Vice President for Enrollment
Juniata College, a national college of liberal arts and sciences in south central Pennsylvania, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment. The new Vice President will report to President James Troha, who joined the Juniata community in May 2013. Juniata is looking for candidates with an inspirational leadership style that is anchored in integrity and experience in enrollment management. The Vice President will oversee admissions and financial aid and will partner with other senior leaders on marketing and retention efforts.
JUNIATA COLLEGE: Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. One of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s influential book, Colleges That Change Lives, Juniata is recognized particularly for its distinctive campus climate and the achievements of its students. Juniata is regularly recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey identifying “Great Colleges to Work For,” including achieving “Honor Roll” status in four of the last five years, and in 2012 was one of only five colleges to win the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
Juniata College takes an intentional approach to ensuring affordability, providing a conditional guarantee of financial aid, as well as a guarantee of graduation in four years or fewer, both to maximize career momentum as well as to minimize debt and costs.
While an independent Board of Trustees now governs the College, Juniata retains a relationship with the Church of the Brethren and continues to prepare individuals “for the useful occupations of life.” This theme resonates with Juniata students, 30% of whom take advantage of the two-adviser system to design their own major or Program of Emphasis (POE) tailored to their individual goals and interests. More than 80% of Juniata’s graduates completed an internship and 44% have studied abroad. Overall, Juniata students, faculty, and staff enjoy the beauty and functionality of a quintessential small college campus and the strong sense of community that characterizes the College. For more information about the College, visit http://www.juniata.edu.
CAMPUS AND AREA: Located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, the beautiful 110-acre main campus is enhanced by the nearby 315-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. In addition, a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation. On campus, many impressive red-brick buildings surround a broad, open mall and quadrangle which is the heart of student activity. Juniata is located in the county seat of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, along the Juniata River in the heart of south central Pennsylvania, just a half-hour drive from State College and halfway between I-80 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Amtrak services Huntingdon and there are several cafes and restaurants within walking distance of campus.
OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS: Juniata’s enrollment has been on a positive trajectory with 1600 students currently enrolled. The current student population, representing 36 states and 43 countries, is 57 percent women, 12 percent domestic ethnic minority, and 10 percent international students. The fall to fall first-year retention rate this past year was 90.4 percent, with an average graduation rate of 76 percent in six years. Following are some of the key opportunities and likely priorities for the new Vice President:
Strategically grow enrollment and maximize net revenue.
Strengthen the College’s market position
Identify new geographic markets from which to attract and enroll students
Maintain and capitalize on alumni connections, which account for up to one quarter of enrolled students annually
Enhance communications within the staff and effectively engage the entire campus community, including academic departments, in recruitment, enrollment and retention efforts
Continue to build on impressive success in enrolling students in the natural sciences while increasing the number of students interested in other majors
Increase the number of international and ALANA applicants and matriculated students.
Play a key role in retention efforts
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Juniata College seeks a Vice President with talents and experience in enrollment management who possesses strong management skills, long-term vision, a strategic mindset and the ability to inspire others. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation and ability to articulate the merits of the liberal arts, along with the ability to mine and utilize key demographic and market data that will lead to continued enrollment success. Desirable characteristics include experience working with international students and programs, along with an appreciation for a variety of cultures and perspectives. Candidates should possess high energy, creativity, resilience and optimism. An advanced degree is preferred.
TO APPLY: Lahti Search Consultants (http://www.lahtisearch.com) is assisting Juniata College with this search for a Vice President for Enrollment. If you wish to have a confidential conversation about this opportunity or submit nominations, please contact Terry Lahti (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Napier (email@example.com). Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled. If you wish to apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest electronically and in confidence to: Juniata@lahtisearch.com.
Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity.