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Admissions Counselor

The Admissions Counselor builds relationships with potential students. Primary tasks include utilizing historical data to create travel schedules; traveling to high schools and college fairs in an assigned travel area; tracking application materials; corresponding with and interviewing prospective students and their families; evaluating admissions applications; making admissions decisions and recommending admission decisions to the appropriate college academic personnel, when needed; building relationships with prospective students, high school counselors and teachers, alumni and other student influencers; planning and participating in key recruitment events; maintaining various professional networking relationships; and performing related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Strategically analyze and evaluate reports and past ONU travel history to coordinate a travel schedule including high school visits and college fairs in the designated area
  • Educate, counsel and guide prospective students in their college search process
  • Interpret and explain admissions policies set forth by ONU
  • Interpret ONU policy, answer questions from parents, students or departments regarding University requirement and admissions standards for individual applicants with respect to their application, transfer or AP credit
  • Interview, counsel and develop relationships with prospective students and their families in person and via phone, mail, email, text and social networking
  • Build strong relationships with prospective students, high school counselors, alumni, and other student influencers
  • Track applications, application materials and audit documents for accuracy needed for prospective student admission in the assigned travel area
  • Review applicant files to determine the quality of prospective students, their fit for ONU and their preparedness for various programs and majors
  • Make admissions decisions or consult with a recommendation to the college admissions committee through review of all application materials and the knowledge of the particular student
  • Communicate and update faculty, staff, deans, school directors and program leads, and coaches about interested and qualified prospective students regularly
  • Plan and participate in all recruitment events
  • Engage as liaison with assigned academic units to facilitate faculty recruitment strategies and tactics
  • Actively strategize on new and creative recruitment initiatives
  • Perform a variety of general office duties including keeping up-to-date communication records in Admissions Office CRM, organizing communications at each phase of the enrollment cycle, attending meetings, serving on various committees, and working on office projects
  • Regularly communicate with persons of importance, obtain the cooperation of others, and handle delicate relationships and complex situations
  • Complete special projects and duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Excellent organization, collaboration and communication skills, and professionalism
  • Ability to solve problems through the identification and analysis of diverse issues.
  • Basic knowledge of professional theories and practices.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and ever changing environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Up to one year of similar work experience
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • One or more years of similar work experience

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