Vice President for Enrollment Management

River Forest, Illinois
Jan 26, 2017
Dominican University
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Dominican University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management.  The vice president reports to the president, Donna M. Carroll, and will provide leadership, oversight, and management for the university’s efforts to recruit and enroll both graduate and undergraduate students through the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid.

This position is available at a transformative moment in the history of Dominican University, a private, Catholic institution in suburban Chicago.  The institution will begin the next academic year with a new strategic framework and a reimagined academic structure that will enable a complex institution to better integrate and leverage its substantial educational resources.  With an enrollment of 3,500, Dominican University’s academic portfolio includes the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Brennan School of Business, along with a new College of Health Sciences, and a newly consolidated College of Applied Social Sciences, home to schools of Education, Social Work, and Information Studies.

The successful candidate will be an experienced enrollment management professional with knowledge of competitive recruitment strategies and practices, a strong awareness of student demographics and trends, and a demonstrated ability to embrace and promote change within a dynamic setting.

The vice president will serve on President Carroll’s cabinet; will collaborate with campus partners to promote a culture of enrollment management; and will work closely with the provost and deans to create academic synergies in keeping with Dominican’s mission and market-responsive curricular offerings.

In order to develop, articulate and nurture an effective enrollment strategy that advances Dominican’s place in a highly competitive educational landscape, the Vice President for Enrollment Management must:

  • Possess an appreciation of liberal arts and sciences as well as an understanding of professional education, including the health sciences, at the graduate and undergraduate level, and a desire to promote the highly developed ethos and sense of mission that exists at Dominican University;
  • Illustrate a strong understanding of market demographics and the ability to maximize Dominican’s location, in the Chicago area;
  • Increase the visibility and draw of Dominican’s academic programs, especially at the graduate level;
  • Lead change within a newly restructured academic environment;
  • Utilize data to forecast, research and share trends in higher education; create data-driven strategies which support the division’s efforts to recruit, select, yield, enroll, retain, and graduate an academically talented and diverse student body that includes undergraduate, graduate, transfer and international students;
  • Guide and strengthen community college relationships as part of Dominican’s on-going commitment to the recruitment and retention of well-prepared transfer students;
  • Possess an ability to use emerging technology to implement innovative and creative ideas to enhance the quality and improve the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body;
  • Develop strategic approaches for working with and allocating institutional need-based and merit-based financial aid for entering and returning students;
  • Provide mature and effective management of and advocacy for the enrollment management staff by assessing strengths and talents; providing mentorship and professional development opportunities; holding staff accountable; and creating a team-oriented environment that inspires trust and confidence;
  • Build and nurture relationships with internal leaders and key external partners, particularly those involved in the recruitment and retention of students to include faculty, student life and alumni relations professionals, and coaches for Dominican’s NCAA Division III athletics programs.  With the help of these stakeholders, identify areas of growth and strength to positively impact enrollment strategies;
  • Appreciate the rich multicultural and socioeconomic diversity of Dominican students, with an interest in continuing to recruit students locally, regionally, nationally and internationally who will further enhance the reputation of Dominican’s programs. 

QUALIFICATIONS and DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS:  Candidates for this position should have at least ten years of experience in higher education admissions, financial aid or both. An advanced degree is preferred. In addition, candidates must possess a strong appreciation for private, faith-based education and should demonstrate the following characteristics, skills, abilities and understanding:

