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Admissions Counselor - Multicultural Outreach
About the Position: The Admissions Counselor – Multicultural Outreach participates in all aspects of outreach, recruitment and admissions in a fast-paced work environment, makes application and scholarship decisions, builds relationships with students, families and counselors, and engages in relevant follow-up, program-planning, and related duties as assigned to identify, attract and enroll future Western students. Each member of the Admissions Counselor team manages outreach and recruitment efforts for a specified geographic territory while contributing to the development and implementation of a comprehensive and data-driven undergraduate recruitment plan. The Admissions Counselor – Multicultural Outreach adds ongoing value as an active and visible member of the Admissions team and works within the Office of Admissions to support team members and serve members of the University community.
About the College/Department: Admissions
Position Responsibilities:
  • Recruitment and Yield Travel: Provide engaging and effective presentations to prospective students and their families, high school counselors, and community members at high schools, community colleges, and college fairs, traveling approximately ten weeks annually. Develop innovative recruitment initiatives that build the pipeline of prospective students. Recruit and facilitate the enrollment of prospective undergraduate students while adhering to ethical standards of the Admissions profession.  Establish and foster relationships with organizations that work specifically with multicultural and underserved populations.
  • Application/Scholarship Review: Review and evaluate applications and related materials for admission to the University. Make admissions decisions, general scholarship recommendations, and Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) scholarship decisions, and manage a defined workload of applications in a timely and proactive manner.
  • Admissions Counseling: Counsel prospective applicants on the admissions process; communicate the values of Western Washington University and the opportunities and benefits of higher education to a wide range of prospective students, parents, college counselors and community members in-person, by phone and email. Refine presentations for target audience based on multicultural backgrounds, first generation status, and socioeconomic status. 
  • Program Support: Develop, implement, and support targeted programs based on multicultural backgrounds, first generation status, and socioeconomic status. Support multicultural outreach; early outreach; and selected recruitment by academic interest, including liaison work with an assigned college on Western's campus. Coordinate and contribute to the success of campus visit programs designed to recruit targeted applicants (multicultural, high-achieving, non-resident, transfer student, etc.) and yield admitted students to Western.
Required Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to understand multicultural perspectives and the experiences of people historically underrepresented in higher education
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a multicultural setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that include professional and motivational communication, public speaking, relationship building, and social networking
  • Demonstrated success in motivating others to action
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, pay attention to detail, and produce desired results while adhering to the ethics of the Admissions profession
  • Bachelor’s degree
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proven ability to engage and inspire the 16 – 22 year old prospective student market
  • Bilingual ability
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: This is a full-time, 12-month administrative FLSA exempt position with an excellent benefits package, including over 4 weeks of vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and typically begins at $36,500. The position is available immediately.
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications must be submitted electronically to the HR website at https://jobs.wwu.edu/   

A complete application packet includes the following:
1)      A cover letter that explains your interest in this position and specifically details your experience with each required qualification
2)      Resume
3)      Contact information for three references

All finalists will be required to submit a college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) with verification of bachelor’s degree completion.
Other Information: A special mix of academic excellence, a focus on undergraduates, active learning, personal attention to students, respect for diversity, and beautiful surroundings makes Western Washington University one of the top public master's-granting universities in the nation. With an enrollment of 14,500 students and selective admission standards, the academic community is large enough to provide tremendous choice and intellectual challenge while also small enough for students to find support for creating their own path. Words frequently used to describe the campus culture include adventurous, collaborative, distinctive, engaging and inviting. 

If you have questions about the application process, contact Shawn Flaherty, Admissions Counselor Search Coordinator, at Shawn.Flaherty@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7655.
Job Posted: 12/26/2012
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 9, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120983
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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