Portland State University — Regional Admission Counselor

Position Details

Proposed Start Date

Classification Title
Advisor/Counselor 2

N – No Rank

Working Title
Regional Admission Counselor

331231 – NSP Recruitment

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Tenure Status
N – not applicable

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Portland State University is more than Portland’s public research university. It’s a place to test ideas and projects that show the world how different is done. Our innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact. With more than 200 degree programs to choose from, PSU is Oregon’s most diverse, innovative and affordable research university.

For more information about the Enrollment Management Office, please visit: https://www.pdx.edu/enrollment-management 

Position Summary
Portland State is developing a new Regional Admission Counselor position that is based in the Northern California Bay Area. This position is tasked with increasing the visibility of Portland State as well as generating new applications and enrolling students from the region. It is required that this position be based out of one’s home and that the individual resides in Oakland, California or one of its adjacent cities.

As a member of the Enrollment Management division at Portland State University, the Regional Admission Counselor will develop and implement recruitment strategies and programs aimed at achieving the university’s non-resident enrollment goals. This position participates in all of the division’s enrollment strategies but prioritizes recruitment initiatives and outreach of African American, African, Black students, as well as other underserved populations in the California Bay Area. This position will work directly with up to 20 highly diverse schools or community based organizations within the region.

This counselor works extensively with key constituencies off campus to optimize recruitment and enrollment practices of non-resident students. The Regional Admission Counselor is responsible for recruitment of first-time first-year prospective students and is expected to work out of their home, and in high schools of interest. Primary functions of this position include student engagement through promotion of PSU’s academic programs as well as its grants and scholarships, maintaining a recruitment budget, and the planning and execution of recruitment events.

This counselor will represent the university and its academic programs and services to prospective students and their families, college personnel, partner institutions and advisors, and the general public. This position requires evening and weekend work, and may include overnight travel. Availability to work weekends is required. Willingness to travel for a minimum of 20 weeks per year is required. This counselor must have strong written and oral communication skills. The ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds, and with varying levels of exposure to higher education, is required. This position has secured funding from the Hinckley Recruitment Fund for a duration of 5 years. By the end of the fourth year of this appointment the primary recruitment territories will be re-evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years experience in admissions, recruitment, student advising, or closely related fields
  • Must be able to drive and travel in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to fly on a commercial aircraft
  • Must be able and willing to both travel for extended periods and work irregular hours extensively, including late nights, early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Willingness to travel for a minimum of 20 weeks per year is required.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite, Ellucian Banner (or equivalent), CRM system(s), and Google applications.
  • The ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of exposure to higher education is required.
  • Ability to critically and logically analyze, synthesize, interpret and extrapolate admission data, regulations, policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands, priorities and/or deadlines simultaneously, and to work independently and with significant autonomy.
  • Ability to exercise a high level of independent thinking, creativity, and innovation.
  • Ability to interact and communicate successfully with University administrators, deans, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in California, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing relationships with high schools and/or community based organizations.

Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Work Days/Hours
Monday through Friday, hours to be determined.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $51,780 and $58,500. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR. PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities. 

Please visit out total compensation calculator: https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/psu-total-compensation-calculator

Application Instructions

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)
Please list the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for three professional references.

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Supplemental Questions
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  1. * What is your highest degree earned? (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received your degree. (Open Ended Question)
  3. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU Website
    • Indeed.com
    • HERCJobs
    • Urban League of Portland
    • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • Social Media
    • Person Referral
    • Career Builder
    • Glass Door
    • Other – Please describe in the next Question
  1. If you selected Other, please describe. (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References

Optional Documents