Assistant Director, Counselors

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Diversity and Inclusion Statement Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.
The Highlights

Reporting to the Executive Director of First-Year Recruitment & Admission, the Assistant Director will play a leadership role in the development, implementation and monitoring of recruitment strategies designed to attract and enroll an undergraduate class of an appropriate size and mix, as defined by university-wide enrollment goals and the university strategic plan. The position also conducts reporting via SLATE and other tools, and contributes to the advancement of DePaul's freshman recruitment strategies and initiatives, with a special focus on relationship and brand-building with high school counselors, prospective students and their families. 

The Assistant Director supervises all new Admission Counselors and serves on the Admission Committee as well as the Freshman Admission Leadership Team.  

The Assistant Director also coordinates, facilitates, and participates in on- and off-campus recruitment activities, including recruitment territory management, external outreach efforts, counseling of and presentations to prospective students and their families.

Is This You?
  • The Assistant Director is responsible for leading a team of up to six Admission Counselors, setting expectations and establishing best practices for territory management, recruitment and yield events, and student outreach. The Assistant Director will provide oversight to each Counselor to develop cost-effective in-state and out-of-state recruitment plans, set territory enrollment goals, utilize Slate to report on territory progress, and engage with key stakeholders such as school counselors and parents. Recruits, selects, trains, manages, and evaluates staff members. Meets with individual staff members on a regular basis, approving vacation hours, overseeing programs and main responsibilities and assists in their overall professional development.

  • Serves on the Admission Committee, reviewing all marginal applicants and making decisions consistent with university policies and priorities, and as a member of the Freshman Admission Leadership Team, serving as a leader among our staff and creating policies consistent with office goals and professional standards.

  • Coordinate in-state recruitment travel for entire freshman admission team.

  • Coordinates on-boarding of professional staff for entire freshman admission team.

  • Coordinates, facilitates, and participates in on- and off- campus recruitment activities--managing a recruitment territory, implementing outreach efforts to external audiences, counseling prospective students and their families, managing on-campus events, conducting presentations on DePaul and the college search process and collaborating with faculty and staff involved in recruitment functions.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Your Education
  • Baccalaureate degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years experience in college admissions, excellent counseling and presentation skills and the ability to work with a wide range of internal and external audiences.
Required Certifications/Licenses
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
Managerial Responsibilities
  • Charged with recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of staff members. Responsible for meeting with individual staff members on a regular basis, approving vacation hours, overseeing programs and main responsibilities and assist in their overall professional development. Supervises up to six direct reports. 
Other Skills & Abilities Required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office suite.
  • Knowledge of student database management systems.
  • Experience utilizing Slate preferred.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously while meeting aggressive deadlines. 
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong counseling and group presentation skills.
  • Must be a creative and energetic person committed to working in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of higher education, academic programs and admission practices.
  • Ability to participate in a fast paced, creative, change-oriented and success-driven environment.
  • Periodically spend extended time standing.
  • Occasionally lift more than 25 pounds.

Additional Information
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

Position requires some evening and weekend work, travel and access to a vehicle. Travel between two traditional residential campuses is required.


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Matching retirement plan up to 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents!
  • Full-Time Benefits
  • Part-Time Benefits

Required Background Check: Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.
Required COVID-19 Vaccination: Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster, or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. To request a religious or medical exemption, please email [email protected]
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect: Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

Title IX Contact Information
Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities. The Title IX Office is on the Lincoln Park campus on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The Title IX Office can be reached at 312-362-8970 or [email protected]

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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