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Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania seeks a Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs to lead a high-functioning enrollment management and student affairs division and continue the work of galvanizing the entire University around meeting enrollment and student success goals and objectives.

Reporting directly to the president of the University, the successful candidate will lead a well-planned, analytically supported, highly integrated, and continuously evaluated suite of initiatives, working closely with students from the pre-inquiry stage to graduation and post-graduation plans with the goal of improving enrollments and retention and creating the strongest possible student academic profile for the University. The vice president will formulate, execute, and continuously evolve a transparent, collaborative and cutting-edge enrollment management and retention strategy that stems from and is tied to the mission, goals, and evolving strategic plan of the University. Oversight of student affairs, including residential life, student life, career services, and student activities is also the responsibility of this individual.

Major Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership for the following units: student affairs (to include Multicultural Center, Women’s and LGBTQ+ centers, and student judicial office), housing and dining services, admissions, financial aid, student orientation, health and wellness, counseling and psychological services, and other areas as assigned.
  • Oversee a comprehensive enrollment process from recruitment, admission, orientation, and retention.
  • Oversee areas related to student affairs and the quality of student life and success on campus
  • Monitor workload of staff to maintain effectiveness and achieve enrollment and student success goals.
  • Collaborate with other offices on campus to achieve enrollment and student success goals.
  • Positively promote the University to both internal and external entities.
  • Interpret and administer all undergraduate admission policies.
  • Develop and implement revisions to admissions policies and operations, as appropriate.
  • Working with our Marketing division, develop and coordinate marketing publications and implement outreach strategies for undergraduate, and international student recruitment. Provide university offices with appropriate admissions and retention-related data in coordination with the Office of the Registrar and other related offices.
  • Prepare and monitor divisional budget and all resource allocations and expenditures
  • Make admission decisions working with appropriate faculty committees.
  • Establish and monitor annual office objectives and performance criteria for the Office of Admissions for the recruitment of new freshmen and transfer students. This includes objectives developed for the recruitment of underrepresented students.
  • Develop , conduct, and assess professional staff services and training programs.
  • Develop admission recruitment strategies and admission processing procedures as they relate to new student outreach and admission policies.
  • Develop outreach and admission strategies for underrepresented students with other university units involved with recruitment and retention of underrepresented undergraduate students.
  • Incorporate "best practices" into all aspects of student life and enrollment initiatives.
  • Apply for grants and oversee grant-funded projects as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications

A terminal degree is required.

The new VPEMSA will demonstrate a history of progressively responsible leadership and supervisory experience with oversight of multiple functions impacting enrollment and student affairs.

The candidate must have significant experience with and knowledge of enrollment management best practices and a demonstrated record of success in achieving undergraduate enrollment projections and growth through execution of a marketing plan, implementing recruitment strategies, and leveraging student financial aid and scholarship initiatives utilizing a data-driven approach. The candidate must also have an understanding and demonstrated record of successful practices in international student recruitment.

The successful candidate will be student-centered and will possess analytical, statistical, and technological depth and a proven capacity for embedding enrollment decisions within institutional values and aspirations.

The candidate must have a clear understanding of student affairs and must have demonstrated the ability to positively affect student life, as well as improvement of retention, persistence, and graduation rates. He or she must show success in working with student groups, coordinating judicial proceedings, and effectively managing housing personnel.

The successful candidate will possess interpersonal skills to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a variety of constituencies to facilitate teamwork among staff and in committees and to foster collaboration with high schools and community colleges. The vice president must have a record of collaborative leadership and managerial experience.

The candidate must possess a leadership record which demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity and the decision-making ability appropriate for policy formation, enrollment management planning, and identifying strategies for the future.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to someone who has worked with national consulting groups or who has published or presented at national conferences in enrollment management and/or student affairs.

Experience in graduate student recruiting strategies will be an enhancing feature of a candidate’s portfolio.

Supplemental Information

Application: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume/CV to RPA Inc at [email protected]. Applicants should address all the essential qualifications in their cover letter. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please contact Amanda O'Donnell, at the email address above. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received no later than November 28, 2022.

The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations.

Non-Discrimination StatementKutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at [email protected] or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at [email protected].


Working at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Comprising five colleges - Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Graduate Studies - Kutztown University offers a diverse range of excellent academic programs to prepare individuals for successful careers.

Located on 325 acres in Kutztown (population:4,500), the university is 20 miles from both Reading and Allentown, 90 miles from Philadelphia and 100 miles from New York City. LVI International Airport is 25 minutes from campus. The campus is in a beautiful rural Pennsylvania Dutch community, an easy walk from the borough of Kutztown which has ample stores and shops to meet the needs of students.

Currently, 10,193 students are enrolled at the university from 26 states and 51 nations. About half of the undergraduates live in residence halls; the rest live at home or in nearby apartments. A well-rounded program of athletic, cultural, and social events and activities satisfies nearly every taste.

We have 330 full-time faculty members and boast a favorable 19:1 student-faculty ratio. Sixty percent of our faculty have doctorates, 39% earned master's degrees and 1% have bachelor's degrees.

Kutztown University is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACS); professionally by the National Council of Teacher Education and National League of Nursing.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a member of the State System of Higher Education. The Board of Governors oversees the State System which includes Pennsylvania's fourteen public universities. The Council of Trustees is the local governing body for Kutztown University. The Officers of Administration for the University are the President and members of the President's Cabinet. 

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