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Admissions Communications Counselor

Apply now Job no: 535056
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services


Job Summary

The Enrollment Management Department at San Jose State University supports the academic mission of the University and collaboratively works with the campus and external community to enhance student success. The Admissions Communication Counselor performs various functions under the supervision of the Associate Director of Enrollment Management Communication, but works collaboratively with other units in Enrollment Management and Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations to collect, synthesize, and deliver a variety of interdependent communication messages in support of recruiting, admitting, enrolling and retaining students to the university. The Admissions Communication Counselor performs tasks related to the functional and technical communication cycle from the point of pre-application through enrollment. This position provides accurate and timely information via the phone, email, messaging, social media, and other technology such as chat sessions, chat bot and virtual advising. Working under minimal supervision, the position is responsible for supporting a communication system that attracts, recruits, and enrolls academically qualified, culturally diverse, and socially conscious populations of undergraduate and graduate students. As a representative for San Jose State University, this position maintains a high level of knowledge of requirements, processes, and regulations to facilitate students’ decisions to apply and attend SJSU. The Admissions Communication Counselor will develop and maintain accurate and transparent documentation of the communication process and workflow in order to maintain levels of productivity, quality of counseling.


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensures the effective communication process (from recruitment to enrollment) to students and their families, and supports the yield process and activities for admitted students
  • Maintains knowledge of recruitment and admission programs and services. Keeps current and interprets California State University (CSU) policies and procedures and office practices, by participating in training, and working meetings on a regular basis
  • Identifies, maps, and communicates the pre-admission to enrolled student process, addressing questions from students and parents regarding admission and enrollment at San Jose State University
  • Communicates effectively with students regarding their on-line checklist items and their individual status in various SJSU processes. Communication takes place across a variety of media including, but not limited to, phone, email, chat and social media
  • Maintains knowledge of admission policy and procedure. Develops and maintains updated knowledge base of application and admission policies and procedures. Interprets federal, state, and Chancellor’s Office admission eligibility criteria and follows established office practices
  • Assists students by email, live chat and phone (and other forms of media) by answering questions during office hours and additional special hours. Responsible for explaining to students and parents the various documents that may be requested for the application process, including transcripts, test scores and documents related to domestic and international admission processes
  • Attends conferences and seminars regarding CSU admission eligibility criteria and processes


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must be able to interact with a variety of internal partners from Academic and Student Affairs to the Office of the President, communicating effectively and professionally
  • Must possess excellent customer service and public relations skills
  • Must have knowledge of methods, procedures, practices and activities of the program area
  • Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with students, parents, employees and external agencies
  • Ability to identify conflict, problem solve, and resolve student problems and concerns in the most efficient manner possible
  • Ability to compose and appropriately format correspondence and reports
  • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements
  • Ability to reason logically
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required
  • Ability to recognize multicultural, multi-gendered, and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly
  • Knowledge of technology and software applications such as: word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and communication tools
  • Ability to perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment
  • Ability to plan and execute multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects
  • Ability to recognize patterns in student inquiries and communicate those patterns to management
  • Ability to prioritize inquiries across media to address time sensitive concerns with greater urgency
  • Ability to identify and resolve student concerns with Enrollment processes and procedures
  • Working knowledge of document types such as transcripts, forms, and test scores
  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner


Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job‑related field
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field. A master’s degree in a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Experience working with students providing educational advising and counseling services
  • Experience with applying policies and procedures in a higher education environment, preferably in admissions services
  • Experience demonstrating ability to analyze and interpret complex document requirements
  • Experience utilizing PeopleSoft or similar technology systems
  • Excellent written communication skills



Classification: Student Services Professional II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,610/month - $4,891/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,610/month - $6,556/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: January 19, 2024 through February 4, 2024. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023