Coordinator, Minority Student Recruitment

Bowling Green, Warren County / Hadley, Warren County / Plum Springs, Warren County / Richardsville, Warren County
Apr 22, 2014

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

Job Description:

Western Kentucky University, Office of Admissions, is seeking applicants for a Coordinator, Minority Student Recruitment position.  The successful candidate will provide the primary leadership for developing and coordinating recruitment efforts to attract talented students from diverse populations with an emphasis on under-represented minorities. The position serves an integral part of the Admissions leadership team and in addition to specified duties, provides support for ongoing activities such as high school and community college visits; open houses and receptions; and serving as a liaison and resource for university faculty, staff, alumni, and school personnel.  This is a full time, 12-month position.  The anticipated start date is April 2014.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.

  • Recruits under-represented minority students from high schools and community colleges via school visits, college fairs, recruiting events, correspondence, publications, campus visits, and telephone
  • Communicates and coaches prospective under-represented minority students and their families on admissions standards, application processes, and matriculation procedures
  • Identifies and engages high-achieving under-represented minority students through various points of contact and information that includes, but not limited to: (1) the establishment of relationships with guidance counselors, (2) coordination of WKU participation in local, regional, and national achievement programs designed to increase the enrollment of diverse students in college; and (3) reviewing college entrance exam score reports
  • Establishes strong relationships with professional and community-based organizations with missions to strengthen the participation of diverse students in higher education (e.g. Black Achiever’s, Urban League, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains an effective marketing strategy, including both print and electronic materials, to inform students and targeted groups about WKU academic programs and educational opportunities
  • Assists with the review, preparation, and dissemination of recruitment materials to key internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinates and implements innovative and engaging programs to introduce students to WKU programs and resources
  • Coordinates and plans fall and spring preview day events for under-represented minority students and their families
  • Coordinates, selects, and trains student ambassadors for outreach efforts
  • Creatively presents the University’s offerings to students, parents, teachers, and counselors through visits to partner schools, organizations, and special event
  • Evening and weekend work
  • Serves as a liaison with faculty, staff, alumni, and other university personnel involved with recruitment, admission, and scholarship processes
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Two years of related experience
  • Event planning
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a dependable personal vehicle

Conditions of Employment:

  • Extensive travel
  • Evening and weekend work as required

Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direct supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport

Additional Information:

Salary Grade: 108

Expected Minimum Salary: $38,004 annually

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

All applications and resumes must be submitted through this online electronic talent management system.  Only those individuals who submit all required materials will be considered as eligible applicants.  We invite you to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications as related to this position. You will receive email notification confirming your application materials have been received.  Review of application materials will begin on May 1, 2014.