Senior Graduate Admission Counselor


The Senior Graduate Admission Counselor on the Columbia Campus supports recruitment and admissions for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) and other Lenoir-Rhyne graduate programs in Columbia. The person in this role executes a comprehensive recruitment and admissions program for the campus. Responsibilities include relationship building, student recruiting, admission, retention efforts and collaboration with key Lenoir-Rhyne offices supporting graduate students in LTSS and on the Columbia campus. The position receives supervision and direction from the Lenoir-Rhyne University Admission Office. It works closely with LTSS leadership and staff, seminary and LR faculty and partners, Admissions, Financial Aid, and others to achieve graduate enrollment goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise a part-time admission counselor and student workers

Essential Accountabilities

  • Creates and builds relationships with feeder schools, churches, synods, organizations, and communities to identify qualified applicants.
  • Researches, identifies, schedules and conducts in-person and virtual recruitment visits to college and university job fairs, ministry fairs, synod/church conferences, events, etc. Creates, transports, sets up and strikes displays that promote the seminary and help engage prospective students in conversation.
  • Plans and facilitates virtual and on-campus prospective student events, conducts campus tours and presents to prospective students and visitors. Builds and maintains ongoing contact with prospective students from application to registration.
  • Follows up with leads and applicants and supports prospective LTSS students through discernment and admissions. Directs prospective students to those who can assist in vocational discernment.
  • Supports recruitment events in Columbia for all graduate programs located there.
  • Coordinates and participates in the LTSS admissions committee.
  • In collaboration with the university marketing office, manages marketing and communications, targeting prospective students and promoting the programs of LTSS to other constituencies.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Financial Aid in administering federal, denominational, institutional and other financial aid forms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Understands and supports the LTSS and Lenoir-Rhyne mission statements and how student recruitment, admissions and retention align.
  • Exhibits theological and cross-cultural competence and empathy in building relationships with those exploring the rigors and joys of seminary education.
  • Listens and speaks effectively to people across various religious, social, and cultural backgrounds. Understands and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in recruiting graduate and theological education students.
  • Can gather and organize resources and people to meet goals. Is action-oriented and energetic in setting and achieving appropriate goals. Can orchestrate multiple activities while staying on task to achieve and assess desired outcomes.
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills across various platforms and in different situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy and work with individuals at all levels of the university
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with heightened attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving/conflict resolutions skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related software.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required, preferably in related field to programs offered at LTSS.
  • Three years of experience in graduate admissions preferred.
  • Previous experience with Slate or other student information systems preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge about the seminary, the university, its faculty, and its student population is a plus.
  • Experience with seminary life, spiritual direction, and counseling a plus.
  • Fluent in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ordination in the ELCA or a partner denomination is a plus but not required.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Travel for recruitment required.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. 
  • Ability to attend and preside over meetings, events, etc., in person and online.
  • Ability to travel with students, faculty, and staff throughout campus.

Work Schedule

  • Standard office hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., subject to change based on LTSS needs.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Maintain high integrity, confidentiality, and ethical standards.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment.
  • Maintain and contribute to a professional, respectful, courteous, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Treat other individuals with dignity, respect, and kindness.
  • Adhere to all university policies, procedures, standards, and values, and comply with all federal, state, and local laws.

Position requirements in the above mentioned role indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job competently. Role descriptions are an overview of the duties, responsibilities and requirements of the position and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of the position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related assignments as requested and acquire new skills and responsibilities. Lenoir-Rhyne University reserves the right to modify, add, remove or waive the position's responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Reports to: Director of Graduate Admission
Department/Division: Office of Admission, Mission, Engagement and Innovation
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Campus: Columbia, S.C.

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