Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Enrollment Management - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse Wisconsin

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

United States

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The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse seeks candidates to fill the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Enrollment Management. The AVC provides strong strategic direction and leadership in enrollment management, including recruitment, retention, and student success. Reporting to the Provost, he or she will lead a campus-wide effort to improve student centered institutional practices in ways that positively influence college choice and the transition to college. The person in this position is responsible for the development of both short term and long term goals and initiatives for enrollment management in order to improve student enrollment, retention, and campus image. He or she works collaboratively with the enrollment-related units to maintain and analyze historical enrollment trends, set strategies, and develop recruitment and financial aid policies to meet enrollment goals. The successful candidate will work to support the university’s mission and become actively involved in the University’s Inclusive Excellence agenda.

The AVC should have significant experience in developing and executing a strategic enrollment plan designed to bring a diverse, academically well-qualified set of students to the university (e.g., mix of new first-year students and transfer students, geographic representation, race/ethnicity, first generation, veteran). He or she should have a clear understanding of admissions, financial aid, and the activities associated with recruitment efforts, including marketing and communications, admissions counselling and university relations. The AVC provides the leadership needed to achieve UW-L’s enrollment goals, including modest enrollment growth for domestic students, a robust enrollment plan for attracting international students, and adherence to high standards in a climate characterized by increased competition for students.

The AVC chairs the Enrollment Management Committee.  This committee oversees campus-wide recruitment and retention strategies and studies the student experience from first university contact through first post-university destination. The AVC leads the Enrollment Services team meetings, comprising the directors of Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Admissions, Academic Advising Center, Career Services and International Education. In addition, the AVC sits on the Provost’s Council, the Deans’ Council, and represent the Provost as needed.  He or she establishes short-term and long-term plans for open communication and sharing of Enrollment Management knowledge with University offices and provides a channel for collaboration among key administrators.

The Office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor interacts with UW-L's faculty, staff, and student communities. The office seeks to foster collaboration across the campus as it manages policies and practices that affect the academic life of the university as a whole. We at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse believe students, faculty, and staff are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions, and cultures. We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin's movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

A Master’s degree is required and a doctorate is preferred. The successful candidate should have significant experience in higher education with progressively increasing responsibilities relating to enrollment management. To apply, submit a Resume, a Cover Letter, and reference contact information by May 1st, 2013.  For your reference contact information document, please include the names, email addresses and phone numbers of at least 3 professional references.   If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Robert Hoar, Search and Screen Chair, at This is a full time annual appointment with a starting date (negotiable) of July 1, 2013. Visit to submit an application.

Please note that candidates must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without UW-La Crosse sponsorship) at the time of hire and must be able to maintain a valid immigration and work authorization status throughout employment with UW-L. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 608-785-8013.  

About UW-La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as "... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Colleges" for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are over 400 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. 

Keyword Phrases

  • enrollment
  • recruitment
  • retention
  • student success
  • campus image
  • management
  • strategic planning
  • collaboration
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 5/1/2013