Position Purpose: The Athletic Recruiting Liaison supports the University by acting as the link between undergraduate admission and athletics. This position manages the undergraduate enrollment process in conjunction with coaches. All financial aid award letters and any other financial information for athletes that is governed by NCAA rules will be managed by the Liaisons.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Works directly with the Freshmen Recruitment team.
Assumes responsibility for the co-recruitment of undergraduate (freshman and transfer) athletes.
Provides accurate information about Aurora University's degree programs and admission procedures.
Presents enrollment information at regularly scheduled meetings with respective coaches and coaching staffs, weekly.
Works with faculty to schedule visits for prospective athletes who wish to meet with faculty during the on campus visit.
Evaluates high school transcripts and other academic information on athletes in order to advise coaches, students and families.
Manages and coordinates high school, community college, and some transfer campus visits.
Attends college fairs, conducts home visits and tele-counseling. Completes written correspondence and communicates financial aid decisions.
Assists coaches with the coordination of athletic related recruiting events including: open houses, game day events, overnight campus visits and junior prospect events.
Schedules coach's attendance for all large freshman open houses, AU4U events and other events, as needed.
Provides updated communication to coaches detailing the prospective student-athletes visiting campus for all admission events.
Understands that evening and weekend work will be necessary to complete essential job functions.
Provides basic financial aid information to prospective student athletes and families, including explanation for the financial aid process; works with the family to determine a comprehensive financial plan for attendance at the University.
Works with the Director of Freshman Enrollment and Athletics Director to help set and reach enrollment goals by sport and coach.
Assists with promotional materials needed to promote each sport, with University Communications and Director of Athletic Communications.
Trains on aspects of Slate that will facilitate communication between coaches and athletes in conjunction with Enrollment Operations and Enrollment Systems.
Helps manage each coach's individual student print-out so students can be quickly reassigned, when appropriate, from one coach to another coach or to an admission representative.
Shepherd the complete process of working with athletes and their families from their first interest in AU to their assignment to a coach to their enrollment.
Works directly with coaches and recruited athletes to coordinate, schedule, communicate and execute on campus visits.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required.
Experience in higher education important, admission, athletics, or sales preferred.
Ability to relate well to prospective undergraduate students.
Excellent communication and organizational skills and a customer-service orientation and professional manner.
Computer knowledge essential.
Ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students and to develop strong relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students and the general public.
Flexibility with an evolving work situation.
Valid Illinois driver's license required.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Ability to travel regularly to high schools and career fairs, providing own vehicle.
Ability to move about at those locations.
Ability to move about campus.
Ability to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.