The George Mason University Office of Admissions, invites applications for the position of Maryland Senior Regional Admissions Counselor to focus recruitment efforts throughout the greater metropolitan areas of the state. George Mason University has an institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The successful candidate will spearhead the recruitment and enrollment of primarily undergraduate (freshmen and transfer) students by developing and implementing effective student recruitment and marketing plans that meet the strategic enrollment goals of the University. This position serves prospective undergraduate students in Maryland and will be expected to work from a home-based office in Maryland. The incumbent must be willing to serve and travel within these areas to visit high schools and community colleges, and must possess finesse in building strong relationships with students, families, school counselors and other stakeholders. This position may require assisting with office coverage in Fairfax as needed, and additional travel within the state and continental U.S. for recruitment and/or other meetings, and requires the ability to handle trips of various durations.
This is a full-time, year-round position that requires a commitment of 40 hours per week, with some evenings and weekends. This position reports to the Senior Assistant Director of Regional Admissions. Responsibilities for this position will also include:
Represent George Mason University to a wide and diverse audience in high schools, community colleges and at college fair programs, prospective freshmen, transfer students, and their families throughout the state;
Maintain relationships with secondary school counselors and community college counselors;
Correspond with prospective students and their families;
Connect with Mason alumni and parents;
Organize various admission activities;
Participate fully in the evaluation of applications and selection of the incoming class;
Attend college fairs/nights and make individual visits to high schools and community colleges in the surrounding area and states within the region during the fall and spring of each year;
Organize and supervise local area receptions for prospective students in the fall, and yield events for accepted students in the spring;
Manage electronic recruitment correspondence;
Arrange and conduct individual meetings with students as well as organize regional group information sessions for students, parents, high school counselors and community college counselors;
Tele-counsel with prospective students to encourage campus visits as well as apply for admission, and maintain appropriate follow-up communication with these students and their families regarding the status of their applications for admission and financial aid;
Actively participate in various University committees;
Work closely with the Undergraduate Admissions leadership team to ensure that Mason is making every effort to attract and enroll a diverse student population from the region;
Work closely with the Admissions Office Travel Coordinator when organizing recruiting visits and handling work-related expenses;
Join and participate in regional admissions and school counselor associations to build solid working relationships;
Work with the Alumni Office to cultivate a local alumni group to assist and support the college's recruitment efforts in the region; and
Other related duties as assigned by the Admissions Leadership Team.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
Willingness and ability to travel extended periods and work extended hours, including evenings and weekends;
Demonstrated oral and written communications skills;
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to complete administrative tasks autonomously;
Demonstrated effective decision-making skills in the absence of direct supervision;
Demonstrated organizational skills;
Technologically literate, comfortable with social media and learning new software;
Self-motivated, eager to learn and take on new assignments;
Ability to independently manage and complete work assignments without close supervision is mandatory;
Ability to set up a home office within Maryland;
Ability to safely and independently lift 20 pounds; and
Must currently possess an appropriate, active, valid motor vehicle operator's license that meets all of GMU's requirements for operating state vehicles and equipment under Mason's Vehicle Use Policy 1411 https://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/vehicle-use/. The Office of Risk Management reserves the right to review the driver's licenses and Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) of all candidates selected with employment contingent upon a favorable review.
Knowledge of high schools and community colleges in the greater metropolitan areas of Maryland; and
Demonstrated experience in higher education, high school counseling, public relations, or sales.
Salary: Salary starting in the mid $50's, commensurate with education and experience
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
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Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.