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Director of Recruitment and Admissions - School of Information Sciences (iSchool) (164034)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Admissions and Enrollment

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

School of Information Sciences (ischool)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, seeks a Director of Recruitment and Admissionsto leadits overall recruitment, admissions, and yield operations. The Director is reponsible for developingand implementinga comprehensive recruitment strategy to attract diverse and talented prospective students, leveragingbest practices in enrollment management to create a welcoming and interactive experience for prospective students.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Recruitment and Yield

  • Develop and lead robust recruitment and yield campaigns for relevant degree programs, assessing outcomes and making changes to campaign strategies as needed. This includes a broad range of tactics including email and social media, online and in-person recruitment events, and campus visits.
  • Develop and lead recruitment and yield strategies to diversify the iSchool student population across relevant degree programs, assessing outcomes, and making changes to recruitment strategies as needed.
  • Work closely with relevant iSchool units, including the Communications and Marketing and Finance offices, to strategically develop a budget for recruiting and yield activities.
  • Evaluate all recruitment and yield efforts to determine return on investment and modify future efforts as needed.
  • Work closely with the Communications and Marketing office for content creation and feedback toward effective advertisements, web-based and electronic communications, and other media to target prospective students and other stakeholders as applicable, e.g., parents and counselors of prospective undergraduate students.
  • Travel and work nonstandard hours (nights/weekends) as required.

Leadership and Management

  • Hire, lead, and manage the recruitment and admissions staff team.
  • Recommend qualitative and quantitative enrollment targets for relevant degree programs to the Dean, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Executive Associate Dean.
  • Responsibly manage the iSchool recruitment and admissions budget, ensuring alignment with recruitment and admissions strategy and return on investment of activities.
  • Provide regular application progress reports and planning documents to senior leadership, faculty program directors, and faculty. Develop and prepare recruitment reports, both for standard school-level reporting to external entities and for decision support within the iSchool.
  • Conduct regular market analysis and analyze enrollment trends to inform enrollment management strategic planning with respect to campaigns and budgeting.
  • Provide guidance on and proposals for best admission application evaluation policies and practices to the faculty and staff across relevant program committees.
  • Provide guidance to relevant program committees regarding effective and appropriate admission policies and practices.
  • Serve as liaison to campus committees related to admissions, recruitment, and enrollment management, as appropriate.Represent the iSchool on the Committee on the Admissions of Student-Athletes (CASA).

Admissions Activities

  • Oversee admissions review for relevant degree programs. Advise the Doctoral Studies Committee on application review processes, deadlines, and best practices in recruitment and yield efforts, as appropriate.
  • Conduct college-level review of first-year and transfer applicants assigned to the iSchool by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Monitor effectiveness of current admissionspractices and implement improvements as needed.
  • Oversee the application and communications process for admitted student funding, in consultation with relevant iSchool units as needed.
  • Work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Affairs to manage off-campus transfer requirements for undergraduate programs.
  • Coordinate and manage the appeal process for denied applicants, as appropriate.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Required: Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Marketing, Higher Education, or related field. Degrees in other fields will be considered if accompanied by sufficientprofessionalexperience.

Preferred: Master's degree.


Required: Three to five years' experience in Admissions, Recruiting, or Enrollment Management. Experience with data-driven decision making in customer-focused environments. Experience in creating messaging for recruitment campaigns in a variety of modalities.

Preferred: Five or more years' experience in Admissions, Recruiting, or Enrollment Management and/or a related area. A record of participation in professional organizations relevant to higher education admissions and recruiting.

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Excellent written and oral communication skills, exceptional organizational skills, and experience supervising staff.

Preferred: Expert user knowledge of spreadsheets, databases, and other data analysis tools.

Salary and Appointment Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the search closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by May 22, 2022. To apply, please visithttps://jobs.illinois.eduand upload your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

For further information about this specific position and the application process, please information about the iSchool is available on our website at

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