Human Resources

Assistant Director / Admissions Counselor

April 24, 2024

Lake Forest College, a small, private liberal arts institution located just 30 miles north of Chicago, seeks applications for an Assistant Director/Admissions Counselor opening. The College has experienced strong growth in the past five years and seeks admissions professionals who are excited about continuing to help recruit the next generation of Foresters. The position’s primary role will be recruiting first-year students, likely out-of-state, as well as other areas to be determined, to enroll at the College. In addition, the Assistant Director/Admissions Counselor will fulfill other assigned programmatic and administrative responsibilities, contributing to the overall success of the team. Additional programmatic opportunities may exist in database management (Slate CRM), event management, and transfer enrollment. The job demands an exceptional work ethic, ability to travel, and the willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed. The successful candidate will join a creative, high-energy, hardworking, and collaborative admissions team.

Lake Forest College is proud to serve a diverse population. Qualified candidates will have an understanding of and appreciation for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior experience in database management or event planning will be a plus. Fluency in Spanish will be an asset as well, as will any prior experience in higher education, particularly admissions. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date will be July 1, 2024.

The job description is as follows:

  • Represent Lake Forest College to prospective students, families, and high school counselors
  • Manage assigned geographic territories: develop/implement recruitment strategies and personally recruit students from inquiry through enrollment stages
  • Travel as required to selected territories: visit area high schools, conduct interviews and information sessions, attend college fairs, and host events and receptions
  • Evaluate students’ applications and recommend admissions decisions
  • Incorporate constituency groups in recruitment: current students, faculty and staff members, coaches, alumni, and parents of enrolled students or graduates
  • Assist families in understanding merit and need-based financial aid awards
  • Manage assigned programmatic and administrative responsibilities
  • Represent the Office of Admissions at selected events and professional conferences and meetings, often including evenings and weekends
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Lake Forest College embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.