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Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment

University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 5, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Full Time
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JR13673 -  Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment

About Us

The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world. We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

About the Department

MAPSS, MACSS, and CIR recruit talented students from across the United States and around the world. Those students are each trained in the fundamentals of graduate research, selecting from a wide array of methodological and substantive courses. Approximately 35% go on to elite PhD programs after they graduate, while the majority pursue research-oriented careers with the help of an in-house Career Service team. Students are selected from a wide array of  backgrounds, experiences, and research trajectories, and help to make the Division of Social Sciences a more diverse and vibrant intellectual community.

Job Summary

The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for developing strategies, policies, and procedures for admissions, recruitment, or both. Manages recruiting efforts by monitoring the interview and applicant evaluation process; will also support admissions efforts by reviewing applicants selected for admission.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive admissions and marketing strategy for each MA program, working with the Dean’s office, the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions, and each MA program leadership.
  • Provide leadership and vision as the Division of Social Sciences continues to grow and evolve its MA degree offerings.
  • Develop a prospective and admitted student annual communications plan, in collaboration with the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean for Admissions, MA program leadership, and our Divisional Communications office.
  • Organize and implement online and in-person events for prospective applicants, CampusDays for admitted students, and summer communications for incoming students, in collaboration with our MA leadership, the Dean of Students, and our Event Coordinator.
  • Revise and improve MA application processes, working with the Dean’s office, the Dean of Students, UChicagoGrad, and other stakeholders, including the Admission Chairs in the Division of Social Sciences doctoral programs.
  • Identify barriers to enrollment and develop strategies to improve our applicant pools, our admission practices, and our recruitment efforts for under-represented students.
  • Develop a strategic plan and engage in specific outreach to under-represented applicant pools for each MA program, to increase applicant interest, applications, and yield.
  • Evaluate and improve the merit and financial aid strategies of our MA programs, in collaboration with the Dean’s office, the Dean of Students, and MA program leadership.
  • Develop recruitment strategies for the interdisciplinary and departmental concentrations in MAPSS, in partnership with each program’s academic leadership, the MAPSS faculty director, and the Managing Director for MA programs.
  • Manage the academic admissions team in each MA program, setting targets to meet Divisional expectations and training staff on the formalities of application review processes.
  • Engage faculty and alumni in student outreach and recruitment.
  • Track and analyze the effectiveness of recruitment and marketing efforts, developing metrics related to admission objectives and strategic plans.
  • Be responsible for admission, financial aid, and marketing budgets.
  • Supervise student workers who assist with events and outreach.
  • Develops operational plans to develop and execute admissions strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Manages the planning and implementation of public presentations, special events, and other recruitment activities.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in a related field and knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior exposure to the social sciences, education, communications, or public policy is preferred. The applicant should be comfortable working with diverse students from many different backgrounds. Minimum of 3 years’ experience in undergraduate or graduate admissions with increasing responsibility for strategic planning. Prior experience in marketing, communications, or recruitment.

  • Strong marketing and event management skills
  • Strong recruitment and communication skills, including the ability to tailor program communications to the needs, interests, and concerns of the students that we bring to campus
  • Excellent verbal communications, including public speaking experience
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple offices and to devise messaging that satisfies multiple constituencies
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and manage day-to-day tasks effectively and professionally
  • Professional demeanor and discretion
  • Quantitative ability to predict and model admission targets, yields, revenue projections, etc.
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to problem-solve with minimal direction
  • Exercise good judgment in key-decision making
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently as well as to be a flexible team player
  • Ability to learn new systems

Technical Knowledge or Skills

  • Comfortable with a computer and learning new software.
  • Basic familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Zoom, Adobe Acrobat, and some of the more common social media (Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) is expected.
  • Some familiarity with website/electronic poster design and with University admission software like Slate will be very helpful.
  • There will be opportunities to develop better skills with Slate, publishing and social media software (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Hootsuite), and website maintenance (e.g. Drupal) after onboarding.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Contact information for three references (required)
  • A one to two page cover letter outlining the candidate’s interest in the position, any relevant prior experience, and areas where the candidate hopes to grow in the role (required)

Review of candidates will begin December 13th and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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