Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admission at University of Denver

The University of Denver, a private institution located in Denver, Colorado near the Rocky Mountains, seeks nominations and applications for the position of  Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admission. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and serving as a valued and collaborative member of the senior team, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admission plays an important leadership role within the division.

The successful candidate will be an approachable and collaborative leader, able to serve as a creative and nimble expert in design, implementation and administration of  student-centric strategic enrollment management programs, processes and initiatives.

Priorities for the Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Denver
Specific opportunities and responsibilities for the next Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admission include:

Meet undergraduate enrollment objectives.
In partnership with the Vice Chancellor and senior enrollment team, the Associate Vice Chancellor will assist in the development, execution and assessment of enrollment and financial aid strategies and tactics leading to the continued development of a state-of–the art enrollment approach that addresses objectives, resources and opportunities of the 21st century. The AVC will offer innovation in the development, execution and assessment of the division’s operating policies and procedures, which have direct impact on achieving enrollment goals.

The Associate Vice Chancellor will lead metrics-driven efforts to drive key decisions related to the development and execution of admission plans and programs. They will organize, track, report and assess enrollment data to inform and shape departmental efforts in achieving enrollment and revenue goals. Further, the Associate Vice Chancellor will assist in the development of financial aid leveraging strategies.

Create optimal team and workplace.
The Associate Vice Chancellor will recruit, hire, develop and retain a talented staff of admission counselors and enrollment services professionals. They will enhance staff development and collaboration in cultivating a team culture that aligns with, reflects and supports the enrollment division’s values and aspirations. In addition, they will identify professional development opportunities for division staff and have oversight of weekly staff meetings and summer staff retreats. The AVC will offer exceptional quality service and embrace and value the University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

They will identify, evaluate and prioritize staffing needs and models with clear and measurable objectives. The AVC will have direct responsibility for assessing and managing staff in the file reading processes to ensure consistent, accurate, and equitable practices. The Associate Vice Chancellor will manage the staff responsible for departmental programming including, but not limited to: visit programs, file reading and evaluation, diversity recruitment, transfer recruitment, and regional admission counselors, ensuring all are working toward achieving the larger enrollment management objectives.

The AVC will offer assistance in the planning and development of the annual departmental budget and provide leadership in monitoring and assessing the budget on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. They will provide oversight and direction to assist admission counselors with the management of travel and program budgets within the larger division budget.

Serve as an industry expert and passionate representative of the University.
The AVC will represent the Division and University at a wide variety of community and professional events, both internal and external. Internally, AVC will be expected to occasionally serve on a variety of campus committees, councils, and search committees. The AVC will readily engage in speaking opportunities at school programs, conferences and other key events. They will cultivate and maintain relationships with key constituents, high schools, community based organizations and foundations and others in advancing the goals and objectives of University enrollment.

In addition, the AVC, in coordination with the Vice Chancellor and the Director of Communications, will assist with the admission communication and marketing plans, including engagement in the creation and implementation of print, electronic and other related marketing materials. They will assist in providing brand direction, photo selection, content development and editing of communication/marketing materials and related projects, working closely with our internal marketing team as well as vendors to develop, create and execute materials for search, application and deposit campaigns.

Enhance campus diversity.
The Associate Vice Chancellor will contribute to efforts to identify, attract, recruit, enroll and support students from a diverse array of racial, ethnic, economic and first-generation backgrounds.

The Associate Vice Chancellor supervises the Executive Director of Diversity Enrollment/Community Partnerships, and assists in delivering the University’s promise to student access and support, increasing enrollment opportunity, as well as persistence and graduation rates. They will promote cultural enhancement, impacting the professional competencies of the admission team, and greater access to a DU education for prospective students.   

