Vice President for Admissions - American International College in Springfield Massachusetts

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American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Under the direction of the President, the Vice President for Admissions is the College’s chief admissions officer, responsible for providing the strategic direction and leadership for a results-oriented admissions program of considerable skill and innovation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to ensure the institution achieves its enrollment goals in accordance with the mission, vision and core values of the institution. This position serves as the primary recruitment strategist of the College and will provide leadership in developing enrollment goals based on strategic analysis of market research, student success, program-specific and institutional capacity and resources. The Vice President will monitor trends in the economy and in the increasingly competitive educational marketplace and work with colleagues to attract, enroll, and retain a highly accomplished and diverse student body committed to the values and mission of AIC. The Vice President serves on the President's Cabinet and as staff to the Board of Trustees' Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s degree required.

  • At least seven to eight years of progressively greater responsibility in college recruitment and admissions with previous supervisory responsibility.

  • Strong working knowledge of admission at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Significant previous experience with new program development.

  • Knowledge of best practices in college admission and recruitment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ability to apply this knowledge in a small, private college environment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to represent the office and the College in a professional manner and to conduct compelling and persuasive presentations to small and large groups.

  • Ability to adapt and problem-solve as needed, especially under pressure.

  • Highly motivated with a positive attitude, strong commitment to customer service, and student focus, with experience working with students from nontraditional and diverse backgrounds.

  • Results-oriented leader with the ability to analyze data and make recommendations informed by this analysis, collaborate with other college departments to implement new practices, and create buy-in interdepartmentally.

  • Previous experience working closely with a marketing department assisting in the creative vision for admissions.

  • Commitment to continual professional development and an understanding of the need for future planning based on demographic trends.

  • Ability to identify a need and take initiative to address that need.

  • Experience in training and supervising staff members on issues related to admission and recruitment.

  • Able to develop collegial and constructive working relationships across campus.

  • Be an exceptional listener with the desire to empower his/her direct reports and encourage their success.

  • Previous experience with the allocation of finite financial aid dollars to maximize net revenue.

  • Essential Functions

  • Analyze departmental data and market data in order to provide strategic recommendations to senior leadership.

  • In conjunction with senior leaders, develop and implement strategic enrollment management.

  • Hire, train, supervise and mentor admissions staff, with a particular impact on the development and supervision of the Director of Graduate and Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Collaborate with the department directors to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and effective efforts.

  • Work strategically with Directors and the marketing team to support and ensure the development of engaging recruitment-related marketing materials, provide strong leadership on content and design.

  • Support data requests as required by accrediting bodies and other external organizations.

  • Serve as a member of college-wide committees, specifically the President's Cabinet, Committee on Academic Standards, and others as needed.

  • Create strong relationships on and off campus to further the needs of the admissions effort and provide transparent leadership to campus.

  • Oversee the management of the undergraduate and graduate departmental budgets.

  • Work closely with colleagues across campus to provide enrollment expertise as it relates to developing and implementing new programs, with particular focus on new graduate programs.

  • Work closely with the Director of Financial Aid and President’s Cabinet to evaluate and establish annual financial aid allocations.

  • About AIC

    American International College is a private, coeducational institution of higher education located on a 70+ acre campus in Springfield, Massachusetts. The campus has 42 buildings on two sites approximately 1/2 mile apart with a total of approximately 660,000 gross square feet. Included in the inventory of buildings are student residences for a resident population of 900 students. Founded in 1885, the College has 3700 graduate and undergraduate students. AIC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the Schools of Business, Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. The mission of the College is to transform student lives through career focused learning, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, a commitment to serving the community, and a high level of involvement in the global economy.

    To Apply

    Qualified applicants should electronically submit a brief cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three professional references via this online application:

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    AIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Keyword Phrases

    • Vice President for Admissions
    • Higher dedication
    • Diversity of our community
    • Student-centered
    • Admissions and Enrollment Executives
    Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
    Degree Required: Masters
    Experience: See Job Description
    Salary: Not Specified
    Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
    Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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