Posting Details

Posting Number A01515
Position Title Excel Pre-Collegiate Counselor
Position Number E00637
Salary for Announcement

The salary range is $37,400-$46,800.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. MSU Denver offers a full benefits package.

Pay Grade


Employee Category Professional staff
Department Enrollment Management
EClass Code Full Time Professional Staff
Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of the Excel Program, the Excel Pre-Collegiate Counselor focuses on provide pre-collegiate support, general admissions counseling, and educational planning advice to prospective students at select high schools throughout the Denver metro area. The position is also responsible for providing feedback and assistance in designing, planning and giving presentations, activities, workshops, and events related to the college search process, outreach, and recruitment efforts. The counselor performs the duties of this position in target high schools, community outreach events, community/college fairs, as well as on campus at MSU Denver.
The Excel Program, a college access and recruitment team within the Office of Admissions, is committed to helping students reach their educational goals—in addition to supporting the enrollment goals of the institution—by providing intrusive counseling and guidance to prospective students, parents, and high school counselors in targeted high schools. In order to meet these objectives, the position requires extensive communication with various offices at MSU Denver including: The Office of Admissions, various departments within Student Affairs, as well as administrative and teaching staff at each of the program’s target high schools. The position also works with the campus event planning team, other Colorado admissions recruiters, members of the Colorado Council on High School/College Relations, and Educational Opportunity Centers.


60% – Provide on-site admission counseling and educational planning to prospective students. Activities include but are not limited to: assisting with academic planning, college application process, college essay and resume writing, financial aid and scholarship application processes, and academic goal setting. Prepare and deliver college preparation presentations, workshops, activities, and events in Excel Program high schools to prospective students, parents, and other interested groups. Assists with program coordination with an emphasis on serving diverse, underrepresented students—including students of color; help train and supervise Excel student staff; utilize data for program evaluation and planning. Assess and evaluate effectiveness of the program and the services provided. Plan and coordinate on-campus visitation events and tours for students from Excel Program high schools. During the academic school year, the majority of the counselor’s time is spent at the assigned Excel Program high schools. This position will travel to campus and assigned high schools as appropriate. Sometimes this travel occurs daily and, therefore, will require the use of a valid Driver’s License and use of a reliable personal vehicle.
20% – Collaborate with retention programs and services at MSU Denver to facilitate a smooth transition for students to the university. Participate in various departmental, campus, and university initiatives related to retention and student success—including outreach events.
15% – Provide assistance in the Office of Admissions by serving as a walk-in and on-call counselor answering questions specific to the admission process, reading and reviewing admission applications and application materials, participating in Admissions events, and conducting daily campus tour presentations as needed. During off-peak months, the counselor will be on campus and will assist with the development, implementation, and coordination of summer camp and activities, and provide support to Office of Admission when needed and participate in the pre-programming activities for upcoming academic years.
5% – Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree
• Experience working with diverse, underrepresented populations in a high school or college setting.
• Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license is required to travel to Excel Program High Schools.

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in higher education, counseling, social work, or human services.
• Experience working with high school-aged youth in an academic or college-preparatory capacity. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in pre-collegiate program planning, college recruiting, admission, or related field.
• Experience in outreach and recruitment efforts of underrepresented students including, but not limited to, students of color.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) – both oral and written communication skills.
• Experience using Banner or related student information system
• Experience using Slate or other customer relationship management system
• Experience in a leadership or supervisory role
• Experience in conducting training sessions and creating training/instructional materials
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, presentation and communication skills.
• Ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently

Posting date 02/08/2021
Closing date
Closing Instructions Open Until Filled
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 02/22/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Talent Team Representative Sophia Montano
Talent Team Representative E-mail

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:
Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *
    Do you have a valid driver’s license?

    • Yes
    • No
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