Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
The Boston Conservatory, the nation’s oldest performing arts conservatory of its kind, invites applications and nominations for the newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay/Fenway area, the Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees in music, dance, and theater. A new venture, the Conservatory College, is in development and will complement the deep academic and artistic training offered in the traditional academic programs. The new Department of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs brings together areas that have previously reported to different units within the Conservatory. The new model makes an intentional statement about the interdependent elements of enrollment, retention, student financial services, student life, registration, and career services. The new model will provide an enhanced student experience from pre-enrollment through graduation. The Conservatory is seeking an experienced enrollment leader with a broad higher education perspective who will provide oversight and direction for the areas of admissions, student services (including financial aid, bursar, and registrar) and student affairs (including residence life, counseling and wellness services, judicial affairs, student activities and career services.) It is expected that the VP will chair and revitalize the Committee on Retention. The VP will implement an enrollment management plan that is grounded in best practices, the strategic use of data, and the Conservatory’s traditional audition model that understands, enhances, and communicates the Conservatory’s distinctive strengths and possibilities to a targeted audience of students and families. The Conservatory recognizes the potential in a robust international enrollment effort and will expect the VP to propose a strategy for this initiative as an important first-year priority. Reporting to President Richard Ortner, the Vice President will serve as a key member of a strong and progressive senior administrative team which values collegiality and transparency. He/she will lead the Conservatory in large-scale conversations about enrollment priorities, shifting demographics, and institutional aspirations. The Vice President must possess a deep understanding of, passion for, and ability to articulate the benefits of the education of artists in the Conservatory setting. He or she will possess exceptional communication skills and the ability to compellingly tell the story of The Boston Conservatory. The VP will have a strong analytic and strategic operating style, the ability to adapt to shifting priorities, strong listening skills, and the ability to manage change in a confident and respectful manner. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree or commensurate leadership experience is preferred. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received no later than June 1. Candidates should provide a professional resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Position Description (available at www.wittkieffer.com), and offers an indication of the candidate’s particular interest in/qualification for joining a performing arts community. Candidates should also provide the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Boston Conservatory consultants Sheila Murphy and Robin Mamlet at BostonConservatoryVPEM@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Felicia Kowalczyk at (630) 575-6936. The Boston Conservatory values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.