Augsburg College in Minneapolis seeks an experienced, confident and proactive professional to lead the enrollment division as the College aims to increase enrollment over the next few years. The Vice President for Enrollment Management reports to the president, is a member of cabinet and oversees the areas of undergraduate admissions (traditional, adult and transfer students) graduate admissions, and student financial services, directing a team of more than 30 creative and reflective staff members who work closely with faculty, staff and students to attract a talented, diverse and engaged student body.
THE POSITION: The Vice President for Enrollment Management has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of recruitment, pricing and financial aid leveraging strategies for the institution, encompassing the traditional day students, adult undergraduate students and graduate students. The Vice President will translate the College’s enrollment plan into strategies and tactics and provide leadership in achieving enrollment and net tuition revenue goals. He or she will collaborate with Institutional Research to develop and analyze enrollment-related research and admissions trend data, with an eye towards informing decisions about short- and long-range enrollment goals and new market opportunities. The Vice President will collaborate regularly with others across campus, including faculty and academic departments, Marketing and Communications, Finance and Administration, Athletics, and International Programs, and be conscious of linking new student enrollment to persistence at the College.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have substantial experience working in higher education enrollment management and a record of success in meeting enrollment goals. Candidates should be comfortable with institutional complexity and be skilled at introducing sustainable change at multiple levels. Knowledge of national enrollment and market trends, awareness of cutting edge strategies, and mastery of demographic information are a must. The successful candidate will be able to assess current financial aid models, strategies and practices, and work closely with the student financial services staff and consultants in optimizing state, federal and institutional resources to achieve enrollment and net tuition revenue goals.
Proficiency with customer relationship management (CRM) and student information systems is expected, as is experience in using communication technologies to recruit and enroll students. Exceptional planning, budgeting and organizational skills are essential for this position, as is the ability to analyze data and review options to determine best strategy. Experience supervising and managing staff, along with an ability to inspire and support their professional development is important. Candidates should have excellent communication and presentation skills and a strong professional network. Candidates must possess strong intercultural competence and be able to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The new Vice President for Enrollment Management will be a motivating presence with an open communication style, nimbleness in problem solving, and demonstrate tenacity and persistence in accomplishing goals. Knowledgeable and self-assured, the successful candidate will value transparency and have an understanding of ambiguity and nuance.
THE COLLEGE: Founded by Lutherans in 1869 and located in the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg College enrolls 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds--including traditional and non-traditional, undergraduate and graduate students representing 40 countries. More than 50 major areas of undergraduate study, six graduate degree programs, and a doctoral program in nursing practice are offered. Incorporating its urban setting into campus life, celebrating its commitment to diversity, and practicing service to others are all hallmarks of an Augsburg education. Augsburg College was recently named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. For more information about the College, visit www.augsburg.edu .
LOCATION: Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus sits in a vibrant neighborhood surrounded by a park and is just minutes from the Mississippi River, downtown, Uptown, the Guthrie Theatre and the Walker Art Center. The campus is a short ride by light rail to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the popular Mall of America. Minneapolis-Saint Paul consistently ranks among the top ten cities in the country for its remarkable culture of innovation, education, volunteerism and civic engagement. The Twin Cities also tops the charts in fun factors, named “the most playful metro in America” in 2011 for the health, happiness and low stress of its residents. Sperling’s named Minneapolis-Saint Paul the eighth best city to relocate to in America, taking into account cost of living, economic stability, and population health; it viewed Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul as a progressive, green city where people are polite, crime is low, and residents enjoy a high quality of life. For more information about the area, visit http://www.greatermsp.org/live-and-visit/live-visit/ 
TO APPLY: Lahti Search Consultants (www.lahtisearch.com ) is assisting Augsburg College with this search. For more information or to nominate an individual, please contact Terry Lahti (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mary Napier (email@example.com ). All communication will remain confidential. Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled. If you wish to apply, please send a resume and cover letter by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The College is committed to diversity and the education of students in a global perspective. Augsburg College is an equal opportunity employer.