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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: The Graduate Admissions Counselor is an entry-level position reporting to the Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. The Graduate Admissions Counselor has primary responsibility for admissions pipeline process and activities (driving inquiries to application) for graduate programs in the College of Education and in the College of Communication. The Graduate Admission Counselor is responsible for achieving annual recruitment goals for assigned programs and territories by engaging in consistent prospect follow-up and managing recruitment tactics a. The Graduate Admission Counselor will also provide leadership and oversight in other specialized roles and projects as determined by the Associate Director after evaluating the professional strengths, experiences, and interests of the candidate selected for the position, in addition to the needs of the office. 

What You'll Do:

  •  Recruitment and Admission:
    -Manages the admission funnel for a portfolio of graduate programs and proactively and reactively engage with and counsels’ students throughout the enrollment funnel by advising, providing information and encouragement throughout through emails, phone calls, text and other methods of engagement in a timely manner
    -Serve as the central admissions expert with deep understanding of all graduate degree programs across the College of Education and the College of Communication. Maintain a deep understanding of each graduate program's unique requirements and processes.
    -Achieve performance goals for each term by maintaining targeted conversion metrics at each stage of the admission process on a consistent basis;
    -Implement, monitor, and achieve annual recruitment goals for assigned programs and territories, including engagement in consistent prospect follow-up, routine tracking procedures, and development of reports on the inquiry and applicant pools;
    -Conduct recruiting events both on-campus and virtually to recruit graduate students. This will include admission interviews, campus visits and tours, open houses, information sessions, etc.
    -Maintain student appointment schedule for prospective students and applicants (scheduled & walk-ins) as needed.
    -Represent the College of Education and the College of Communication at recruiting events such as education fairs, career fairs, community, and other business-related events.
    -Will manage the operation of the front service desk including supervising student workers in the delivery of quality customer service to prospective students. As the supervisor will ensure that events and the customer service area is adequately staffed by student workers for maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Graduate Application and CRM Management:
    -Read and evaluate applications for admission and participate in the admission committee that makes admission decisions, while appropriately adhering to all policies and procedures.
    -Maintain a thorough knowledge of Slate data and prioritize updating of existing queries and reports to promote awareness and informed decision making around graduate recruitment efforts; provide ad hoc lists to key stakeholders as appropriate, to assist with recruitment efforts of graduate and international
  • Project Management and Continuous Learning:
    -Will have the opportunity based on professional interest and needs of the office to participate in projects within the office's administrative service areas.
    -Stay up-to-date with industry trends, program updates, and best practices in graduate student recruitment and enrollment. Proactively seek opportunities for professional development to enhance counseling and enrollment management skills.
  • Recruit and cultivate current students and alumni as program ambassadors. Supervise all student ambassadors (7-20) and tour guides who aid with recruiting events.

What You'll Need:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Two (2) to (4) years of combined experience in corporate recruiting, project management, event planning, public relations, sales, marketing and business development required. Preference given to candidates who have experience in college admission or in a university setting.
  • This role will serve as a liaison with either the College of Communication or the College of Education. Candidates who have prior experience in, or knowledge of, the education or communications fields of study or practice, strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals (faculty, staff, students, etc.).       


  • 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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