Seattle University (SU), a nationally-ranked independent Jesuit-Catholic institution adjacent to downtown Seattle, seeks an inspiring, strategic, and experienced leader to serve as the Vice President, Enrollment Management (VPEM). Reporting to the Provost and a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, this leader works in collaboration with all stakeholders of the university to ensure Seattle University continues to serve as an innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic University educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.
About Seattle University
Dedicated to educating the whole person to professional formation and empowering leaders for a just and humane world, Seattle University encourages its students to grow academically, personally and spiritually, test their values, develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community, and learn about making ethical choices in their lives. Seattle University students learn to balance self-reliance with interdependence, knowledge with spirituality, and mind with heart. Seattle University’s highly dedicated faculty and staff guide students in these pursuits. Its faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service with a clear focus on academic excellence, justice, leadership, and diversity. The next Vice President, Enrollment Management will help to ensure that students continue to receive an unparalleled education.
One of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Seattle University has eight academic divisions: Albers School of Business; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science and Engineering; School of Law; School of New and Continuing Studies; and School of Theology and Ministry. Offering 64 undergraduate programs, more than 28 graduate programs and 28 certificate programs, Seattle University encourages students to find their passions, test their limits, and in the words of St. Ignatius, “dare forth to create a better world.”
Founded in 1891, Seattle University has matured from a small parish school to one of the premier independent universities in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle University was ranked in the top 16 percent of universities nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2021, moved up 15 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and again made the top 20 for service learning. In addition, three Seattle University undergraduate business programs achieved high national rankings in the U.S. News rankings. These latest recognitions follow SU’s recent inclusion in the Princeton Review’s Best 386 Colleges 2021. Seattle University is the only college in the Northwestern United States to earn a spot in the Princeton Review’s 2021 Green Honor Roll of 30 colleges that earned the highest scores by the publication.
The distinctive quality of Seattle University’s academic programs and student experience attract talented and diverse students aligned with the institution’s mission and values. The University’s vibrant and inclusive campus environment and experiences foster engagement and community from its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. With nearly 7200 students, including 4700 undergraduates and 2500 graduate and professional students, Seattle University educates the whole person to effect change that has lasting impact.
This is an exciting time to join Seattle University as it completes a strategic planning process designed to help revitalize and set new directions for the academic enterprise. With broad stakeholder input, the Seattle University 2020 Strategic Plan prioritizes the refinement of institutional identity and direction; shared governance and an inclusive culture; and the need to respond to the significant opportunities and real challenges presented by a changing environment in ways that support the mission and Jesuit educational purposes. The VPEM will have a critical role in partnering with campus stakeholders to ensure that enrollment strategy and outcomes are informed by and contribute to the University’s strategic direction for the next five years.
What Matters at Seattle University
Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.
We will be the premier independent university of the Northwest in academic quality, Jesuit Catholic inspiration, and service to society.
Seattle University believes that the following core values are essential to accomplish its mission and to sustain its vision:
- Care – we put the good of students first
- Academic Excellence – we value excellence in learning with great teachers who are active scholars
- Diversity – we celebrate educational excellence achieved through diversity
- Faith – we treasure our Jesuit Catholic ethos and the enrichment from many faiths of our university community
- Justice – we foster a concern for justice and the competence to promote it
- Leadership – we seek to develop responsible leaders committed to the common good.
Enrollment at Seattle University
The Enrollment Management Division at Seattle University is responsible for selecting and enrolling the most outstanding and diverse student body from a national and international pool of candidates to its undergraduate and graduate programs in nine colleges. For Fall 2019, over 7500 undergraduate students and 1900 transfer and graduate students applied for admission to Seattle University. The Division works closely with Athletics on recruitment for 21 intercollegiate sports, and with deans and faculty throughout the university on specialized undergraduate and graduate admissions throughout the institution. Enrollment management welcomes visitors to campus at 13 significant events annually. EM oversees the distribution of financial aid each year to approximately 89% of undergraduates and over 68% of graduates who receive financial assistance. The division employs over 70 full-time staff members to provide guidance, outreach, and structure for prospective students from the inquiry stage through the decision process and enrollment.
President, Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
Father Stephen V. Sundborg, of the Society of Jesus, is serving in his 24th year as president of Seattle University. He leads a comprehensive, independent, Jesuit Catholic university of 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,600 faculty and staff members.
Since becoming president, Fr. Sundborg’s key objectives have been to enhance academic excellence, and to develop resources to support a growing student population. During Father Sundborg’s tenure, Seattle University has built a new Student Center, a new Law School, residential housing, the School of Theology and Ministry, a Center for the Performing Arts, a Library and Learning Commons and a Fitness Center. A new Center for Science and Innovation will take its place on SU’s campus in the coming years.
