The University of Scranton, a Catholic and Jesuit university offering a transformational learning experience, seeks a Vice President of Enrollment Management. The University is deeply committed to its compelling mission rooted in the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis, individual attention to students and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community. The University of Scranton offers students a highly personalized education, an exceptionally strong and devoted community, and a supportive, generous, and motivated Board of Trustees.
Founded in 1888 and elevated to university status in 1938, The University of Scranton brings together faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends who are animated by the centuries-old tradition of Catholic and Jesuit education. At Scranton, faculty and staff offer students a rich and personal approach to education in the context of a dynamic university that prepares students to be agents of change locally and globally. The University includes more than 5,000 undergraduate, adult, part-time, and graduate students; 272 full-time faculty, and 600 full-time staff.
THE OPPORTUNITY Reporting directly to President Joseph G. Marina, S.J. and serving on the cabinet, the collaborative and forward-thinking Vice President of Enrollment Management has overall responsibility for the University’s enrollment function. As the institution's chief enrollment officer, the Vice President will provide direct supervision and leadership support to the Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment and the Associate Vice President for Financial Aid and Enrollment and manage a division of over 30 individuals.
The Vice President of Enrollment Management will contribute to a well-established division and strong foundation by providing strategic and innovative leadership, in alignment with the University’s mission and strategic priorities, for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral admissions, as well as financial aid, and serving as a resource for academic program planning and participates in the University’s strategic financial and enrollment planning processes. The Vice President has the opportunity to further the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, a core principle of the Strategic Plan.
RESPONSIBILITIES and PRIORITIES The expectations for the Vice President of Enrollment Management require that the successful candidate possess the ability and experience to accomplish the following responsibilities and priorities in these key areas:
- Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and work closely with the other Cabinet members, especially in the areas of finances, planning and development.
- Participate in and support the University’s strategic enrollment process as a member of the Strategic Enrollment Council and as Chair of the Strategic Enrollment Tracking team.
- Serve as liaison (co-liaison) for the Board of Trustees Enrollment Management and External Affairs Committee.
- Contribute to the University’s retention and graduation efforts in collaboration with the Assistant Provost and Registrar.
- Participate on various University committees including, but not limited to the University Planning Committee and the Admissions, Retention and Financial Aid committee.
Strategic Enrollment Management
- Ensure that the strategies, goals and outcomes of the Enrollment Management division are in alignment with the University’s mission and strategic priorities.
- Develop strategies for stable enrollment in anticipation of and in response to enrollment and demographic trends.
- Implement Admissions and Financial Aid processes and outcomes for both returning and new students; ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
- Provide transformative strategic leadership for financial aid of new and continuing students and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral admissions teams.
- Reflect the changing regional and national population demographics as well as the demographics of the Catholic church by leaning into the recruitment and enrollment of a student body that is racially and ethnically diverse.
- Serve as a resource for academic deans and departments in program assessment and development; research market demand and collaborate with academic partners to propose new academic program considerations to leverage the University’s offerings to attract and enroll qualified students.
- Participate in the University’s multi-year financial planning and budget process with special emphasis on financial aid leveraging, tuition discounting, and pricing; promote the importance of financial literacy.
- Develop and oversee the Enrollment Management divisional annual operating budget.
- Work collaboratively with the executive team and key stakeholders in identifying and implementing key enrollment initiatives.
- Ensure strong working relationships between Admissions and Financial Aid with key University constituencies by facilitating transparent communication and conflict resolution.
- Oversee initiatives to enhance diversity among incoming students through pathway programs and articulation agreements.
Partnership, Collaboration and Communication
- Develop strong, collaborative relationships with members of the campus and surrounding community; serve as a liaison between the internal and external communities to establish partnerships and pathways.
- Foster and support a positive and cohesive work environment; mentor and supervise a competent, diverse, and experienced staff that works together to provide excellent customer service and to promote the academic, social, and spiritual benefits of attending the University of Scranton.
- Collaborate with marketing and communications to develop relevant marketing strategies and materials, including maximizing the university website and other social media tools.
- Partner with a unionized faculty, as well as alumni, athletics, student affairs and other university offices, equipping the community to develop, leverage and maximize ways to recruit students who will become distinctive graduates at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Represent the University at conferences, seminars, industry events, and more with local, state, and national organizations.
Operations, Data and Technology
- Provide transparent and useful analysis of enrollment data and trends through the development and presentation of reports to the President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees and University committees as needed.
- Exhibit strong technical skills and a demonstrated understanding of and ability to use the latest technology in recruitment and enrollment planning (demonstrated expertise with Banner and Technolutions Slate CRM preferred).
- Share expert knowledge in the use and analysis of enrollment data, offering information and reports regularly, transparently and appropriately with campus partners.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES The Vice President of Enrollment Management must have earned a Bachelor’s degree, with a master’s or advanced degree strongly preferred. Additionally, they will have a minimum of ten years of progressive responsible leadership and management experience in higher education, with emphasis on admissions, financial aid, and enrollment management initiatives. In addition, the successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following:
- A clear understanding of and commitment to the values and goals of Catholic and Jesuit higher education; ability to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.
