Admissions Counselor

Aug 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Admissions Counselor

Humboldt State University

(Job #17-77) Student Services Professional IA (SSP IA)/IB (SSP IB)/II (SSP II), Admissions Counselor, SSP IA: $3,212-$3,929/month, SSP IB: $3,470-$4,908/month, SSP II: $3,935-$5,595/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a temporary, full-time, 12-month, benefitted position in the Office of Admissions.

Position Summary: The Admissions Counselor is responsible for promoting Humboldt State University, recruiting students and helping guide students through the steps to enrollment. Humboldt State is looking for someone with an intrinsic passion for working with students to help them on their path to higher education, someone with a demonstrated commitment to promoting higher education to students from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and interests, and someone who is able to share what makes Humboldt State a great choice with students, their families, high school, and college staff.

Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to travel in order to participate in college fairs, high school visits, community college visits, and various other events and special projects; make oral presentations; develop and maintain relationships with community college and high school counselors, parents, students, alumni, and other special constituents; evaluate applications and follow up with applicants, parents, and counselors; participate and assist with planning of on-and off- campus recruitment and promotional events; assist with the proofing and editing of brochures and flyers; perform other tasks in support of the recruitment and admission of students. The incumbent will also evaluate freshman transcripts to determine admissions eligibility, as needed.

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 qualify for 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: Must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, demonstrate professional demeanor and possess strong organization skills. Ability to explain, interpret, and apply a wide variety of rules and regulations related to admission and financial aid information. Knowledge of California State University System policies and procedures related to admissions and enrollment management. Demonstrated sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives and experience working with staff and students of color, underrepresented, and/or students with disabilities; interact in a caring manner with potential students, parents, high school and community college staff on a one-on-one basis and in group settings. Must have the ability to rapidly gain a general knowledge of the overall operation, functions and programs of Humboldt State University. Experience and proficiency with personal computers; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; database software, Internet and e-mail. Willingness to learn and apply new software.

Preferred Qualifications: Must be customer service oriented and willing to work evenings and weekends. Familiarity or experience with student administration software is highly desirable as is the ability to speak Spanish.

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 # (17-77) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Monday October 2, 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.