Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Admissions Representative for Diversity Outreach and Recruitment. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months.
Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
The Admissions Representative for Diversity Outreach and Recruitment represents Bemidji State University at college fairs and high school/community college recruitment visits and counsels prospective students and their parents regarding admission requirements, academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, residence halls, student organizations and activities. The primary objective is to meet or exceed enrollment goals established in partnership with the Director of Admissions.
Responsibilities of the Admissions Representative for Diversity Outreach and Recruitment include:
Territory Management – Recruiting and conducting outreach as the primary admissions representative within a territory. (75%)
Assists the Director of Admissions with the development and implementation of recruitment and communication strategies for underrepresented students that integrate with the overall recruitment plan for the University, completing tasks and assignments for strategic initiatives, and providing timely and relevant reports regarding measurable outcomes and goals.
Contributes to the achievement of University enrollment and recruitment goals and objectives by representing Bemidji State University at college fairs and high school/community college recruitment visits; advising prospective students and their parents regarding admission requirements, academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, residence halls, student organizations, and activities; assisting with the development of marketing materials used for admissions and recruitment; responding to written, phone, email, and in-person inquiries; meeting with visiting students and parents; making formal presentations and planning activities and events, both on and off-campus, for prospective students/families and high school counselors.
Develops and implements recruitment and communication strategies designed to increase the number of students enrolling from an assigned territory, plans and implements successful recruitment events and high school visits, analyzes the recruitment plan for the assigned territory, and exercises fiscal responsibility in using budget resources related to travel expenses.
Engages with internal and external diversity-related organizations and government agencies that support the University’s diversity strategy and assists in the development of internal networks and in providing effective means of communicating diversity initiatives throughout the University.
Develops project timelines and utilizes customer relationship management (CRM) software to track outcomes of assigned programs of interest and events, compiles reports based on established targets for the assigned recruitment territory and key programs of interest, and analyzes institutional recruitment data as well as data from testing services to target recruitment efforts for successful enrollment outcomes.
Supporting recruitment events and coordination/partnerships with campus partners. (15%)
Coordinate/support on and off campus special events: Campus Preview Days, Academic Open House, Academic Advising and Registration, Saturday and Summer Events, tele-counseling campaigns, and other special events.
Be the point of contact for the Admissions office within a variety of campus committees. Participate in regular staff meetings with the Office of Admissions. Participate in work group discussions for mapping business processes and measuring improvement. Actively develop partnerships and participate in work groups. Participate in decision making process for process improvement. Contribute to annual Admissions planning: enrollment review/analysis, effectiveness.
Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Admissions Coordinator for Diversity Outreach and Recruitment.
Other duties as assigned. (10%)
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Valid driver’s license.
Preferred qualifications include:
Admissions and/or student affairs experience while pursuing bachelor’s degree or post-bachelor’s degree.
Demonstrates knowledge of and interest in working with diverse cultures and populations, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of the qualifications.
All applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Associate of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) – see agreement.
Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.
Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.
Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.
The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.
For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.
Bemidji State University is the place to be...bold, real, innovative, creative, global, aware, successful, and so much more! Through our signature themes, BSU and its nearly 5,000 students are committed to environmental stewardship, community service, and global understanding. You'll see that commitment in what we teach and in what we do.Located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, our north woods campus environment reminds us daily of the need to be in tune with our world. Similarly, the American Indian culture of our region beckons us to begin our global journey by understanding our past as we prepare for the future. See for yourself by visiting us soon.