Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management
Manhattan School of Music
Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management
Manhattan School of Music (MSM), internationally renowned for the excellence and breadth of its conservatory programs, seeks a Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management (VP and Dean) to join a vibrant leadership team at one of the world’s preeminent, independent conservatories. Working directly and closely with the President, the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management will be a proactive and collaborative leader in moving MSM forward as a center of excellence in classical music, jazz, and musical theatre.
Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its 970 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.
The School fosters a supportive atmosphere, valuing individuals and welcoming creative exploration, and provides the training to attain the highest standards of performance. MSM’s rigorous curriculum and superb artist-faculty, who continue their own creative explorations at some of this country’s most prestigious institutions and the world’s great stages, give students the artistic experience and the technical foundation to succeed in the highly competitive world of the arts. Exchange programs, distance learning, and entrepreneurial opportunities further expand the School’s breadth, depth, and reach. Offering more than 800 concerts, recitals, master classes, and community events each year, MSM is a vigorous contributor to the cultural fabric of New York City.
The Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management reports directly to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Council, which consists of the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Chief of Staff, and Director of Facilities and Campus Safety. The VP and Dean will work collaboratively with the other divisions in the School and contribute to the strategic direction of MSM. The successful candidate will lead a dynamic, energetic, and dedicated enrollment management team that consists of the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, and International Students. This group works seamlessly to create a comprehensive and coordinated enrollment strategy that includes recruiting and advising prospective students as well as matriculating and retaining students through the successful completion of their diploma/degree. As such, the VP and Dean will have a deep understanding and demonstrable experience with strategic enrollment planning preferably within the framework of a highly diverse, arts-focused institution. The VP and Dean will create and support robust recruitment and retention plans that meet financial and programmatic needs within the context of higher education.
The next Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management will demonstrate progressive leadership in enrollment management, including recruitment, retention, and data analysis that informs strategies for enrolling prospective and graduating current students, including distribution of institutional and government-funded financial aid. Demonstrable knowledge of higher education enrollment trends and best practices in student recruitment and academic success, experience and appreciation for working in a music or arts-related academic institution, and a successful record and enjoyment of working collaboratively with colleagues across constituency groups (faculty and staff) will be essential attributes for this position. The successful candidate should possess the ability to effectively communicate and present to key stakeholders (prospective students/families, campus colleagues, external contacts, and the Board of Trustees); experience supervising, leading, and inspiring a team of staff that collaboratively work to support all aspects of enrollment management; the ability to think strategically and create effective enrollment strategies to address the logistical challenges related to COVID-19; and a record of successful budget management experience (departmental personnel, recruitment budgets, and financial aid allocation). The next VP and Dean will need a sensitivity to the needs of a diverse and international student population and will have a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable working environment. A master’s degree or commensurate experience is preferred for this role.
Review of Applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please send a cover letter and resume/CV, in confidence, to:
Steve Leo, Partner, Storbeck Search & Associates
Medelene Beasley, Vice President, Koya Leadership Partners
Brian Bustin, Senior Associate, Storbeck Search & Associates
Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.