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VP for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Search


Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 

Bluefield State College invites nominations and applications for the position of

 Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

Position Description:

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management reports to the President.  This cabinet-level position works collaboratively with other members of the senior leadership team to foster a climate focused on student success, service excellence, and data-informed decisions in alignment with the College’s mission, vision, and goals. The Vice President is responsible for leadership, integration, and management of student recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts and provides direction for admissions, financial aid, student life, career services, the Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, alumni affairs, and student health service.

 The Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is charged with the following: 

  • Provide leadership and direction for admissions, enrollment management, financial aid and scholarships, student life, career services, Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), student support services, alumni affairs, and the student health center;
  • Serve as the President’s chief advisor on student affairs and enrollment management issues and engage all College constituencies in focusing on student success;
  • Direct the development and implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan aligned with the College’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.  This includes planning and implementation of integrated processes and procedures for recruitment and enrollment of traditional students, adult learners, military veterans, and international students;
  • Collaborate with campus leadership, including the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, to ensure a culture that promotes recruitment, retention and completion for diverse student populations through coordinated campus initiatives and resources;
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate integrated campus-based programs and services that meet the varying needs of a culturally diverse traditional and non-traditional student population and encourage the success of all students;
  • Maintain a visible profile with campus constituencies; partner collaboratively to enhance communication on and off campus; and anticipate emerging issues;
  • Lead efforts to effectively employ information systems and technology in support of student affairs and enrollment management;
  • In conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, identify and use institutional and external data and research to support effective marketing, recruitment, and retention initiatives;
  • Collaborate in the development of a comprehensive, integrated marketing plan for the College in consultation with the Director of Admissions, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Director of Media Relations.  Provide leadership in the development of new initiatives in printed and electronic admissions and marketing materials;
  • Develop criteria and procedures for the awarding of scholarships to new, transfer and returning students and track awards and fund totals;
  • Work closely with the President’s Cabinet and the Vice President for Finance and Administration in the leveraging of financial aid, pricing, and related issues to optimize the use of federal, state, and institutional resources in the recruitment and retention of students;
  • Oversee the First Year Experience program, including Big Blue Institute and freshman courses BSCS 100, 101, and 102 in cooperation with the Provost/ Vice President of Academic Affairs;
  • Work closely with the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and the Registrar to ensure compliance with academic policies and procedures administered through the Office of the Registrar;
  • Assure adequate and appropriate annual and long-range budget preparation for the Division. Forecast budget needs, establish priorities, allocate funds, and monitor expenditures;
  • Oversee development and submission of internal and external reports, data relevant to assigned areas, assessment and evaluation of programs, and initiate improvements in collaboration with internal and external offices and agencies as appropriate;
  • Maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish College goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of division staff;
  • Ensure compliance with federal/state regulations and with reporting requirements, policies, and procedures of the BSC Board of Governors and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission;
  • Represent the College at events on and off campus; and
  • Assist the President in the performance of ad hoc assignments and projects. 


Minimum requirements include:

  • A master’s degree in student personnel, higher education leadership, or a related field from an accredited university
  • Progressively responsible experience in student affairs or enrollment management with at least five years in a managerial role at the level of director, dean or higher
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and implementation of effective practices in student personnel and enrollment management
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the areas within the division, including admissions and outreach, enrollment management, financial aid and scholarships, student life, and student success programs
  • Successful experience developing, implementing, and evaluating recruitment, enrollment, and retention strategies for students from diverse backgrounds
  • Successful development and implementation of an enrollment management plan, demonstrating effective use of data and achievement of results
  • Demonstrated experience as a collaborative, results-oriented leader who is skilled at building and maintaining effective relationships, budget management, strategic planning, and human resource management
  • An understanding of state and federal programs, agencies, and laws that specifically address higher education and student issues
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, customer service, and leadership skills
  • Proven commitment to collaboration, diversity, integrity, inclusion, accountability, and service orientation. 

Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate:

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field from an accredited university
  • Experience in a culturally diverse environment
  • Experience with first-generation and non-traditional students
  • A strong understanding of academic issues, especially pertaining to academic integrity. 

Compensation:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

How to Apply:  The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, inquiries, and applications. Complete applications to be submitted in electronic format only include: a letter of interest, current CV, contact information for at least five professional references, transcripts, and a completed BSC application.  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applications should be submitted by March 8, 2013 to the following:

Bluefield State College is an HBCU, AA/EOE/ADA employer, committed to the principle that minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The college complies with all applicable federal and state laws designed to promote equal educational and employment opportunities. Bluefield State College does not sponsor H1B VISA’s.