Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission

Cornell College invites applications for a vice president of enrollment and dean of admission. The vice president is responsible for the overall supervision of enrollment services, which includes the offices of admission, financial assistance, and the college's marketing and public relations efforts. The vice president makes a difference in the future of the college, primarily by ensuring that the college attracts and matriculates engaged students who wish to benefit from and contribute to the life of the college. In so doing, the vice president builds, maintains, and inspires a motivated team of individuals in the offices of admission, financial assistance, and marketing communications, and works closely with faculty, coaches, staff, and students. Further, the vice president is an important participant and leader in the college's retention efforts, working closely with faculty and staff to improve student retention.
Going forward, he or she will be primarily responsible for leading the efforts to grow enrollment and maintain a strong focus on quality and diversity, within a financial assistance budget determined annually, based on the priorities of that year. The vice president takes a leadership role in helping the college to maintain a healthy financial profile, which requires an appropriate balance between financial aid and tuition to ensure that the college provides access to worthy students while meeting its financial goals.
Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to learn at the speed of life with more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of Iowa's Creative Corridor.
Qualifications: At least seven years of progressive experience in admissions with a significant amount of supervisory-level experience preference will be given to candidates with more experience. Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and oral and written communication skills, as well as overall leadership qualities are required. Knowledge of admission databases and information systems and familiarity with predictive modeling and geo-demography are required. A master's degree is required. Other required qualifications include:
Exceptional vision and the ability to articulate that vision and use it to define and shape a culture committed to strong enrollment and retention across the institution.
Demonstrated ability to lead a strategically-driven enrollment operation.
Knowledge of strategic institutional branding, marketing, and public relations.
Exceptional relationship-building and team-building skills, including the ability to grow and mentor staff; strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a collaborative style of leadership conducive to working effectively with diverse populations.
A proven track record for effectively leading a team and/or staff including, but not limited to, overseeing of hiring, training, staff development, performance appraisals, corrective action, workflow management and staff recognition.
Strong project management skills.
Direct experience working successfully with a board of trustees.
Experience with budget management.
Energy, an entrepreneurial spirit, and lofty aspirations for success.
Demonstrated ability in creative problem-solving.
This position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through Cornell's online application system. The search committee will give candidates advanced notice prior to contacting any references.
Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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