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Admissions Counselor - 2 positions available

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

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Admissions Counselor - 2 positions available

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Department: ADMISSIONS
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Oct 19, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves more than 7,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Human Resources.

Job Description:

Western Illinois University seeks dynamic and motivated individuals for Admissions Counselor positions. These positions professionally represent the university and will recruit students to Western Illinois University. Recruitment efforts are ongoing and vary throughout the year as focus shifts among the following activities: on and off campus school visits, college fairs and recruitment events (in-person and virtual); communication with prospective students through the admissions funnel (from initial contact to enrollment); student engagement activities and relationship development with influencer organizations.

The positions will be based on the main campus in Macomb, IL with significant overnight travel to a recruitment territory. The ideal candidates are enthusiastic, self-motivated, and results-oriented with the ability to think creatively to implement new initiatives, foster relationships with students, parents, mentors, and other influencers in schools, communities, and organizations and increase enrollment at the University.

Both will manage an assigned territory, developing and creating ideas to increase enrollment among all students within their assigned territory. Anticipated territory for the positions are:
  • One position is focused on freshman students and the anticipated territory is East Central Illinois and working counterclockwise around to southwestern Illinois.
  • One position is focused on transfer students and the anticipated territory is the immediate area around Macomb, IL and then to the north and northeast parts of the state of Illinois.

Indicate in your application cover letter which position(s) for which you are applying.

Salary: $42,084 with a Bachelor's degree or $47,448 with a Master's degree. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Required Qualifications
  • Earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Ability and desire to work evenings, weekends & overnight stays of multiple day length
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse populations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Ability to lift (or have an adaptation to lift) up to 50-pound boxes of recruitment materials on a daily basis.
  • Ability and desire to work with a variety of technology applications, including enterprise systems, imaging and reporting systems, as well as working with a variety of other platforms, including Microsoft Suite and Google Suite
  • Excellent analytical, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and balance a variety of tasks.
  • Proof of current eligibility to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual or conversant in Spanish.
  • Recent undergraduate admissions experience (within the past three years) in recruitment, communications, marketing or closely related area.
  • Recent experience working in higher education

Additional Information:

About WIU

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
  • Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
  • Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
  • Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
  • Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
  • Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.

Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application; official copies will be requested of the selected candidate.

Upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on November 27, 2023.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Human Resources at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

To apply, visit


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