Ensure financial accessibility for qualified students.
The Associate Vice Chancellor will work closely with the Vice Chancellor and the AVC/Director of Financial Aid to assist in the development, monitoring, assessment and planning of the financial aid budget, which includes merit awards, leveraging policies and the overall discount rate. Further, they will assist in ensuring the financial aid process is streamlined and effectively serving students through the financial aid application, awarding, and notification processes for students and families.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have significant and progressive experience in higher education enrollment management, including knowledge of recruitment, admission, financial aid and marketing. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, although an advanced degree is strongly preferred;
  • experience in leading and managing staff, with direct experience in undergraduate admission management preferred;
  • a demonstrated ability to nurture a strong office culture and lead effective and cohesive teams;
  • a management style that builds on an established organization and team, while requiring accountability and measurable results;
  • exceptional communication and presentation skills;
  • the ability to help position the University to meet the changing demographic trends and financial realities of prospective students;
  • expertise and commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence;
  • ability to articulate passionately the value of private higher education and its accessibility to a broad range of students and their families;
  • deep understanding of current trends and best practices in enrollment management;
  • familiarity with financial aid policies and practices;
  • ability to leverage data and metrics to inform and shape enrollment strategy on a continuous basis;
  • strong ethical grounding with a track record of visionary and responsible leadership;
  • experience with developing communication and marketing plans;
  • a track record of building strong systems and processes to enhance long term enrollment strategies;
  • an entrepreneurial nature and a willingness to take calculated risks;
  • strong listening skills, comfortable and effective at all levels of the organization; and
  • the ability to advocate for resources, with a keen focus on demonstrable return on investment.
  • experience navigating a CRM; expertise with Slate is preferred.

The University of Denver: An Overview
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, doctoral-granting university with high research activity. The University has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. The University plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic and educational vibrancy of the fast-growing city and region it calls home.

The University of Denver is located on a 125-acre campus less than 15 minutes from downtown. During the past 20 years, the University has invested more than $852 million in renovating, modernizing and growing its campus and is currently constructing three new buildings set to open in 2020: The Burwell Center for Career Achievement, the Dimond Family Residential Village, and a new Community Commons. These three new buildings represent the first phase of the Denver Advantage Campus Framework Plan, an ambitious and innovative vision for the physical future of DU. Through the Denver Advantage, the University aims to integrate the campus and its surrounding neighborhood, open the doors of campus to the city of Denver, and foster a great sense of belonging for the DU community. The beautiful campus, with sweeping views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains, is also designated as an arboretum.

Other buildings constructed on campus in the past 20 years include the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, Olin Hall, the Ricketson Law Building, Ruffatto Hall (Morgridge College of Education), the Daniels College of Business, the Joy Burns Center and the Anderson Academic Commons, as well as two new residence halls.

Both the city of Denver and the state of Colorado are attractive destinations for business and industry. Denver holds a top-five position for best places for business and careers (Forbes). Business Insider ranked Denver second in its “50 Best Places to Live in America Right Now,” and U.S. News and World Report rated Colorado as the nation’s top economy. Denver had the ninth-largest population growth in the U.S. between July 2017 and July 2018 and is a magnet for young professionals with a median population age at just 34 years old (U.S. Census Bureau). Colorado ranks as the fifth most educated state in America (WalletHub) and is the second-best state to find a job (U.S. News & World Report). U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Places to Live study ranked the city of Denver in the second spot, citing the city’s proximity to outdoor recreation, a progressive mindset, and its walkability.

With 300 days of sunshine a year, there are plenty of reasons to get outside. Not only is Colorado the country’s most popular ski and snowboarding destination, but it is also home to four national parks, 41 state parks and many outdoor recreation areas for boating, hiking, camping, swimming, snowmobiling, bird watching, picnicking, world-class fishing, hunting, and biking. DU students, faculty and staff enjoy countless adventures in the great outdoors of the vast Rocky Mountains and can explore the diverse cultural attractions, sporting events and the vibrant city scene of Colorado’s Mile High City.

