Director of Recruiting, Office of Admissions and Enrollment - Chicago, IL


Listed 9.19.2017  
Employer McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University, Chicago, IL 60615. Phone: 773-947-6300. Web site:
Location Chicago, IL
Start Date 9.19.2017
Type Full Time


The Director of Recruiting will work closely with the Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment to recruit students for each of McCormick’s Doctor of Ministry, Masters and Certificate programs. This person will ensure that McCormick has a prominent and effective presence both online and in person, where we can reach and recruit students for each of our programs. This will be done primarily through the development and execution of a recruitment strategy, developed in collaboration with the Admissions Committee, headed by the Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment, as well as the Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry programs, and the Directors of our Centers. The strategy will encompass involvement in the development of our marketing materials, our online presence, (i.e., website and other online tools), external and internal relationship building and aggressive and expansive recruiting.   This role involves travel both locally and nationally each month of the year.  The role also includes facilitation of internal admissions events including EXPLORE McCormick for our Masters and Doctor of Ministry programs.

Note: The Senior Director will also share the recruiting duties, but this role will have recruiting as a primary responsibility.


  1. Become and maintain familiarity with the McCormick community including McCormick’s history, faculty, student body, degree programs and course offerings, alumni/ae, campus, partners, unique events, etc., to identify McCormick’s uniqueness and attractiveness in the marketplace of theological schools. 
  2. Work closely with the Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment to develop recruitment strategies and corresponding budgets for Masters, Doctoral, and Certificate programs. Ensure strategies are designed to yield a student body which is cross-cultural and ecumenical, including international student representation, and aligned with McCormick’s mission and the recruiting goals set forth by the Admissions Committee.
  3. Plan and coordinate internal recruiting events including EXPLORE McCormick (Masters and Doctor of Ministry information sessions), college student visits, and other events for prospective students.
  4. Personally represent the Seminary at external events, such as: college and university job fairs, graduate school fairs, ministry/church events and conferences, etc. Invite others, including faculty/staff members, alumni/ae, or student representatives to attend events as necessary, due to the nature or attendance (size, denomination, etc.) of the event, to ensure the best representation and coverage.
  5. Understand and use Ellucian Recruit and the PowerCampus database. Track data for each recruiting event including: target audience, church denomination, cost to exhibit, number of prospective students reached/contact data collected, and other strategic information to support recruitment follow-up and future planning.
  6. Develop reporting tools for recruiting progress and outcomes for all programs. 
  7. Contribute recruiting reports, plans and progress to the quarterly Board report and participate in the Student Affairs Committee of the Board.
  8. Collaborate with the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations and the Centers to identify, plan and implement recruiting opportunities with churches, pastors, and other constituencies per the Church Relations’ and Centers’ calendars. 
  9. Maintain awareness of McCormick’s event calendar, always seeking opportunities to provide a brief Admissions presentation and/or staff the exhibit table.
  10. Promote the school’s reach in traditionally underserved settings.
  11. Build relationships with college chaplains, executive presbyters, other church denomination leaders, etc. to ultimately reach prospective students within their institutions and churches.
  12. Assist the Sr. Director with coordinating the activities of the student employees. 
  13. Plan and implement (with assistance from the administrative assistant) pre- and post-visit or event correspondence.
  14. Explain admission procedures and courses offered to prospective students through phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings.
  15. Assist with follow-up communication with prospective students via phone, mail, and electronic media, as necessary.
  16. Perform additional related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Previous admissions/recruiting experience is required.   
  • Background in theological education preferred. Alumni/ae of a graduate theological school are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in Higher Education preferred.
  • Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) verbal and written communication is a plus
  • Excellent organizational, oral/written, presentation, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to use discretionary judgment.
  • Ability to present to small and large groups, as well as to engage in one-on-one conversations.
  • Ability to work independently, meet critical deadlines and enrollment targets, while prioritizing a heavy workload, under pressure and competing assignments.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to attend some night and weekend events required.
  • Ability to travel locally, throughout state, nationally, and internationally.


  1. Information regarding students and employees must remain confidential.  Individuals who break confidentiality are subject to dismissal.
  2. All employees shall avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest, special interest or any other inappropriate conduct.
  3. Awareness of the Seminary’s multi-cultural environment with the ability to distinguish diverse characteristics and to work accordingly.
  4. All employees are required to assist, where needed, at Seminary-wide events.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Ashley Woodfaulk in the Human Resources Department at

This description contains information and facts considered necessary to describe and evaluate this job fairly and equitably.  This document should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements performed, but as an indication of the duties and levels of skills required.


Job listings submitted by third parties are not verified by McCormick Theological Seminary. If you have a job you would like to see listed here send the details to