Director, Admissions (On-Site)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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

Job Details

The Highlights: Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the Director of Admissions is responsible for The Theatre School’s undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, enrollment, marketing, and scholarship process and is guided by the need to attract a highly talented, academically admissible and diverse pool of students to be auditioned/interviewed. The Director of Admissions is The Theatre School’s front line representative to prospective students, counselors, feeder schools, peer professionals, and other university offices. Multi-tasking, people skills, data management excellence, confidence working with technology, commitment to diversity, big picture thinking and personalism define the person in this position.

What You'll Do:

  •  Recruitment - Based on established enrollment goals, identify, cultivate, and manage resources that will deepen prospect pool, with a focus on recruiting a diverse class including planning and executing Admissions marketing campaign, attending recruitment events and meeting with prospective students. Attend and/or coordinate participation in college fairs, theatre festivals/conventions, high school visits, open houses, and meetings. Remain professionally active and connected. Coordinate special projects that promote the school's visibility. 
  • Application Processing & Review – Manage receipt and entry of all application materials throughout the application, audition/interview and decision process. Review applications and decision applicants. Report and interpret data and trends for statistical reports for annual reports and to inform the recruitment process. 
  • Scholarship Awards and Appeals -- Work with committee to determine individual scholarships for each admitted student prior to releasing admission decision. Counsel students and families through financial aid appeal process. Manage scholarship budget. 
  • Plan & Execute Auditions/Interviews – Organize on-site, virtual, and regional auditions/interviews including advertising, travel & space arrangements and all associated follow up. 
  • Manage Admissions Office – Supervise one full-time assistant director of admissions, and a number of part-time student employees. Orchestrate operational structure of the Admissions office. 
  • Manage Budget - Work with Business Operations Manager to keep accurate spending and income records. Plan for most effective and efficient use of Admissions recruitment budget resources. 
  •  The Director of Admissions directly supervises and is responsible for hiring one full-time exempt staff member (Assistant Director of Admissions) and 15-20 student employees. The Director of Admissions is responsible for hiring decisions and for managing work assignments. 
  •  The Director of Admission is responsible for managing a $135,000+ annual recruitment budget, including strategic allocation, spending and reconciling with the Business Operations Manager.

What You'll Need:

  •  Master's degree preferred. Previous university and/or admissions experience required. Theatre or arts related background preferred.
  •  Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Periodically lift more than 25 pounds. 
  • Managerial and people skills essential for this position.  Minimum computer skills should include proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Google suite applications. Slate or similar CRM management software experience required.
  • Position requires frequent weekend and evening time commitments for auditions, interviews and recruitment events. Required travel for recruitment to conferences and festivals as well as for regional auditions and interviews, totaling 5 to 6 weeks annually.


  • 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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