Vice President for Enrollment Management & Stud...
Westfield State University
Location: Westfield, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 3870496
Vice President for Enrollment Management & Stud...
About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Campus Title: Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs State Job Title: Vice President Department: Enrollment Management Student Affairs Job Code: HA8000 FLSA Status: Exempt Funding: 7115-0100 Bargaining Unit: NUP Job Type: Full-Time Permanent Timeframe: 52 weeks Shift: Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday Supervision Received: The VP reports to the President of Westfield State University. Supervision Exercised: The VP directly supervises the Directors of Admission, Financial Aid, Career Center, Public Safety, and the Dean of Students. Additionally, the VP provides indirect oversight of the following departments and functions: Counseling Center, Health Services, Public Safety, Residential Life, Student Conduct, Student Government, and Wellness Center.
Salary: To commensurate with education and experience
General Statement of Duties: The President of Westfield State University invites a dynamic, thoughtful, and innovative leader to join the leadership team. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs will play a critical role in advancing the institutional strategic initiatives, vision, culture, and values. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the VP will provide system-wide strategic visionary leadership and foster a culture of inclusion, engagement, and belonging that inspires students, faculty, and staff to flourish. Within the scope of the Vice President's leadership are collaborative, campus-wide efforts to develop, facilitate the adoption, evaluate, and refine plans, policies, and procedures in support of institutional and divisional goals for enrollment and student affairs.
The Vice President provides strategic leadership for the identification, adoption, and advancement of enrollment goals by student type and academic program while building a shared sense of accountability for enrollment across departments. Additionally, the Vice President oversees, directs, and manages, in collaboration with the Dean of Students, the overall excellence of the University's Student Affairs programs. In demonstrating accountability for Student Affairs, the VP takes a fully coordinated approach to supporting students and their success across the student services and engagement portfolio for the purpose of optimizing access, retention, and success.
Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but not limited to: Essential:
Enrollment Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides strategic leadership and direction to the University in all facets of the establishment of institutional initiatives related to enrollment management.
Ensures that all programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in advancing the overall mission, culture, values, and goals of the institution as featured in the University's 2019 - 2024 Strategic Plan.
Directs and oversees the establishment, development, and enhancement of divisional operations and services to internal and external constituencies.
Works collaboratively with key stakeholders campus-wide to develop, implement, and communicate a comprehensive strategic enrollment management and student engagement plan including associated initiatives and activities, policies and procedures, and standards and measures at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Develops recruitment and admission initiatives responsive to the University's aspirational values regarding educational excellence and access while reinforcing a campus culture in which students of diverse identities, abilities, cultural heritages, and lived experiences experience belonging.
Serve as an advisor, steward, and spokesperson for the President's relevant initiatives. Make personal appearances and presentations to various media, organizations, educational and corporate entities, and major donors.
Create public awareness of, and interest in, the University toward the goal of extending its positive image. Foster strong relationships with key institutions, individuals, community colleges, and stakeholders to enhance the University's impact.
Develops and administers the department budget subject to strict fiscal budgetary discipline. Monitor grant budgets and grantee expenditures. Maximize net revenues for earned income programs and activities.
Ensures that institutional financial aid resources meet the needs of new, continuing, international, and graduate students.
Ensures that all admission and financial aid operations are conducted in accordance with state and federal regulations and procedures.
Oversees the collection and analytics of data and interprets statistical reports for use by the University, Department of Higher Education, and other educational agencies.
Establish and maintain a strong, effective partnership with Board members to foster a culture of collaboration and consultation. Prepare materials for the Board of Trustees.
In partnership with Marketing and Communication, develop marketing and communication materials and strategies for the Departments of Enrollment and Financial Aid.
In partnership with Information Technology, work to implement technology solutions and data driven approaches in higher education that positively impact enrollment and engagement.
Student Affairs Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Student Affairs as well as promotes initiatives that enable the delivery of effective and quality service to students.
Delivers professional development and information in support of student success and retention.
Oversees the preparation and direction of the Student Affairs' section of the divisional budget.
Creates and maintains an atmosphere that promotes the cultural, social, and professional development of students while enhancing the academic environment.
Oversees the development of policies and procedures to encourage student governance through the Student Government.
Oversees the development and or advancement of a system for the administration of student conduct (with requisite standards) including the management of students living in residence hall facilities and in certain situations off-campus.
Oversees the planning and developing of new student orientation programs, thereby facilitating students' transitions as new members of the University's vibrant community.
Oversees the continued development and implementation of the coordination of a records system for the division of student affairs, providing output to various campus constituents as needed.
In partnership with Marketing and Communication, develop various print and digital materials and strategies to support Student Affairs.
Substantial and progressive higher education leadership in enrollment management with demonstrated success, and substantial oversight experience of student affairs functions.
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion including demonstrable experience in supporting a diverse student population and fostering a multicultural environment.
Ph.D. or other terminal degree
Experience working within a state system of higher education.
Bilingual language proficiency
A priority will be given to candidates who have ten years of successful experience and leadership in higher education administration including budgetary responsibilities, supervision and evaluation of personnel, strategic planning, enrollment management, student affairs programing development, and shared governance.
A thorough understanding of the complexities of higher education and associated regulatory agencies.
Demonstrated success in developing and implementing strong partnerships and educational delivery models within higher education.
Innovative application of current and emerging technologies in support of student recruitment, enrollment, engagement, and retention.
A proven record of enhancing the quality of life for students in and out of the classroom by working creatively and effectively with students.
Demonstrated ability to successfully apply theories of student development, student engagement, student success and career development.
Proven ability to develop strategic plans that enhance the revenue generation to the University.
A record of dynamic, collaborative, proactive, visionary and ethical leadership.
Excellent intercultural, communication, management, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to complete an initial series of COVID vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) prior to coming to campus. Initial booster doses are strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. New employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources prior to onboarding. Employees who require a medical or religious exemption should email Tatyana Horne, Associate Director of Benefits in Human Resources, at Thorne@westfield.ma.edu.
Westfield State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting senior consultants, Cynthia Patterson or Maria Thompson.
The position is open until filled, but only applications received by March 20, 2023 can be assured full consideration.
A completed application will include the following PDF documents:
A cover letter addressing the priorities and qualifications.
A curriculum vitae.
Names and contact information for five references with a note indicating the relationship to the applicant (references will not be contacted without your permission).
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.