Associate Vice President for Graduate Enrollment

Madison, New Jersey
Jan 15, 2018
Drew University
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Four-Year Institution

Drew University seeks an experienced professional for the position of Associate Vice President for Graduate Enrollment. The position will oversee student recruitment, admissions, graduate program marketing and the development of external partnerships in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School.   The incumbent will also work with the Provost, Vice Provost and academic deans to facilitate the development of new academic programs and delivery systems for both schools.   The successful candidate will report to the Senior Vice President for Enrollment in matters related to marketing and admission, with a dotted line to the Provost and Vice Provost for facilitating the development and delivery of new programs and partnerships.

The AVP will be an innovative enrollment professional who will oversee an admissions operation consisting of two admission directors and two associates, assisted by an information systems officer, an administrative assistant and student workers.  Responsibilities include the coordination of admission processes and student recruitment for the two schools, working with the Communications Office on the development and execution of the graduate admissions marketing plan, overseeing the awarding of scholarships to increase yield and total net revenue, and enrollment planning for budgeting and staffing purposes. 

In addition, the AVP will collaborate and partner with the academic deans, who also serve as the Provost and Vice Provost, in the development of new academic programs/tracks and innovative program delivery systems including on-line, hybrid and on-site courses. In conjunction with other key constituents, the AVP will help to identify potential academic programs that will satisfy market demands.  Correspondingly, the AVP will oversee all relevant articulation agreements, collaborations, corporate outreach programs, external partnerships and other inter-institutional agreements to facilitate enrollments and to provide enhanced student learning opportunities.

Qualifications and Characteristics

  •  An entrepreneurial approach toward creating new programs and partnerships that will increase enrollment and brand awareness of Drew as having strong, in-demand graduate programs;
  • Advanced degree is required; doctorate is preferred but not required;
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in graduate admissions and program development;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Prior experience with managing budgets in higher education;
  • Ability to interact well with students, faculty and staff;
  • Ability to establish priorities and attain growth-oriented goals;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a competitive spirit.

The University

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small-town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their fields. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees, as well as a variety of professional master’s degrees, and the College confers BA degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. A particularly noteworthy example for undergraduates is the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell.

Founded in 1867, the Theological School prepares scholars, ministers, educators, activists, and not-for-profit professionals for leadership in the academy, church, and civil society. The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, founded in 1955, has an extraordinary configuration of six programs that focus on “the humanities at work.”  These programs put disciplinary and interdisciplinary content into academic, social, and professional contexts. In addition, new and enhanced programs in teacher education and in finance represent the start of the expansion in graduate programs that will be happening in the years ahead.

The university also houses several interdisciplinary centers, including the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center, home to a rare 1611 printing of the King James Bible. In addition, the Rose Library has one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on American novelist Willa Cather.  To learn more about Drew University, go to

Application process

Napier Executive Search is assisting Drew University in their search for the Associate Vice President for Graduate Enrollment. For more information or to nominate someone for this position, contact Mary Napier at [email protected]  or Laura Robinson at [email protected]  for a confidential conversation.  Interested candidates should submit a current resume along with a cover letter directly expressing interest in the position and in Drew, as well as sharing qualifications for the position to [email protected]  on or before Feb 24, 2018.  Candidates should also provide the names and contact information for at least three references.  References will not be contacted without permission. The preferred start date is late spring 2018. 

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an AA/EOE. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is subject to a background check.

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