liaison between the university and school counselors, teachers, prospective students, parents, and other constituents within an assigned recruitment territory. Admissions Counselors represent WKU at multiple events including high school sessions, college fairs, on-campus recruitment events, and orientation programs. The candidate selected will be expected to live in or be willing to relocate to the Louisville, Kentucky area.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Supports the WKU Office of Admissions in its effort to recruit, admit, enroll, and orient students to WKU
- Builds and fosters strong relationships with secondary school administrators to maintain open communication channels between WKU and prospective students
- Presents information sessions in a variety of settings and time allotments with targeted information for varied audiences
- Connects with prospective students through social media, phone, and email to answer questions, provide information, and connect them with campus services and resources in a timely manner
- Discusses confidential academic information with students related to acceptance or denial to WKU
- Collects and inputs data into a campus-wide student information systems
- Stays current on campus events, highlights, and points of pride as well as regional and national trends in student recruitment
- Provides information about each step of the search and matriculation process including, but not limited to, inquiry, visits, application, admission, scholarships, financial-aid, housing, academic orientation and social orientation
- Anticipates student needs and evaluates interests to provide the most appropriate information
- Manages a complex schedule with frequent evening and weekend work, and extensive travel required
Knowledge or Skills Considered Essential for Success
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy
- Attention to detail
- Ability to self-motivate and work with limited direct supervision
- Technological penchant
- Strong organization skills with a proven ability to multi-task and navigate frequent priority shifts
- Ability to quickly establish rapport and develop relationships with multiple constituencies
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Valid driver's license
- Public speaking experience and excellent presentation skills
- Willingness to frequently travel, work evenings and weekends
Salary Grade: 107 Salary: $35,568
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at email@example.com or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website.
Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: http://www.wku.edu/atwku/academics.php