This full-time, salaried position will be a part of the Student Services team which includes the Dean of Student Services, Director of Financial Aid, Admissions Recruiter, and Student Services Assistant. The Director of Admissions oversees the strategic and functional areas of student recruitment for all academic programs at LSTC. The Director will actively connect with potential students to recruit on both the national and local levels. The Director will coordinate contacts through the ELCA and other communities to promote admissions, provide counsel on ministry vocations, and provide information about LSTC’s programs. The Director of Admissions will supervise the Admissions Recruiter and will work directly with colleges, churches, synods, and other ELCA seminaries.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Create annual and long-term admissions goals in collaboration with Dean of Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs.
Represent LSTC’s programs and preparation for ministry offerings in a variety of contexts: college campuses, ELCA congregations and synods, camps, volunteer programs, and denominational events.
Establish and nurture relationships with prospective students and with key applicant influencers.
Develop recruitment pipelines and goals.
Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to establish social media recruitment campaigns.
Lead admissions committee work.
Organize and delegate responsibilities for campus admission events, both virtual and in-person.
Serve as liaison for programs such as the Public Church Scholars program with Augustana University.
Provide ongoing market research data to program directors.
Utilize student information system software to manage prospective student communications and work collaboratively with other seminary offices.
Equip and support a network of faculty, staff, alumni, and volunteers to recruit on behalf of LSTC.
Interested applicants should be committed to the Church’s work of ministry and enthusiastic about the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC. Preference will be given to candidates with a good working knowledge of the ELCA and LSTC, including a knowledge and/or willingness to learn about rostered ministry and other forms of full-time Christian services. Prior experience in college/university admissions is preferred. Best suited applicants will be willing and able to travel up to 20% of working hours (when possible), have good organizational skills, and be able to show warmth and welcome to a diverse group of constituents. Applicants should have experience leveraging social media for marketing purposes and must exhibit a high degree of intercultural competency. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience relevant to a seminary admissions position, c) a description of how you connect to LSTC’s mission, and d) your commitment to intercultural engagement and anti-racism with concrete examples. Submit your letter of interest, resumé, and full application at https://www.lstc.edu/about/employment. Applications received by December 4, 2020 will receive preferential consideration.
About Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, we are the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students to serve in the global community. True to our Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, we equip students for visionary ministry. Students receive the skills they need to be leaders in the public church—the people of God bringing faith and action into their communities and the world. Here, students receive a well-rounded education from renowned faculty, preparing them for a purposeful vocation in a pluralistic and global world.
As a Reconciling in Christ seminary, LSTC seeks to offer hospitality and welcome to all who enter LSTC's academic programs. Following Jesus Christ, whose reconciling love bridged barriers and made strangers friends, we seek to welcome and learn from one another's particularity-including but not limited to one another's race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, social status and theological diversity.