Admissions Counselor

Tennessee, United States
Competitive Salary
May 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



Fisk University is some strong liberal arts, academically focused learning environment committed to student success. The Admissions Counselor is responsible for implementing established student recruitment plans and strategies designed to increase the quantity, diversity and success rate of the University's enrollment. The Admissions Counselors is a critical member of the Fisk University team and is responsible for providing comprehensive, quality and highly informed service to students, ensuring complete student satisfaction from inquiry through the enrollment process.



  • Plans and implements effective recruitment strategies to meet or exceed individual enrollment goals utilizing market research and ongoing trend analysis to set goals and monitor progress.
  • Participates in college fairs, college nights, high school visits and other related activities relevant to the recruitment of prospective students.
  • Counsels prospective students and promote the University to exterior constituencies.
  • Conduct extensive travel to include evenings and weekends to secondary schools, community colleges, and other venues within assigned areas and at-large.
  • Act as a liaison between the University and its various constituencies to enhance the University's image.
  • Disseminate information regarding admissions criteria, scholarships, financial aid, programs of study, etc.; counsel students and parents in all areas.
  • Continuously communicate with, track progress of and follow up with all prospective students (using a self-developed, organized system) in a given population from the point of initial contact through the application process via in-person visits, phone calls, letters, emails, etc.
  • Builds and maintains a close working relationship with individuals, departments, and organizations on campus as well as various constituencies off-campus, including secondary school, community college officials, and community based organizations.
  • Conducts campus tours and meet one-on-one with prospective students and their guests.
  • Assist in coordinating special events, campus recruitment, yield events, and new student orientation.
  • Assist in the planning and development of various materials designed to attract quality students to Fisk University.
  • Drive prospective students and/or current students for campus tours and other University events when required.
  • Serve on task forces and committees as assigned.
  • Responsible for general office management and administrative functions as assigned.
  • Recruits, manages, tracks and assists prospective students through the admission and financial aid process.
  • Evaluates applicant credentials, determines admission decisions, and awards applicable scholarships based on Admissions & Scholarship guidelines.
  • Communicates with prospective students, families, high schools, college personnel, and community organizations through telephone communication, emails, text messaging, and social media-based platforms.
  • Contributes to the development of team goals and strategies.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Ability to smile, keep a positive attitude both in and outside the office, and be willing to make a difference.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Coordinates recruiting support activities with Fisk University alumni; develops initiatives to promote and encourage diversity that reflects the state college bound population and enriches the education experience for all of Fisk University.
  • Presents University's total program to students, parents, teachers, and counselors through visits to schools, organization meetings and special events; designs and develops lecture topics on college and career planning
  • Participates in community outreach activities that are related to college preparation.
  • Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately.
  • Ability to detect and correct grammatical and spelling errors in written correspondence.
  • Ability to maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively accomplish all primary duties and responsibilities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.





  • Should possess high energy and a positive and outgoing personality.
  • Persistence combined with a positive attitude and approach to work and others - self-motivating work style
  • Work well independently as well as in a team setting.
  • Possesses excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively listen, work and communicate with all levels of employees and students
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle constant change, and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
  • The capacity to be a self-starter
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to represent the department and University in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations in a timely manner.
    • Ability to use a personal computer, associated software and other office equipment.
    • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Ability to properly manage monies necessary for employment-related expenses and to complete the University monetary reimbursement process
    • Ability to handle and maintain confidentiality. Must also make ethical decisions.
    • Ability to travel and work a varied schedule including evening and weekend hours.
    • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.


  • No direct reports. May oversee student workers and volunteers.
  • Other related duties as appropriately assigned.




  • Accredited Bachelor’s degree is required.


  • 1-2 years of related experience within an educational setting highly preferred.Licenses or Certificates:


  • Valid driver’s license and insurability is required.


Additional Requirements:

  • A background and/or credit check will be required of the successful applicant. An official transcript (if applicable) and names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references will be required of the successful applicant.

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