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Director of Admissions

$60,000 – $70,000 yearly

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Last Updated: 9/08/22

Job Description

The Director of Admissions develops and oversee the strategic and functional areas of student recruitment, admissions, and onboarding for all academic programs at LSTC. The Director will create and implement data-driven recruitment strategies on local, national, and international levels and will coordinate travel and virtual outreach to strengthen pipelines from ELCA colleges and universities, churches, camps, synods, and other targeted recruitment pools. The Director promotes admissions through providing counsel on ministry vocations, information about LSTC’s degree and certificate programs, and relational connections with key applicant influencers.

This full-time, salaried position is part of the Student Services team supervised by the Dean of Student Services which also includes the Director of Financial Aid, Admissions Counselor, Student Housing & Employment Manager, and student coordinators. The Director supervises, trains, and works collaboratively with the Admissions Counselor and student coordinators. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and achieve annual and long-term recruitment and admissions goals, including for new remote delivery modes and certificates, in collaboration with Dean of Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Represent or coordinate representation for LSTC’s programs and preparation for ministry offerings in a variety of contexts: college campuses, ELCA congregations and synods, camps, volunteer programs, denominational events, and other targeted recruitment pools.
  • Implement and monitor processes using SIS and CRM systems including SalesForce, Pardot, Blackbaud, and Brightspace, and provide this research data to program directors to inform seminary’s initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to design and deliver effective web and social media recruitment campaigns and compelling communications with prospective students.
  • Train, inspire, and support the Admissions Counselor and student coordinators to excel in recruitment for LSTC’s degree and certificate programs.
  • Assess and improve recruitment, admissions, and onboarding processes annually.

Applicant Qualifications

Interested applicants should be committed to the Church’s work of ministry and to 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 familiarity with and/or willingness to learn about rostered ministry and other forms of full-time and bi-vocational Christian services.

Strong communications, writing and speaking, and relational skills are required. Prior experience in college or university admissions is preferred. Applicants need excellent organizational skills, a capacity to show warmth and welcome to a diverse group of constituents, and a willingness to travel up to 20% of working hours. Technical expertise in SIS, CRM, and other systems is necessary, as is experience in leveraging social media for marketing purposes.

The applicant must embody a high degree of intercultural competency and a commitment to antiracism and inclusive justice. In keeping with LSTC’s commitment to diversity, women and persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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 4) specific examples that illustrate your engagement in antiracism and intercultural work. Submit your letter of interest, resumé, and full application at

Company Details

Chicago, Illinois, United States