Vice President for Enrollment
The College of Mount Saint Vincent, an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, independent liberal arts college, seeks candidates for Vice President for Enrollment. Reporting to the president, this position is responsible for leadership and supervision of the offices of admission and financial aid overseeing a staff of 15 who recruit and enroll undergraduate, graduate and professional students, both full-time and part-time. The Vice President for Enrollment is charged with devising data-driven strategies for recruitment and financial aid that will continue to stimulate growth in enrollment. Working collaboratively with the senior administrators and varying offices on campus, he/she will join with others to lead the College’s marketing efforts as well as its retention efforts. With the Office of College Relations, the Vice President will help create a targeted, branded communications stream for prospective applicants and their families to include print publications, website, social and electronic media. The Vice President will partner with the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Vice President for Student Affairs to sustainably improve already strong retention rates. THE COLLEGE: Founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, The College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to the Catholic tradition and ecumenism. Its students are among the most racially and ethnically diverse in the country; they are ambitious and high achieving. The College has one of the top ten graduation rates in the United States for a Latino-serving institution and was recently identified in an NSF-funded study as having the highest graduation rate for Latinos in STEM fields. It is a dynamic institution. Current undergraduate college initiatives include an expansion in the arts, the creation of a center for policy studies, a Center for Undergraduate Research, the Oxley Career Education Program, a charter high school as a laboratory site for Teacher Education (jointly with New York Law School), and a host of international opportunities. At the graduate level, the College is launching a Master’s degree in International Development and Services and a program combining that degree with the MBA. Further studies are underway to consider adding strategic, market-responsive programs in nursing and education. Enrolling 1400 full-time undergraduate students, including 800 residents, and 400 headcount in professional and graduate programs, the College continues to grow in healthy and sustainable ways. Strategic goals call for an enrollment of 1800 full-time undergraduates, a 28% increase in residents, and 500 students in the professional and graduate programs by 2020. For more information, see www.mountsaintvincent.edu. LOCATION: The College of Mount Saint Vincent sits on a 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River in Riverdale, NY in the northern Bronx. http://www.newyork.com/ny/nyc/bronx/riverdale/. This upper middle class residential neighborhood with a population of 47,000+ is the northwest most point in New York City, with views of the Empire State Building, the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. The supportive campus environment is enhanced by the excitement of Manhattan’s world-class businesses and cultural institutions. Members of the faculty and staff live nearby or in different parts of the metropolitan area ranging from city to residential or suburban options. QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a candidate who is an educator at heart, a skilled marketer, and one who possesses a record of successful leadership at a senior level in enrollment management in higher education. A bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree preferred. Experience in a liberal arts college environment is highly preferable. Additionally, this person will offer: • Strong evidence of effective implementation of recruitment strategies for growth of both domestic and international students at the undergraduate level • Knowledge of the substantively different tactics for successfully enrolling adult students and part-time graduate students • Experience that includes depth of knowledge in market strategies and best practices in a variety of media • Familiarity with national enrollment trends and demographic shifts in today’s college populations at the graduate and undergraduate level • Clear evidence of leadership in the strategic deployment of need-based and merit-based financial aid for both incoming and returning students • Steadfast professional ethics • A commitment to the mission of an undergraduate liberal arts college • An understanding of the needs of an exceptionally diverse student body who are majority first-generation college students, and respectful approach of both students and their families • Awareness and appreciation of the Catholic heritage of the institution that is open and welcoming, celebrating diversity and human dignity • Excellent writing and speaking skills • Dynamic team builder who is able to deftly motivate and manage staff to excel • Ability to work creatively with budgetary discipline • Vigilant attention to making data-informed decision and policy • Knowledge of regulations and compliance issues in admissions and financial aid • Interest in building collaborative relationships across campus • Demeanor for educating and involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni in enrollment matters TO APPLY: Napier Executive Search (http://www.napiersearch.com) is assisting the College of Mount Saint Vincent with this search for a Vice President for Enrollment. For a confidential conversation, or if you wish to nominate someone for this position, please contact Mary Napier (email@example.com) or Robin Reynders (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you wish to apply, please send a resume, a detailed letter of interest and contact information for three professional references by email to: email@example.com. Although resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled, for assurance of full consideration, please submit materials before July 11. Formal interviews are anticipated in July, with an expected start date of September 2014. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted. The College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to provide equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.