The Strategic Plan: DU IMPACT 2025
The University of Denver has a bold and courageous vision for higher education in the 21st century. The University is creating substantial changes that will have an enormous impact on our students, the research of our faculty, the community and beyond. DU will continue to innovate around our strengths in teaching, learning, and discovery. The faculty will accelerate the ways research can be used to address society’s most vexing problems. Currently, implementation of DU IMPACT 2025 is being led by the interim provost with the strong support of Chancellor Haefner, who has introduced five strategic imperatives that will accelerate DU’s progress toward the goals of DU IMPACT 2025.

Chancellor Haefner’s five strategic imperatives are:

  1. Ensure a sustainable future for the next generation
  2. Create a unique global, 4D student experience, emphasizing a holistic approach to learning and student success
  3. Cultivate an exceptionally diverse, inclusive, equitable and welcoming community
  4. Define and model a global, engaged research university
  5. Ensure a signature portfolio of academic programs

The expectation is that the new provost will continue to lead strategic implementation while shaping DU IMPACT 2025’s ongoing evolution.

Academic Profile
U.S. News and World Report lists the University of Denver among the nation’s top 100 universities. The Carnegie Classifications identify DU as a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity”. The University enrolls about 13k students from all regions of the United States and 80 foreign countries in its distinguished undergraduate liberal arts and science and graduate and professional programs. The University’s academic programs are led by twelve academic deans. Each program features cutting-edge curricula, professor-led courses and access to the latest tools and technology. The 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes allow personalized instruction as well as multiple opportunities for research, exploration, and holistic student development. There are more than 700 full-time appointed faculty members, of which 90 percent have earned the highest degree in their fields. DU faculty often collaborate on scholarly inquiry and pedagogical reflection with faculty and students from other disciplines, divisions, schools, colleges across campus and community partners. These efforts—and many others like them—deepen the University’s intellectual portfolio and expand the opportunities available for its faculty and students.

Student Life
In fall 2019, there were 5,808 undergraduates and 7,241 graduate students. Six percent of students are international, 60 percent of students are female, and nearly a quarter identify as a domestic minority. DU students display great ethnic, cultural, and spiritual diversity. What binds them together is a commitment to scholarly excellence, attention and access to professors and an insatiable curiosity and drive to make a difference in the world. Students work closely with faculty, staff, peers, members of the broader Denver/Rocky Mountain area, and international communities on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem-solving. To prepare students for the challenges of productive citizenship, the University of Denver offers rigorous programs that emphasize critical thinking, innovative problem solving, ethical leadership and global engagement. When students leave DU, they are ready to make a difference in organizations and communities around the world.

Finances
The University has total annually budgeted revenues of $480 million and total endowment assets in excess of $761 million as of June 30, 2018. In FY 2019, the University raised $86.5 million in voluntary giving commitments. FY 2019 sponsored research expenditures exceeded $36 million. The University’s research partnerships with corporations include Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, DePuy, Arrow Electronics, DaVita, Ball Corporation and others.

The University has 4,583 employees, comprised of 1,599 appointed staff, 701 appointed faculty, 264 non-appointed hourly staff, 578 adjunct faculty and 1,441 student employees. Forty-eight percent of faculty are women, and 19 percent identify as persons of color. Sixty-four percent of staff are women, and 22 percent identify as persons of color.

Alumni
There are more than 140,000 active alumni worldwide. Notable DU alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr.; former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton; Time Magazine Editor at Large David von Drehle; former New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal; Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan; Prosecutor of the Special Court of Sierra Leone Brenda J. Hollis; Hockey Hall of Fame Member Craig Patrick; Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Crisanta Duran; CEO of Reynolds American Debra Crew; former Chief Strategy Officer of Snapchat Imran Khan; Chairman of Cox Enterprises Jim Kennedy and Peter Coors, chairman of the board of MillerCoors.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
DU shows a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence. Three senior administrators in the chancellor’s cabinet have direct accountability in areas of inclusive excellence: the vice chancellor for campus life and inclusive excellence, the vice chancellor for human resources and inclusive community and the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, who provides overarching thought leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

