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Job Description

Admissions counselors, both at the high school and college level, have a wide variety of responsibilities involved with the application process. At the college level, counselors often work to improve the school’s visibility throughout the community and to entice potential applicants. At the high school level, they help students apply to the colleges, universities, or technical schools of their choice.

Job Duties

When working with high school students, admissions counselors are expected to have a wide range of knowledge regarding specific educational, vocational and certificate programs that may interest students after graduation. They should have a keen understanding of various college applications, and they should be able to assist students in obtaining the necessary documentation needed for the application process.

In addition, high school counselors typically have to spend one-on-one time with students during the application process and help them choose high school courses that will meet college requirements. Students will also need help meeting application deadlines and deciding what programs are best suited for their career goals.

Admissions counselors who work at the post secondary level will be expected to organize recruitment events for their school where they promote their school to potential students and their parents. They meet with incoming students to discuss the application status and to provide them with information about financial aid, scholarships, programs and majors. Counselors also need to meet with alumni and create networking systems to find promising potential applicants.

Requirements to Become an Admissions Counselor

Requirements for high school and post secondary counselors can vary according to school districts, institutional regulations and state laws. Many schools require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and experience working with people. Admissions counselors need solid organizational, interpersonal and communication skills in order to connect with students.

Job description

Education administrators organise and manage the administration, support systems and activities that facilitate the effective running of an educational institution. The majority are based in higher or further education (HE or FE), with opportunities also available in schools and private colleges.

Administrators work in areas such as admissions, quality assurance, data management and examinations or in a specialist department such as finance, careers or human resources. All of these can be either centrally based or within faculties, departments or other smaller units.

There are a huge number of possible job titles within education administration and job descriptions are equally diverse.

Typical work activities

The range of administrative roles in the education sector is enormous and responsibilities can vary greatly depending on the type of institution and the section or department in which you work.

The responsibilities listed below give an idea of some typical tasks in various roles, but in education administration it is unlikely that any two jobs will be exactly the same. Tasks may include:

  • servicing committees including academic boards, governing bodies and task groups;
  • assisting with recruitment, public or alumni relations and marketing activities;
  • administering the ‘student lifecycle’ from registration or admission to graduation or leaving;
  • providing administrative support to an academic team of lecturers, tutors or teachers;
  • drafting and interpreting regulations and dealing with queries and complaints procedures;
  • coordinating examination and assessment processes;
  • maintaining high levels of quality assurance, including course evaluation and course approval procedures;
  • using information systems and preparing reports and statistics for internal and external use;
  • participating in the development of future information systems;
  • contributing to policy and planning;
  • managing budgets and ensuring financial systems are followed;
  • purchasing goods and equipment, as required, and processing invoices;
  • supervising staff;
  • liaising with other administrative staff, academic colleagues and students;
    liaising with partner institutions, other institutions, external agencies, government departments and prospective students;
  • organizing and facilitating a variety of educational or social activities.