Vice President for Enrollment Management
Northeastern University, a preeminent global, experiential, research university, seeks an innovative and highly strategic enrollment professional to serve as its next vice president for enrollment management. Northeastern has a bold vision and an aggressive plan. Leaders are expected to be consultative and collaborative, to value a culture of rigorous engagement, to possess confidence as well as flexibility, be fast on their feet, be able to feed off the ideas of others and be playful in their thinking. It is expected that one’s ability to think, communicate and act on the strategic level is bolstered and reinforced by a high level of technical competence in one’s area as well as an eagerness to engage in frequent conversation about university-wide programs, initiatives and challenges. Building on its extraordinary recent successes in institutional positioning, student recruitment, and retention, the new vice president for enrollment management will lead development of the vision and strategy that will take the university to its next level of enrollment success. He or she will join an institution-wide leadership team that is forward-looking, energetic, collaborative and committed to excellence. An institution that has transformed itself dramatically over the last decade so that it now ranks 49th among the top national universities, Northeastern cultivates a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and accomplishment. The new vice president for enrollment management will lead a senior team of four and an enrollment management staff of 150 across eight departments, with a $13 million budget for operations and staff; serve as chief architect of the next major positioning thrust of enrollment management; and function as a leader in university enrollment planning and strategy. To see the detailed position profile, visit http://lahtisearch.com/openings/northeastern-university. THE UNIVERSITY: Located in the heart of Boston and a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience, Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs in seven undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, a Global Network that includes two regional campuses (Charlotte, NC, and Seattle, WA) and a Law School. Able to provide its students the rich and diverse intellectual, artistic, cultural and business resources of Boston – as well as across the globe – the university features a solid foundation in the liberal arts and an integration of study and practice, with the knowledge that the two empower one another. Experiential education at Northeastern includes the nation’s foremost program of cooperative education, a model that connects students with paid professional positions related to their field of study. Recruitment and enrollment of a high talent and diverse student body is among the top priorities of the university. The University has organized the responsibility for its multiple markets, recruitment, retention and the student experience into a single division—Enrollment Management & Student Affairs (EMSA)--to maximize the university’s capacity to recruit, retain and graduate students as well as provide services and experiences that promote student success by integrating the out-of-classroom experience with the student’s needs, expectations, goals, growth and development. The division strives to build a positive social and cultural climate, a student-centered service environment and a high quality campus life. The EMSA division at Northeastern also acts as a mechanism for feedback to the institution regarding student and market issues. The university seeks to build upon the extraordinary enrollment successes of the last fifteen years to become ever more competitive in domestic enrollment, to develop new international markets, to fine-tune its messaging and branding, to enhance affordability and to boost yield. Over the past ten years of investment, growth and tremendous momentum, freshman retention has risen to 96 percent and the six-year graduation rate has improved to over 83 percent and tracking upwards of 86 percent for enrollment cohorts. Northeastern is now among the top five private institutions with the largest number of applications; for the fall of 2014 Northeastern received nearly 50,000 applications and this past fall welcomed a very talented entering class. For more information about the university, visit http://www.northeastern.edu. THE POSITION: The vice president for enrollment management is the university’s chief enrollment officer, overseeing first-year, transfer and international student recruitment and retention and supervising the associate vice president, dean and directors who manage undergraduate admission, outreach & opportunity scholarships, the international student and scholar institute (ISSI), scholarships and financial aid services, student accounts, the contact center, and enrollment research and strategy. Reporting to senior vice president Philly Mantella and working collaboratively with the deans and other members of the university’s leadership team, the vice president for enrollment management will assume broad leadership within Northeastern, providing the vision, strategy, technical and operational direction to enhance the university’s current and future enrollment. He or she will oversee an energetic, visible and results-oriented effort that will positively impact students, faculty, staff, alumni and external constituencies. QUALIFICATIONS: The new vice president will be a consummate professional who embraces a collaborative team environment and works with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency and fiscal responsibility. He or she will be a superb communicator with exceptional analytic and interpersonal skills. The vice president will bring creativity and the ability to envision the possible; in return, he or she will have the opportunity to make an historic contribution to this extraordinary institution. Candidates for this position should have substantial experience in higher education enrollment management and a Master’s degree or higher. The position requires knowledge of current thinking and practices in student recruitment, financial aid, and retention; decision-making experience in complex organizations; demonstrated capacity to lead and supervise a large and diverse portfolio of human and fiscal resources; a proven commitment to the value of diversity and the mission of a national urban research university; and the ability to manage change in a complex educational institution. An executive-level ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities is essential. TO APPLY: Candidates should provide a résumé along with a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the vice president for enrollment management position. Materials will be treated as confidential and can be submitted by email to email@example.com. Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries, recommendations of possible candidates and questions concerning this search may be directed to the university’s consultants, Terry Lahti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mary Napier (email@example.com) of Lahti Search Consultants http://www.lahtisearch.com. Northeastern University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer. All persons are invited to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.