Employment Opportunities

The School of Drama is the oldest degree-granting conservatory in the United States. For more than 100 years we have been supporting the education of students who go on to become award-winning artists, from Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano to numerous cast members of hit musical Hamilton. As a member of the faculty and staff of the School of Drama you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the country’s foremost experts in arts and entertainment education.

Current Positions

We are a diverse, creative and close-knit community.

Carnegie Mellon University offers competitive benefits that focus on the well-being and quality of life of it’s employees. You can learn more about health, tuition and retirement benefits here.

Director of Recruitment and Enrollment

Are you an admissions professional who is passionate about arts education? Do you have several years of experience working in admissions for a conservatory or university arts program? Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama wants you to help us recruit and enroll highly qualified undergraduate and graduate level students to our programs.

Position Description:

We would like to extend our reach both nationally and internationally, to increase the quality of our applicant pool and our yield rate from those applications. We need you to work with our existing staff to craft a coordinated recruitment and enrollment strategy with an eye toward building a diverse community of theater artists who will go on to become the next generation of arts leaders. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating with the Director of Marketing and Communications to craft admission publicity and recruitment materials, as well as to think strategically about ad placement.
  • Planning national recruitment efforts.
  • Liaising with prospective students and their parents, including arranging tours of the Purnell Center for the Arts as well as the occasional individual meeting.
  • Coordination and administration of pre-screening and audition scheduling.
  • Coordinating and supervising the annual audition tour in Chicago, New York and LA.
  • Developing strategic recruitment strategies and maintaining admission data.
  • Working closely with the Office of Undergraduate Admission on the processing and admitting of undergraduate students.
  • Handling admission communications and records, including transcripts and standardized test scores.
  • Participating in admission and merit scholarship decisions.
  • Supervising student audition assistants and tour guides.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. Knowledge of or background in a fine arts discipline is a plus.
  • Three or more years in academic admissions or related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to build and maintain accurate record keeping systems;
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with faculty, staff, administrative offices, parents, and prospective students;


  • Master's Degree including college level coursework in education, theater, or related field.
  • Three or more years admissions experience in a university or conservatory theater program.
  • Deep understanding of theater or drama, including experience as a theater artist.
We are committed to diversity, inclusion and innovation, inviting artistic collaboration between faculty, staff and students, our University, and the theatrical community at large.

Application Instructions:

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Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama produces innovators, practitioners and industry leaders in the arts and entertainment professions who indelibly impact how people experience the world at large.

We are the oldest conservatory training, and the first degree-granting drama institution, in the United States of America. Founded in 1914, the school combines established practice with innovation, pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines. School of Drama graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse arts practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression, and promote community and diversity. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions, whether it be on stage, in film, television, or within the rapidly growing realm of new media.