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Admissions Counselor I

Mississippi State University
Hickory Grove, MS
Closing date
Jul 27, 2024

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Position Type
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Position Function:

The function of the Admission Counselor is to represent Mississippi State University to prospective students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. The Admission Counselor's foremost responsibility is one of public relations, with this position focusing on the recruitment of freshman students to Mississippi State University.

Salary Grade: 12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include extensive travel for school visitations, individual counseling with students and parents, follow-up correspondence, telephone marketing, public relations related to student recruitment and all other aspects of student recruitment.
  • Participates in the development of operating goals and objectives for the unit.
  • Recommends, implements, and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations.
  • Participates in developing effective recruitment strategies.
  • Conducts all recruiting activities and follow-up with prospective students in an assigned territory.
  • Visits and participates at high schools, colleges college fairs, student conferences, to recruit students provide information to prospective students and their parents, and promote the college.
  • Prepares correspondence for prospective students.
  • Responds to email and telephone inquiries.
  • Represents Mississippi State University at conferences, meetings, and other official functions.
  • Attends alumni meetings and assist as needed.
  • Assist with the Orientation program.
  • Keep current on university programs and changes within the academic schools and colleges.
  • Assist with publications released by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
  • Contact alumni presidents and/or recruiting chairpersons within assigned territory.
  • Assist in visiting the community/junior colleges when the need arises.
  • Maintain an updated list of outstanding juniors and seniors and keep in contact with them.
  • Work closely with high school guidance counselors in assigned territory in the recruitment of prospective students.
  • Works with Assistant Director in assigned territory to plan recruiting events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Admission Counselor receives oral and written advice and/or instructions from the Associate Director for Recruiting.

    SUPERVISION GIVEN: The Admission Counselor has indirect supervision over the support staff and student workers.

    RELATIONSHIPS: The Admission Counselor serves as a liaison between prospective students and Mississippi State University

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree. Valid driver's license

    Preferred Qualifications:

    In addition to the minimum, experience working with students, parents, university administrators, and faculty would be preferred.

    Working Conditions and Physical Effort

    Position requires extensive travel. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility. Routine deadline; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonable and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor. Job frequently requires standing, walking, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

    Instructions for Applying:

    Applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and resume.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

    MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

    What do I do if I need an accommodation?

    In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at tel: (662) 325-3713 or

    If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Department of Human Resources Management at (662) 325-3713 or Upon request, sections of this job listing are available in large print, and readers are available to assist the visually impaired.

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