Vice President for Enrollment

University Heights, Ohio
Mar 29, 2018
John Carroll University
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

As a Jesuit Catholic University, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. 

-John Carroll University Mission

John Carroll University, a Jesuit Catholic university in University Heights, Ohio, seeks candidates for Vice President for Enrollment. Reporting to newly named president, Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D. and serving as chief enrollment officer and a key university leader, the successful candidate will provide strategic and visionary management for two offices: Admission, and Student Enrollment and Financial Services.

The new Vice President will bring an established record in enrollment management and foster a deep appreciation for a Jesuit Catholic education. In order to create, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive enrollment strategy that advances John Carroll’s place in a highly competitive educational landscape, the Vice President for Enrollment must be able to:

  • Articulate the value proposition of a John Carroll education;
  • Advance the University’s academic programs in partnership with faculty, deans and administration;
  • Identify emerging markets in order to attract an academically talented and diverse student body that includes traditional and non-traditional undergraduate, graduate, transfer and international students;
  • Oversee the implementation of innovative financial aid strategies and policies, leveraging of financial aid, pricing and related issues to optimize the use of federal, state and institutional resources in the recruitment and retention of students;
  • Enhance messaging and outreach through a multi-media, multi-layered communication strategy;
  • Provide effective leadership of staff by fostering a stable, cohesive and transparent environment;
  • Collaborate with campus partners to promote a culture of enrollment management;
  • Lead an integrated outreach program that engages key campus stakeholders to best position the university to prospective students and families to grow market share;
  • Confidently serve as an advocate for enrollment and financial aid trends, as well as compliance issues;
  • Take calculated risks and lead change within an evolving and ambitious environment;
  • Possess emotional intelligence and multicultural competence in order to engage and promote a culture of Inclusive Excellence effectively.

QUALIFICATIONS and DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS:  Candidates for this position should have significant experience, with increasing responsibility, in enrollment management, admissions, and financial aid.  An advanced degree is preferred. In addition, candidates must possess a strong appreciation for a private, faith-based education and should demonstrate the following characteristics, skills, abilities and understanding:

  • Strategic mindset with an ability to execute and implement new and creative ideas that enhance the quality of the student body, improve retention and leverage the awarding of financial aid while increasing selectivity and diversity in admission;
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting and enrolling students from diverse populations;
  • An ability to maintain an integrated recruitment approach that makes effective use of data analytics to inform decisions within a “high touch” recruitment model;
  • Accountability, visibility, and willingness to create an environment of transparency;
  • Possession of strong interpersonal skills for communicating with prospective students, their families, campus colleagues, counselors, board of directors, and alumni;
  • High level knowledge of market demographics, demands, and trends to help inform program development;
  • An appreciation for the nuances of recruiting prospective students while attending to the ongoing needs of current students through innovative financial aid and retention efforts;
  • Demonstrated ability to build, enhance, and nurture relationships with colleagues across campus, especially those involved in the recruitment and retention of students;
  • Ability to plan strategically and analyze effectively with budgeting and financial acumen;
  • Capacity to develop and refine the University’s competitive aid packages to achieve net revenue and enrollment goals;
  • Knowledge of NCAA Division III regulations and a demonstrated ability to partner with athletics in the recruitment of student-athletes;
  • Experience and knowledge in graduate, transfer and non-traditional student recruitment and enrollment;
  • Innovative, creative and flexible spirit with personal warmth and approachability;
  • Ability to make immediate contributions to a forward thinking and quickly moving culture.

THE UNIVERSITY:  John Carroll University is a tight-knit community enrolling just over 3,000 full-time undergraduate students.  With nearly 70 majors, shared between the Boler School of Business and the College or Arts and Sciences, and 40 minors, students can easily shape their course of study to meet their goals; almost 41 percent of the Class of 2016 graduated with a minor and/or second major within four years.  Frequent recognition of John Carroll’s excellence is reflected in significant outside accolades.

In addition, John Carroll has established significant partnerships with other institutions for advanced study, including: the early acceptance program with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, a newly established 3+3 bachelor's/law degree with Case Western Reserve University School of Law and an agreement with the University of Notre Dame that reserves two seats in its ESTEEM program.

John Carroll is consistently ranked as one of the top universities for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.  In classes that average around 20 students, faculty will challenge its students to think and act ethically, solve problems by asking the right questions and analyze issues from multiple perspectives. 

Home to nearly 100 student organizations, including 23 varsity sports teams competing at the NCAA Division III level in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), students can easily find an activity that interests them. 

John Carroll’s commitment to excellence and academic rigor is expressed in four University Learning Goals informed by its Jesuit, Catholic heritage: Intellect, Character, Leadership and Service.  John Carroll University is part of the Jesuit higher education network of 28 colleges and universities in the United States and 190 institutions globally. See for more information.  A John Carroll education is distinguished by respect and care for the whole person, innovative teaching, and integrated learning across the entire student experience and includes a strong commitment to service and social action.

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LOCATION: John Carroll’s park-like, 60-acre campus is easy to navigate and offers state-of-the-art facilities, including the Charles and Helen Dolan Center for Science and Technology, a newly renovated TV studio and media lab, and fitness centers for organized sports and recreation.  Located in the Heights area, just ten miles east of downtown Cleveland, the area includes the cities of University Heights (John Carroll is the city’s namesake), Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Beachwood and is home to close to 40% of John Carroll University’s 539 employees.

University Heights scores high marks for ease of shopping and the variety of stores and services offered.  However, the rich diversity of people marks the community with its distinctive character. 

John Carroll offers the benefits of a suburban location along with the vibrancy of one of America’s most revitalized cities. In just under 30 minutes, one can enjoy some of the world’s best food, culture, professional sports teams and other entertainment. As a city on the rise, Cleveland provides affordable and varied housing, easy commutes, and a low cost of living.  

TO APPLY: Napier Executive Search is assisting John Carroll University with this search for Vice President for Enrollment. For a confidential conversation, or if you wish to nominate someone for this position, please contact Mary Napier ([email protected]) or Laura Robinson ([email protected]).  If you wish to apply, please send a résumé, a detailed letter of interest and contact information for three professional references by email to: [email protected] . For assurance of full consideration, please submit materials on or before May 3. There is an expected start date of summer 2018. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.

John Carroll University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.