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Erikson Institute- Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Title:Erikson Institute- Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Erikson Institute in their search for a Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Management (SAVPEM). Erikson Institute is the nation’s premier graduate school focused on early childhood and provides professional development, clinical services, policy leadership and research to help children and families thrive.


This is a remarkable opportunity to join a successful, niche institution poised for continued growth. Erikson Institute seeks an experienced, results-driven strategist and innovative enrollment leader to bring their proven record of accomplishment in recruitment, enrollment and retention to the role. This position offers opportunity for advancement to the level of Vice President.

The ideal candidate is tech savvy and well versed with both graduate and online programs. S/he understands data analytics and marketing and has a proven history of leveraging technology and the latest recruitment practices to achieve recruitment and retention goals and meet the evolving needs within their areas of responsibility (enrollment, recruitment, financial aid, multicultural student affairs, registrar and admissions).

The SAVPEM oversees and provides strategic leadership and support to the student recruitment and admissions processes. The charge for this position is to achieve enrollment goals, maintain quality service and efficiencies, and collaborate across campus to ensure student development, growth, high retention and graduation rates.

This highly collaborative and engaging leader demonstrates a proven track record of success motivating teams towards a common goal.

Reporting to the President, the SAVPEM serves on the president’s leadership team, working closely and collaborating with other senior leaders and the Board of Trustees and Faculty to provide strategic direction on enrollment. and implements programs and services that improve student enrollment, retention, and success. In close collaboration with the Office of Marketing and Communication, the SAVPEM also develops innovative and effective communication and marketing strategies to attract students to the institution.

The SAVPEM brings a wide spectrum of experience working and supporting numerous areas across campus including Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration and Student Records, and Multicultural Student Affairs. The SAVPEM ensures the Enrollment Management Department advances Erikson’s mission, vision and articulated priorities by strategically shaping enrollment and providing effective student-centered programs that support student success and retention. In collaboration with Senior Administration and faculty leadership strengthens Erikson’s relationships with academic partners and works with Institutional Advancement to nurture relationships and partnerships for student scholarship and support.


  • Building, leading and motivating the appropriate teams to ensure that enrollment goals are met
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan. Creating and leading the strategic direction for the admissions and financial aid offices, developing long- and short-term strategies that ensure student success while supporting enrollment goals
  • Analyzing data related to strategic directions; proactively assess the effectiveness of division activities in response to Erikson's mission and objectives; and provide leadership on policies, procedures, and regulations relevant to enrollment management best practices
  • Serving as the primary analytical resource for units throughout the institution by producing routine, descriptive statistics comparing and contrasting enrollment trends over time, and developing predictive models for traditional and non-traditional populations across all campuses
  • Providing students and their families the financial awareness and education necessary to successfully finance their educational pursuits at Erikson Institute
  • Works directly with the SVP for Academic Affairs and faculty to create and support new and existing academic programs
  • Collaborates with leaders across campus to coordinate services and enhance online teaching and learning experiences
  • Serve as the chief advisor to the President and others within the college’s leadership team on enrollment strategies and opportunities
  • Serve as Erikson’s Title II licensure officer with Illinois State Board of Education and ensure compliance with all programmatic and regulatory statutes.
  • Ensure that student enrollment related policies established by the Board of Trustees, President, Executive Leadership Team, and the Faculty relating to Enrollment, are implemented.
  • Serve as the Institute’s designated Ombudsperson with Higher Learning Commission for non-accreditation related matters.


Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree
  • Ten+ years experience in enrollment management with a minimum of five+ years in progressive leadership roles
  • Experience with graduate education
  • Proven success in setting and meeting enrollment goals
  • A proven track record of data informed decision making, operations and knowledge in data analysis and reporting
  • Strong computer/technology skills with experience using higher education student services information CRM's. Knowledge and experience of Slate CRM preferred.
  • Experience with budget oversight including the ability to develop and implement the budget effectively, aligning resources with strategic priorities
  • Experience with financial aid and leveraging
  • Current in knowledge of best practices and trends in enrollment
  • Demonstrated ability with enrollment management systems and web-based recruitment initiatives
  • Current understanding of branding and effective marketing strategies applicable to student recruitment in the digital marketplace
  • Strong collaborator with excellent communication skills and outstanding integrity
  • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, management, and decision-making skills
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate change
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success.
  • Previous marketing experience


About Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute, founded in 1966, is a boutique graduate school and one of the first organizations in the country to focus on the importance of child development. Erikson uniquely prepares adults to become informed leaders and practitioners through a range of contemporary programs in child development, early childhood education and through the nation’s only graduate program in social work that is infused with an understanding of how children develop within the context of relationships, family and culture. 


On the downtown campus and through distance learning, Erikson offers the most comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of child development available through master’s, doctoral and certificate programs. Seventeen fulltime faculty currently serve over 350 students enrolled in degree and certificate programs. 


Beyond the groundbreaking educational programs offered in Chicago and internationally, Erikson’s expert faculty and senior leaders embrace Erikson’s pioneering spirit through innovative programs and partnerships. They create and share new knowledge, partner with schools and communities, provide direct services to children and families and advocate to make a positive and lasting difference. Across Illinois, Erikson serves more than 7,000 families each year through direct service programs, and its faculty and staff work within 59 Chicago Public Schools, reaching more than 430 educators and staff and nearly 8,000 school children each year.


Living in the Area

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The city is home to two world-class universities as well as having numerous other colleges and universities in the downtown and surrounding areas. Many students choose to stay in Chicago after college. Because of this, the city has become a well-educated, cultured, and open-minded city that is a wonderful place to live.


The city offers activities for everyone from some of the nation’s best restaurants and bars for foodies, art and theater, sports, and shopping. The Lakeshore offers 26 miles of beautiful beaches and 18.5 miles of trails and green space for hiking, biking, and outdoor activities. The warm weather brings some of the best art, food and music festivals in the nation.


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Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. For full consideration, please apply by August 9, 2019. Please be sure to apply through the following link and do not email your application.  

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at


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