President Sundborg is strongly committed to educating the whole person, forming excellent and principled professionals and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. He actively supports programs that encourage students, faculty, and staff to make a difference, whether in the local community or in developing countries. Such a commitment led to Seattle University’s decision to host a homeless encampment during February 2005—an unprecedented move by a university—and to initiate its nationally recognized Youth Initiative in the Central District. During his presidency, Fr. Sundborg has bestowed honorary degrees on such prominent social justice leaders as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Corazon Aquino.
In addition to his responsibilities as Seattle University president, Father Sundborg serves on the Board of United Way of King County, the Independent Colleges of Washington, the Seattle Nativity School and Fulcrum Foundation, and is a trustee of Lakeside School and the University of San Francisco.
A native of Alaska, whose father was an author of the Alaska State Constitution, President Sundborg was ordained a priest in Seattle in 1974 and completed his doctoral studies in spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1982. He taught theology at Seattle University from 1982-1990 and served as provincial of the Northwest Jesuits 1990‑1996. He is the 21st president to lead Seattle University since its founding in 1891.
Provost, Shane P. Martin, Ph.D.
Shane P. Martin is the Provost of Seattle University. As Chief Academic Officer, he oversees the Academic Division, including the 8 schools and colleges, the libraries, enrollment management, student academic and faculty services, and numerous academic centers and initiatives. Shane is a 2015 fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a branch of the Aspen Institute.
Prior to coming to Seattle U, he served for almost 25 years at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) as a faculty member and administrator, completing 14 years as Dean of the LMU School of Education and 6 as Dean of Graduate Studies. He received an honorary doctorate from LMU in 2018.
Provost Martin served as a state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for 10 years for which he was recognized by a resolution from the California Legislature. He served as a board member and chair of the Green Dot Public Schools Board, chair of the Teach For America Los Angeles Board, and the Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Directors. He was a founding member of Deans for Impact and is a past president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Education Deans Conference, a past chair of the Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities (AGSCCU), and a past chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Catholic Education. He recently was appointed to the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) Board.
An educational anthropologist by training, his areas of expertise include intercultural education, inclusive excellence, educational policy, leadership, and Jesuit education. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including: the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Diversity Leadership Award, the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award and the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award, and the Loyola High School Alumni Association’s Cahalan Award.
Provost Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, a Master of Divinity degree also from JST, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Loyola Marymount University.
For more information on Seattle University, please visit www.seattleu.edu.
Seattle University is located between First Hill and Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with a unique mix of restaurants, coffee houses, retail shops and other services. The city of Seattle, which serves as the extended campus of the University, is one of the most livable cities in the U.S. and is renowned as a hub for outdoor recreation as well as arts and culture. Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with small-town friendliness, a Pacific Rim outlook, and cosmopolitan amenities. Contrary to its reputation, Seattle receives less precipitation than New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and most cities along the eastern seaboard.
For more about Seattle, please see http://www.seeseattle.org, and for more about the State of Washington http://www.experiencewa.com.
Reporting to the Provost, the Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM) is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the university in strategic enrollment management, including undergraduate, graduate and international admissions, student financial services, registrar, and student success initiatives. The VPEM collaborates with campus stakeholders to develop and implement strategic enrollment plans aligned with the university’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals to recruit and retain a talented and diverse student body and to ensure the University remains competitive and visible in a rapidly evolving and competitive marketplace. With a focus on continuous improvement, the Vice President uses analytics and evidence-based methodologies to inform strategy and process and communicates and collaborates with partners throughout campus to reflect on and refine enrollment approaches and practices.
Specific job functions for the VPEM include the following:
Provide leadership to the Enrollment Management (EM) division
- Invest in the continued professional development and success of direct reports, including the Dean of Admissions, Director of Graduate Admissions, Director of Student Financial Services, Registrar, and Director of International Recruitment, as they lead key areas and develop their staffs in EM.
- Working closely with Directors, provide active oversight of strategies most critical to achieve enrollment goals and budgeted net tuition revenue by term and secure resources (staffing, marketing, technology, data, consulting, etc.) necessary for the team to achieve objectives.
- Serve the needs of diverse student populations in a professional, timely, informed and respectful manner, providing opportunities for customers to provide feedback on our effectiveness.
- Ensure that appropriate enrollment technologies exist, and EM staff and campus colleagues are trained to utilize them, to recruit and enroll prospective students, serve current students and alumni, and meet institutional needs for performing key functions and providing data.
- Comply with all governmental regulations and institutional policies in awarding federal, state, institutional and private funds.
- Establish Enrollment Management division as a great place to do excellent work. Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team environment, one that is able to establish priorities, goals and timelines to achieve both quantifiable and qualitative outcomes.
Develop and implement strategic enrollment plans
- The VPEM collaborates proactively with campus stakeholders to develop/update and implement strategic enrollment plans aligned with the university’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.
- These plans address undergraduate and graduate goals, recruitment and student success strategies and specific steps (with responsible parties) to achieve the objectives.
- The VPEM and Directors collaborate with academic colleagues and other campus partners to recruit and retain a talented and diverse student body.
- EM works closely with Marketing Communications to effectively communicate the value of an SU education to diverse populations utilizing appropriate marketing channels.
Develop and recommend enrollment, tuition and financial aid projection
- The VPEM leads a working group, supported by Institutional Research and utilizing college/school graduate enrollment projections, in the development of non-law enrollment, tuition and financial aid projections which effect the net tuition revenue funding the majority of the operating needs and aspirations of the university.
- The VPEM makes final recommendations to the President and Cabinet regarding projections of tuition revenue and financial aid expenditures essential to the university’s annual operating budget and budget update following fall census.
- The VPEM works closely with directors, deans and other campus partners to monitor, impact and communicate progress in meeting budgeted goals by term.
Work with key partners to ensure that SU remains relevant and competitive in a changing marketplace
- Inform and advise campus partners about principal competitors and rising competitors, assessing SUs position relative to theirs in key dimensions of value to prospective student markets as well as new methodologies of recruitment/retention.
- Regularly explore the viability of serving new and diverse student populations and markets.
- Collaborate with campus partners in responding to projections of changing workforce trends and educational pathways to prepare students for new and changing careers.
- Expand delivery models and enhance support services to better serve both traditional students and adult learners.
Provide thought-leadership to the Cabinet, Council of Deans and other bodies on enrollment and other matters
The Vice President, Enrollment Management will be a focused, self-motivated leader who is deeply invested in the mission of Seattle University and understands the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The VPEM will be unwavering in maintaining open communication and leadership within the Enrollment Management division. They will build partnerships across campus fostering collaboration and engagement to develop and advance the University’s strategic enrollment priorities.
The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:
Subject Matter Expertise
The VPEM will have a deep understanding of enrollment management and will be a leader in a broad range of enrollment functional areas. They will be a strong partner and advance the University’s strategic priorities regarding enrollment. They will have a strong understanding of admissions, financial aid and enrollment marketing using multiple marketing channels. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of successfully meeting undergraduate and graduate enrollment goals (headcount, credit hours, and profile) within discount parameters, as well as experience recruiting and serving adult learners using various delivery modalities and successfully recruiting and serving students from historically underrepresented populations. Enrollment experience at a private university and having served at a Jesuit Catholic university would be particularly beneficial for this role.
Relationship Building and Collaborating
The VPEM must be able to build and sustain excellent relationships internally as well as possess strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as the Board of Trustees and other key stakeholders. A record of partnering with faculty on enrollment strategies and practices is a plus. They will have a record of successful negotiations of contracts for products and services. A natural collaborator and highly effective communicator, they will be a demonstrated team player and will be seen as trusted advisor to campus colleagues.
Leading Through Influence
The VPEM will have humility, credibility, and agility but will be seen as an expert and will express his or her opinions thoughtfully, helping to guide executive-level leadership to consensus. They will have a reputation for integrity, ethics, resourcefulness, and professionalism; strength of character to work effectively with other strong leaders in positive partnership; and strong leadership and management skills and a proven record of developing leaders and cohesive teams who meet agreed objectives. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to handle difficult matters with wisdom, courage, confidence, and confidentiality.
Critical Thinking and Intellectual Curiosity
The VPEM will exhibit intellectual curiosity, be approachable and open to input. They will have superior analytic skills and the ability to think creatively and collaboratively about SU’s broad goals, while remaining focused on details and follow-through. They will have strong experience with financial management and. They will have sophisticated data evaluation skills to inform strategies and communicate critical information. They will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly, listen intently, and to make well-organized, strong verbal presentations.
Alignment with Seattle’s Mission
The VPEM will have a deep appreciation for and understanding of Seattle University’s Jesuit Catholic tradition and commitment to its mission, vision, and values. They will embody and stay true to these values and demonstrate leadership to an unwavering commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both internally and to the broader communities outside of the university. They will inspire and motivate others.
A Master’s degree and seven or more years of progressively responsible enrollment management experience are required for this important role, as are demonstrated accomplishments in advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education.
Amy Sugin, Beth Schaefer, and Malissa Brennan of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political ideology, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The University administers all policies, practices, and procedures in ways that are consistent with the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character.
About Koya Leadership Partners
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