Vice President for Enrollment
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, in partnership with the search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Enrollment. The Vice President reports directly to the President and is a critically important part of the College’s Leadership Team. The VP participates in institution-wide strategic planning and policy development for enrollment management. The VP is responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the institution’s strategic enrollment initiatives and outcomes while providing vision and leadership to the institution in all areas of enrollment management. The successful candidate will partner with all College stakeholders including the Board of Trustees, Senior Leadership Team, academic leadership and faculty, students, alumni and colleagues to achieve strategic enrollment goals.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine: Applicants must be willing to support the mission and core values of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.
Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic college. We offer to our 2000 on-campus and online students a unique mix of undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs with a strong liberal arts foundation. Our beautiful 474-acre Sebago Lake campus in Standish, Maine is located 30 minutes northwest of Portland, ME, and 2 hours North of Boston, MA. Fielding 21 intercollegiate varsity teams, the College also boasts a competitive Division III athletics program.
Additionally, the College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu.
Saint Joseph's is nationally recognized for its successful integration of community service in its classroom learning and its sustainability performance. In 2015, the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within local, regional, and global communities.
In 2022, the College earned STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its campus-wide sustainability achievements. This program is the most widely recognized in the world for reporting comprehensive information related to a college’s sustainability accomplishments.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine embraces justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as important cornerstones for academic excellence, student success, institutional and community resilience, and as vital expressions of our Catholic identity, Mercy Charism, and Core Values. We commit ourselves to nurturing highly competent and deeply compassionate leaders ready to serve in a vulnerable world.
Recognizing the dignity of all persons, we seek to address instances of injustice both within and outside our College community from a stance of informed advocacy. In this way we fulfill our core value of community, which calls on us to demonstrate a spirit of connectedness with one another through expressions of hospitality, courtesy, inclusivity, and collaboration. Saint Joseph's College is the community that grows community, preparing whole people to a whole world. Learn more here.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and animated by the vision of Catherine McCauley, is a Catholic college in the liberal arts tradition distinguished by its welcoming community. We foster an on-going dialogue between faith and reason so as to prepare our learners to live meaningful lives that improve the world around them.
In fulfillment of its mission, Saint Joseph's College of Maine will be a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community that forms individuals who practice humility, justice, and compassion, as Jesus did, in solidarity with the marginalized.
The College Community and Standish, ME: Standish, Maine, is a village of about 10,000 people located 15 miles west of Portland, the largest city in the state. Its bucolic, rural setting is augmented by one of the country’s most celebrated small cities. Forbes magazine calls Portland one of the 15 Best Cities for Young Adults.” Bon Appetit magazine has ranked Portland as the “Restaurant City of the Year,” and People magazine ranks Portland as the #1 “Foodie City in America.”
Outdoor opportunities abound, whether it’s summer kayaking and canoeing on the state’s second largest lake, contiguous to campus, or downhill skiing just 30 minutes away at Shawnee Peak. The city of Portland hosts numerous museums, fine and performing arts venues, and downtown tourist attractions, as well as being home to three professional sports franchises, the Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Mariners (Boston Bruins) and Celtics (Boston Celtics). Excellent restaurants, are offered to all who live in and around the community of Standish, Maine.
The Position: The VP will oversee and be responsible for the leadership, management, and direct supervision of the offices of On Campus and On-line Admissions, and Student Financial Aid. These offices provide leadership in designing the institution’s enrollment and marketing/ communication strategies and are expected to make sophisticated high-quality data-driven, evidence-based enrollment decisions, and utilize best practices in enrollment management. This occurs while inspiring others throughout campus to work and serve collaboratively in achieving enrollment goals while improving retention and graduation rates.
The VP must be innovative and adept at promoting current academic and student-centered programs, as well as bringing forth recommendations for new recruitment and enrollment initiatives, marketing and communication strategies, financial aid leveraging strategies, retention, tuition net revenue strategies, and academic programs that match the College’s mission, resources, and market demand. Being an excellent listener will greatly enhance all enrollment outcomes. Having an entrepreneurial spirit and at the same time, deeply collaborative throughout campus, will serve the VP well.
Qualifications: To be considered for the position of Vice President for Enrollment the ideal candidate should have the following:
- At least 8 years of experience in enrollment management and marketing/communication, preferably within higher education or related areas with multiple revenue streams;
- Master’s Degree;
- Considerable experience in data-driven enrollment operations that result in sustained growth in enrollment, diversity, academic quality, and increased retention and graduation rates;
- Track record of developing and implementing marketing strategies to drive increases in enrollment and increase awareness of an institution’s programs and mission;
- Experience with developing financial aid leveraging and appropriate discounting to achieve new student enrollment, increase retention and graduation rates;
- Experience positioning an organization both internally and externally and raising its profile, through various media, with its current constituents as well as with new ones;
- Working knowledge of current methodologies in enrollment management, admissions processes, institutional marketing strategies, and strategic media relations;
- Entrepreneurial spirit while at the same time, deeply collaborative;
- Experience with Salesforce is preferred;
- Experience with online, adult, and traditional on-campus freshmen and transfer admissions operations and outcomes will be extremely valuable;
- Appreciation and experience with collegiate athletics;
- A strong understanding of marketing research skills and financial aid leveraging;
- Experience in implementing and improving a comprehensive enrollment and marketing/communication plan;
- The ability to work with Deans, faculty, alumni, currently enrolled students, the administration, the Board of Trustees, and other partners in bringing together an Institution-wide enrollment management structure and environment.
Application and Nomination Process: All correspondence about this search can be directed to the College’s search consultant:
Christopher S. Healy, President
Scott Healy & Associates
Applicants must apply electronically by a word document and include:
- Cover letter outlining experiences and success in the areas indicated in The Position;
- A complete and up to date Resume;
- Names of 3 professional References with title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)
Applications submitted by May 15, 2023 will receive priority consideration. An anticipated start date for the selected candidate is this fall, but no later than January of 2024. The search process will remain open until the position is filled.
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