Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success
Curry College, a private, liberal arts-based institution with 85% of undergraduate students enrolled in pre-professional programs, located just seven miles from downtown Boston, seeks an inaugural Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success. Overseeing the areas of Undergraduate Admission, Student Financial Services which includes financial aid, loan and student accounts, and Student Success and Retention, this person will support Curry’s deep commitment to current and prospective students and will help strengthen the college’s understanding of markets, programs, retention, and its own success.
The new vice president will report to the president, Ken Quigley, and serve as a member of his Executive Staff as well as a member of the Senior Team. The successful candidate will possess a depth of experience in higher education enrollment management along with a background steeped in understanding the markers of student persistence and retention.
The charge to the Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success will be to work collaboratively with campus partners in Academic Affairs, including Continuing and Graduate Studies, Institutional Research, Academic Success, the Academic Enrichment Center, Advising, and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) as well as with Athletics and Student Affairs. The new vice president will be expected to achieve and maintain modest enrollment growth through a combination of new student recruitment and enhancement of continuing student retention, tied together with consistent internal and external marketing. Initiatives on enrollment and retention are underway, but additional strength and expertise is needed.
Keys to success include setting targeted and differentiated recruitment and financial aid strategies and working to facilitate the integration and further development of institutional retention actions and plans.
The new vice president:
- Works closely with the President, the Provost and other Senior Staff to craft and implement enrollment and marketing strategies to meet institutional priorities as defined by the mission of the College, the Strategic Plan and institutional goals;
- Provides leadership for the College in enrollment management defined to include retention and student success;
- Supervises a team consisting of undergraduate admissions, student financial services, and student success and retention to achieve enrollment, retention and student success initiatives;
- Develops and institutes both short and long term marketing plans to meet enrollment and retention targets being mindful of inclusion and diversity objectives;
- In cooperation with the Provost, fosters academic program development necessary to meet goals;
- Works closely with the Provost to analyze retention and graduation data and determine students at-risk for graduation. Discusses results and strategies with academic and student affairs administrators;
- Spearheads new initiatives aimed at strengthening student success including the identification and implementation of enhanced protocols for student success, connecting students’ academic interests with career outcomes;
- Recommends policy to achieve successful execution of measurable goals defined in enrollment and retention plans;
- Strategically and aggressively plans, develops, executes and assesses an enrollment plan for entering students as well as a student retention and success plan including graduation/outcomes rates;
- Evaluates and recommends changes to administrative student service delivery to meet student-centered goals and students’ needs;
- Collaborates across divisions with other College professionals (eg.., Publications/Public Relations) to attract and retain students;
- Evaluates and redirects resources appropriately and as needed to meet the goals of both recruitment and retention;
- Serves on or leads College-wide Committees relative to the mission of the division;
- Recognizes and uses social media as a vehicle to reach target audiences;
- Successfully oversees management of operating budget for retention and recruitment.
The successful candidate will have significant and progressive experience in higher education enrollment management, including knowledge of recruitment, admission, retention and marketing, preferably at a private college or university. An advanced degree is required.
In addition, the vice president should have the following skills and characteristics:
- Skilled change agent who can effectively listen, synthesize, and move colleagues toward student-centered solutions;
- Adept purveyor of data, possessing the ability to ask effective questions, analyze results in real time and in predictive fashion;
- Savvy adapter of technology useful in all phases of enrollment management and retention;
- Proactive leader, fostering teamwork, mentoring staff to fully develop their professional abilities;
- Bold thinker who approaches challenges proactively and with innovation;
- Collaborator with skills in enhancing retention through programming and student success initiatives;
- Energetic, action-oriented individual who moves with purpose and confidence;
- Committed achiever who thrives on collaborative efforts, and relishes work with a talented, dedicated team of strong professionals;
- Brings enjoyment to daily work, building on the significant energies of a strong, successful community.
About Curry College
Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution with strong emphasis on pre-professional areas of studies, located on a wooded 131-acre campus in Milton, MA, just seven miles from downtown Boston. Curry offers 27 undergraduate majors, over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as four graduate programs and a variety of continuing education certificates and programs. Nearly 2,100 undergraduate students attend Curry, with 85% of them residing on campus.
Since the mid-1990’s, total student enrollments have tripled and traditional enrollments have more than doubled. Degree programs have been expanded in the both the undergraduate and graduate offerings. Also during that time, the College has achieved ambitious goals resulting in many new and renovated residential and academic buildings as well as significant growth in endowment.
A robust First Year Experience program is designed to make the transition to college seamless, both inside and outside the classroom. Highlights of the program include Summer Orientation, Welcome Weeks, First Year Seminars and ongoing collaboration with faculty advisors who mentor and support students.
The internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College is a structured support program providing assistance to bright, college-able students with specific learning disabilities and/or AD/HD. PAL has been widely recognized as the country’s first college program of its kind and for its leadership role over the years. Since its inception, PAL has focused on providing comprehensive, strength-based support to college students with learning disabilities in a proactive environment.
With an operating budget of $85 Million, Curry College’s financial strength allows it to be a “College on the Move” always striving for student success. One example is the Science and Integrated Learning Commons, opening in the fall of 2019. Offering 36,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and offices dedicated to active learning and student success, the Integrated Learning Commons will be a collaborative environment which promotes creativity and continual learning by providing academic guidance and student support.
Curry College is located in Milton, Massachusetts, a small community of nearly 27,000 within the Greater Boston metro; ranked #2 in Money Magazine’s 2011 Best Places to Live and in the top 1% of Best Small Cities as evaluated by WalletHub in 2015. The College is situated on a beautiful secluded 131-acre, wooded New England residential campus. The college is just seven miles from downtown Boston, the “ultimate college town” serving approximately 250,000 students. The campus is near shuttle-to-subway routes and major historic sites, legendary sports venues, shops, restaurants, orchestras, entertainment, cultural events, art galleries and museums. By contrast, Curry is also located close to Blue Hills Nature Reservation with skiing and hiking trails, horseback riding, environment education and recreation.
Napier Executive Search is assisting Curry College to search for a Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success. For a confidential conversation, or if you wish to nominate someone for this position, contact Mary Napier at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Robinson at email@example.com. If you wish to apply, please send a résumé; a cover letter outlining your specific interest in this opportunity at Curry College; and, contact information for three professional references by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org For assurance of full consideration, please submit materials before January 15, 2018. There is an anticipated start date of summer 2018. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.
Curry College is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity in the workplace.