Recruitment and Retention Specialist

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.



Under minimal supervision, the Aviation Maintenance Technology Recruitment and Retention Specialist develops, maintains, and executes strategies to engage and convert prospective students to enrolled students. This position provides general course, program, and administration information and guidance to entering students to ensure they have the resources necessary for transition to the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The employee will work closely with Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, the academic department, and other student support services. The individual must possess strong skills in communication, networking, public speaking, data management, and teamwork.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  • Develop and maintain strategies to engage and convert prospective students to enrolled students including marketing to and presenting at special events, high schools, community organizations, etc. 
  • Coordinate major student recruitment events including hosting individuals and groups for campus visits. 
  • Build and maintain relationships both in person and utilizing technology with prospective and current students.
  • Provide one-on-one and/or group intake sessions for incoming students to provide information on program requirements, classes, paying for college, and developing a plan for the transition from their current situation to being an enrolled student. This includes collaboration with faculty and other departments across Kirkwood.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Kirkwood Regional Centers, high schools, and other community partners to disseminate program information. 
  • Assist students in navigating admissions and enrollment process. 
  • Assess student needs and provide referrals to college and community resources to support the educational goals of the student. 
  • Disseminate Kirkwood marketing material and publications in all outreach efforts. 
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Represent Kirkwood Community College in a positive manner.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, self-motivated, energetic and creative individual with proven leadership, planning, organizational and administrative skills.
  • Apply collaborative, organizational and interpersonal communication and human relations skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement assigned responsibilities with self-directedness and initiative.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions. 
  • Possess knowledge of technology as it applies to learning and data management.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.



Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in working with students in a supportive role.
  • Strong Microsoft office and data management skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Two years of recent, related experience providing information to students on college admission, financial aid, and enrollment processes.
  • Two years of recent, related experience related to sales and marketing.
  • Experience in the aviation industry.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations. 


Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

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Job ID: 83402

Posted 7 days ago

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