Admission Counselor
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

The Admission Counselor will represent Southern Methodist University to prospective first year students and transfer students, parents, high school counselors and community college counselors for the purpose of recruiting and selecting new students for the university.

Essential Functions:

  • Recruitment of prospective high school and transfer undergraduate students to the University, including following up with prospects and applicants through various communication sources, providing information to prospective students and parents, participating in college fairs and high school visits.
  • Review and evaluate admission applications to determine admissibility to the University and participation in the final admission decision process (Committee), participating in all Admission Committee review meetings and informing students, parents and staff of application status.
  • Conduct market research for recruitment region and create strategic plan. Communicate and build relationships with alumni, current students, parents, high school counselors, and independent counselors in recruitment region. Participate in college fairs, high school visits, case studies, and panels. Initiate and participate in activities to yield accepted students to matriculation.
  • Conduct information sessions and walk-in hours.
  • Assist with admission programs as assigned. Attend meetings/conferences. Attend all division and team meetings, as well as attend staff development activities. Support recruitment programs as appropriate. Management of projects not exclusive to region which may include but are not limited to website, social media, CRM, and vendors.
  • Support recruitment programs as appropriate and assist with other Enrollment Services areas as needed.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree is required.

Work experience recruiting for a non-profit, selective, four-year residential liberal arts and sciences university/college or a two year non-profit college is a plus.

The ability to give presentations in Spanish and converse with applicants and prospects whose first language is Spanish, is highly preferred.

Familiarity with SMU or other four-year selective residential universities is a plus.

Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook is essential. Should have sufficient computer to demonstrate ability to learn new software.

Valid driver's license is required, as well as a good driving record, and the ability to drive evenings/night.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must have the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present information clearly and effectively.

Must be willing and able to travel frequently. Travel season occurs for approximately three months in the Spring and three months in the Fall. Other occasional travel may be required both locally and regionally.

Must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Events outside the normal work day often take place such as College Fairs, School Visits, Preview events and yield events. These events may be in the evening or on the weekend.

Candidate must possess strong organizational and planning skills. Must be attentive to detail and accuracy, as well as able to handle financial responsibilities appropriately.

Candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with others in a team environment.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Stand
  • Walk for long distances
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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