Admission Counselor

College of the Atlantic seeks an admission counselor to begin summer/fall 2018. The admission counselor will participate in all aspects of prospective student recruitment and will travel approximately 8-12 weeks each year (spread across the fall and spring travel seasons).  Applicants should have a Bachelors degree, computer skills, and an understanding of and enthusiasm for COA’s mission and programs. This will be a temporary, two-year position, with the possibility of longer-term employment.  Review of applications will begin immediately. Submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references to Todd Miner, tminer@coa.edu . Electronic submissions only. Full job description follows.

Job Title: Admission Counselor
Department: Office of Admission
Reports to: Assistant Director of Admission

Summary: The admission counselor participates in all aspects of prospective student recruitment for College of the Atlantic including communications with prospective students and parents, prospective student interviews and information sessions, admission events, and reading and reviewing applications. The admission counselor will travel approximately 8-12 weeks each year (spread across the fall and spring travel seasons). This will be a temporary, two-year position, with the possibility of longer-term employment.

Responsibilities Include:
    Communications with prospective students
•    Conduct interviews and information sessions with prospective students. Correspond with prospective students and their parents to provide information about the college.
•    Assist with maintenance of a database of prospective students and participate in proactive recruitment.
•    Keep up-to-date on college happenings and data in order to share breadth and depth of information with prospective students.

Recruitment travel
•    Visit high schools, attend college fairs, and host events as appropriate, promoting the college, building relationships with high schools and college counselors, and assisting students in the application process; this process may require 6 or more weeks of travel in the fall and 4 or more weeks of travel in the spring.
•    Participate in evaluating travel outcomes and planning subsequent seasons.   
    
    Recruitment marketing and content creation
•    Assist in the creation of content for recruitment marketing and communications, including email campaigns, social media and web content, and other print and digital pieces.
•    Research and develop new communications venues as appropriate.
    
    Review candidates for admission to the college
•    Read applications for admission to the college each year, and evaluate according to the college’s enrollment goals. Participate in the admission committee review process.  
    
    Assist with recruitment events
•    Assist with all recruitment events
    
    Assist with office operations
•    Answer phones, open mail, prepare mailings, provide campus tours, and assist in management of tour guides and work-study students.
    
    Other responsibilities
•    Assist in all aspects of organizing, preparing, and implementing the overall plan for recruitment and selection of students at COA.
•    Coordinate alumni engagement in admissions and recruiting, such as with high school visits, college fairs, interviews with prospective students, and with gathering of data and individual stories to showcase the outcomes of a COA education.
•    Develop and implement a student ambassadors program for recruitment.
•    Actively participate in the COA community by attending meetings (as appropriate) such as the All College Meeting, staff, or trustee meetings, and standing/review/search committees as appropriate.
•    Other duties as needed. 

Ideal candidates will have: strong and nuanced written, oral, and visual communication skills; strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities, including travel schedules and logistics; comfort talking and working with people from a wide range of backgrounds; a warm personality; ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team; comfort with independent travel in the US and in other countries; Bachelor’s degree; experience in college admissions or working with the public; a driver’s license; strong computer skills (MS Office, social media, etc.); understanding of and enthusiasm for College of the Atlantic’s mission and programs.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names/contact information of three references to Todd Miner, assistant director of admission, tminer@coa.edu . Review of applications will begin in July 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid oversees all aspects of College of the Atlantic’s financial aid program.  This includes the implementation of financial aid strategy, awarding, and analysis/reporting with an eye towards the college’s recruitment/retention goals and net tuition budget. The director administers all aspects of the financial aid process related to loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships.  Please submit resume, cover letter, and names/contact information for three references to Heather Albert-Knopp, dean of admission, halbert-knopp@coa.edu . Electronic applications only, please.

College of the Atlantic Position Description  FLSA: Exempt

Position Title:    Director of Financial Aid     
Reports To:    Dean of Admission                             

GENERAL SUMMARY:
Operating under broad guidelines from the Dean of Admission and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the Director of Financial Aid is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financial aid program at the College of the Atlantic.  The director oversees the implementation of financial aid strategy, awarding, and analysis/reporting with an eye towards the college’s recruitment/retention goals and net tuition budget, and administers all aspects of the financial aid process related to loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships. 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: *
•    Manages all aspects of the student financial aid application and awarding process, including assessing student financial need, and preparing/revising financial aid packages.
•    Administers Title IV aid programs including Direct Loan, Pell Grant, FSEOG, and work-study, ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations, including implementation of all required policies and procedures.
•    Coordinates financial aid communications for the college via email, phone, website, print publications, and the financial aid award package with a focus on clarity and customer service.
•    Conducts entrance and exit interviews for the Stafford loan program as required by law, and oversees the work-study program.
•    Manages to the college’s financial aid budget.
•    Analyzes financial aid data and prepares regular reports, including for the college’s Board of Trustees, and required reports such as the annual federal FISAP financial report for the Department of Education.
•    Uses data to propose financial aid strategy, oversee implementation of strategy, and analyze results.
•    Works with students and families and provides counseling regarding finances, aid eligibility, opportunities, academic progress, and financial aid procedures.
•    Supervises and supports office personnel and encourages a positive and collaborative work environment.
•    Stays abreast of all industry trends and policies, adjusting the college’s financial aid program accordingly.
•    Performs other related duties as required.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/TRAINING REQUIRED:

Bachelors Degree and a minimum 3-5 years of higher education financial aid experience. Experience with PowerFAIDS, and broad knowledge of financial aid programs, record-keeping requirements, and accounting practices. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including sensitivity to cross-cultural communications, and a commitment to student service. Enthusiasm for and experience with data-driven approaches, and strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.

College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who could enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.