Associate Provost for Enrollment Management
The Associate Provost for Enrollment Management (APEM) has principal responsibility for crafting and implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan focused on recruitment, admission, and retention. The individual in this position sets strategic and measurable enrollment goals as part of the university’s strategic compass, and provides leadership to units within Enrollment Management, including the offices of Admissions, Records & Registration/Registrar, and Financial Assistance.
Characteristic duties and responsibilities:
- Collaborate with academic colleges, departments, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning to coordinate strategic recruitment targets for enrollment of academically talented and diverse freshman and new transfer students, graduate students, and online students. 10%
- Provide data-driven analysis to determine enrollment targets and project student enrollment and course availability needs for new freshman and transfer students by each undergraduate college. Targets include international and non-resident student goals. 15%
- Advise University leadership on national recruitment and admissions trends, and the changing enrollment landscape. Benchmark and analyze competitors’ recruitment and merit scholarships strategies. 5%
- Work closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and the Executive Director of the Center for Academic Success to analyze retention and graduation data and determine students at-risk for graduation. Discuss results and strategies with academic and student affairs administrators. 10%
- Engage with the Director of Marketing to create content for the Admissions and Enrollment Management websites, including print, electronic communications, and social media. 5%
- Explore and benchmark new processes and technologies to improve customer service for students and increase operational efficiencies. Implement these processes and technologies after appropriate consultation with university stakeholders. 10%
- Coordinate with the staff of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement to create and award financial packages. 5%
- Supervise directors of Admissions, Records & Registration/Registrar, and Financial Assistance units with responsibilities for the recruitment and registration of freshman and transfer students, processing and articulating credit for domestic and international applications, maintaining student records, and selection and awarding of University wide merit scholarship awards and need based financial aid awards for new and continuing students. 10%
- Conduct performance evaluations, recommend salary increases, set performance goals, recommend professional development, approve programmatic and structural changes recommended by direct reports, and meet with direct reports on regular basis to review status of personal and unit goals. 5%
- Provide information and guidance to the Senate Committee on Admissions, Recruitment, & Retention (CARR) in developing policy and guidelines. Ensure admissions policies and procedures are implemented and followed, and staff operate in a fair and ethical manner. 5%
- Serve as a member of the Provost’s Leadership Team (PLT), Deans & Directors Council (DDC), and University and system-wide committees related to areas of responsibility. 5%
- Oversee the operating budget for areas of responsibility and distribution of financial aid. 5%
- Serve as the University representative to multiple external constituents, including high school counselors and community college personnel in the state of Illinois, nationally and internationally. 5%
- Serve as the University spokesperson to a variety of local and national media in topics relating on recruitment, admissions and enrollment. 5%
Our Springfield Community
The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. UIS is one of three universities of the world-class University of Illinois system and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 regional public universities in the Midwest.
UIS celebrates its diversity with a campus comprised of students and faculty of various ages, backgrounds, and ethnicity. Faculty members are accomplished teacher-scholars, and UIS has a national reputation for innovation in teaching and excellence in online education. Located in the state capital, UIS has established a reputation for Leadership lived, based upon four core strengths: the educational richness of its teaching-focused academic experience; the abundant opportunities it provides for students to collaborate with faculty and gain practical experience through institutional partners; the right-sized supportive community it offers; and its tradition of educating public servants and leaders in private and public sectors. UIS is a community-engaged campus whose students contribute over 66,000 hours of community service each year.
The surrounding Springfield community offers a wonderful quality of life. A lively entertainment scene includes jazz, blues, community theatre, municipal opera, comedy, and live music, including downtown music festivals. Additional cultural and sporting attractions are conveniently located a few hours away in St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis. With a population of about 117,000, Springfield offers great restaurants, shopping, and other city amenities while retaining the friendliness and affordability of small-town living (and without the heavy traffic). The area also has a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including biking and hiking trails, ice rinks, sports complexes, and several first-class golf courses. Lake Springfield offers fishing, boating, and other recreational water activities. Springfield is also home to a wildlife sanctuary, zoo, lakeside memorial gardens, botanical gardens, and one of the world’s largest carillons.
Springfield was home to Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s sixteenth president and one of its most famous political figures. A historical downtown area features the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Old State Capitol, the Lincoln historical district, historic reenactments and events, the Illinois State Museum, and a variety of specialty shops and restaurants which make Springfield the most prominent tourist destination in central Illinois.
Springfield is also home to the second Illinois Medical District (the first being in Chicago) and includes two major medical centers, Memorial Health Systems and HSHS St. John’s Health Systems, as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The medical community and state government are the two largest employers in Springfield.
Springfield offers daily Amtrak service to St. Louis and Chicago as well as to points beyond. A regional airport offers daily service to major hubs in Chicago and Dallas. City bus service is provided from the UIS campus to various locations around the city.
Environmental demands: Extended periods of computer use, occasional travel.
Required qualifications/minimum education and work experience:
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution; doctorate preferred
- A minimum of ten years of progressively-responsible operational experience in higher education that includes enrollment planning and management, strategic planning, and a commitment to data-informed decision making
- Knowledge of regulatory, professional, and ethical guidelines in enrollment management and financial aid.
- Experience with budgeting, planning, and process management
- Record of success with setting, achieving, and evaluating strategic enrollment goals
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity (defined in racial-ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, and geographic terms) in the recruitment of students and staff
- Ability to act with diplomacy sufficient to build and sustain collegial relationships with diverse employees at multiple organizational levels
- Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work productively in a dynamic, collaborative environment
- Demonstrated ability to exercise care and objectivity in decision-making
- Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
- Experience with strategic use of technology to enhance student service delivery
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and develop creative staff
- Comfort level that supports innovation and managed risk taking
To apply, navigate to the UIS Job Board posting, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the responsibilities of the position, CV/resume, and contact information (email and phone) for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by the January 7, 2018 application deadline will be considered; incomplete applications will not be evaluated. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.
The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.