Vice President for Enrollment Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, MA

ID: 7065790
Posted: April 16, 2020
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Job Description

Established in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology was founded on the principles of action-based learning, dedicated to preparing graduates to meet the evolving needs of a growing economy—an ethos that continues to ground and inspire the institution today. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in STEM and management disciplines throughout its three colleges: Architecture, Design and Construction Management; Arts and Sciences; and Engineering and Computer Science. Interdisciplinary study complemented by dynamic co-op work experiences are hallmarks of a Wentworth education. The university enrolls approximately 4,516 students, of which 4,342 are undergraduates. Located in the thriving city of Boston, Massachusetts, Wentworth is a school of opportunity that is deeply committed to transforming lives through the education of first-generation students, military veterans, urban youth, and women breaking barriers in technical fields.

Reporting to the president, the vice president for enrollment management (VPEM) provides vision and strategic leadership across a portfolio of functions, advising senior leadership on the best path forward in an ever-changing landscape. The VPEM is responsible for providing oversight and direction for undergraduate and graduate admissions, financial aid, student services, and the office of the registrar. The VPEM will lead the creation, articulation and implementation of a new era in enrollment management strategy that produces even greater coordination and analytical rigor in each phase of the enrollment process. An innovative enrollment leader, the new vice president will grasp and leverage Wentworth’s distinctions to enhance the university’s ability to attract, recruit, select, and enroll a talented and diverse population of students. While developing a forward-thinking portfolio of functions, the VPEM will be a visible leader who will help the university build on past successes while forging an ambitious future. As the enrollment operation at Wentworth evolves and progresses, the new vice president for enrollment management will lead the next phase of its development, providing an inspirational, strategic and statistically supported vision for short- and long-term enrollment goals.

The VPEM is expected to bring analysis, transparency, visibility, thought partnership, campus-wide collaboration, and energy to the undergraduate and graduate admissions and financial aid operation. Within the enrollment division, the vice president will provide leadership to approximately 45 staff members, engaging them in the shared goals of enrollment management and the university as a whole. Some of the roles and responsibilities of the VPEM will include the development of a detailed, comprehensive plan for enrollment management based on the recruitment and retention goals of the university for graduate, undergraduate, transfer, and international programs. In collaboration with the provost, the new VPEM will support the collection and analysis of retention data and metrics to inform and coordinate the development of intentional programmatic initiatives, interventions, and services that positively impact the recruitment and retention of students. The successful candidate will engage in strategic planning, data, and trend analysis and develop a workable plan, both short- and long-term based on this analysis, to admit and enroll students who will succeed and complete at Wentworth while increasing the diversity and selectivity of the student body and maintaining the discount rate, quantity, and quality of students necessary by program.

A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) along with significant progressively responsible experience in higher education, including supervisory experience in admissions, financial aid and/or enrollment management and evidence of superior communications skills are required. A strong commitment to achieving Wentworth’s vision for inclusive excellence will be expected of the VPEM. The ideal candidate will be a charismatic leader with deep knowledge of emerging trends and promising practices in recruitment, admissions, financial aid, marketing, and retention as well as a proven track record of creating a conceptual framework for enrollment management that can respond to the changing landscape of higher education and the institution’s needs. Evidence of a proven track record in enrollment management as well as leading with integrity, inclusiveness, energy, optimism, and a team-oriented philosophy will be important. The new VPEM will possess the skills to shape a culture that supports and makes possible innovative thought—a culture where creative solutions are valued. It will be important for the vice president to possess strong analytical abilities and an aptitude for enhancing systems and structures to harness data and technology and facilitate enrollment planning in order to meet institutional goals.

Review of applications will begin May 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at ked@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Wentworth Institute of Technology website at https://wit.edu

Wentworth Institute of Technology, an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse work force. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




 

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