University of Portland - Vice President for Enrollment Management
University of Portland (UP), a thriving and diverse community of more than 3,300 undergraduate students and about 400 graduate students from around the nation and the world, is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and energetic Vice President for Enrollment Management to join a leadership team that is reimagining the University for a new age of Hope, Renewal, and Transformation. This premier Catholic and Holy Cross University is located up on a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The University’s location is the inspiration for its nickname, “The Bluff.”
Since shortly after its inception in 1901, the University has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic order of priests and brothers. The founder of the order, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, said, “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” This commitment to educating the hands, heart, and mind are hallmarks of the University’s belief in educating the whole person.
UP is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts & Sciences, and a graduate school. It is also the state’s only Catholic university and largest private undergraduate institution. It offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs and more than 1,300 courses. The University features small class settings (11:1 student-faculty ratio) and an award-winning faculty committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.
In accord with its Holy Cross identity, the University places a strong emphasis on the undergraduate campus and residential experience. UP is a proud member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) and its varsity athletics programs compete at the NCAA Division I level. Nearly 40,000 University alumni reside mostly in the Portland metropolitan area and along the West Coast, but also throughout the country and around the world.
Under the guidance of its 21st President, Robert D. Kelly, PhD, UP is now engaged in the process of searching for a Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM). The VPEM will report directly to President Kelly, serve as a member of the President’s Leadership Cabinet, provide executive leadership to the Division of Enrollment Management, which includes the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, and impart expertise on all matters relating to the University’s enrollment and retention.
In its VPEM, the University seeks a dynamic, strategic, and mission-driven leader who will collaborate with institutional leadership and the greater UP community to develop and execute a comprehensive enrollment plan with realistic yet ambitious enrollment targets and lead the implementation of modern and measurable growth strategies for the University. The VPEM will have wide latitude to engage in institution-wide efforts to ensure that UP attracts, enrolls, and retains talented and diverse students and to lead the University’s efforts to achieve sustainable, mission-aligned enrollment results. The VPEM will play a leading role in implementing Theme 4 of UP’s new strategic plan, which is focused on optimizing student enrollment and supporting student success outcomes.
The VPEM must possess successful and extensive enrollment management and financial aid experience, as well as excellent skills in the core leadership and management competencies of the role: strategic leadership; programmatic development; institutional collaboration; external relations; data and financial management; team management; exceptional communication; and other attributes associated with a cabinet-level position. The VPEM should have a proven record of progressively responsible experience within leadership roles in enrollment management.
The VPEM will embrace UP’s Catholic, Holy Cross identity and its mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership. The VPEM will thrive as a highly visible leader on campus and embrace the representational expectations incumbent upon senior leaders.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting University of Portland in this search which will remain open until filled.
Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Amy Crutchfield, Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Sarah Seavey
University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The University expressly reserves its rights and obligations to maintain its commitment to its Catholic identity and the doctrines of the Catholic Church.