Absolutely the WORST job ever! RUN AWAY FAST Unless you are truly desperate.
Pros: decent salary
Cons: incredible pressure to sign up people to attend the school, appalling bad management, horrible micromanaging techniques, feeling tricked into taking a tacky telemarketing job instead of actually helping people.... etc, etc, etc...
When I was hired as an Assistant Director of Admissions, I was led to believe that I would be performing certain job duties. After one week, the person who hired me, the president of that campus, was fired. Then one week later the other person I interviewed with transferred. A completely horrible and very young person came in and took over as the supervisor of my department. She had the worst management skills ever and tried to manage by creating a fearful climate. Everyone despised her.
I quickly learned that my years of experience in marketing were of no interest to her. I basically learned to my horror that this job is the same as a telemarketer. The entire day was spent making around 100 phone calls to people who rarely if ever had a shred of interest in going to Ai North in Houston. I was cussed out (often by a non-English speaking person) and hung up on more times than I can remember. If I ever got someone on the phone who actually "might" want to know more about the school, I had a script to read in order to sign them up for a visit. Once I conducted my canned visit, I was expected to have them sign up to attend this very, very expensive school on the spot! Since many of these "candidates" could not even afford the application fee, I felt it was highly unlikely that even if they could get a loan, they couldn't afford to go there. I was under intense pressure to "make my monthly numbers" by signing up a pre-set number of people.
While I realize there might be a few, a very few people who could (under ideal circumstances) benefit from such an educational institution, but – more... after 4 months of sheer misery, I couldn't take it anymore. I would truly rather have worked at McDonalds that push a school like this on often uneducated, poor people who were often accompanied by non-English speaking parents. It felt wrong and I am very sorry I wasted 4 months working in such a place. Most of the few people I got to know while I put in my time at AiN were fired fairly soon after I quit for various reasons that sound very petty. They are all now in much better places.
Even though I left this dreadful place over 3 years ago, someone asked me about working there recently and I felt ill. I am writing this to save others from wasting precious time in their working careers. This is 4 months that I can't get back, but I can at least make it known to anyone considering work as an Assistant Director of Admissions, or any other role at an Art Institute school.... You've been warned. – less