Admissions Specialist

Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Schedule Information: Monday-Friday. At least one evenings per week required. Some weekends as necessary.

Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expense.

Work Conditions: Must occasionally lift boxes of materials weighing up to 40 pounds. Regularly transport materials to off-campus events and activities. Must set up equipment and materials at both on and off campus events. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Duties of Position: Responsible for outreach activities aimed at recruiting individuals to enroll at Harper College.

Meet recruitment objectives and assist in the enrollment goals as established by Harper College, the Director of Outreach and the Admissions Manager.

Integrate and explain policies and procedures of all areas of enrollment services and other closely related areas to all new students.  Be able to anticipate students' needs by considering all aspects of the enrollment cycle.  This position will be providing this level of service in person, over the phone and over email.

Works with students throughout the enrollment process and reviews information regarding career opportunities, program of study, placement, orientation and financial assistance. Assists in advising students on issues that will impact  their placement, enrollment, financial assistance including the potential effect of changes in their course load, withdrawal from their classes and eligibility for a refund of tuition charges, and adherence to the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards policy and appeal process.

Applies an in depth knowledge to explain administrative and compliance requirements for federal, state and institutional aid programs.

Assists students in understanding their financial obligations and educating them on how Harper College, federal, state and third party resources can provide assistance.

Utilizes critical thinking, problem solving and experience with student issues to be proactive in addressing potential student concerns, identifying potential barriers within the student enrollment process and initiating steps resulting in resolution.

Makes referrals to faculty, counselors, program coordinators, campus support services, or other resources as needed.

Collaborates closely with key Harper College departments including the Academic Affairs, Admissions Processing, Counseling, Onestop and Financial Aid to assure effective student enrollment matriculation.

Participates and attends all scheduled events. Provides post information session report within 24 hours of event completion.

Reviews and provides feedback to Admissions Manager and Marketing Services on all pertinent promotional material and presentations.

Provides critical summary reports on all activities including student inquiries, applications, information meetings and event results.  

Serves on appropriate College committees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communication or related field required. 

Experience Requirements: At least 3 years of experience in educational recruiting or sales. Ability to manage multiple priorities and attention to detail essential. Must possess strong presentation, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Required Documents:  ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 

* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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