The Executive Director for Enrollment Management will lead the university's efforts to recruit, admit, enroll, support, and retain both domestic and international students. The Executive Director provides dynamic, strategic leadership, management, and supervision for the effective operation and management of the following areas: Admission, Financial aid, International Student Services, Registration, and Upward Bound. Reporting directly to the President, the Executive Director advises him on all enrollment matters, particularly budget, programs, and policy development, and will serve as a cabinet member.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of an aggressive and comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan – a University-wide, systematic, comprehensive, data-driven, research-based plan designed to locate, attract, and retain successful SMSU students. The Executive Director will work closely with the President, Provost and other campus leadership to develop and implement enrollment strategies driven by institutional priorities and provide leadership in fulfilling the University's recruitment, retention, and diversity goals.
Develop short- and long-term enrollment management plans, establish objectives and develop strategies in support of those plans, facilitate implementation of enrollment management strategies, and monitor progress toward enrollment management goals. The position requires a commitment to collaboration and shared governance and the ability to facilitate institutional change within a collective bargaining environment.
Collaborate closely with the Office of Communications and Marketing and other professionals on an integrated communications strategy that supports the University's strategic planning and includes marketing efforts designed to attract prospective students and retain current students, including within the College Now program. This position will enhance strategic thinking and execution of strategic decisions.
Oversee assessment and program evaluation efforts for all departments within Enrollment Management ensuring that the short and long term plans are consistent with the University's planning efforts and meet the needs of students.
Responsible for the general administration, supervision, operations, and program development of admission, financial aid, international student services, upward bound, and registration functions. As part of the overall management of the various units, the Executive Director will provide direction in hiring and retention practices, performance management, review of professional development plans, work area plans, and progress reports in accordance with Minnesota State policies, University policies and negotiated contract provisions. Will ensure effective communications, dissemination of information, and pro-active program development within the offices. Oversee the development and implementation of departmental inclusion and diversity objectives.
Oversee the management of the Enrollment. Develop budget practices and procedures that allow the division to meet its administrative obligations and maintain a balanced budget. Review budgets with the Provost as necessary.
Serve on all-University Committees related to Enrollment and work closely with others across the University who are directly involved in efforts to improve the quality of student life and learning and foster student success and satisfaction.
Develop, recommend, administer, implement and evaluate as needed, university policies, procedures, and practices for institutional effectiveness and compliance with federal, state, and system regulations, directives, and guidelines.
Provide leadership in the implementation and operations of major enrollment software updates or changes.
Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in higher education administration, student development, or related area. Doctorate preferred.
Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience in higher education.
Experience in enrollment management (recruitment and retention) required.
Experience with contemporary recruitment, financial aid, advising, and retention practices.
Demonstrated commitment and proven strategies for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated commitment and proven strategies teaching and working with persons from diverse backgrounds.
Must be analytical, data-informed and results-oriented.
Strong leadership, communication, planning, and organizational skills.
High energy with a collaborative style, unquestionable integrity, vision, flexibility, creativity, and sense of humor.
Skilled at hiring, motivating, and developing staff, fostering teamwork and managing change.
Must have an understanding of the applications of technology.
Must have a collaborative style of leadership conducive to working effectively with diverse populations.
Knowledge of federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
Effectiveness in reviewing, interpreting, and applying policies and procedure.
Ability to work within a collective bargaining environment.
Demonstrated experience in collaboration among colleagues and/or departments to focus on meeting the needs of students.
Application materials include a letter of application addressing position qualifications, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts for highest degree attained, and the names, addresses, email address and phone numbers for five references.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master's degrees. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
SMSU offers a comprehensive benefit package including life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, as well as a variety of other benefits as defined by the individual Collective Bargaining Agreements or Plans. For information on our benefits including Medical and Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Disability and Long-Term Care; Pre-Tax Benefits; and Health and Wellness, please refer to SEGIP's website http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp For information on Minnesota State's Retirement Plan(s), please go to: http://www.minnstate.edu/system/hr/employees/retirement/index.html
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.