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Position Available - Director of Admissions & Recruitment

VanderCook College of Music seeks a highly motivated, experienced admissions administrator to assume responsibility for the annual recruitment of qualified undergraduate and graduate students to VanderCook College of Music.  The individual is expected to work collaboratively and creatively with the College’s recruitment staff, faculty, and marketing team to create successful strategic plans, establish clear workflows, generate clear and effective messaging, and actively recruit qualified prospects who matriculate into all programs.  This position is a full-time, year-round, senior-level administrative position.


  • Oversee the creation of workflows designed to identify prospective students (undergraduate and graduate) and manage their path from interest to matriculation.
  • Refine and communicate the “value proposition” offered to students interested in VanderCook.
  • Cultivate trust in VanderCook among high school music educators regionally and beyond through frequent communication, visits, invitations, and similar activities.
  • Accompany or follow up on all high school visits undertaken by VanderCook’s ensemble conductors.
  • Visit (or arrange for a faculty visit) to schools where one or more students indicate an interest in the College. Alternatively, invite prospective students to the College for a personal visit.
  • Strengthen the college’s relationship with VanderCook alumni who work at the high school level with the goal of establishing a direct pipeline for admission to the College.
  • Represent VanderCook at state and national events where future undergraduate and graduate music students may be in attendance, e.g., The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, state music conferences, and college fairs.
  • Work with current students who volunteer to serve as student admissions ambassadors.
  • Plan and implement campus events showcasing the VanderCook community to prospective students and families.
  • Prepare quarterly reports on recruiting goals to present to the Board of Trustees at each meeting and serve as the administrative liaison to the board’s Admissions Committee.
  • Be prepared to work with international students. In collaboration with the deans of the College become familiar with the rules and regulations required for attending College in the United States.


  • Highly motivated admissions administrator with 5-7 years of experience in the field.  Previous experience in music admissions is preferred.
  • Professionalism in written and verbal communication and personal appearance.
  • Highly organized and technologically proficient, i.e., database/CRM management, word processing, spreadsheets, and website (no programming skill is required).
  • Willingness to travel as needed and work extended hours to attend concerts, college fairs, and conferences.
  • Leadership skills built on collaboration, a positive approach, strong communication, and organization.
  • A creative and imaginative spirit to help mold and shape the future of the recruitment and admissions office at VanderCook.
  • Physical fitness sufficient to walk at least one mile, climb stairs, stand for extended periods and lift 15 lbs.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to [email protected].  Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

VanderCook College of Music is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination.  All qualified individuals are considered regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, applicable veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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