Vice President for Enrollment
“Everything we do at Beloit College begins with students. Our mission statement, in this way, sets the tone. Everyone from our coaches to our faculty members, from the Board of Trustees to our admissions staff, is focused on supporting and enriching the student experience at Beloit College.
“This singular focus, however, doesn’t translate to a cushy environment. That’s not Beloit. Ours is a community where challenges are confronted and risk taking rewarded; where close observation trumps 30,000-foot speculation. Where hands get dirty and boots too. Where information is passed along and processed, sifted and tested—and then, always, applied.
“This is more unique than you might think.”
--Scott Bierman, President of Beloit College, in a recent letter for the Beloit College Magazine
Beloit College invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment. Reporting to, and partnering with, President Scott Bierman, the Vice President for Enrollment will be an active member of the college’s leadership team, a team that describes itself collectively as collaborative and inextricably linked, with “enormously high expectations” of themselves and for the college. The Vice President works closely with colleagues in communications and marketing, finance and planning, development and alumni, academic affairs, athletics and student life, and will engage the trust and camaraderie of the community in moving Beloit College forward. The college is poised for further success and seeks an outstanding and effective vice president to lead the charge in admissions and in the strategic oversight of financial aid strategy surrounding prospective and continuing students.
BELOIT COLLEGE—AN OVERVIEW
Beloit College engages the intelligence, imagination, and curiosity of its students, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society. Our emphasis on international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the integration of knowledge with experience, and close collaboration among peers, professors, and staff equips students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully.
Today, Beloit’s commitment to experiential, interdisciplinary and international learning is evidenced in the college’s “Liberal Arts in Practice” focus. Students are compelled – and required – to dig in to their studies; integrating knowledge with hands-on experience. They study, research, reflect and write—and all while intentionally testing and applying what they’re learning through a range of connected experiences. Beloit offers more than 50 majors, 30 minors, and a number of dual-degree and pre-professional programs. The average class size at Beloit is 15 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1.
Beloit students are distinguished by a commitment to independent thought, a concern for the common good, and a passionate, critical engagement with the world. Eighty-four percent of the 1,200 students are from out-of-state representing nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 countries. Twenty-six percent of the students are domestic minorities and seventeen percent come from countries other than the United States.
Beloit College offers students an exceptional array of opportunities to study off-campus in countries across the world as well as domestically. Beloit students regularly conduct advanced research, run service projects, start businesses and organizations, take internships and field terms, do community outreach, produce plays and exhibits and events—on campus and around the world. These experiences, combined with academic rigor, provide a platform for meaningful jobs, graduate and professional studies, and rewarding lives.
Student Life, Athletics, the Campus and the Community
Eighty-five percent of degree-seeking students live on campus in the college’s residence halls and special interest houses. The Beloit College campus consists of a wooded 65-acre main campus, a 26-acre athletic complex, and 89 acres devoted to other academic and research purposes.
The college fields 17 NCAA Division III teams in the Midwest Conference. In any given season, approximately 25 percent of the student population is involved in intercollegiate athletics and Beloit’s student athletes consistently receive Academic All-American honors. A complete listing of intercollegiate sports can be found at https://www.beloit.edu/bucs/. Club, intramural and recreational sports round out the athletic offerings that are available to students.
The college will open a distinctive and award-winning recreation, athletic and student center in the fall of 2019. This uniquely conceived center is located on campus in a repurposed century-old generating station on the Rock River. Connected by a pedestrian bridge bringing campus and community together, it is appropriately named The Powerhouse and includes an indoor track, a competitive pool, fitness spaces, a signature lecture hall/theater space, meeting rooms, a café and lounge/hang-out space. The World Architecture Festival awarded The Powerhouse its top prize among 2018 Future Projects.
The beautiful and historic city of Beloit is home to 37,000 residents as well as more than 88 industrial firms, 850 retail establishments, several corporate headquarters (Kerry Americas, ABC Supply, and Regal, among others), an Oakland Athletics-affiliated minor league baseball team, and several museums. More information regarding the city can be found at https://visitbeloit.com/ and http://downtownbeloit.com/us/.
In addition to meeting and exceeding enrollment and net tuition revenue goals that exemplify the college’s mission and the college’s business goals, success for the Vice President for Enrollment at Beloit College will be determined, in great part, by these factors: vision, leadership, and the ability to establish strong strategic partnerships with the President, senior staff, college departments and programs, and the Board of Trustees. The Vice President should be a confident, strategic and energetic leader.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The Vice President for Enrollment must be a consummate professional who embraces a team environment and works with colleagues in the spirit of partnership and transparency. The ideal candidate will also be bold, yet decisive; politically astute; resilient and resourceful; and ambitious for the college. In addition, the college is interested in candidates with the following qualities:
- Proven leadership skills
- Innovative ideas and approaches to enrollment
- Mature understanding of the connection between a liberal arts college business model and its educational model
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse constituents
- Knowledge of enrollment and financial aid data systems, technology and research
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong supervisory and mentoring skills with experience in building, developing and motivating staff and volunteers
- Fluency in issues related to transfer student recruitment and international student recruitment
- Appreciation of NCAA Division III student athletes and coaches and the value athletics brings to a residential campus
- Understanding of Beloit’s mission and its model of residential liberal education, and ease in articulating its value
- Ability and willingness to play an active role in the life of the college
- Confidence to take risks, manage those risks and measure results
- A sense of urgency, a sense of humor, and a commitment to the mission of the college
- Balanced approach to the art and science of enrollment practices
- Talent for guiding and developing relationships with high school and independent counselors, community based organizations, and other external influencers of prospective students
- Facility with studying data strategically and with finesse
- At least ten years of progressively responsible and successful experience in higher education enrollment-related areas. Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
TO APPLY OR TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES
Napier Executive Search (www.napiersearch.com) is assisting Beloit College with this search for a vice president for enrollment. If you wish to have a confidential conversation about this opportunity or nominate someone for this position, please contact: Mary Napier, [email protected] or Robin Reynders, [email protected] . Resumes will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, submit materials by March 10. Expected start date is summer 2019. If you wish to apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest electronically and in confidence, to: [email protected].
For more information about Beloit College, visit http://www.beloit.edu.
Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed, and will actively contribute, to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.