Admission Counselor / Assistant / Associate Director

Job description

The Admission Counselor/Assistant or Associate Director of Admission manages all recruiting aspects of an assigned territory (including extensive travel in the fall and spring) and is responsible for building strong relationships with students, parents, school counselors & community-based organizations. Admission Counselors / Assistant or Associate Directors review applications and determine whether an applicant is academically prepared to succeed at DU (based on assessment of the students' curriculum, grades, test scores, essay, recommendations, activities, etc.). Along with the entire Enrollment Division, Admission Counselors / Assistant or Associate Directors share responsibility to attract excellent students by being sensitive to, and have an understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds of students and University personnel. Within our admission counseling staff, we have a strong career promotion structure: Admission Counselors are considered for promotion to Assistant Director after two to three years of service, Assistant Directors are considered for promotion to Associate Directors after an additional two to three years of service.

We currently have a position available and will hire at the Admission Counselor, Assistant or Associate Director level, depending on the ideal candidate's experience. See required and preferred qualifications for each level below. In addition to the general duties listed above, Admission Counselors / Assistant or Associate Directors typically serve on a specific committee or team within our office: Visit; Diversity and College Access; Transfer; or Communication. This position seeks candidates who bring experience, skill and passion to specifically serve on our Diversity & Access Team (DAT). The Diversity & Access Team (DAT) supports the mission and goals of the enrollment division by striving to achieve a critical mass of academically talented and culturally dynamic students who are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses and specifically at the University of Denver. Target markets of focus for the Diversity & Access Team include scholars who are racially and ethnically diverse, first generation college-bound students and students coming from limited-income households. Through targeted strategies of community outreach, college access programming, specialized visit opportunities, holistic application consideration, market-specific communications, parent engagement, community-based partnership development and culturally-relevant yield strategies, DU seeks to achieve this goal. Equally important, by striving to embed considerations of inclusion and college access into every element of our recruitment and enrollment process, we support the DU vision to achieve a transformative campus culture and climate as identified in the DU Impact 2025 strategic plan. This position reports to the Executive Director for Diversity Enrollment & Community Partnerships.

Required Qualifications

Admission Counselor

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • One to two years of work related to admission, recruiting, college access, advising, sales or marketing, ideally in a higher education setting (may include student employment).
  • Valid driver's license.

Assistant Director

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two to three years of professional work related to admission, recruiting, college access, student advising, sales or marketing, ideally in a higher education or a college access setting.
  • Valid driver's license.

Associate Director

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Five or more years of work related to admission, recruiting, college access, student advising, sales or marketing, ideally in a higher education setting.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Admission Counselor and Assistant Director

  • Experience and success working with traditionally underrepresented populations through the college access and/or admission process.
  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish.
  • Prior experience with staff or budget management.

Associate Director

  • Experience and success leading programming for traditionally underrepresented populations of students and/or parents through the college access and/or admission process.
  • Extensive understanding of inclusion, demographics, educational equity & intersectional identity considerations within the college admission landscape.
  • Experience facilitating leadership or diversity/inclusion workshops for marginalized communities.
  • Experience with student or staff supervision.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish.
  • Established connections with key leadership and constituents in Denver and Colorado engaged in college access or diversity work.
  • Familiarity with Slate Technolutions and experience developing communications for diverse markets.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Please submit a 150-300 word writing sample on the following topic.

How do you work as a champion for diversity or equity in your personal or professional life?




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Job No: 002392
Posted: 8/6/2018
Application Due: 10/5/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable