Northern Illinois University seeks applications and nominations for highly qualified candidates who will lead the University to new levels of excellence in achieving its enrollment management vision and goals. This is an exciting opportunity for a new Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management to bring clarified purpose and vision to the recruitment and retention of students, who will be able to take advantage of the University's many nationally accredited academic programs, including business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and teacher certification.
About the University
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is located in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, 65 miles west of Chicago; NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of more than 23,500. Chartered in 1895, NIU opened in 1899 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School solely to prepare college-educated teachers. It became Northern Illinois State College on July 1, 1955, and Northern Illinois University on July 1, 1957. NIU has since grown into a world-class university that attracts students from around the globe while still serving the northern Illinois region, and yet two traditions established in 1899 remain paramount today. NIU is deeply committed to providing an excellent and affordable higher education to Illinois families.
The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management employs more than 450 staff members and is comprised of 22 departments. The Division’s mission, in alliance with the educational mission of NIU, is to create student learning opportunities beyond the classroom that inspire intellectual, personal, and civic growth for leadership in a diverse and complex world.
About the Position
The Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (AVPEM) reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and is a member of the Vice President's Senior Staff. The AVPEM oversees a staff of 77 full-time employees and a budget of approximately $9.4 million, including personnel. Direct reports include the Directors of Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Scholarship Office, and Orientation.
The AVPEM provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of recruitment strategies, publications, training, orientation, and advising as related to the outreach and recruitment process. The position requires proven expertise in the full range of enrollment management responsibilities, including institutional positioning, student recruitment and retention, admissions, financial aid, orientation and scholarships. The AVPEM also coordinates the University’s approach to recruitment and retention as specified in the Enrollment Management Strategic Plan: http://bit.ly/1lximWf.
Essential areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate will have five or more years of higher education leadership experience in a successful enrollment management position that is informed by best practices in recruitment and retention, and that has shaped enrollment by academic program, student diversity, and academic ability. Depth of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and developing and coordinating implementation of a comprehensive student success are all musts.
Candidates must be prepared to serve as an agent for change in a complex organization; possess exceptional consensus development and team-building, listening, and facilitation skills; have an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing; and possess strong analytical skills to analyze and use data and information for effective planning and decision-making. Finally, the incumbent will have exceptional skills in the area of marketing and will be particularly proficient in the use of current and emerging technological advances and social networking tools. A master's degree is required and a doctorate preferred.
How to Apply
Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for five references. The packet should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line in the e-mail should be AVPNIU. Documents that must be mailed should be sent to William Spelman Executive Search at 667 Midship Circle, Webster, NY 14580.
Confidential inquiries will be received at 585-366-4329. Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. Priority will be given to applications received by March 10, 2014; review of applications received after this date will continue until the position is filled.
In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.