Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Position Overview: The New York School of Interior Design, an accredited, independent institution of higher education devoted entirely to the discipline of interior design and its related professions, seeks an individual to serve as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. The Director of Admissions and Recruitment is responsible for planning and leading student recruitment initiatives and overseeing the daily operations of a customer service oriented admissions team.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and administer the admission and recruitment programs of the institution and ensuring that admission activities align with the mission and strategic plans of the school
  • Lead and participate in recruiting applicants, screening applications, welcoming, orienting and interviewing prospective students for admissions; make admission decisions, sign decision letters
  • Establish admissions overall procedures and policies to assure smooth day-to-day operation of the Admissions Office
  • Provide direction for all members of the Admissions team; hire, supervise, train, evaluate, discipline and provide professional opportunities for admissions staff; develop and maintain strong team cohesion
  • Prepare reports for board presentations on admissions statistics and recruitment events
  • Interface with Financial Aid Office/International Student personnel on policy decisions and selection of scholarship candidates
  • Prepare and monitor the annual Admissions budget for review by the Budget Committee; track expenditures for services, verify invoice fees and prepare requisitions for items/services; review and approve recruiters’ expense report


  • Develop, design and implement a recruitment strategy that will attract quality students that is consistent with the strategic plan of the school; analyze the recruitment plan and set recruitment goals that are cost effective
  • Organize and supervise all admission travel and recruitment activities and events, including, but not limited to, National/International Porfolio Days, College Fairs, Open Houses and Orientations
  • Develop and oversee a team of alum ambassadors to assist with recruitment and outreach
  • Create outreach programs using student ambassadors to assist in the conversion of admitted students to enrolle
  • Schedule recruitment and create recruitment schedule; train and prepare recruiters for recruitment events
  • Develop a relationship with select high schools and community colleges for NYSID presentations
  • Maintain files containing evaluation forms on college fairs and school presentations to determine which recruitment events yield best results


  • Collaborates with External Relations team to recruit prospective students and achieve enrollment goals
  • Identify new markets or new initiatives to increase new student enrollment
  • Work closely with External Relations and Institutional Research to perform market research analysis, conduct student surveys, analyze data, identify target marketing groups and provide enrollment projections
  • Participate in the creation and development of marketing and recruitment publications including the website

Enrollment Management

  • Work with all administrative offices to continually assess and improve the admission and enrollment process
  • Interface with members of the IT Department on ways to better utilize the database as well as implementation of a CRM and other technology related initiatives
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum 5 years’ experience in the admissions. Art/design school preferred. Must possess excellent public speaking, strong writing skills, excellent customer service skills, detail oriented and ability to multi-task and manage priorities. Must have experience in staff management and effective organizational capabilities.

Flexibility and willingness to work nights/weekends as required. Must have a valid driver’s license. Competent with Microsoft Office applications. Experience working with Jenzabar, CRM a plus.

New York School of Interior Design is an AA/EOE employer

Candidates for this position should submit resume, along with a cover letter, indicating salary requirements to:

Human Resources Office
New York School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Or email to:

David Owens-Hill