DU is fully committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and promotes the full participation and prosperity of all of its members. The University embraces a distinctive philosophy that employs senior leadership as catalysts in a concerted effort to recruit all members of the University community—students, staff, faculty and administrators—in the implementation of comprehensive plans for diversity and inclusion. DU’s IRISE research incubator is just one example of that commitment. The provost will be a key partner with the other cabinet members in these efforts, providing council for University-wide recruitment, retention and support of students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Since 2010, DU has seen a 55 percent increase in domestic students of color, from 18 to 25 percent of the student body. Another six percent are international students from over 80 countries around the globe. Nineteen percent of appointed faculty members are domestic persons of color, and two percent are international. New hiring guidelines and retention efforts are designed to support an increasingly diverse set of faculty and staff members.

About the Chancellor
Jeremy Haefner, Ph.D., has been the chancellor of the University of Denver since July of 2019. Dr. Haefner is the University of Denver’s 19th chancellor, and he brings to DU over three decades of leadership experience in higher education. Since 2014, the University has made substantial strides toward implementing the goals of its strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. Named chancellor by the University of Denver Board of Trustees in 2019, Dr. Haefner seeks to continue and build upon the DU community’s momentum. Chancellor Haefner strongly believes DU is an institution uniquely able to serve students as they prepare for fulfilling careers and lives of purpose—today and into the future. In DU’s faculty, he sees limitless potential and talent and knows their research will further the creation of knowledge and serve the public good. As chancellor, Jeremy Haefner energetically supports the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, and he will continue to build on DU’s long legacy of fearless innovation and ethical leadership.

About the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Todd Rinehart is in his 23rd year at DU and has served in the role of Vice Chancellor for Enrollment the last three years. Prior to that he served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Admission from 2004 to 2017. Rinehart has helped elevate the University’s undergraduate reputation with unprecedented growth in enrollment, academic quality, and diversity. Rinehart previously worked at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (La) and Bowling Green State University (OH). BGSU is also where Rinehart earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

Professionally, Rinehart is the President-Elect for NACAC, and has served the national association in two other roles – as chair of NACAC’s Steering Committee on Admission Practices, a committee that wrote a new code of ethics for admission professionals, aligning emerging practices with the values and principles of the association; and prior to that, Rinehart chaired NACAC’s national Admission Practices Committee, where his team monitored and enforced compliance with NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

The Enrollment Division (Admission and Financial Aid)
The Enrollment Division is a key strategic division of the University, with a mission to cultivate, enroll and support vibrant and intellectually motivated students who will graduate from the University of Denver. The division houses Undergraduate Admission, International Student Admission and Financial Aid.

The Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Admission will partner with the Vice Chancellor in leading an admission team of approximately 32 people, including the direct supervision of the Directors/ Associate Directors of Admission responsible for visit programs; diversity and community partnerships; enrollment services; transfer; and regional admission recruitment.

The Enrollment Division has experienced much success, consistently meeting key enrollment goals and advancing the reputation of DU. First-year classes are typically 1,400 students, with strong academic records, and 23% identifying as students of color. About seventy percent are from outside of Colorado, with sixty-six percent hailing from more than 500 miles from their homes. DU welcomes about 170 transfers each fall.

The comprehensive cost of attendance is approximately $72,000 for undergraduate students. Eighty-five percent of full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance and the University currently meets eighty-four percent of need for students receiving need-based aid. The University is poised to launch a significant capital campaign, which will include a significant commitment to financial support for students.

To Apply or Nominate
Napier Executive Search is pleased to assist University of Denver as they seek an Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment/Director of Admission. If you are interested in a confidential conversation, please contact Mary Napier (mary.napier@napiersearch.com ) or Laura Robinson (laura.robinson@napiersearch.com).

Candidates who plan to apply should send a resume, a detailed letter outlining interest in the University of Denver, and contact information for three professional references by email to DU@napiersearch.com by May 30, 2020 for best consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.

 

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.