- Demonstrated success in promoting and sustaining diversity projects; creation of initiatives to enhance diversity among incoming students by expanding community outreach, pathway programs and articulation agreements.
- Excellent written communication, verbal communication, and presentation skills; outstanding listener with strong relational skills and emotional intelligence.
- Demonstrated talent management approach in staffing to mature the abilities and expertise of staff so that they may assume expanded responsibilities and roles; proven ability to recruit and retain well-qualified, high performing professionals and empower them to succeed.
- Evidence of decisive management skills exemplified by a record of excellence in delegation, responsibility and accountability.
- Substantive knowledge of the higher education landscape, trends and shifting demographics.
- Proven track record of successfully identifying, planning, leading, implementing, and managing enrollment management strategies and initiatives.
- Ability to research, interpret and employ data in a sophisticated way while anticipating new trends and adapting proactively to the changing landscape within the enrollment management field.
- Deep and authentic appreciation for the mission and vision of the University and the uniqueness of the surrounding region; willingness to invest in a community that works towards a common purpose.
- Ability to differentiate strategies for graduate recruitment and enrollment in varying programs and disciplines.
- Understanding the value of disaggregating undergraduate recruitment efforts to maximize and adapt efforts that are responsive to students’ and their families’ needs.
- Possession of a forward-thinking approach, as well as the important personal attributes of ethics and integrity.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON In 1888, The University of Scranton was founded as Saint Thomas College by the Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., the first Bishop of Scranton. The College was staffed by diocesan priests and seminarians until 1896 and then, for one year, by the Xaverian Brothers. From 1897 until 1942 the institution, which was renamed The University of Scranton in 1938, was administered for the Diocese by the Christian Brothers. In 1942, the Jesuits were invited to administer the University. The University has flourished under the Jesuits, growing from what was primarily a commuter college with fewer than 1,000 students to a broadly regional, comprehensive university with a total enrollment of approximately 5,300 students. During the institution’s 125th anniversary year, in 2013-2014, the University community celebrated its proud past and promising future with a yearlong series of events and activities.
In recent years, the University has invested more than $295 million in campus improvements, either completed or under way. In 2011, Pilarz and Montrone Halls, which house nearly 400 upper class students and a fitness center, opened. The new Loyola Science Center was completed in two phases in 2011 and 2012. Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, which houses the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, was dedicated in September 2015. The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn,
S.J Athletics Campus, the new $14 million, 11-acre home for the University’s soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball Division III NCAA teams, was dedicated in May 2018. The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Ignatian Humanities was established in 2019; it serves as a national model for humanities in action to advance the University’s liberal arts tradition and enhance the core role it plays in the formation of students to become “men and women for others.” Finally, The University of Scranton announced plans to establish a Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service, with a full launch planned during the fall semester of 2021. Housed in the University’s Political Science Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center will work to foster the development of ethical and competent public officials and civically knowledgeable, responsible, and engaged community members.
The University is deeply committed to its compelling mission rooted in the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis, individual attention to the students, and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community. The University of Scranton offers students a highly personalized education and is supported by a generous and motivated Board of Trustees. Today, the University of Scranton is an exceptionally strong and devoted community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends who are animated by the centuries-old tradition of Catholic and Jesuit education.
Recognized nationally for its Open Doors marketing campaign, The University of Scranton offers a culture of friendliness and support as well as the transformational educational opportunities afforded to students at Scranton. Inspiring and purposeful, rigorous and transformative, it is said that the University of Scranton is an education that will open doors for a lifetime.
Academics At Scranton, faculty and staff offer students a rich and personalized approach to education, preparing students to be agents of change in their communities and the world. The University community includes more than 5,000 undergraduate, adult, part-time and graduate students; 272 full-time faculty, and 600 full- time staff. The campus is home to three colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, and the Panuska College of Professional Studies – and awards the bachelor’s degree; the master’s degree; and four doctoral degrees (business administration, nursing practice, occupational therapy and physical therapy).
The University of Scranton has a rich tradition of academic excellence. Programs are taught in small classes, led by faculty who are experts in their fields. Every aspect of a Scranton education exists to help students succeed. Graduate students focus on their fields of specialization under the guidance of top faculty and benefit from the University’s state-of-the-art technology and other resources. The University has earned accreditation from 16 different accrediting agencies, including recognition by the nation’s most prestigious bodies in the fields of business and management, nursing, computer science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chemistry and counseling.
Jesuit Tradition Spirituality is at the core of University of Scranton’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning. The chief characteristics embedded in the Ignatian vision include: the concept of the Magis, or a restless pursuit of excellence grounded in gratitude; Cura Personalis, individual attention to students and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community; seeking God in all things; liberal education; service of faith and the promotion of justice; and contemplation in action.
Scranton graduates are known for their devotion to the welfare of others and their special commitment to the pursuit of social justice. Scranton develops leaders in every sense through rigorous preparation in students’ chosen fields coupled with a commitment to educating the whole person, or cura personalis.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the charism of St. Ignatius Loyola, the University offers students opportunities to become women and men for and with others. Service experiences enable students to put their learning and values into practice as they work and collaborate with others, develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and shape lives of meaning and selfless service. These opportunities include ways for students to explore their relationship with God, express their faith in reflective service, work toward the transformation of unjust societal structures, and become immersed in cultures and experiences in the developing countries of our world.
