In-Country Officer at UKEAS Nigeria

UKEAS Nigeria is an education consultancy committed to ensuring that in all our offices FREE expert advice is given by highly trained counsellors on any aspect of British education. We provide counselling and application services for international students wanting to study at high schools, colleges and universities in the UK. Founded in Taiwan in 1993, we have helped tens of thousands of students to achieve their goal of study in the UK.Job Title: In-Country OfficerVacancy Reference Number: UKEAS 08:13Lagos, NigeriaIndustry: EducationSpecialization: Student recruitment, customer service and office support Job DescriptionThe successful applicant will be based within a UKEAS office in Nigeria and will be responsible for recruitment and the follow up of prospective students on behalf of the University of Kent.They will provide administrative support to manage student applications and will liaise with the University of Kent to ensure that applicants are kept updated about their application and are processed as smoothly and efficiently as possible.Job PurposeThis position is an exciting opportunity to work with an established and highly regarded UK institution whilst also developing a vital and strategic role within UKEAS, one of the University’s key worldwide agencies. The job focuses on the expansion of the crucial Nigerian market, conversion of already high application numbers from both potential undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as providing year-round support and advice for all referred applicants.The in-country representative will be an employee of UKEAS in Nigeria with the sole purpose of supporting the University of Kent. The post holder will therefore have close contact with UKEAS agency staff, IR and members of University academic staff plus those involved with international recruitment, admissions and our foundation programmes.Management of this position will be the responsibility of the International Officer accountable for the Nigerian market but, any potential disputes or disciplinary matters should be raised with the Assistant Director for possible action.Key Accountabilities / Primary Responsibilities Under the direction of the relevant International Officer within IR, the Recruitment of full-fee paying international students to the University of Kent.Carrying out visits to support the University’s links with schools, language schools, colleges and universities in Nigeria with a significant student base considering furthering their education in the UK.In conjunction with UKEAS staff and IR, to manage the admissions and support of international students, including communicating with enquirers, applicants and academic colleagues to achieve high rates of conversion to registration.To assist in the development and implementation of recruitment and marketing strategies in designated regionsTo maximise international student recruitment and profile raising opportunities for the University; to undertake domestic and when necessary international travel as required at education exhibitions, schools and events in Nigeria and other target countries within Africa.Key Duties To be a competent and professional representative of the University of Kent in all dealings with stakeholders, and handle any enquiries in an expert and timely mannerTo keep informed and adjust to new developments relating to the University, as expected of all academic and non-academic staffTo generate new applications for the University of Kent through the UKEAS networkTo manage the conversion of referred applications with offers, offering a local contact point with advice and counselling for the rest of the application processTo work with the Admissions Office at the University of Kent to ensure the complete application process runs as smoothly as possible.To give professional one to one attention to prospective students and their parents and submit a weekly report on the status of all applications (referrals and UKEAS generated)To represent Kent at promotional events such as recruitment fairs, exhibitions, conferences and school visits in Nigeria, and on occasion, other countries (subject to visa restrictions)Travel extensively across Nigeria to conduct student interview sessions, pre-departure briefings and counselling at agents’ and partners’ offices when necessaryTo manage a range of PR activities in Nigeria to increase brand awareness and market visibilityTo act as a key contact and keep up to date with changes in regulations that may affect application figures. Gather and disseminate market intelligence and opportunities in Nigeria to both UKEAS and IRTo assist with the creation of interesting and up-to-date content for the University’s social media feeds including Facebook and TwitterUndertake projects relevant to IR’s objectives, to be decided, as and when necessary. Fulfil any other duties as appropriate within their competence, as required by the University from time to time.To provide expert visa advice and to manage the application process to ensure no visa refusalsTo assist in the preparation of University of Kent visits to Nigeria, including promotional activity and contacting of existing enquirers and applicantsTo liaise with UKEAS colleagues in all the Nigeria offices to ensure a high visibility of University of Kent’s offeringTo participate and feed into University of Kent’s Nigeria conversion strategiesInternal & External RelationshipsInternal: International Recruitment, UKEAS, Heads of School, Admissions Officers, Hospitality, Finance, Alumni and Development,Regional Strategy Group Members, School Marketing Officers, Recruitment and Admissions, Internationalisation Strategy and Faculty Recruitment Outreach Committee members, Student Planning and Information Office, Compliance Office and The Centre for English and World Languages.External: International schools, Language Schools, colleges, universities, private education providers, funding bodies, Embassies, British Council, agents and University of Kent alumni to increase the University’s international profile and numbers of international students.

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