Northland College, located on the shore of Lake Superior, holds a distinctive niche in the marketplace of higher education due to our historic mission as a strong liberal arts college with a focus on the environment and sustainability. This mission is enhanced by our location in Ashland, which allows us to experience all four seasons outdoors.

The Northland College admissions counselor will represent the College and its programs to prospective students, their families, high school guidance counselors, and teachers through on- and off-campus visits, phone calling, and special events. He/She will be responsible for managing a territory and being proactive in developing relationships that lead to successful recruitment of Northland students. Extensive travel in the fall and spring with some weekends required.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Primary functions and duties of a Northland admissions counselor include:

  1. Counseling and recruiting students in a manner that respects the integrity and best interests of the students while effectively recruiting appropriate students for the College.
    1. Develop and maintain a full working knowledge of the College and effectively communicate that knowledge to students.
    2. Understand professional roles and responsibilities that provide for the proper treatment of students and successful recruitment of students.
    3. Inform and counsel students regarding: admission process, financial aid opportunities and processes, academic programs, campus life, student services, career opportunities, and other facets of the college selection process.
    4. Read applications and utilize discretion and independent judgment with respect to decisions to admit or deny the student.
  2. Focused counseling and recruiting of students within an assigned geographic region.
    1. Travel throughout the region for approximately six to eight weeks over the course of fall and spring.
    2. Assume responsibility for maintaining contact with interested students and moving them through the admissions process.
    3. Represent the College by visiting with students at high schools, college fairs/nights, events and individual interviews.
    4. Assume responsibility for effectively scheduling travel and telephone contact with students in the territory using information available in the admission file and advice and training provided by the office staff.
    5. Maintain accurate records of recruitment activities in territory.
  3. Assists with hosting student visits to the campus.
    1. Assist campus visitors to ensure a high quality visit by working closely with campus visit coordinator and other key campus staff and faculty.
    2. Interview up to sixty visitors per year.
    3. Assist with tours, scheduling of appointments, transportation, introductions to other campus personnel, etc.
  4. Be prepared to accept responsibility for special projects.
    1. When on campus, particularly during summer months, special assignments may be made in areas such as publication development, marketing research, preparation of displays, and other promotional materials, establishing computer and communication systems which enhance operational productivity, etc.
    2. Participate in various college committees, as requested.
    3. Full participation in annual planning retreats.
  5. Other duties as assigned.

Performance Standards

  • Developing and maintaining a thorough, detailed and accurate knowledge of college structures, programs and services and promoting these services to prospective students and other stakeholders.
  • Developing and maintaining positive, collaborative working relationships with other division and college staff.
  • Handling sensitive and confidential information in a business like manner.
  • Projecting and maintaining a positive, a professional image of the college when meeting or talking with students or other outside contacts.
  • Assisting others, as necessary, in keeping work current, meeting deadlines, or spreading workloads equitably.
  • Prioritizing work activities to complete assignments by expected deadlines and to make the most effective use of available time. This includes meeting expressed goals that are agreed to at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, often working beyond the normal 8-4:30 day and Monday to Friday week.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence within institutional and division policies, procedures and performance guidelines.
  • Ability to produce accurate quantitative reports for work done in assigned territory.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Strong human relation and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable with extensive travel, mostly while driving an automobile.
  • Must have sound organizational and personal management skills.
  • Must have and retain a valid driver’s license, meet Northland College driving standards and clear a formal background check.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

Organization Details

Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

How to Apply

A completed application contains:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three professional references in PDF format

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Paul Skoraczewski