Job Details

Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 5300299
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Admissions/Enrollment

Admission Counselor (HR Title: Student Recruiter I)

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 over 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem - paired with entrepreneurial drive - creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Student Recruiter I 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:

  • Utilize historical and national data trends to analyze and implement an effective recruitment strategy for prospective high school and transfer students to the University. Follow up with prospective students and parents through various communication channels, including participation in college fairs, high school visits, and potential international travel.

  • Using metrics, indexes and ratings, review and evaluate admission applications to determine admissibility to the University and participation in the committee-based decision process (known as, Committee) by being well-informed about each candidate, their application and the admission trends at their school.

  • Use data to develop and manage a communication strategy to build relationships with alumni, current students, parents, high school counselors, and independent counselors in assigned recruitment region. Participate in college fairs, high school visits, case studies, and panels. Create, plan, and lead events and activities to recruit applicants and yield accepted students to matriculation.

  • Evaluate visitor information and adapt presentations for the audience during information sessions, campus events, and walk-in hours.

  • Plan, execute and evaluate admission programs and events 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:

A Bachelor's degree in any field is required for this position.

Previous work experience recruiting for a nonprofit, selective, four-year residential liberal arts and sciences university/college is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills. Familiarity with SMU or other four-year selective residential universities is a plus. Demonstrated knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Sufficient computer experience to demonstrate ability to learn new software is necessary.

Preference will be given to candidates who are able to give presentations in Spanish and converse with applicants and prospects whose first language is Spanish.

Position does require events outside the normal work day such as college fairs, school visits, and preview events. Travel is frequent. Travel season occurs for approximately three months in the Spring and three months in the Fall. valid driver's license and a good driving history is required for the role.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Evening and night driving

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by June 14, 2024.

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.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas

Job: Administrative Managers & Professionals

Organization: Division of Enrollment Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Staff

Employee Status: Individual Contributor

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Job Posting: May 31, 2024, 7:54:26 PM

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