JR13673 - Director of Graduate Admissions and
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Supervise student workers who assist with events and
- 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
- Performs other related work as needed.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of
perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to
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