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South Dakota State University Office of Admissions is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Admissions Counselor.  This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Assistant Director of Admissions.  This position will assist in meeting the University enrollment goals through implementation of the undergraduate admissions recruitment programs.  They will meet with and advise prospective students about the academic offerings, services, activities, and other opportunities of the University.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position. 

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


·           Professionally represent SDSU at college fairs, high school visits, and other off-campus programs;
·           Meet with prospective students and families visiting the SDSU campus;
·           Successfully manage assigned territories to meet enrollment goals of the university;
·           Establish an effective communication program for students in assigned territories;
·           Determine admission status of freshman students;
·           Establish personal written communication projects for prospective students;
·           Respond to phone calls for information;
·           Assist with orientation/early registration as needed;
·           Complete assigned project planning guides;
·           Other duties as assigned;

·           Participate in Professional Service as assigned.


Earned Bachelor’s degree by first date of employment;
Strong oral, written, interpersonal and electronic communication skills; 
Candidates must possess effective organizational skills;
Quality public speaking ability;
Commitment to detail and follow-up;
Ability to multi-task;
Exceptional telephone skills; 
Must possess ability to represent SDSU in a professional, positive manner;
Must be willing to travel extensively and work flexible hours;
Must have a valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of start date. 


·         An independent, self-starter who is committed to meeting the goals of the SDSU Admissions office;

·         Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment;

·         Knowledge of SDSU, South Dakota or the Midwest;

·         Recent and relevant experiences at SDSU and/or successful admissions experiences at relatable institutions.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with consideration given to applications received by December 15, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Carley McMacken, Search Chair, at 605-688-4121 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made at TTY (605) 688-4394. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 324, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128

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