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Director, Admissions (School of Music)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Highlights: 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.


  • 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
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

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.


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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