Dean of Enrollment Management
Wilkes University seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Enrollment Management that will support our ambition to become one of the finest small universities in the country. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President/Provost of the University, the Dean serves as a member of the Council of Deans, the President’s Cabinet, and the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee of the faculty. The Dean will be responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and assessment of the University’s strategic student enrollment plan and associated initiatives to support it. S/he will have the necessary vision and proven leadership in the areas of leveraging the use of financial aid and emerging trends in higher education in an effort to attract and to retain students in a hyper-competitive market.
The Dean will work closely with the Deans of the six academic schools and colleges as well as colleagues in Financial Aid, Marketing/Communications, the Faculty, Athletics and Student Affairs on all recruitment and retention efforts, especially graduate recruitment. The Dean has direct management responsibilities for the Offices of freshman, transfer, and graduate admissions, and enrollment operations. S/he will provide vision and practical expertise in developing programs and systems that will support the University’s ambitious enrollment and retention goals. The successful candidate will be able to articulate his/her accomplishments by the past use of innovation, collaboration, and evidence of making courageous decisions that have challenged the status quo.
The ideal candidate should have:
- 6-8 years of experience in admissions, including significant experience in private higher education
- A bachelor's degree with an advanced degree strongly preferred
- A strong sense of urgency, collaborative approach, a need to do what is right over what is convenient, and tolerance for ambiguity
- Considerable experience in data-driven enrollment operations that result in sustained growth in enrollment, academic quality, and diversity
- A strong understanding of marketing and financial aid leveraging
- Experience in building, sustaining, and professionally developing a strong, unified, committed, and professional enrollment team
- Commitment to building strong relationships with the University community, the alumni base, and the wider community
- A comprehensive understanding, appreciation for, and alignment with the University’s Mission, Vision, Core Values, and strategic plan Vision 2020.
The institution known today as Wilkes University began in 1933, when Bucknell University established its Junior College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Bucknell University Junior College attracted eager, highly motivated, and able young persons, virtually all of whom were the first members of their families to benefit from higher education. Through generous donations from City residents, the stately mansions that are now used as residence halls and offices testify to the tradition of community service and generosity characteristic of the Wilkes-Barre area’s leadership.
In 1947, Wilkes College was instituted as an independent, nondenominational, four-year college, with programs in the arts, sciences, and selected professional areas. Designated as a University in 1990, Wilkes offers degrees and programs in six college/schools: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science and Engineering; Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership; the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy; the School of Education and the Passan School of Nursing.
The University has been an active partner in the rejuvenation of Wilkes-Barre (pop. 45,000), notably of its downtown, which the campus adjoins. The city is built around higher education (Wilkes and King’s College are both downtown), light manufacturing, logistics and distribution, back-office services, and health care. Among the city’s assets are the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the area, with the Endless Mountains to the west and Poconos to the east; a highly favorable cost of living and housing market; dining, arts, and entertainment options of a 550,000-person metropolitan area; a regional airport connecting to a dozen hub cities; and easy access via interstates to Philadelphia (115 miles) and New York City (131 miles).
Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of June 30, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled. Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required qualifications/desired leadership characteristics and strategic priorities as expressed in the position profile; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact—please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.
To apply, visit www.Wilkes.edu and click “Jobs at Wilkes”.
Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The University strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds