Admissions Counselor

Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Office

Position Description:

The Admissions Counselor for the Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Office is responsible for recruiting prospective students and applicants within designated student cohort(s) and/or academic programs.  Admissions recruitment, counseling, outreach, and application review are all significant functions of this position. This position reports to the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.

Essential Functions:

  • Reflect and promote the mission, vision, and identity of the University.
  • Manage a recruitment territory comprised prospective adult students interested in Professional Studies academic programs.
  • Implement recruiting strategies as directed by the management team.
  • Schedule and attend recruitment activities including organized fairs and events and makes presentations at community colleges, churches, organizations, and business.
  • Maintain scheduled contact via telephone, email and social media with prospect and applicant roster. Accountable to goals and yield as set by management.
  • Assist with coordination of various prospect and applicant on-campus and off-site visit programs. Conduct individual on-campus appointments and occasional tours.
  • Counsel applicants through the admission process.
  • Complete unofficial transcript evaluations for prospective students and applicants.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in admissions, recruitment, education, public relations, or marketing preferred.
  • Excellent experience in customer relations and service administration required.
  • Ability to professionally represent Vanguard University in a variety of situations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally to students, parents, staff, administration, faculty, community college representatives, and pastors.
  • Strong collaborative and team-oriented interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented, accurate, organized and efficient. Ability to work independently, handle large volumes of work, and multi-task with interruptions.
  • Ability to handle information in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with enterprise system such as Colleague preferred.
  • Overnight travel and occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.
  • Knowledge and acceptance of principles and philosophies of Vanguard University, its programs, and requirements.



Full-time position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes a generous benefits package.


Application Procedure:

Applicant should submit a completed VUSC Application for Staff Employment and current resume. The application form can be downloaded from the web at All applications/resumes/materials must be submitted electronically via e-mail to: . We are located at: Vanguard University of Southern California, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Applications will be received until position is filled.


VANGUARD UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is a private, co-educational, comprehensive University of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its evangelical Christian community in the Pentecostal tradition offers a unique opportunity for academic achievement. Vanguard University embodies a Christ-centered, multicultural community serving approximately 2,200 students. Vanguard values and encourages qualified applicants who are diverse in gender, generation, ethnicity, race and/or ability, and seeks staff that will interact with the Vanguard community in a way that reflects a commitment to cultural proficiency. Where permitted by law and in relation to the school’s heritage and mission, Vanguard does exercise religious preference throughout the University.