Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

position summary:
This position manages a full set of regional recruiting responsibilities. In addition, the assistant director has primary oversight of the undergraduate admissions counselors and is generally responsible for the strategic development and implementation of additional areas of responsibility as noted below. These areas will be individually assigned and may alternate over time.

 Essential duties and responsibilities:

    • Student recruitment:
      • Manage an assigned recruitment territory to meet or exceed established goals for students in the following areas: campus visits, applications received, accepted students and enrolled students. 
      • Manage an assigned recruitment territory to meet additional established goals in the following populations: out of state students, minority students and Mennonite students. 
      • Plan and implement a travel itinerary within an assigned territory approximately nine weeks in the fall and three to four weeks in the spring for recruitment purposes, including college fairs, conferences and other functions. Coordinate church and high school visits. 
      • Conduct campus interviews/visits with prospective students and parents
      • Frequent evening hours telephoning students

    • Leadership and strategic planning
      • Supervises and provides leadership for other regional admissions counselors, focusing on undergraduate first-time freshman recruitment. 
      • Supervise and train undergraduate admissions counselors; this includes: goal setting and monitoring, regular support and instruction, implementation of strategic plans, etc. 

    • program representation: 
      • Maintain contact with various university constituencies including prospective students and parents, guidance counselors, alumni, etc. 
      • Special assignments will occur in the following specialized areas requiring strategic planing, full implementation/delegation responsibility, and accountability for completing and reporting the results of these areas when assigned: 
        • Responsible for diversity recruiting strategy
        • Coordinate the Legacy program 
        • Manage residual ACT
      • Other admissions responsibilities as assigned by the director of admissions


Occasional duties and responsibilities

  • Hire and train student interns
  • Organize receptions for accepted students 
  • Attend professional conferences
  • Serve on various university committees


qualification Requirements:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of this job. 

    • Education and/or experience: 
      • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Previous sales and/or college admissions experience preferred. 
      • Thorough understanding of the liberal arts, private college environment within a Christian setting. 

    • Special Skills: 
      • This position requires self-motivation, strong interpersonal and group communication skills, and a competitive spirit and sales orientation. 
      • Must be willing to travel. 
      • Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, and familiarity with various internet applications are a plus. Driver's license and the ability to drive. 


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met or will be encountered by the employee while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Typical office conditions. Must be able and willing to travel, with frequent stays in hotels. 

Applications are considered complete when the following materials have been received at the office indicated below.

Letter of interest
Completed Bluffton employment application form


Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
Attn: Erin Ostling Burkholder

Employment decisions are based on merit and university needs, and not on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University expressly reserves its rights to appoint faculty and staff who share a commitment to the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the university’s founding and supporting church. EOE.