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Admissions Counselor

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 Director of Counselors, the Admissions Counselor will be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of recruitment strategies of his or her recruitment territory designed to attract and enroll a freshman class of an appropiate size and mix, as defined by university-wide enrollment goals and the university strategic plan.

The Admissions Counselor will counsel students regarding admission to DePaul, participate in on-campus recruitment events and manage a recruitment territory, including all associated internal and external university stakeholder relationships, S/he will review prospective student credentials holistically and make decisions, if not recommendations, for admission consistent with university policies and priorities. 

What You'll Do:

  • Develop, execute and monitor targeted recruitment activities - strategies designed to attract and enroll a incoming class of an appropriate size and mix, as defined by university-wide enrollment goals and the university strategic plan. Manage a recruitment territory by managing relationships and maintaining contact with prospective students and their families through the entire admission process through direct mailings, phone calls, school visits, college nights, on campus events and other strategies. 
  • Provide counseling and advising to prospective students about undergraduate education opportunities at DePaul through telephone calls, electronic communication, social media, regularly scheduled appointments, information sessions, open houses and all admission events. Appropriately document all conversation and communication associated with these responsibilities. 
  • Review prospective student credentials holistically and make decisions, if not recommendations, for admission consistent with university policies and priorities. 
  • Professionally represent the university to internal and external constituencies cultivating relationships with key influencers including school counselors/advisors, community-based organizations, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. 

What You'll Need:

  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • 1 year of college admission experience or experience as a counselor of college-bound students, preferred.
  • Working knowledge of admission practices and procedures, preferred. 
  • Bilingual skills, desired.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of student database management system.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Strong counseling and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to participate in a fast-paced, creative, change oriented and success driven environment. 
  • Physical requirements: Regularly spend extended periods standing. 
  • Routinely lift more than 25 pounds.
  • Position does require evening and weekend work, travel and use of personal vehicle. Travel between two traditional residential campuses is required. 


  • 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
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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