Native/Local Admissions Counselor

Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Native/Local Admissions Counselor

Humboldt State University

Job ID: 17-50
Time Base: Full-Time
Closing Date: Open until filled

(Job #17-50) Student Services Professional (SSP) IA (non-exempt), IB (non-exempt) or II (exempt), Native/Local Admissions Counselor, SSP IA: $3,149-3,852/month, SSP IB: $3,402-4,812/month, SSP II: 3,858-5,485/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, 12-month position with a one-year probationary period in the Department of Admissions and New Student Programs.

Position Summary and Duties
Humboldt State University is looking for an Admissions Counselor whose primary focus is to serve the Local Service area (Humboldt, Del Norte, northern Mendocino, and Trinity Counties), and will have a dual focus of encouraging Native students to consider pursuing a Bachelor's degree. Sitting in Wiyot land and surrounded by several vibrant tribes, the position is aimed at meeting several objectives in HSU's Strategic Plan and at building a strong college-going environment with Native students across the state, and all students in the Local service area. The position will also be part of a high-functioning team of Admissions Counselors whose primary responsibilities are to promote Humboldt State as an outstanding choice for obtaining higher education and to help students make informed decisions to attend Humboldt State University.

Connect with local high schools in Humboldt State's service area with a strong emphasis on Native students. This is an opportunity to support local high school counselors in building a college-going culture by helping with application submission workshops for seniors, classroom presentations to all levels, and Instant Admit sessions in the schools for students who are not able to attend Fall Preview. Be a direct contact for students with questions throughout the application process.

Build connections with College of the Redwoods, Mendocino College and Shasta College, which is not in our service area but does send a large number of students. Meet with counselors on each campus once a semester to discuss changes on campus, admissions processes, and help build course articulations, in partnership with Registrar staff. Spend one day a month on each campus to meet with students interested in Humboldt State University. Provide Instant Admit sessions for students not able to attend Fall Preview. Be available for application submission workshops. Be the direct contact for students throughout the application process.
Counselor of the Day duties (answering emails and phone calls and be available for drop-in appointments). This position will be a critical addition to our Counselor of the Day rotation and provide much-needed support during peak travel periods. High school transcript evaluation and Peoplesoft coding are part of the responsibilities, primarily during Spring semester.

Recruiting 2 weeks during the Fall to the Los Angeles area and to large Tribal Education programs in the Southern California region. Los Angeles has our largest density of applicants (40% annually for FTF and transfers from California). We have a Regional Admissions Counselor who can cover many schools but we are in need of more support in this region.

Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience:
SSP IA: A bachelor's degree or the equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a job-related field. Four years of applicable experience or a combination of education and applicable student services professional experience can be substituted for the bachelor's degree.

SSP IB: A bachelor's degree or the equivalent to a bachelor's degree and a minimum of one year of professional student services work experience. This professional experience may be working with the public or students in an academic setting at a high school or in higher education who are transitioning to college. Experience working with complex software system such as a student information system or a degree audit system is preferred.

SSP II: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree and two years of demonstrated full-time professional experience with respect to any combination of the following: recruiting in higher education, evaluation of transcripts for admissions eligibility, counseling students to become eligible for admissions, helping students choose a university. Four years of applicable experience or a combination of education and applicable experience can be substituted for the bachelor's degree. Experience working in diverse communities within higher education is preferred.

Ability to learn complex tasks quickly. Ability to use informed professional judgment. Ability to communicate complex rules and regulations to a diverse audience consisting of students, teachers, counselors, family members, and HSU staff. Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms. Ability to work in a collaborative environment with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Ability to work independently under general supervision.

This position requires a significant amount of time spent in travel to other geographical locations; individual must have good credit history and qualify for the University travel credit card. Incumbent must possess a valid California driver's license and have a good driving record with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
-Strong understanding of admissions policies and practices for both the California State University system and Humboldt State University
-Strong understanding of student development theories
-Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives
-Excellent written and oral communication

Preferred Qualifications
Conversational Spanish. Professional experience with Native students and/or in Native communities supporting education.

Application Procedure: Please note that Humboldt State University now requires application materials to be submitted electronically. If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you. Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following materials:

-Letter of Interest;
-HSU Employment Application at
-Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
-Contact information for at least three professional references

Submission of the application materials should be sent as email attachments to

Please include your last name and the job # (17-50) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Monday, June 19, 2017.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.