Henderson State University invites applications for a Transfer Advisor and Admissions Counselor

JOB DESCRIPTION:     The university seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual to serve in a public relations and informational role with prospective transfer students and their parents.  The Transfer Advisor/Admissions Counselor will be permanently stationed in the National Park University (NPU) Transfer Center on the National Park College (NPC) campus in Hot Springs National Park and will provide academic advice to students interested in transferring to Henderson State University (HSU) to complete their baccalaureate degrees.  In addition, the Transfer Advisor/Admissions Counselor will maintain office hours on the College of the Ouachitas (COTO) campus in Malvern, and will make frequent visits to other community college campuses throughout the academic year.  The Transfer Advisor/Admissions Counselor will maintain knowledge of admissions policies, transfer articulation agreements, transfer requirements and regulations, and collaborate with other HSU departments involved with transfer students and transfer student issues. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:     The Transfer Advisor/Admissions Counselor will:

  • Manage the HSU transfer market segment and focus on recruiting a diverse, qualified and talented group of students to the university.
  • Assist with on-campus visitation programs, campus tours, conveying information about the university and the admission process to prospective transfer students, and their parents by means of college fairs, campus visits, in-person appointments, e-mail, texting, social media, phone calls, and other yield activities.
  • Provide initial and ongoing advisement to NPC and COTO students transferring to HSU on articulated and unarticulated degree plans. Advisement includes information regarding NPC and COTO course selection and HSU degree plans, admissions, registration, orientation, and scholarships. 
  • Serve as liaison and point-of-contact between NPC, COTO and HSU regarding matters related to course subsitutions, course equivalencies, and ACTS.
  • Provide initial and ongoing advisement to prospective transfer students regarding

HSU degree options. 

  • Serve as the transfer articulation agreement point-of-contact for HSU, working collaboratively with NPC, COTO, and other community colleges and with HSU deans and departments to facilitate the creation and adoption of formal articulation agreements.
  • Serve as the HSU transfer information resource to students, faculty, and staff by maintaining knowledge of transfer articulation agreements and other transfer requirements and regulations, maintaining the transfer advising Webpage, and providing appropriate training and information for academic advisors.
  • Help the university provide a coordinated approach to transfer student issues by working cooperatively with the Office of Enrollment Services and Admissions, especially with the Associate Provost of Enrollment Services and Admissions, professional advisors, and the Registrar on the transfer of liberal arts core courses.


QUALIFICATIONS:       Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff and students.  In pursuit of this commitment, the successful candidate will need excellent interpersonal communication skills, excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking, excellent organization skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision; and be proficient in Outlook, Word and Excel; travel is required with some overnight trips; must have a valid driver’s license and qualify to drive on state business.  At minimum, candidates must hold an earned baccalaureate degree in an academic field from an accredited institution of higher education.  At least two years experience in public relations and/or the higher education environment is highly desirable. 

SALARY:                         $34,000 - $36,000

UNIVERSITY:                 Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock on Interstate 30.  Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers, the iconic Lake DeGray, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures.  Please visit,, or for more information about Henderson and our community.

APPLICATION:              For optimal consideration, application materials must be received by July 31,, 2018.  Applications should be forwarded to Dr. Matthew Sutherlin, Henderson State University Box 7770,  Arkadelphia, AR  71999 or via e-mail in PDF or MS Word format to Items to be submitted include a letter of application, resume’, unofficial transcript(s) and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references. 

The final applicants for this position will be required to submit to a background screening including a criminal background check pursuant to university policy.  Under the provisions of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to public inspection upon written request.