Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid

St. Joseph, Minnesota
Mar 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University seek a dynamic, experienced enrollment professional for the position of Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid.  Through a partnership of two of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) offer to students the opportunities and choices of a larger university and the individual attention and community of a premier small college experience.  The successful candidate will embrace the unique qualities of each institution and recruit top students who will thrive from the benefits both institutions offer.

The Catholic character of CSB/SJU is shaped by the Benedictine communities that founded the colleges and continues to enliven the academic, spiritual and social life of these institutions. The centuries-old Benedictine traditions of hospitality, community, stewardship and service to the common good are values expressed and practiced in all aspects of the two colleges.

The Position

Serving on the senior leadership teams of both institutions and reporting directly to College of Saint Benedict President Mary Dana Hinton and Saint John’s University President Michael Hemesath, the Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid will serve as an executive leader and the chief enrollment officer.  The Vice President will directly manage the work of eight senior professionals, strategically leading institutional efforts in domestic and international admission and financial aid.  The Vice President will oversee 40 staff who serve on the admission and financial aid team. Serving both institutions, the Vice President will create and implement a strategic plan designed to meet the enrollment, discounting and net tuition revenue goals and objectives of each institution.    

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, experienced professional guided by a comprehensive knowledge of demographics, data analytics and market trends. Adept skills in data analytics will be required to pursue and enroll students who will thrive and persist at the institutions. The Vice President will develop strategies to optimize and leverage financial aid to enroll students who will excel at CSB/SJU.  The Vice President will maintain institutional financial strength in net tuition revenue and guide the process of financial aid packaging and predictive enrollment modeling.  The ideal candidate must possess the ability to identify and assess emerging demographic trends and to adapt to changing market conditions.

The Vice President will effectively manage an enrollment team and culture across both campuses, engaging in transparent and open dialog that will involve key stakeholders in the recruitment and enrollment process.  Building upon the established trust of faculty, staff, and students, as well as strong and extremely loyal CSB/SJU alumni groups, the Vice President will collaborate creatively in enrollment and institutional issues with extraordinary interpersonal skill to facilitate partnerships at both institutions.  The Vice President will collaborate with colleagues serving on both the CSB and SJU Cabinets to assure institutional stability and prosperity.  

Leading and managing an established staff possessing remarkable longevity, the Vice President must be a seasoned and experienced leader with the ability to formulate, mentor and maintain a strong and cohesive team.  The Vice President will effectively manage, train, and lead the admission and financial aid team, housed on both campuses, to build a staff skilled in meeting their respective and unified goals. The Vice President also will provide consistent messaging and high-level customer care to students and families.   The Vice President will be respectful and inclusive, offering a high level of professional development as well as expecting a high level of accountability.

 The Vice President will promote and embody Benedictine Values in every aspect of this position.

Skills and Characteristics

  • Passionate about the liberal arts and appreciative of the transformative power of a liberal arts education
  • Understanding of the powerfully  unique and inclusive nature of a Catholic education
  • Strategic by nature and possessing strong data and analytic skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal and relationship skills with the ability to entertain and value opposing views, ideas and questions
  • Strong mentor with an equal eye towards accountability and professional development
  • Competent, confident, collaborative, and comfortable
  • A creative problem-solver
  • Awareness of the importance of retention factors in admitting students who will persist
  • Understands financial modeling
  • Experienced in NCAA Division III athletics and partnering with athletic departments
  • Extensive experience with technology and CRMs; experience with Slate is preferred
  • Knowledgeable about admission marketing and able to build strong collaboration with institutional marketing and communications for consistency of message and brand
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills that promote collaboration and professional growth
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Cumulative, long-term experience in enrollment management in private, higher education is preferred.


College of Saint Benedict

Each of our students has a story that illustrates the values of our community, the value of the liberal arts, and the critical and growing importance of educating women who will lead and serve our world. While our students forge their own individual paths, they represent a tradition of women who continue to influence positively the CSB community and ultimately the world, as they bring their liberal arts educations to their communities and their careers.

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D.

President, College of Saint Benedict

Founded in 1913, the College of Saint Benedict embraces the rich heritage of bold leadership and pioneering spirit of its Benedictine founders, the Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery.

The College of Saint Benedict offers programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women’s leadership and personal development, inclusive of intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development.  Its values-based and value-added residential liberal arts education provides the framework for fulfilling lives of disciplined inquiry and leadership in careers devoted to the professions, public life and service to others.  Approximately 1,900 women are enrolled at CSB, and nearly all students live on campus, enjoying a vibrant atmosphere for personal growth and discovery.


Saint John’s University

For generations, Saint John’s has sent graduates across the country and around the world to lead successful and fulfilling lives in leadership and service.  Shaped by our Catholic and Benedictine values and grounded in the liberal arts, we have always encouraged our students to be about something more than themselves.  We teach and mentor young men through the lens of community, instilling in them the values and aspiration to lead lives of significance and principled achievement.

Michael Hemesath, Ph.D.

President, Saint John’s University

Founded in 1857 by the Monks of the Order of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s inspires undergraduate men to new heights of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development that is grounded in the Catholic and Benedictine tradition. SJU provides its students a powerful and lasting experience of community, providing an experience that encourages men to reach their full potential.  Through a four-year residential program, nearly all of SJU’s 1,700 students live on campus, enjoying a vibrant atmosphere for personal growth and discovery.  The Faculty Resident Program is a distinctive part of campus life whereby Benedictine monks and lay administrators live in the residence halls and serve as adult mentors. The program has been cited by external assessment teams as one of the major strengths of the university.

Two Institutions, Together

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) each are nationally recognized liberal arts colleges. Together, CSB and SJU have formed a one-of-a-kind partnership of two top-ranked liberal arts institutions. The two college communities have been closely connected since their beginnings, and the formal partnership began over 50 years ago.

