The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University, founded in 1870 as a land-grant university, rapidly became one of the nation’s finest comprehensive public universities and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) – the only public university in Ohio with AAU status. The Columbus campus is the third largest university campus in the United States, with a population of 66,000 students, 7,000 faculty, and 25,000 professional and administrative staff. In addition to the Columbus campus, Ohio State comprises four regional campuses (Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark) as well as the Agricultural Technical Institute at Wooster. Additionally, as a global university, Ohio State has opened offices – Global Gateways – around the world. The university houses 15 colleges, spanning the entire spectrum of a comprehensive public university. Ohio State’s endowment now exceeds $3.5 billion.

The Ohio State University is a world-class institution of scholarship, learning, and public service. The university’s undergraduate program is ranked sixteenth among all public universities and the U.S. Graduate and professional education programs at Ohio State, including those at College of Education and Human Ecology, the Fisher College of Business, the Moritz College of Law, and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing Engineering, and Social Work, are all consistently rated the best of all similar programs in Ohio and in the top quartile nationally. Annual research expenditures near $850 million.

The Ohio State University’s main campus is in Columbus, the state’s capital and the largest city in Ohio, and occupies 1,765 acres. Columbus is a diverse city in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, income, identity, and opportunity. The city is nested in Franklin County where racial diversity includes approximately 23% Black 5% Asian, 3% multiracial, and 5% Latinx residents. Last year, Columbus beat out more than 70 competitors nationwide to be named the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City. Ohio State is the lead research partner in the effort. University scientists and facilities play a central role in implementing the $140 million program to develop model innovative transportation strategies for the region and nation.

Key Responsibilities

The Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Planning will report directly to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education.  The successful candidate will work collaboratively with all Ohio State campuses and constituencies to promote student access, inclusion, success and excellence and to champion the recruitment, enrollment, transition, retention and graduation of a student body rich in talent and diversity.

Areas that report to the Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Planning include:

  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Graduate and Professional Admissions
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Buckeye Link (one-stop center)
  • Enrollment Services Analysis and Reporting

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead integrated strategic enrollment planning, recruitment management and operational execution;
  • Lead a high-performance culture that places students first and recognizes the commitment to university and external communities;
  • Assist in the development of strategic enrollment goals for academic profile, net revenue, diversity, and approaches to student financial assistance, and create and execute an enrollment plan to achieve those goals;
  • Provide oversight and leadership for the strategic management of the financial assistance programs;
  • Successfully identify and enroll a diverse and academically talented class of students in established and new markets;
  • Provide leadership, direction, research and planning in formulating recruitment strategies for target markets;
  • Commit to fostering a global perspective;
  • Make data-informed decisions for allocating staff and financial resources to achieve enrollment goals;
  • Collaborate with the University Communications office to develop successful recruitment strategies and messaging;
  • Lead and actively manage staff in the execution of goals by creating a supportive and collaborative environment for success and professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required, doctoral degree preferred;
  • Significant senior management experience in successful enrollment programs with integrated admission and financial aid operations; 
  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in recruitment of traditional and other student populations (nontraditional, transfer, international, online), strategic enrollment management, financial aid administration, and scholarship leveraging;
  • Demonstrated success managing, empowering, motivating, and mentoring staff;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and advanced analytic capabilities;
  • Demonstrated ability as operationally adept and strategically minded;
  • Ability to recruit, lead, engage, and direct a large and diverse staff;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including making presentations to a variety of audiences.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites letters of nominations, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting The Ohio State University.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified.  It is preferred, however that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to October 10, 2018 to:

Porsha Williams, Vice President
Rich McNeal, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA  30328
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || rmcneal@parkersearch.com
Phone:  770-804-1996 x109 or x112   Fax: 770-804-1917

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.

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