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Assistant Director for Recruitment

Assistant Director for Recruitment

Spertus Institute, Chicago

Assistant Director for Recruitment

As Spertus Institute looks to the next century of its important work, a strong, creative, and professional recruitment process is key.

The Assistant Director for Recruitment is essential to ensuring that Spertus fulfills its historic mission of invigorating Jewish communities through Jewish education and leadership training. Working within a dynamic Academic Team, the AD for Recruitment often acts as a public face and first contact for the Institute. The position combines Jewish community outreach and prospective student advising in a mission-driven, accredited institution of higher Jewish education.

Position Overview

Spertus Institute seeks a highly motivated, well organized, communicative, and collegial professional to recruit students for all graduate degree and professional certificate programs.

Spertus Institute’s process is continuous and requires personal contact throughout. The Assistant Director for Recruitment is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive recruitment plan and meeting aggressive enrollment goals across Spertus Institute programs.

The Assistant Director communicates regularly with individuals who are interested in, have questions about, or are applying to Spertus. Working closely with the Registrar, the Assistant Director coaches applicants throughout the admissions process—including applications, acceptance interviews, and enrollment.

Throughout the year, the Assistant Director will create and participate in recruitment programs and networking events. Applicants should have experience in higher education administration, student and alumni engagement, and be familiar with the structure and trends in the Jewish community and the broader world of nonprofits.

This position is in Chicago.
Reports to Associate Dean for Outreach


  • Develop and meet aggressive enrollment goals in all designated program areas.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive recruitment plan in coordination with the Associate Dean for Outreach.
  • Work with marketing staff to develop and distribute recruitment materials, ads, social media messages, and other communications that increase awareness of Spertus Institute degrees and programs and increase the conversion of prospects to applicants.
  • Attend and assist with recruitment-focused events.
  • Meet with prospective students to discuss Spertus offerings.
  • Interface with Spertus staff members—including registrar, academic colleagues, and finance team—to process student applications and admissions.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an alumni engagement plan as it relates to achieving recruitment goals.
  • Provide feedback to program directors regarding perceived curricular needs based on work with prospective students.
  • Assist with broader institutional committees and specific assigned tasks.
  • Work flexible hours to accommodate meetings with prospective students, events, and conferences, adjusting work schedule accordingly. This includes periodic travel to recruitment events.
  • Track and regularly report on all recruitment efforts, including travel, events, individual meetings, and other recruitment-related efforts and initiatives.

Necessary Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to think strategically and execute tactically
  • Strong communications skills
  • Ability to advise prospective students and impart enthusiasm for importance of graduate education and the Spertus mission
  • High degree of attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills
  • Demonstration of a sales mentality and successful sales record, including the ability to establish and meet metrics relating to enrollment goals
  • Collegiality, honesty, kindness, and team-spirit
  • Knowledge of higher education and of the Jewish community
  • Candidate must be a self-starter


  • Salary Range: $55,000-$70,000
  • Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and paid sick leave, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, employee assistance program, early Friday closures, and Jewish and secular holidays.

Start Date

  • August-September 2020


Submit the following to with the words Assistant Director for Recruitment in the subject line:

  • Cover letter, including a statement about your interest in the work and your record of success
  • Resume with at least three references 



Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principles that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that:

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

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