Work with admissions officers to decide who gets accepted into a school.
What does a Director of Admissions do?
A director of admissions is like a bouncer because a school, like a nightclub, has a maximum occupancy and a line full of people waiting to get in. Someone has to hold the guest list and decide who gets in and who doesn’t. That person is the director of admissions.
As a director of admissions, you’re employed by schools—including private elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as public and private colleges and universities. Unlike bouncers, you’re not looking for people with the best bodies and the most clout. Instead you’re looking for the brightest students.
To find them, you and your staff of admissions counselors create and distribute applications then collect and review completed ones. Your goal is to find students that best fit your criteria based on factors such as grade point average, test scores, extracurricular activities, and personal character. To further inform your decisions, you collect references, conduct interviews, and administer admissions tests—all of which help you find the best students for your school.
To that end you’re at once an HR professional and a sales and marketing expert. The former because you spend a lot of time recruiting students—working with feeder schools and alumni associations to identify top talent—and the latter because you’re tasked with attracting them, which you do by creating marketing materials and hosting events for prospective students.
Whether it’s at a state university or the Harvard of preschools, you’re the gatekeeper—but without the velvet ropes.