Mission The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.
For more information about the Jesuit mission, go to https://www.scranton.edu/about/jesuit- tradition/index.shtml
Vision The University of Scranton will be boldly driven by a shared commitment to excellence. We will provide a superior, transformational learning experience, preparing students who, in the words of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola, will "set the world on fire."
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion As a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning, The University of Scranton recognizes that the important contributions of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff are necessary to advance its mission. The University is dedicated to providing a diverse, inclusive, educational, residential and working environment. This environment must be free of harassment and discrimination and must protect the rights and dignity of all members of the University community and guests. The inconvenient truth of history and systemic racism is that the lives of Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been treated
in ways that suggest they have not mattered as much as White lives. Inequity and injustice persist in brazen and subtle ways. The entire University community joins in chorus with those who peacefully but with righteous anger shout for change in voices that “...resound loud as the rolling sea” — #BlackLivesMatter. The University has developed a website to chronicle a range of activities and plans. While in themselves they are not enough to transform any institution, they reflect an institutional commitment to doing what is necessary to ensure that ours is a community in which everyone feels welcome and safe.
Governance The governance at The University of Scranton is rooted in the identity of the University as an American, Catholic, and Jesuit institution of higher education at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The University defines governance as a system of consultation, communication and decision-making that produces institutional policies. The governance process is designed to ensure that all members of the University community – faculty, staff, and students – have opportunity to participate in this process.
Governance also plays a key role in creating essential communication venues for cross-campus dialogue on issues that are important to our life as a University. Each representative governance body is responsible for ensuring that these principles are reflected in their way or proceeding, within constitutions and bylaws, and otherwise upheld by their own guiding documentation.
Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton serves an institution that is founded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, committed to scholarship, community and service. The primary duties of the Board include the oversight of the institution’s budget, the establishment of fundamental institutional policies and the selection and appointment of the University’s President. The Board also sets overall directions and institutional objectives for the University.
President and President’s Cabinet On June 14, 2021, Joseph G. Marina, S.J., became the 29th president of The University of Scranton. Father Marina has more than 20 years of service as a teacher, pastor, scholar and school administrator – experiences that have shaped his steadfast belief in the transformative qualities of a Catholic and Jesuit education. Under his leadership, the President's Cabinet provides advice and counsel to the president in developing, implementing and communicating policy for the university. Each member brings years of experience to their various roles within university leadership and collaborates with the President, Board of Trustees, and other university governance to provide leadership to the institution.
Strategic Plan Deeply committed to its mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution, The University of Scranton, in the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, answers the challenging signs of the times by building on its strengths
as they embrace innovative new ways of proceeding. The University of Scranton plans for the future with confidence inspired by its past success and by a shared sense of ownership displayed by the entire campus community. The Strategic Plan established in 2020 draws upon the successful Mission Priority Examen, Middle States Self-Study, and strategic enrollment planning, and is informed by the Universal Apostolic Preferences. Through the plan, the University will work together wholly and collaboratively to bring greater understanding and recognition of the value of a Scranton education.
To learn more about the University of Scranton, see https://www.scranton.edu/index.shtml
LOCATION The University of Scranton is a vital part of a city that is considered the geographic and cultural center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University is located in the city of Scranton just blocks from the revitalized downtown area. Scranton is the sixth largest city in Pennsylvania and a vibrant college town, home to five colleges and universities. Known as the Electric City, the first U.S. city to have an electric- powered streetcar, Scranton today finds its energy from many other sources, namely popular coffeehouses, eateries, festivals, minor-league sports teams and a well-known Office, Dunder Mifflin.
The University and the City of Scranton are forever intertwined. The University is examining its connection to the city through a new State of Scranton seminar series that engages faculty, staff and students in both the city’s challenges and its progress. There are many efforts in the city to attract new jobs and increase workforce development opportunities, which is why the University chose to recently focus on what constitutes a “living wage” in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the subject of a new study.
Located off Interstate 81 and situated in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast region, The University of Scranton is easily reached by car and air. Driving time to New York City, Philadelphia and Syracuse is just two hours, with Boston and Washington, D.C. less than five hours away. The regional airport, located just eight miles away, offers direct flights to Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, and other major cities.
TO APPLY Napier Executive Search is assisting The University of Scranton with this search for Vice President of Enrollment Management. For more information or to nominate someone for the position, contact Laura Robinson ([email protected]) or Mary Napier ([email protected]) for a confidential conversation. Interested candidates should submit a résumé along with a cover letter expressing interest in joining the University of Scranton community. Candidates also should provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references; references will not be contacted without permission. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected] by January 25, 2022. Materials will be reviewed beginning in February and the search will remain open until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is Spring, 2022.
The University of Scranton is committed to providing an educational, residential, and working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Members of the University community, applicants for employment or admissions, guests and visitors have the right to be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.