Students at CSB/SJU have full access to the campuses, courses, faculty, facilities, and programs of two colleges. Students take classes on both campuses, eat on both campuses, attend events on both campuses, study on both campuses, and use the athletic facilities on both campuses.  CSB/SJU offers more than 60 areas of study and 35 major programs of study leading to the baccalaureate degree.  Study abroad, internship and research opportunities abound for students to enhance their educational experience.  Likewise, joint clubs and organizations are available for all students, with a separate though coordinated student senate for each institution.

Located six miles apart on a total of over 3,000 acres, the campuses are known for their natural beauty that includes wetlands, several lakes, an oak savanna, a restored prairie, and hiking trails that wind through an extensive pine and hardwood forest.  In addition to its recreational value, the landscape inspires spiritual and artistic reflection and fosters the Benedictine traditions of land stewardship, education, and environmental respect.  CSB “Bennies” and SJU “Johnnies” travel between the two campuses on the LINK bus. This free and frequent shuttle runs on an easy-to-remember schedule every day of the week, making it simple to get between campuses as needed.

Benedictine monks and sisters are actively involved on both campuses as teachers, administrators and role models.

CSB and SJU offer separate athletic programs participating in NCAA Division III athletics.  CSB fields eleven teams and seven competitive club sports, while SJU hosts twelve teams and seven club sports.  Both CSB and SJU compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one of the top Division III conferences in the nation. Both colleges have completed major athletic facilities projects. SJU's new facilities include a soccer field, baseball stadium, tennis courts, indoor golf simulation center, and a seasonally-domed multipurpose field. CSB built two softball fields, two soccer fields and intramural fields. A new athletic center houses concession stands, state-of-the-art locker and training rooms, and a press box.

For more information on CSB/SJU, see  


  • Fulbright Scholars:  With 22 students receiving Fulbright Scholarships in the last four years, CSB/SJU were ranked among the elite company of some of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. CSB/SJU faculty work diligently to mentor students for these opportunities.
  • Washington Monthly's Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges:  Washington Monthly listed both CSB and SJU among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation in 2017.
  • Money Magazine's Top 50 Colleges:  Money Magazine ranks the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University among the Best 50 Colleges in the nation. Together, CSB/SJU are the top-ranked schools in Minnesota.
  • CSB/SJU Ranked by The Princeton Review:  The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University were ranked as top institutions in the country by The Princeton Review in three different categories: #14 in "best college newspaper"; #15 in "most active student government"; and #18 in "best campus food."
  • Best College in Minnesota for Finding a Job:  The career experts at Zippia listed Saint John's University as the top school in Minnesota for finding a job after graduation, and ranked them second nationally.
  • Kiplinger's 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges:  Kiplinger's ranks CSB/SJU among their 2017 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges based on a combination of academic quality and affordability.
  • Top 20 Catholic Colleges and Universities:  Both CSB and SJU were named one of the top 20 best Catholic colleges and universities in the country by College Factual. USA Today reported, CSB “has a solid reputation for developing students intellectually, spiritually and ethically."
  • Top 100 U.S. News and World Report:  CSB and SJU each are rated among the top 100 in national rankings of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
  • The New York Times’ College Access Index:  Both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University were included in The New York Times’ list of top institutions doing the most to promote the American dream.

More information about the successes of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John University, as well as some of their students and distinguished alumni, can be found under Bragging Rights.


The colleges enroll a talented and diverse student body.  The typical new student placed among the top 20% of all ACT test-takers nationally.  Their composite high school grade point average in fall 2017 totaled 3.6, and more than one-quarter earned a 3.9 grade average or higher.  New students typically describe themselves as friendly, fun, and driven.  In fall 2017, undergraduate students came from 39 states and 21 foreign countries.  International students make up nearly four percent of the student body.  American students of color represent 17% of all CSB and SJU students.  More than one in five students plays on an intercollegiate athletics team.


Seven miles from St. Cloud, Minnesota, the College of Saint Benedict is a beautiful welcoming campus located on the edge of the city of St. Joseph, a town of 7,000.  Saint John’s University is located in the midst of woodlands, prairies and lakes in Collegeville - four miles to the west. 

St. Cloud, MN offers natural attractions, sporting events, arts, entertainment, shopping and more.  The regional urban area supports an array of medical, educational, and park and recreation organizations and facilities.  The population of St. Cloud and the surrounding metropolitan area, including St. Joseph, approximates 250,000, while the city of St. Cloud is around 67,000. Nestled between lakes and bluffs along the Mississippi river, families and students of CSB and SJU can enjoy a variety of attractions and events, both indoors and outdoors.  St. Cloud boasts of an Arts District, as well as an historic downtown area, included in the “Preserve America” campaign by former First Lady Laura Bush.  Festivals are abundant for families to enjoy, as well as walking and hiking trails, boating and fishing, and many other outdoor activities.  Downtown St. Cloud is a great area to take in live music, dancing, and frequent eateries and breweries. 

To Apply:  Napier Executive Search is assisting the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to find the experienced enrollment strategist who will serve as the Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid.  To arrange for a confidential conversation or to nominate a candidate for this position, please contact Robin Reynders ([email protected]) or Mary Napier ([email protected]).  To apply, please send a resume, a detailed letter of interest, and contact information for three professional references by email to: [email protected].  For assurance of full consideration, please submit application materials no later than April 10, 2018.  Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled.  In later stages of the search, candidates may be required to provide additional information, such as longitudinal quantitative reports of key performance indicators.  All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.

It is the policy of CSB and SJU to conduct pre-employment background checks.  An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check.


Women, individuals of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.