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Vice President of Enrollment Management

Job Details

Location Westerville, OH
Job Type Administrative Staff
Job Number 00280
Division Enrollment Management
Department Admission
Opening Date 01/17/2024

Otterbein University seeks an accomplished and visionary leader to be our next Vice President of Enrollment Management. The Vice President of Enrollment Management (VPEM) leads the division of Enrollment Management, comprised of the Offices of Admission, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, a team of 27 professional staff. The VPEM is the senior enrollment administrator, reports to the Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and serves as a member of the President's cabinet. The VPEM is one of two staff liaisons (with the VP of Institutional Advancement) to the Enrollment and Advancement committee of the Otterbein Board of Trustees. The VPEM partners with Business Affairs, Student Affairs (including University Housing and Athletics) to produce multiyear projections for enrollment and enrollment-related revenue to support institutional long-term planning and budget development. The VPEM facilitates a culture of data-informed decision making and best practices regarding marketing, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, student success and retention. The VPEM champions the institutional commitment to enrolling a diverse and talented student body.

The start date is targeted for April/May 2024

For more information about Otterbein University and the Division of Enrollment Management please visit

Leadership priorities for the Vice President of Enrollment Management include:

  • Develop a new institution-wide, Strategic Enrollment Plan that positions Otterbein for enrollment success in the competitive Ohio and midwestern markets;
  • Enhance relationships with Ohio's Community and Technical Colleges to grow the transfer enrollment pipeline;
  • Provide leadership within the Ohio Athletic Conference Enrollment Managers' group to enhance collaborative recruitment activities to regain market shares from Ohio public universities;
  • Oversees the development or multiyear enrollment models that allow Otterbein to project enrollment for planning and budgeting purposes;
  • Work collaboratively with the Directors of Athletics and Admissions, evaluate current recruitment strategies and admission processes for student athletes. Develop best practices for creative and proactive enrollment strategies and processes for student athletes;
  • Provides insight and data supporting the addition of new academic or athletic programs.

Applicants should have a Master's degree (required), or a Ph.D. (preferred), from a regionally accredited university or university; ten or more years successively more responsible experience in a higher educational setting, private/4 year liberal arts experience preferred.

Applicants should have demonstrated success in enrollment management leadership in a university setting; significant senior-level experience in admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, registration and/or student records.

TO APPLY: Applications (to include a cover letter, resume or C.V., and at least three professional references) should be submitted through Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority review beginning on February 16, 2024.

Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed to Jefferson-Blackburn-Smith, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Inquiries will be treated with confidentiality during the initial screening process. Finalists will be informed before references are contacted.

For more information about Otterbein University and the Division of Enrollment Management please visit

Otterbein is an EEO educator and employer. Beyond this, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff to reflect our student body and the communities we serve. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply, visit


We honor our past because it shapes our future.

Otterbein’s story begins in the mid-1800s, before the abolition of slavery, before the women’s right movement, before equality and inclusion were rights. In 1847, equality and inclusion actually laid the foundation of Otterbein.

We included women as faculty members and as students from our founding, and we were the first institution in the nation to do so. Otterbein admitted students of color before the Civil War, rescued fugitive slaves and welcomed Japanese-American students who had been sent to internment camps during World War II. And we gave students a voice in our story through our unique governance system beginning in the 1920s. Today, approximately 3,000 students come to Otterbein each year to experience that same spirit of inclusion.

Mission Statement

The mission of Otterbein University is to educate the whole person in a context that fosters the development of humane values. Otterbein University is a private, church-related, coeducational college that sponsors traditional and continuing education programs of liberal arts and professional education at Baccalaureate and Master's levels. Our commitment is to the liberal arts as the broad base of all learning.

Otterbein by the numbers...

Location: Westerville is a residential community of 36,000 residents on the northeast side of Columbus, Ohio, offering a small-town atmosphere with all the conveniences and opportunities of a big city.

Enrollment: Approximately 3,000 men and women from throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

Curriculum: Otterbein offers a choice of 73 majors and 44 minors, as well as individualized courses of study. We also offer five graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing, including our doctor of nursing practice degree.

Student/Faculty Ratio: The student to faculty ratio at Otterbein is 11:1.

Campus: Otterbein's 140-acre campus is accented by the historic Towers Hall, which was constructed in 1872 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renowned for its Department of Theatre and Dance, Otterbein students perform plays for the community in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, which was renovated in 2005. The Department of Art operates three galleries. Otterbein's Art and Communication Building was renovated in 2006, and is home to the Miller Gallery, the student radio station (WOBN), student newspaper (Tan & Cardinal) and the student-run Westerville television station (WOCC). Classes began in fall 2009 at both the newly built Center for Equine Studies and the Science Center, which completed a $20 million renovation and addition.

Arts: Otterbein University Theatre and Otterbein Summer Theatre stage nine shows a year. Plays range from classical Shakespearean dramas and British comedies to musicals and experimental works. The music program at Otterbein includes the concert band and concert choir, opera theatre and musical theatre, a marching band, a vocal jazz group and several instrumental ensembles. Otterbein students also perform with the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein. Three galleries feature art by students, faculty and guest artists, as well as pieces from Otterbein's permanent collection. The Otterbein Signature Series has hosted notable visiting artists including acclaimed independent filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Joel Meyerowitz, whose photography of Ground Zero after September 11, 2001, has traveled the world.

Athletics: Men and women compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III. There are nine varsity sports each for men and women, including varsity women's lacrosse, which takes the field in March 2012. A complete intramural program is available to all students.

 Community Service: Otterbein's Center for Community Engagement has been honored by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor roll for five consecutive years. Every year, more than 70,000 hours are donated by Otterbein students through our Center for Community Engagement. Approximately 80% of the student body participated in community service in 2009-10. In addition, 90 service-learning courses enrolled over 1,000 students that same year.

Fraternities and Sororities: Otterbein has seven fraternities and six sororities.

2012-13 Tuition:

Full-time tuition $30,658
On-campus room $4,576
On-campus board $4,108
Total $39,341

Read more about our Accreditation and Honors.



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