St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) invites applications for a Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Athletics (SVP) .
Based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Kate’s is home to a diverse group of nearly 5,000 students in a wide array of disciplines and degree levels. At its heart, the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), informs every facet of this private Catholic university. The Senior Vice President will lead based on values inspired by the Sisters, including those of community, spirituality, and social justice.
Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President of enrollment management and athletics is responsible for providing strategic and comprehensive leadership of functions and services related to net tuition revenue, strategic enrollment growth, and student retention at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) for our three colleges: College for Women (1800 students), College for Adults (1400 students), and Graduate College (1,600 students). Success is driven by the development and implementation of the strategic enrollment management plan that is fully integrated into the University enterprise, which includes all aspects of recruitment, enrollment marketing, admissions, tuition pricing, fee revenue, financial aid, athletics, and Institutional Research so that a diverse student body is identified, recruited, retained, supported, and graduated.
Direct reports include AVP College for Women, AVP Admission and Market Development College for Adult and Graduate College, AVP Enrollment Management Director and Financial Aid, AVP Marketing Enrollment, Director Athletics and Butler Center, Institutional Research Analyst.
The SVP must be able to build strong and trusting relationships so that major decisions made in any area of the University include the voice and perspective of the enrollment management team so that we understand the impact the decision will have on new/transfer student recruitment and retention. They must be both creative and data driven to both lead and coordinate planning in close collaboration with and support of all members of the President’s Senior Leadership Team in their commitment to deliver the mission of St. Kate’s as measured by growth in total enrollment for the entire University and its impact on every area of our operations. Strong communications and deep collaboration are especially critical with the Provost studying and identifying trends in academic programs needing to be launched or altered, and with the Chief Financial Officer in assessing the risk and financial implications of enrollment strategy decisions as together we successfully implement the University’s Strategic Plan-Setting our Sails 2028 including the Academic Master Plan.
This leader serves as a strong advocate and liaison with internal and external constituents for issues related to access, admissions policies/ scholarships/ financial aid guidelines; and collaborates with academic leadership on student success and retention. The SVP works collaboratively with other campus community members and advises the president on divisional, university and external matters, as appropriate.
The new SVP must have a Master’s Degree alongside significant progressive senior level experience in enrollment management and financial aid.
Three years of experience working in enrollment management developing and executing successful enrollment management strategies with traditional, adult and graduate student populations in a comprehensive institution;
Evidence of exceptional ability to lead and manage diverse teams, especially in terms of establishing and implementing a shared, innovative vision and strategies for achievement;
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to establish and nurture relationships with external and internal constituents at the most senior level;
Proven project management and change management skills with record of achieving results across a broad portfolio;
A consummate collaborator, with a results orientation;
Aptitude for creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership with the highest level of commitment to advancing the organization’s goals;
Proven ability in growing and sustaining racial, ethnic, and economic diversity in a student body and a deep understanding of the value of a diverse community;
Demonstrated success in evaluating and improving the practices of the student enrollment experience, including timely, effective, and positive engagement with students and families throughout their experiences with admissions and financial aid;
Strong analytical skills, including the ability to digest and apply relevant research and data, leveraging analytics and technological tools;
Strong conceptual problem-solving skills, with experience in using analysis to develop strategies and drive change within an organization;
Experience in hiring staff and creating effective teams;
Well-developed fiscal and budget management skills;
Demonstrated skills in program assessment and evaluation;
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive climate for students, faculty, and staff;
AND demonstrated ability to raise funds and work with donors.
10 years of progressive experience in enrollment management and student engagement fields;
Experience in community and civic engagement with knowledge of higher education trends;
Experience in directing a unit within a higher education context (ideally in a liberal arts institution); good working knowledge of higher education administration and education policies;
Capacity to articulate the breadth and value of the liberal arts experience.
About St. Catherine University
St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for both women and men. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.