Vice President for Admissions - Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada ranks #1 among Canadian institutions by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).


Quest University Canada (Quest) is Canada's first and only independent, not-for-profit, secular university. Founded in 2002 and opened in 2007 with an inaugural class of 73 students, Quest currently enrolls 620 students; 52 percent from Canada, 35 percent from the United States and 13 percent from other countries. Quest offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and focuses entirely on excellence in undergraduate education. Courses are scheduled on a "Block Plan" where students take one course at a time for three-and-a-half weeks. Class size is limited to 20 and students are taught in an interactive seminar-style in which faculty lead students through discussions and activities. Quest’s 45 full-time faculty members are teacher scholars deeply committed to the pedagogical mission of the University.


Quest is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, between Vancouver (70 km south) and Whistler (60 km north), host cities of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The University's 60-acre campus borders on Garibaldi Provincial Park, a protected wilderness area with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and overlooks the rugged peaks and valleys of the Tantalus Mountains and Howe Sound, Canada's southernmost fjord. The campus includes seven residence halls, library, academic building, university services building, and recreation center. All buildings are designated “green” and are geothermally heated and cooled.

The Position

The vice president for admissions is responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of a comprehensive, multi-year strategic enrollment plan and for identifying and meeting annual enrollment and net tuition goals. The vice president is responsible for implementing and directing best practices, such as effective student inquiry and application generation, territory management, market segmentation, and predictive modeling, and strategies that meet enrollment goals, reflect institutional values, and ensure a culture of continuous improvement throughout the admissions department. The vice president for admissions collaborates closely with colleagues across the institution including the vice president for finance and administration to determine pricing strategies and the effective use of scholarships and aid. Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the president’s leadership team, the vice president is also responsible for training, mentoring and developing staff and designing and interpreting appropriate enrollment metrics and measurable outcomes, including the daily dashboard and other enrollment reporting and analysis. This is a full-time and permanent position. Quest offers a competitive benefit package that includes extended health, disability insurance, dental, annual vacation, a Registered Retirement Savings Plan, and relocation reimbursement.


A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of progressive experience in higher education enrollment management/admissions is required. The vice president must be a highly efficient, effective, and results-oriented individual with strong business acumen. Proven ability to lead and knowledge of best practices and current trends, as demonstrated by attending and/or presenting at professional enrollment management conferences, in the enrollment field are expected. The position requires experience in management, strategic planning, recruitment, marketing, communications, and retention, ideally at a similar size and academic focused institution. The successful candidate will be a visionary and a strategic thinker and have experience developing and implementing strategic and annual enrollment plans. The vice president must be a data-driven decision maker with the ability to identify and analyze enrollment data that informs enrollment programs and initiatives leading to sustainable enrollment growth.  The vice president for admissions must be a collaborator who can build synergy and rapport among faculty and colleagues across the University. The successful candidate must understand and believe in the value of a global liberal arts education, and the unique mission of Quest University Canada. Experience in enrollment management within a selective admissions environment and the ability to understand and articulate the benefits of “Block Plan” are important characteristics in the selection of the vice president for admissions.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply for this position online via the Williams & Company website at: Confidential inquiries and/or nominations may be directed to Martha H. Smiles at: or (802) 497-0151.

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Quest University Canada hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.