ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR OR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR MULTICULTURAL RECRUITMENT
OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS
HIRING RANGE: $33,599 to $35,575 or $38,468 to $40,731
Application review will begin on April 25, 2018. The position will be open and applications accepted until filled. An appointment will be made either as Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director based on the chosen applicant's work experience.
Reporting to the Director of Admissions, the Admissions Counselor/Assistant director engages prospective students and parents in all phases of the recruitment process and provides information and support to serve students from diverse backgrounds to advance Whitworth's strategic enrollment goals. This position will assist in providing leadership for the university's multicultural recruitment and retention efforts.
Responsibilities and Related Duties
Serve as a first contact and primary representative of Whitworth to prospective students and families from diverse backgrounds, communicating an in-depth knowledge of the university's mission, academic and co-curricular programs, and other distinctives throughout the recruitment process.
Represent Whitworth at recruitment functions including high school visits, college fairs, alumni events, activities of community-based organizations, etc., in an assigned geographic territory. Travel will consist of approximately 8-12 weeks, including evening and weekend commitments, concentrated in the fall.
Manage a recruitment territory, including maintaining historical records of travel, key school/alumni contacts, regional higher education trends, and outcomes.
Engage prospective students in ongoing communication through face-to-face meetings, email, written correspondence, phone calls, texting and social media. Maintain a strong customer service orientation with timely responses to inquiries and questions.
Serve as a liaison to connect prospective students with key university offices such as financial aid, housing, intercultural student center, academic departments, athletics, performing arts, etc.
Review and evaluate undergraduate admissions applications and make admissions decisions based on students ability to be successful at Whitworth and on the university's strategic enrollment goals.
Promote and participate in on-campus visit programs for prospective students. This will involve several weekend commitments throughout the year.
Serve as an active member of the admissions team, contributing to the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the university's enrollment goals.
Review university communications and stay current on programs and policies in order to provide accurate information to prospective students about the opportunities available at Whitworth.
Assist in the planning and coordination of the department's master calendar with relation to recruitment events, campus visit programs, correspondence and other recruitment activities. Assist in providing adequate staffing during the peak visit season, large recruitment events and other times as needed.
Seek professional development opportunities to stay current on best practices in recruitment and retention of undergraduate students.
Complete other duties as assigned by the Director.
Partner with the Assistant Director of Admissions to manage Whitworth's multicultural student recruitment efforts while helping to create an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates those with diverse identities, beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
Assist with leadership in the development and implementation of comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies to increase the number of students from underrepresented racial/ethnic/first generation backgrounds who apply and enroll at Whitworth.
Assist with leadership in optimizing outreach programs targeted toward students of color, including a comprehensive communication plan, targeted outreach to key high schools, churches and community-based organizations, and a robust campus visit program, including planning and implementation of Whitworth's annual Multicultural Visit Program (MVP), and overseeing the Act Six Phase III campus visit event.
Serve as a member of the Institutional Diversity Committee.
Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor's degree required.
Bilingual in Spanish required.
Demonstrated desire to work with high school students and their parents/guardians.
Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing positive relationships and across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives are required.
Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
Availability and commitment to travel for extended periods (8-12 weeks a year, primarily in the fall).
Demonstrated ability to work with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience working with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) or relational database program preferred.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, exercise independent judgment, prioritize work and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
A high level of personal integrity and professionalism, including the ability to work with confidential information.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team.
The physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs. as well as bending, stooping and kneeling for the purposes of setting up and taking down admissions displays.
Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives are required.
A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the to the educational mission of Whitworth as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
Background check required.
Dependent upon qualifications and experience
Application Process The following documents are required to complete the online application form at www.whitworth.edu/jobs:
A letter of interest that relates your education and experience to the required qualifications of the position.
A personal essay characterizing your Christian faith.
The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three or more professional references.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.
About Whitworth University
Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized and ranked as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 2,900 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located on a 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines, Whitworth offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $83 million in campus improvements have been made over the past decade, including a new center for the visual arts, a landmark general academic building, a new science facility, three new residence halls and several outdoor athletics facilities.