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Assistant Director of Admission - Chicagoland Region

Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
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Four-Year Institution

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Assistant Director of Admission - Chicagoland Region

Tracking Code1022-674Job Description

A qualified candidate will live in the Chicago area and be intimately familiar with the Chicagoland Latino community and culture, including its barriers and challenges. Will serve as an official representative of the university at fairs, high school visit days, admitted student receptions, admissions interviews, and other events in the region. Is responsible for establishing strong relationships with students, counselors, community-based organizations, and parents, to increase the quantity and quality of applications and enroll students from the region. Under the supervision of the Director of Recruitment, creates and executes a strategic plan for recruitment and enrollment in the designated territory, using regular reports to inform decisions and planning. While working remotely, stay in close contact with the campus-based admissions office.

Primary Duties:

  • Coordinates and is responsible for recruitment efforts in assigned territories. Represents Valparaiso University to prospective students, parents, secondary school counselors, and other individuals and/or organizations involved in the college search and selection process
  • Maintains personal communication with regional constituents, and especially with interested schools, by phone, email, and written correspondence throughout the application and enrollment season. Plans and implements recruitment and communications activities for schools in assigned territory and represents Valparaiso University at college day/night programs and high school visits
  • Conducts student interviews and information sessions, to communicate distinctions of the college and to assess interest and academic potential
  • Communicate with students, families, and other college-choice influencers about the admissions process and opportunities at the college
  • Through recruitment and outreach efforts, support the University's strategic goal of realizing of status as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • Represents Valparaiso University for speeches, speaking engagements, conferences, and meetings as assigned
  • Participates in informal recruitment activities such as sporting events, musical performances, plays, and other activities
  • Review student applications and essays, make admissions decisions, and communicate with students and parents on admission status
  • Supports the Financial Aid Office by providing accurate information about the options and resources for funding education at the college
  • Collaborates with recruitment partners (coaches, faculty, departments, etc.) to coordinate efforts
  • Works with the Admission staff on a variety of departmental projects and actively participates in group meetings
  • Creates reports and documents activities following departmental procedures on a timely basis including regular progress updates
  • Attends periodic training and events on campus throughout the year, attends and participates in other meetings (especially weekly Staff Meetings) via Zoom, and makes mutually agreed-upon and regular visits to campus
  • Participates in local and regional professional associations

Additional Duties:

  • Interacts with and engages in the college’s social media initiatives
  • Organizes and utilizes student information provided by external vendors
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Spanish language skills are preferred
  • Strong ability to work independently or as a member of a group
  • Preferably 3-5 years of college recruitment work or related higher education experience
  • Must be goal oriented
  • Ability to work well under deadlines, and possess a considerable degree of flexibility and initiative
  • Proficiency in the following software: Google Suite and Slate
  • Flexible with the ability to multitask and possess exceptional organizational skills with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent written communication, verbal communication, and organization skills

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.

All offers of employment with Valparaiso University are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks may include criminal history, motor vehicle reports, prior employment verification, and personal/professional references. If applicable to the position, background checks will also include credit history. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates for employment.

Driving a University vehicle or other vehicle while conducting University business is a requirement of this position. Applicants who apply for this position will be required to complete a motor vehicle record check. At a minimum, a successful candidate's driving record must comply with guidelines established by the University. The results of the record check will be evaluated by the University before an applicant can become an employee of the University.

Valparaiso University requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

To be considered for this position you must upload:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3 professional references
  • Answer all the application questions

Please address cover letter to:

Carrie Palkovich, Director of Undergraduate Admission

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Job LocationValparaiso, Indiana, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


Read our Diversity Profile About Valparaiso University


Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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In its more than 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871. It was revived in 1873 by an enterprising educator, Henry Baker Brown, as the Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University.

Despite its decades of success, the University again experienced financial hardship as the United States entered World War I. The Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University, purchased it in 1925, ushering in the modern era of Valpo’s history. Distinguished by its Lutheran heritage of scholarship, freedom, and faith, Valparaiso University continues to fulfill the dreams of these modern founders.


The University’s 350-acre campus is located one hour southeast of Chicago, 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and within walking distance of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, where you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops as well as independent boutiques, entertainment, and cultural experiences.


Valpo is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from nearly all regions of the United States and more than 30 other countries.

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Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Christ College — The Honors College. The Graduate School offers more than 20 graduate programs that are fully integrated into three academic colleges and hold the appropriate accreditation in their field. 

Students complement their classroom experiences with applied, practical experiences to prepare for their careers. They work closely with their peers, are mentored by accomplished faculty, and reach across disciplines, putting theory into practice. Whatever the degree path, students receive an innovative, rigorous education within the liberal arts tradition and learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems with creative solutions.



Valparaiso University consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff.

Notable rankings by U.S. News & World Report include:

  • No. 4 in the ranking of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, which evaluates academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni support.
  • No. 1 among regional universities in the Midwest for best undergraduate teaching, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
  • No. 1 in the Best Value category in the Midwest regional universities, with 93 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through grants, scholarships and other sources.
  • No. 3 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.
  • The ABET-accredited College of Engineering is the No. 14 best undergraduate engineering program in the country.
  • The AACSB-accredited College of Business is included as one of the Best Business Programs in the nation.

Mission Statement

“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”

At Valpo, we embrace our distinctive Lutheran character through our pursuit of academic excellence informed by faith and reason. The interaction of faith and learning provides a solid foundation for our educational community, where we are dedicated to serving humanity through the vigorous pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge.

Our University strives to be a place where fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect — a place where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction.

A Valpo education encourages students to pursue paths God’s light illuminates, igniting promise and possibility, sparking an inner flame for all who learn here. It is about preparing good people to do great things in a world that needs them.

Passion is Who We Are

At Valpo, students are inspired to discover their passions and pursue a life of purpose.

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Valparaiso University is an institution dedicated to preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. At Valpo, students receive an education global in scope and grounded in faith, designed to prepare graduates to lead and serve where needed, impacting their lives and improving our world. We are a community of people who seek Truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.

The University is composed not only of extraordinary students, but faculty and staff who trust in and support the University’s mission to grow and guide students on their journey.

We have a responsibility at this University to provide the support systems and opportunities — academic and extracurricular — needed to prepare more of the kind of leaders the world needs. With this in mind, we embrace the opportunity to welcome new employees to the Valpo family who embrace the Valpo experience, elevate and transform the lives of students while on campus, and shape their futures for the better.

The University’s nearly 60,000 alumni living around the world excel in a number of fields and are well-known for their service work and efforts to improve the world. In order to continue this legacy, we seek to build a faculty and staff who will shape the next generation of Valpo women and men, propelling them to even greater levels of achievement and distinction.

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