This course will prepare leaders in college admission offices to meet the needs of today’s employees. Learn how to find and develop employees that will be an asset to your team.

The basics:

  • Intended audience: Postsecondary admission officers.
  • Cost: $225 for NACAC members, $400 for nonmembers.
    • A 20 percent discount is available for offices of four or more participants registering for the same course.
  • Estimated completion time: Five weeks.
    • Participants have six months to access and complete the course.
    • Approximately two-three hours per week
  • Upon completion: A completion certificate and a digital badge.

Registration options

Course description:


Designed for those either newer to leadership, aspiring to leadership, or responsible for staff onboarding/development, this course is meant to assist admissions professions in learning about today’s employees and their needs in the workplace. We’ll tie these needs to the development of an effective position description and our final project will be the development of a staff onboarding and development plan. This course is meant to be interactive and allow for collaboration between the instructor, the students, and each other. Come prepared to share your knowledge and insights on staff development!

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of writing a position description.
  • Outline the essential components to onboard new staff.
  • Recognize generational differences in employee needs.
  • Discuss critical elements associated with productive staff evaluations.
  • Build a roadmap for staff development.

Registration options:

Cohort Start Date Live Session #1 Live Session #2 Registration
July Wednesday, July 17 Wednesday, July 17
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Aug. 14
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET)
October Wednesday, October 16 Wednesday, Oct. 16
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Nov. 20
(11 a.m.- 1 p.m. ET)


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is limited. All requests to switch cohorts, extend course access (by one month) or changes to course registrations will be subject to a $50 processing fee per person/per course. No refunds will be processed.


  • $225 for NACAC members*
  • $400 for nonmembers

A 20 percent discount is available for offices of four or more participants registering for the same course. If your office would qualify for this discount, contact customer service for a promo code prior to registration. 

*Unsure if you are a NACAC member? You may be eligible through your school or organization’s membership. Contact customer service for more information.


For purchasing and billing questions, please email For questions about the course, please email

Program Director

As program director, Derek Brinkley has helped plan and develop this course as a subject matter expert currently working in the field. He will provide instruction and support directly to the participants in the course.

Derek Brinkley
Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions
Columbia College Chicago (IL)

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Derek Brinkley began his career in higher education at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2009 and has been fortunate to hold admission roles at four institutions, including the Mount, Xavier University, Loyola University Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago. He currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia College Chicago and has spent over seven years at the college.

Derek has a passion for developing people and for navigating admission offices through the inevitable change that comes along with a career in enrollment management. He is a board director for the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).

Derek holds a bachelor’s in early childhood education and a master’s in executive human resources development, both from Xavier University.

Curriculum Advisor

As curriculum advisor, David Burge has been an integral part of the planning and development of this course. He provides guidance and feedback to the program director.

David Burge
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management
George Mason University

David Burge has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at George Mason University since July 2015. Before coming to Mason, he served as Executive Director of Admission Services at Arizona State University and oversaw the execution of new student enrollment strategy for undergraduate and graduate, domestic and international students. Other professional experience includes the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding senior leadership roles within each institution’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

David served as president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in 2017-18 and as President of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (GPACAC) in 2007-08. For six years, Mr. Burge was the faculty lead of the Admissions Middle Management Institute – a longstanding NACAC pre-conference workshop.

A native Kansan, his academic background includes two degrees from the University of Kansas: an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership.

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