Assistant Director, Admissions for The O'Neill School (Admissions Counselor)



Department Information

Founded in 1972 as SPEA, the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States, boasting an alumni network of more than 36,000.

Our Mission

The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs works to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. We promote sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just and healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. We give our students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe.

Our Guiding Values

Our commitment is shaped by these shared and guiding beliefs:
  • All people deserve to live in thriving and sustainable communities.
  • Strong, healthy communities depend on well-educated, innovative and ethical leaders, and informed and engaged citizens.
  • Creative, current, and rigorous research informs sound decision-making.
  • Leaders need both relevant information and the skills necessary to interpret and use information and data effectively.
  • Successful leaders must be able to bridge public, private, and nonprofit sector boundaries.
  • Conversation and collaboration among individuals with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills leads to more vibrant ideas and solutions.

Job Summary

The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs seeks an Assistant Director of Admissions. The assistant director of admissions coordinates recruitment processes for admissions for the IU Bloomington campus with specific responsibilities dedicated to the strategic recruitment and enrollment needs of the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In collaboration and consultation with the Office of Enrollment Management and the O'Neill School, implements a strategic recruitment plan that encompasses strategies for attracting high-quality undergraduate students to the IU Bloomington campus and the O'Neill School, including the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center (CLC).

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Maintains, implements and oversees a holistic recruitment yield tactical plan for recruitment.
  • Develops, implements, and administers plans, programs, and events for general and targeted student recruitment in support of organizational goals.
  • Integrates a diverse and strategic communications strategy in collaboration with other departments, geared toward specific student declared academic major, career interests, and geographic factors.
  • Identifies and develops partnerships for outreach to prospective students and influencers.
  • Interprets academic policies and exercises authority and independent judgment.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates programs and processes and determines the effectiveness of markets and strategies. Exercises independent judgment and uses census data and modeling tools to identify effective marketing plans and strategies to address specific populations.
  • Serves in a collaborative role with internal and external stakeholders to identify targets of opportunity to attract and enroll under-represented populations. Participates in the assessment and evaluation of various models.
  • May attend meetings or serve on committees with the admissions stakeholders, including all staff meetings, recruitment, and outreach team meetings, customer service lead meetings, and undergraduate recruitment council meetings; may provide guidance to other admissions counselor.
Specific Department Responsibilities:
  • Coordinates daily recruitment activities within the O'Neill School including daily information sessions and individual appointments for prospective students and their guests.
  • Represents the Office of Admissions and the O'Neill School at on-campus and off-campus recruitment programs run by Office of Admissions, Office of Enrollment Management, and Office of Scholarships, for example college fairs, visitor presentations, virtual webinars, and individual appointments.
  • Assists with the coordination of the direct admission review and scholarship allocation processes within the O'Neill School.
  • Collaborates with O'Neill information technology and records offices to manage and process admissions and scholarship data.
  • Reports recruitment, admissions, and enrollment data on a regular basis.
  • Analyzes data and maintains accurate records of communications with prospective students, prioritizing data-driven approaches to targeting potential students and evaluating and interpreting regular recruitment, admission, and enrollment reports.
  • Leads the O'Neill ambassador team, supervising, training, and evaluating a team of 5-10 graduate and undergraduate student staff who support daily recruitment activities, student visits, outreach activities, and recruitment travel.



  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 2 years of experience in admissions, higher education, marketing, or a related field.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.

  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
  • Possesses excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Highly developed customer relations skills.
  • Commitment to working with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to interpret federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations and required procedures associated with compliance.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. This position requires travel as well as night and weekend responsibilities. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Student Services

Job Family: Admissions & Recruitment

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