Overview

Job Location:
Main Campus – Boston, MA

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women’s undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all. 

You’re joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You’ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience.

As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices–at all levels, for all positions–ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Vice President, Enrollment Management, the Assistant Vice President (AVP), Enrollment Management plays a critical role in the planning and execution of enrollment initiatives for the University and is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the enrollment process, including recruitment, admission and enrollment operations. 

In collaboration with the VP and key University partners, the AVP will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the execution of a comprehensive, multi-year enrollment plan across all programs, levels and modalities, in support of institutional goals.

The AVP will oversee the Admission teams, manage staff and inspire a climate of collaboration, achievement and professionalism.  S/he will embrace innovation, value diversity and possess strong communication and relationship building skills.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Strategic Planning

  • Develop and implement strategic enrollment plan for graduate enrollment management in alignment with institutional goals and objectives. 

  • Ensure consistency in planning and processes across all programs; provide guidance in the development and launch of new programs.

  • Co-lead the process for forecasting, assessing and reporting on enrollment goals, working closely with the Admission Directors, Deans, Program Directors and Finance.

Team Management and Resource Allocation

  • Provide leadership, guidance and oversight to Admission offices to successfully develop and execute annual recruitment and enrollment plans in support of institutional goals.

  • Routinely assess admission functions to ensure strategic deployment of human and financial resources (including operational budget oversight and the strategic use of financial aid) to maximize impact and meet enrollment goals across all levels and modalities.

  • Foster a collaborate and inclusive environment, encourage professional development and teamwork.

Admissions Strategy/Process

  • Support the creation and implementation of admission strategies for all programs, levels and modalities.

  • Oversee admission process for graduate programs, ensuring efficiency, transparency and adherence to policies.

  • Collaborate with staff and faculty on admission process, including application review process and communication plans.

Recruitment and Outreach Partnerships

  • Serve as the primary point person to internal and external partners in support of domestic and international recruitment. Work in close collaboration with key offices including Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar, Institutional Research.

  • Leverage channels across programs and modalities, attend recruitment events as needed, assess/establish partnerships with external organizations in alignment with enrollment/recruitment plans.

Collaboration

  • Support the launch and provide oversight of the Graduate Enrollment Management Council; co-lead the UG Enrollment Management Council.

  • Collaborate with faculty, program leadership and other key stakeholders on recruitment efforts, including the development of partnerships with external organizations, professional associations, community colleges, etc. to facilitate student pipeline development and expand our reach.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Reporting and Operations to provide analysis of and insights into enrollment activity, data and outcomes including lead source and funnel analysis, assess effectiveness of strategies and tactics; report out on enrollment activities and outcomes in accordance with enrollment plans.

  • Collect, analyze and interpret data related to enrollment trends, demographics and conversion rates.

Enrollment Marketing

  • Work with University Marketing and Communication team to develop and execute effective marketing campaigns that highlight the Universities value proposition and unique portfolio of programs.

  • Ensure oversight of external enrollment partners to ensure consistency in messaging and a comprehensive approach.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Collaborate with Admission Directors and Financial Aid to develop and administer financial aid/scholarship programs. 

  • Stay informed on matters related to federal and state financial aid regulations.

  • Recommend and implement approved strategies to enhance affordability and accessibility, in support of institutional goals.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is required.

  • 10 years of experience in enrollment management, graduate admission, or related field in a higher education setting.

  • Knowledge of enrollment trends, market dynamics and best practices in recruitment and admissions.

  • Experience developing/implementing/overseeing marketing and recruitment strategies and proficiency utilizing technology and enrollment management systems.  Experience with Workday and Slate, a plus.

  • Familiarity with federal regulations and compliance requirements related to admission and financial aid.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and measure institutional effectiveness and key performance indicators

  • Undergraduate and Graduate admissions experience preferred

COMPETENCIES

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to engage with various stakeholders, including prospective students, faculty and senior administrators.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic enrollment plans.

  • Strong analytical skill and the ability to interpret data to inform decision-making, identify areas for improvement and allocate resources.

  • Exceptional leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team of professionals.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information, effective written and verbal communication to collaborate with other divisions; supervise and mentor staff, and a commitment to educational access to support students and parents.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and the ability to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff and students.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Able to operate a computer and other office equipment

  • Typical office environment

  • Able to adapt to change in the digital landscape

  • This role is eligible for a hybrid flexible work arrangement – with some work on campus and some remote work.

  • Travel is required as needed

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

S12

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices–at all levels, for all positions–ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.