  • Proven commitment to and passion for higher education and the institution;
  • High energy and a positive outlook;
  • Evidence of a calm, competent, and confident style that allows him/her to lead with integrity and accountability;
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to collaborate in a team oriented environment;
  • Entrepreneurial, creative and agile spirit that will lead Dominican University to navigate an exciting time of change;
  • Experience in recruiting diverse student populations including international, transfer and graduate students;
  • Capacity to develop and refine the University’s competitive aid packages to achieve net revenue and enrollment goals;
  • Ability to maintain an integrated approach that makes effective use of analytics and data to inform decisions and implement strategy in an effective manner;
  • Possession of strong oral, written communication and presentation skills for communicating with prospective students, their families, campus colleagues, trustees and alumni;
  • High level knowledge of market demographics, demands, and trends;
  • Willingness to enhance existing relationships and cultivate new relationships, both internally and externally;
  • Proven use of current technology in admissions and financial aid for the purposes of marketing as well as processing information;
  • Knowledge of federal, state and NCAA Division III regulations;
  • Ability to make immediate contributions to a well-run infrastructure and an interest in contributing as a senior partner in a sustained tenure.


Dominican University is a relationship-centered learning community rooted in the liberal arts and sciences.  It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and values-based campus environment.  The ongoing exploration, clear expression and shared experience of the university’s Catholic Dominican identity is central to its distinction and success.  The university expresses that identity while serving a diverse student body within a community defined by inclusivity and mutual respect.

Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters the University began as a women’s college in rural Wisconsin.  The fundamental values of the founding congregation continue to guide the university today, and are expressed in its mission statement: “As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

In 1922, the school moved to River Forest, Illinois and changed its name to Rosary College.  It grew rapidly in enrollment, programs and prestige; added graduate programs in 1949; and became coeducational in 1970.  In 1997, the school honored its Catholic Dominican heritage and embraced its growing role as a comprehensive institution of higher learning by changing its name to Dominican University.

The university is a Designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and is widely recognized for its commitment to social justice.  The institution has a long history of changing to meet the evolving needs of its students and community.

For 23 years, this change has been guided by a steady focus on mission under the aspirational and strategic leadership of President Carroll.  The university currently is reorganizing itself into four academic units: the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Brennan School of Business, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Applied Social Sciences.  “This new academic structure honors our 100+ year tradition, and at the same time results in an institution that is more innovative, collaborative and sustainable,” says President Carroll. 

The university enrolls 3,522 students, including 2,306 undergraduates and 1,216 graduate students. Since 1994, total enrollment has increased by 90%.  The average class size is 17; the student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.  The university has 165 full-time faculty members and a total faculty of about 400.

The institutional motto, Caritas et Veritas“Love and Truth”—is a lived reality on campus.  Collegiality, collaboration and respect define the relationships among students, faculty and staff.  The campus commitment to these values is further realized through the Caritas Veritas Symposium, an annual day-long tradition in which the university community gathers to explore the meaning of its mission, through formal papers, presentations and workshops.  Each year more than 1,000 faculty, staff, students and alumnae/i participate in the symposium.


Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, ten miles west of downtown Chicago, Dominican University provides its staff and faculty with a welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of living and recreational opportunities.  The Village of River Forest is closely tied to its eastern neighbor, the Village of Oak Park.  Local architectural designs include the Winslow House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Dominican University itself has been widely known for its architecture since the 1920s.  The original campus was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, who also drew the plans for Princeton University, West Point and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.  The 30-acre main campus has maintained its signature Collegiate Gothic look as it has expanded over the past 95 years.  The main campus is augmented by the seven-acre Priory Campus, located about a half mile to the east.

Chicago and its suburbs provide faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds with an outstanding quality of life.  World-class cultural, entertainment, athletic, retail and dining options abound.  The city’s two international airports, O’Hare and Midway, are less than 30 minutes from campus.

TO APPLY:  Napier Executive Search is assisting Dominican University to find highly qualified candidates for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management.  For more information, or to nominate someone for this position, contact Mary Napier (, or Laura Robinson ( ).  All conversations will remain confidential unless otherwise stated and agreed.Interested candidates should submit a résumé along with a letter of interest describing their unique qualifications for the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Dominican University.  

Candidates should also provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references (past or present supervisor; past or present direct report; and peer).  For confidentiality, references will not be contacted without permission.  All application materials should be submitted electronically to by February 27.  The preferred start date is Summer 2017.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.



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