Vice President of Admissions & Enrollment Services - University of St. Francis

Founded in 1920, University of St. Francis (USF) is a Catholic Franciscan institution enrolling approximately 3,900 traditional and adult undergraduate and graduate students. The University offers 86 undergraduate majors and minors, 19 masters programs and 2 doctoral programs. USF is rooted in the liberal arts and promotes a welcoming community of learners engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice. The University’s main campus is set on 24 acres in a residential area; the state-of-the-art nursing facilities and classrooms are located two miles away; and a downtown Joliet campus is home to the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center which supports programs from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business & Health Administration, the USF Art & Design department and the USF Art Gallery. USF also operates a campus in Albuquerque, N.M. US News & World Report has consistently ranked University of St. Francis among the best universities on both regional and national levels, as well as for best graduate, online, and veterans’ programs. USF is a highly competitive member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. USF’s proximity to Chicago (less than an hour) offers numerous cultural and educational opportunities to students and staff.

The Position

Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Admissions & Enrollment Services is responsible for all aspects of undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and enrollment, including the strategic awarding of financial aid. The Vice President is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, multi-year enrollment plan and for identifying and meeting annual enrollment and net tuition goals. In addition, the Vice President is responsible for designing and interpreting appropriate metrics and measurable outcomes. By providing leadership and strategic direction to the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Degree Completion & Graduate Admissions, Transfer Admissions, and Financial Aid, the Vice President is responsible for implementing and directing best practices and strategies that meet enrollment goals, reflect institutional values, and ensure a culture of continuous improvement throughout the Enrollment Services division. The Vice President for Admissions & Enrollment Services collaborates closely with colleagues across the institution including the Vice President for Finance and Administration to determine pricing strategies and the effective use of institutional financial aid; with the marketing and communications department on the creation and implementation of an effective and strategic communications plan; and with the Director of Athletics on athlete recruitment. 


A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred and a minimum of ten years of progressive experience and leadership in enrollment management is required. The Vice President must be a highly efficient, effective, results-oriented, and challenge-driven individual with strong business acumen, proven ability to lead and knowledge of best practices and current trends in the enrollment field. Data informed decision making, and demonstrated success in an enrollment management role at an institution that is tuition driven is expected. The successful candidate will be a visionary and a strategic thinker. The position requires strong connotative skills and the ability to analyze issues critically. The ideal candidate also will demonstrate excellent communication skills, effective leadership and team building skills, experience with target marketing and market segmentation and data collection analysis, and experience in the development and implementation of long-range enrollment plans. Experience in managing student information systems, budget oversight, experience with financial aid and leveraging, and the ability to collaborate with internal and external constituents will be important factors in the selection of the new vice president for enrollment services. The successful candidate must also believe in and persuasively articulate the mission and value of University of St. Francis.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications begins April 21, 2017 and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online via the Williams & Company website at: Confidential inquiries and/or nominations may be directed to Martha Smiles at: or (802) 497-0151.

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University of St. Francis is an EOE employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.