Reporting to the Reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing, the Director of Admissions is responsible for the School of Music’s admission and recruitment processes and is guided by the need to attract a highly talented, academically admissible and diverse pool of students to inquire, apply, and audition/interview. This individual is the front line representative to prospective students, feeder schools and networks, and peer institutions. This person oversees the School of Music scholarship budget and represents the School of Music on university-wide enrollment management issues. Multi-tasking, people skills, data management excellence, confidence working with technology, commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, big picture thinking and personalism define the person in this position.
What You'll Do:
- RECRUITMENT: Identify, cultivate, and manage resources that will deepen prospect pool, with a focus on minority recruitment. Attends recruitment events and meets regularly with prospective students. Attends and/or coordinate participation in college fairs, festivals/conventions, high school visits, open houses, meetings. Remain professionally active and connected. Coordinate special projects that promote program's visibility.
- APPLICATION PROCESS & REVIEW: Manage receipt and entry of all application materials throughout the full admissions pipeline (inquiry, application, audition/interview, award, decision process, & intention to enroll). Review applications and decision applicants in close collaboration with School of Music faculty. Manage communications with prospective students via Slate. In close collaboration with Director of Marketing & Communications, follows established metrics, interprets data, and regularly assesses related trends to advise senior leadership and regularly inform and support recruitment process, marketing strategy assessment, and dean-level decision-making.
- MANAGE AWARD BUDGET & RELATED PROCESSES: In partnership with Financial Aid Committee, Enrollment Management, and Office of Financial Aid, manages and reconciles scholarship budgets, awarding, processing, negotiation, appeals, and all student-facing communications. Leads process for developing and communicating talent-based awards to admitted students and coordinates the packaging of these funds with other institutional, government, and need-based financial aid sources. Oversight of annual $7-8 million scholarship budget; routinely strategizes ways to maximize our potential to attract the most talented, coveted, and diverse student body to the School of Music.
- UNIVERSITY LIAISON / SCHOOL ADVOCATE & REPRESENTATIVE: serves as primary School liaison with the university's enrollment-affiliated teams, working closely with Enrollment Management, Systems & Operations, Financial Aid, and Global Engagement on goal-setting, address concerns related to financial resource management, and address needs of prospective students.
- MANAGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE: Supervise one full-time staff member and a number of part-time student employees. Orchestrate operational structure of the Admissions office.
What You'll Need:
- At least three years of related experience in Admissions at the university level OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must have a global view of all aspects of the music industry.
- Bachelor’s degree in music and a background in performance preferred.
- Managerial, communication and people skills are essential for this position.
- Minimum technology skills should include proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and data analysis and interpretation familiarity.
- PeopleSoft, Slate, or similar database management software experience is preferred.
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.
- Join a collaborative environment housed in the stunning new state-of-the-art Holtschneider Performance Center, 185,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed performance, practice, and classroom space covering three floors.
- Chicago is our campus, and there is no better place in the world to study music.
- Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
- Top choice medical, dental, and vision benefits.
- Retirement plan matching contribution of 10%.
- Tuition waivers for employees and dependents.
- Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
- Full-Time Benefits
- Part-Time Benefits
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.
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.
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
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.