Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs
Augusta University, a public research university and medical center, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs is the chief recruitment and student services officer of the University. A member of the Provost’s senior staff, the Vice President is responsible for building and maintaining collaborative relationships with the other Provost Cabinet members and Deans to create and maintain an integrated learning environment which is dedicated to educating and nurturing the whole student. The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs is also a member of the President’s Cabinet and interacts closely with other leaders across the institution to facilitate success in its mission which is “to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service as a student-centered comprehensive research university and academic health center with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies.”
About Augusta University
Founded in 1828 and located in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University is dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders and health care providers. The University offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business and education as well as a full range of graduate programs and hands-on clinical research opportunities. The combination of its nationally ranked business and nursing schools as well as its designation as the state’s flagship public medical school and only dental school makes Augusta University a destination of choice for the students of today and the leaders of tomorrow. With locations throughout Augusta and at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome and Savannah, the university’s ten colleges and schools have a statewide impact in Georgia. The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences is the most recent addition to the University, founded in 2017.
In 2012, Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University began the process of consolidation, renaming the consolidated institutions Augusta University. At the annual meeting of the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on December 6, 2016, Augusta University’s accreditation was reaffirmed. This is the first accreditation for the consolidated university and marks the administration completion of the consolidation process. Augusta University’s strategic plan, Transition Forward, was introduced in 2013 and reflects the mission, values and strategic priorities of the consolidated institutions.
In fall 2016 approximately 8,500 students enrolled at Augusta University: 5,100 undergraduates, 2,800 graduate and first professional students, and 600 medical and dental residents. Additional information about student demographics, retention and graduation rates, and the University profile can be found at these three hyperlinks:
About the Position
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs provides leadership, management, and supervision of enrollment and student affairs programs and personnel, managing the divisional budget, responding to student needs, and fostering institutional development. The Division includes: Administrative Operations (business and assessment and special projects), Enrollment Services (academic admissions, student financial aid and military and veterans services); Student Services (wellness and recreation, housing and residence life, and Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre); Student Life (student conduct, student life and engagement, Greek life and leadership, student engagement through service, and two student centers); and Student Advocacy (CARE team, food pantry and student advocacy programs, student counseling and psychological services, and testing and disability services).
Specific duties include but are not limited to these:
- Lead, facilitate and assess a strategic enrollment plan for the university, focusing on the recruitment of new students and initiatives to retain current students
- Develop strategies for recruiting new students, including freshmen, transfers, military, returning adult dual enrollment, and non-degree seeking students while working closely with The Graduate School and academic departments on the processing of graduate applications
- Partner with the Division of Communication and Marketing to create undergraduate recruitment publications and materials
- Develop financial aid strategies and policies to utilize all financial aid resources each academic year that will contribute to student success across all levels of the university.
- Partner with departments across the university and community to develop and implement initiatives that focus on the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of military and veteran students
- Plan, design, develop and deliver student programs and services that reflect the goals of the University; provide leadership for ensuring quality in all aspects of the University’s non-academic student experience with a clear focus on successful student outcomes.
- Recommend, develop and implement policies, procedures and practices that foster and promote student success; recommend organizational and operational structures, personnel, and resources to ensure a student-centered environment at all levels; represent the University to various external entities in matters relating to the University’s student affairs initiatives.
- Provide collaborative leadership and guidance for the recruitment and retention of students.
- Prepare appropriate reports; analyze and evaluate data, outcomes and metrics to be used in strategic decision making.
- Provide leadership to the Dean of Student Life for activities related to student due-process / non-academic judicial proceedings, including, but not limited to writing appropriate policies and procedures, conducting investigations, and holding hearings on student non-academic judicial matters. Serve as the appellate officer for student honesty, conduct and sexual misconduct hearings.
- Develop, foster and promote new opportunities for partnerships with public and private sector entities; provide leadership for establishing multi-year tactical and annual operational goals designed to complement the strategic goals of the University
- Support University activities and special events through attendance and/or participation.
- Communicate a positive, accurate image of the University to the public.
Candidates for the position of Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs must bring a personal energy and commitment along with professional maturity to the position. An earned doctorate in higher education, counseling/student services or a closely related field is required. Experience requirements include a minimum of seven years of progressive and relevant responsibility and leadership in both enrollment and student affairs at the level of Assistant/ Associate Vice President or above at comparable institutions. Experience in the role of Vice President is preferred.
The candidate’s professional experiences should include:
- Evidence of successful collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside the university, including the ability to lead and manage change
- Demonstrated commitment to the centrality of teaching and learning and a commitment to high academic standards
- Evidence of willingness to take measured risks to accomplish the goals of the institution
- Track record of success working within an institution where maximizing student involvement in the life of the campus and enhancement of the quality of student learning and development outcomes are particular goals
- Success as a creative and innovative leader whose work is informed by effective strategic planning, assessment, and staff development
- Demonstrated success with improving retention and graduation rates among other specified outcomes
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and student advocacy, including commitment to examining and providing solutions to barriers that students face within a system of higher education
- Demonstrated effectiveness and successful leadership as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of diverse stakeholders, including division staff and undergraduate and graduate student populations
- A record of success as an advocate for student concerns
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement assessment plans, including the ability to use assessment results to improve the effectiveness of services and programs for students
- Extensive experience and evidence of outstanding success in determining appropriate staff size to ensure equity in hiring, training, developing, supervising, and assessing/evaluating staff performance in the achievement of division and unit goals
- Active participation and leadership in local, regional, and/or national professional organizations.
Knowledge and Competencies
The successful candidate will be a strong, outgoing, persuasive, charismatic, and articulate leader known for her/his fairmindedness, consistency, resourcefulness and creativity in developing and presenting sound and well thought out ideas. Additional attributes include:
- Demonstrated knowledge about best practices in the profession, critical student issues, and theories related to student affairs and enrollment management;
- Ability to lead by example and keep campus leadership well informed on matters pertaining to the division;
- Reputation as an outstanding communicator and an inclusive decision-maker who is successful in being transparent with staff and students
- High emotional intelligence including the ability to recognize and make full use of the field expertise of staff members within the division
- Proficiency in developing appropriate and relevant goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the mission of the division and the institution
- A proven record of responding promptly both verbally and in writing to issues of the day
- Current knowledge in areas of compliance with state, regional and federal requirements
- Strong experience in the interpretation of policies related to student due process, risk management, student conduct, and Title IX requirements
- Knowledge of strategic and assessment planning and implementation
- Excellent, demonstrated direct- and matrix-leadership skills and capabilities, negotiation skills, and team-building behaviors in working with a wide range of opportunities and inherent challenges
- Strong planning and organizational skills, including ability to manage multiple relationships
- Personal characteristics associated with highly productive and successful professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, integrity, demonstrated initiative, appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with colleagues, senior leadership of AU and the AU Health System, federal, state and local officials, students, donors, and other stakeholders.
How to Apply
Nominators should send their nomination along with contact information for the person nominated.
Interested individuals should send a letter of application that indicates how their skills and experiences align with the stated qualifications for the position along with a resume that reflects notable achievements. Include as well a list of the name, title and institution, email, and telephone number for five individuals willing to serve as a reference.
Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to AUVPESA@wspelman.com. The subject line in the email should be AUVPESA.
Confidential inquiries should be made to Leila Moore, Vice President, William Spelman Executive Search. Telephone number: (603) 978-0316.
For full consideration, all materials should be received by Monday, September 25, 2017. Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.
The new Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs is slated to begin his or her duties in early January 2018.
Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer