Administrative Executive Director and Assistant Provost of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy
Michigan State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director and Assistant Provost of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy.
Reporting to the Associate Provost for Academic Services, Enrollment Management, and Academic Initiatives, the Executive Director (ED) and Assistant Provost of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy provides strategic and operational direction for the Office of Admissions working closely with Michigan State University’s academic leadership team.
The ED will guide a next-generation enrollment strategy using advanced analytics and leading technologies to transform Michigan State into a leader in admissions, recruitment, and student transitions. The ED is charged with building an enrollment strategy that accounts for the changing higher education landscape and demographics in the State of Michigan, and demonstrating a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The ED provides guidance in developing recruitment materials, strategy, and outreach activities to meet the established goals. The ED will work collaboratively with key constituencies to develop a comprehensive recruitment and admission plan and will ensure enrollment management plans are consistent with the University’s recruitment, retention, and graduation goals. This individual provides leadership in developing multi-year enrollment goals for the University based on strategic analysis of market research, program-specific and institutional capacity, and resources. The ED assists and leads in relevant outcomes-driven assessment efforts and provides reports on enrollment strategy effectiveness. The ED is also responsible for supplying direction for the graduate and international admissions processes.
Duties include overseeing/managing the development and implementation of marketing and communication strategies for multiple audiences (e.g., prospective students/families, campus constituencies, broader community), as well as overseeing/managing the development of multi-medium platforms (e.g., high-impact print, digital and social-media, website) for recruitment, enrollment, and marketing activities.
The preferred candidate will have the following credentials:
- Master’s degree is required.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Terminal degree preferred;
- At least 5 years of experience with a nationwide and global recruiting footprint;
- Record of successful outcomes in the development and achievement of enrollment goals or commensurate experience;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Demonstrated evidence of building successful teams and working collaboratively with other leaders;
- Evidence of strategic planning;
- National leadership/engagement in enrollment management and higher education issues.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to work with campus stakeholders to appropriately align recruitment and enrollment strategies with needs of academic and support units;
- Advanced skills in data analytics and ability to understand and use data to drive planning and decision-making;
- Understanding of student success predictors utilized in admissions decisions;
- Ability to understand and successfully use complex student information systems, CRM systems (TargetX and Salesforce preferred), and to use those systems effectively in a management capacity;
- Strong verbal and written communications skills.
Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) has always been an innovator in research, teaching, and application of knowledge. In 1863, Michigan State was designated the beneficiary of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act endowment, becoming the pioneer land-grant college in the United States and serving as a prototype for future institutions. From these origins, Michigan State has evolved into a comprehensive, global, world-class university with a full spectrum of programs and attracting a diverse set of gifted professors, staff members, and students. The University has been an elected member of the Association of American Universities since 1964.
Located in East Lansing, (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/) a community three miles east of Michigan’s capital in Lansing, MSU is located on a 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development and 538 buildings, including 95 academic buildings. Michigan State enrolls approximately 51,000 students and employs more than 11,600 faculty and staff members from all of Michigan’s 83 counties, all of America’s 50 states, and 130 countries. Made up of equal parts women and men, the student body includes 16.6% students of color and 14.5% international students.
The University offers more than 200 programs of study at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels. MSU is guided by “Bolder by Design” (http://bolderbydesign.msu.edu) as a “shared strategic framework that aligns our efforts across Michigan State University and around the globe, harnessing the power of working together to achieve our highest aspirations and to fuel the creation of better outcomes and growing value for our students, state, nation, and world.”
Procedure for Candidacy
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Applications should include a current curriculum vita and letter explaining interest and relevant experience. For additional information concerning Michigan State University visit http://www.msu.edu.
Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates
Tel: 614-798-8500 ext. 125
Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.