The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Graduate Enrollment Counselor. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to recruit and admit a highly-qualified and diverse student population, beginning with the identification and cultivation of prospective students, through admissions, enrollment, and graduation of students.
Other areas of responsibility include School-based funding strategies and recommendations, course registration and student academic advisement, academic accountability, event planning and management, and certification for graduation. The individual, in a team environment, will work closely with program directors, faculty, staff, student volunteers, and alumni to achieve the goals of a holistic enrollment management effort. At a minimum, the candidate should have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred) in public and international affairs, student personnel services, marketing, or higher education, with prior demonstrated experience in recruitment, admissions, and student services in a University setting.
Strong interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills, analytical ability, and organizational skills are essential; proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, and Publisher); ApplyYourself's online application and prospect management database, PeopleSoft, Cognos, and Internet skills are highly desirable. In addition, the candidate should be able to use statistical methods in analyzing data and generating reports on prospect management, admission yields, graduation rates, and other enrollment data. The candidate must be able to work in a high stress, service-oriented operation under tight time constraints, deadlines, and changes in the work environment.
The position requires travel (local, national and possibly international), some of which will have overnight stays from one day to two weeks, and may occasionally require attendance at school events in the evenings and on weekends.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
- While a master's degree is preferred in student personnel, marketing, public and international affairs, or higher education, the bachelor's degree is the minimum education level required. A degree in public and/or international affairs would be preferable, as the learning curve for promoting the school and recruiting new students will not be as steep as that for someone without this background. - Individual should have solid computing skills, demonstrating knowledge of or the willingness and capability of becoming proficient in the Apply Yourself applicant and prospect management systems; the People Soft admissions database, a working proficiency in Microsoft programs for word processing, databases, and spreadsheets; and information retrieval and report generation from the University's data management software. Word processing skills are essential because the individual will be responsible for preparing final letters of acceptance, rejection, and funding awards and other correspondence, reports, charts and graphics. Incumbent must understand relational databases, enter data for tracking and generating reports on the efficacy of recruitment, admissions, retention, and graduation activities. - Statistical knowledge is necessary to analyze and interpret recruitment, admissions, and enrollment data, monitor trends and student satisfaction in these areas. Resulting analyses are reported and distributed internally and externally. Some experience with web-based survey development and administration software is a plus. - Presentation and communication skills (orally, in writing, and in person) to promote the school and its programs to prospective students and other external audiences. - Supervisory skills are needed to identify, propose for hire, and coach student employees assigned to the recruitment, admissions and related events.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt... faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.