Vice President for Enrollment

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Juniata College, a national college of liberal arts and sciences in south central Pennsylvania, seeks nominations and applications for the position of vice president for enrollment. The new vice president will report to President James Troha, who is entering his sixth academic year at Juniata. Juniata is looking for a candidate with an inspirational leadership style anchored in integrity and who possesses demonstrated experience in enrollment management. The vice president for enrollment will oversee admissions and financial aid and will partner with other senior leaders on marketing and retention efforts.

JUNIATA COLLEGE: Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. One of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope's influential book, Colleges That Change Lives, Juniata is recognized particularly for its distinctive campus climate and the achievements of its students. Juniata's students find the natural beauty of the campus to be a place where they can focus on the work of discovery and achievement. Committed to having voice and agency in shaping their education as well as the environment in which they learn, Juniata students choose the College most often because they see in it a strong and supportive community of people who will partner with them in pursuing academic achievement, professional preparation, and personal growth.

Juniata is regularly recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education's survey identifying "Great Colleges to Work For." In 2012, Juniata earned recognition for its international education efforts with the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, noting key factors relevant to enrollment: the international reach of the College and the unusually high percentage of international students, of whom two thirds are four-year degree-seeking students. Since the time of the award, the College has maintained roughly stable international enrollments from more than thirty nations. In 2018, after two years of preparation funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the faculty approved a new general education curriculum rooted in interdisciplinarity and engagement, reflecting the historical ethos of Juniata and matching it with the contemporary student learning environment.

Juniata College takes an intentional approach to ensuring access and degree attainment, providing a conditional guarantee of financial aid, as well as a guarantee of graduation in four years or fewer, both to maximize career momentum as well as to minimize debt and costs. Furthermore, the College's new QUEST program integrates academic affairs and student life with the intention of providing students resources for developing academic skills and strengths, exploring career and aspirational discernment, and adjusting to college-level expectations.

While an independent Board of Trustees governs the College, Juniata retains a relationship with the Church of the Brethren. 25% of Juniata students design their own Program of Emphasis (POE) tailored to their individual goals and interests. More than 65% of Juniata's graduates completed an internship and 52% have studied abroad. Overall, Juniata students, faculty, and staff enjoy the beauty and functionality of a quintessential small college campus and the strong sense of community that characterizes the College. For more information about the College, visit

CAMPUS AND AREA: Located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, the beautiful 110-acre main campus is enhanced by the nearby 315-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. In addition, a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation, and the nearly 400 acres at Sparks Farm provides varied interdisciplinary learning opportunities. On campus, many impressive red-brick buildings surround a broad, open mall and quadrangle which is the hub of student activity. Juniata is located in the county seat of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, along the Juniata River in the heart of south central Pennsylvania, a half-hour drive from State College and halfway between I-80 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Amtrak services Huntingdon with direct routes to Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York City.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS: Juniata currently has 1,500 students enrolled, representing 36 states and 35 countries. About 55 percent of our student population is women, 14 percent are from underrepresented populations, and nine percent are international students. The College's five-year average for first-year retention rate is 86 percent, with a graduation rate of 77 percent in six years. The following are some of the key opportunities and likely priorities for the new vice president:
· Grow enrollment and maximize net revenue in ways that strengthen the academic and co-curricular experience for students and build the reputation of the College as a strong and innovative academic enterprise
· Increase the number of transfer and international students and increase the number of applicants and matriculated students from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented groups, including but not limited to those who are from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, identify as LGBTQ+, live in urban centers, or possess intersectional identities
· Identify new geographic markets from which to attract and enroll students
· Strengthen the College's market position in collaboration with the marketing and communication office
· Maintain and capitalize on alumni connections, which account for up to one quarter of enrolled students annually
· Lead and mentor the enrollment team
· Enhance communications within the staff and effectively engage the entire campus community, including academic departments and athletics, in recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts
· Collaborate with the provost and faculty in the development of mission-aligned graduate programs

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Juniata College seeks a vice president with talents and experience in enrollment management (undergraduate and graduate) who possesses strong management skills, long-term vision, a strategic mindset, and the ability to inspire others. A familiarity with Slate would be welcome. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation and ability to articulate the merits of the liberal arts, along with the ability to mine and utilize key demographic and market data that will lead to continued enrollment success. Desirable characteristics include experience working with international students and programs, along with an appreciation for a variety of cultures and perspectives. Candidates should possess high energy, creativity, resilience, and optimism. An advanced degree is preferred.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to ensure the fullest consideration, applicants are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by July 2.

Please direct all nominations and inquiries for the position to Human Resources at (814)641- 3195 or [email protected].

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy, not because of legal obligations, but because it fully believes that, such practices are basic to human dignity.

It is the policy of Juniata College to conduct background checks.

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Posted: 6/13/2018
Application Due: 8/12/2018
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