Position OverviewStudent Services office at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is seeking a full-time Academic Advisor/Recruiter. The Student Services office currently serves approximately 700 undergraduate majors, as well as pre-journalism, journalism minor and prospective freshmen and transfer students.
The Academic Advisor/Recruiter will work in a team-orientated office to provide individual academic advising, guidance and targeted outreach to current students. The advisor serves as a resource for academic issues, admission and graduation requirements, degree planning, academic support services, degree certification, and goal development. The position will assist with maintenance of detailed and accurate records, academic standing and proofing of materials.
The Academic Advisor/Recruiter will also assist with recruitment and marketing functions to attract students to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate programs. This position will meet with prospective students and their families/guests through individual appointments, group events, college fairs and high school visits. Recruitment responsibilities will be shared with the DEIB advisor/recruitment coordinator. The individual will coordinate with the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the assistant dean for student services, journalism faculty and staff, high schools and journalism education associations to effectively serve prospective students.
This is a full-time, 12-month position. This position reports to the Assistant Dean/Student Services Coordinator.
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.
Job Description45% Student Recruitment
• In cooperation with the Office of Admissions, meet with prospective students and their families, in appointments scheduled by Admissions or directly with the School.
• Participate in off-campus recruitment efforts such as Rock Chalk Receptions, Chancellor Receptions, Rock Chalk Roadshow, KU Academic Showcases, and recruiting tours of the state and region.
• Build partnerships within the University and with high schools and community colleges in Kansas and neighboring states.
• Serve as primary contact for transfer student visits and preliminary advising.
• Visit area high schools and recruit at college fairs for high school students.
• Work with School faculty and staff on high school outreach and visits, which may include workshops or presentations to students and counselors.o Primary contact for out-bound (in school) high school visits/groups• Represent the School at regional and national conferences of journalism education associations.
• Assist with developing and giving presentations at summer orientation sessions and work with the School's assistant dean to assist in academic advising and enrollment of incoming freshmen at summer orientation sessions.
• Coordinate admit letter mailings.
• Participate in on-campus recruitment efforts as needed.
• Work in collaboration with the DEIB Advisor/Recruitment Coordinator to plan and implement recruitment initiatives and develop comprehensive recruitment and communication plans.45% Academic Advising
• Provide individual advising, guidance and targeted outreach to pre-journalism students, journalism majors, and journalism minors on academic and/or personal issues including: explaining admission and graduation requirements, degree planning, academic support services, degree certification, and goal development.
• Assist advisees with long-range planning, included but not limited to discussions regarding academic and personal support, engagement, career possibilities, study abroad and internships.
• Maintain current knowledge of university and school policies and procedures as they relate to undergraduate education, retention, progression and graduation.
• Assist with student enrollment each semester and during New Student Orientation.
• Assist student services coordinator with maintaining accurate academic records related to admission, graduation, academic standing, etc.
• Assist with enrollment-related research for scheduling and admissions purposes.10% Programming and Project Support
• Develop and coordinate curricular and/or co-curricular programs, activities, or events targeted to first-year students and/or pre-journalism students.
• Assist with annual scholarship and awards ceremony.
• Assist with annual graduate recognition ceremony.
• Assist with Hawk Week and new journalism student orientation events.
• Assist with course scheduling, scholarship record-keeping and other duties as assigned.
• Assume other duties as assigned and/or required by the assistant or associate dean.
- This position requires local and national travel to perform the listed duties representing the School at regional and national conferences, on recruiting tours with the KU Office of Admissions of the state and region, and on individual visits to high schools and college fairs.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Bachelor's degree with one year relevant experience or master’s degree.
- One year minimum experience working directly with students in a college/university or high school setting as evidenced in the application materials.
- Minimum of one year in a position committed to applying rules and procedures with a high degree of accuracy as evidenced in the application materials.
- Work experience that required problem-solving in a collaborative environment as evidenced by the application materials.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines as evidenced by application materials.
- Experience in public speaking/presentation, conference presentations, advanced communications/debate/forensics coursework as evidenced in the application materials.
- Experience working with underrepresented groups. Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations as evidenced in the application materials.
- Effective writing communications skills as evidenced by the application materials.
- A bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field or master’s degree in related field.
- Ability to accept responsibility and demonstrate personal initiative measured by performance in a leadership role in a paid or unpaid position.
- Student recruitment experience. Ability to relate to prospective students and their parents.
- Demonstrated ability to learn about university-wide academic programs and specialize in specific assigned academic areas.
- Demonstrated knowledge of academic issues of undergraduate students.
- Experience working with a wide range of student populations, faculty, professional and support staff evidenced by coursework or professional experience.
- Demonstrated experience with relevant computerized student information and communication systems.
- Demonstrated strong organizational and verbal communication skills.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete online application includes a cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifiations are met, a resume and contact information for three professional references. In addition to above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB)?
Only complete applications will be considered. Application deadline is Sept 29th, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply before that date.
Contact Information to Applicants[email protected]
Advertised Salary Range$36,710 - $39,000 Work Schedule8am-5pm M-F with some weekend and evening hours Application Review Begins30-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date25-Oct-2021