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Director of Admissions

Ackerman Institute for the Family
New York City, New York
Posted Date
Aug 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Full Time
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Job Details

Job Title: Director of Admissions

Department: Admissions

Reports to: President & CEO

Supervises: Assistant to the Director of Admissions

FLSA Status: Exempt

FT/PT: Full-Time

Position Summary:

This position requires a candidate who has a comprehensive understanding of Ackerman’s mission as well as Ackerman’s training programs. The candidate must have excellent verbal communication skills; be comfortable with presenting to large groups; have writing skills; be organized; be a person who takes initiative.  The position requires developing a recruitment strategy for new students as well as maintaining students throughout the program.  The Director of Admissions will work closely with students, develop processes for dispersing scholarships and develop strong relationships with universities and other programs. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead and assist in the coordination of Ackerman Institute for the Family’s recruitment of prospective post-master’s students.
  • Plan and assess strategic recruitment and yield activities by exercising and continually developing a strong understanding of general market characteristics and trends as well as those specific to Ackerman.
  • Counsel prospective students in their search process for family therapy training by providing information and assistance about the admissions and financial aid process, and the various training programs.
  • Develop relationships with and serves as primary contact for master’s level college counselors and/or advisors, specifically mental health disciplines.
  • Responsible for meeting the Institute’s strategic enrollment goals and enrolling students that reflect Ackerman’s vision.
  • Plan, execute, and assess all recruitment operations necessary to meet recruitment and enrollment goals.
  • Assist with planning and/or implementation of national and international recruitment and generate events throughout the year.
  • Attend college fairs, receptions, professional events, and other pertinent programs to recruit prospective students.
  • Develop and strengthen ties with alumni and other key influencers in the recruitment process.
  • Conduct extensive outreach and develop relationship and conversation-building activities (via in-person communication, phone, e-mail, written correspondence, and social media) with prospective students.
  • Submit quarterly reports of recruitment and prospective student activity to the President & CEO and/or leadership team.
  • Review and assess student applications and provide admission decision recommendations for applicants.
  • Collaborate with key parties to develop recruitment plans for diverse student populations.
  • Engage in and/or lead other initiatives or tasks as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in student counseling, communications, education, business or public relations, marketing, or other related fields from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience with and ability to function independently, exercising independent judgment and discretion with little or no guidance, and being able to make decisions on behalf of the Admissions department and the institute that are appropriate, timely, and defensible.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team with a flexible attitude. 
  • Willingness to work select evenings and weekends. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills.  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of office administration, clerical procedures, and recordkeeping systems.
  • Can-do positive attitude and team orientation, with ability to interact with diverse people at all levels.
  • Commitment to Ackerman Institute’s values of inclusion, collaboration, and transparency.  
  • Extremely proficient in MS Office Suite (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Zoom with the ability to learn new or updated software.

Work Environment:

  • This position will be Hybrid, based in our office in New York City with limited remote work.
  • This position will require a dedication of 3 days in person per week.  


Ackerman Institute for the Family offers a generous compensation package which includes:

  • Competitive compensation based on experience.
  • Eligible employees receive medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by Ackerman.
  • Employer paid life insurance and supplemental disability insurance.
  • A 403(b)-retirement plan with eligibility for employer match.
  • Generous paid-time-off package.
  • Commitment to work-life balance.  

COVID Requirements:

  • AIF requires its Employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including any booster shots if required, where allowable under the law and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation based on disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are required to have received at least one COVID-19 shot prior to your first day of employment and to provide proof of your vaccination status within the first 30 days of your employment. For the two COVID-19 shot regimen, you will be required to provide proof of your second COVID-19 shot within the first 60 days of your employment. Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with AIF.
  • If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief, you will be required to apply for a reasonable accommodation within the first 30 days of your employment in order to remain employed with AIF. As a part of this process, you will be required to provide information or documentation about the reason you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an accommodation is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.

Welcoming Diversity:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and clinical care related activities or in any other aspect of the Institute’s operation. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at:, Subject: “Director of Admissions.” Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.


The Ackerman Institute for the Family was founded in 1960, and is one of the premier institutions for family therapy treatment, and one of the most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves a diverse population of families at all stages of family life by offering a variety of programs that address a broad range of issues and concerns. The faculty at the Institute have achieved national prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative approaches to family therapy and professional training.

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