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    Dean of Admission

    (Deadline to apply: February 1, 2015)

    Saint Vincent College, a coeducational, private Catholic institution located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, seeks an experienced professional to guide and lead the undergraduate admissions effort as Dean of Admission. A highly collaborative and innovative leader, the new Dean of Admission will build on the College’s enrollment success, strategically increase the overall quantity and quality of the student body and bring increased ethnic and geographic diversity to the campus.

    The Role of the Dean of Admission

    The Dean of Admission will supervise a seasoned staff of 13 including the director of operations and research, associate directors of admission, assistant director of admission, manager of admissions data, event and visit coordinator, admission and transfer counselors, and a data entry specialist. Reporting to the Vice President of Admission, Marketing and Communications, the dean will provide dynamic leadership in developing and coordinating territory management and enrollment systems, as well as undergraduate admissions and recruitment programs in support of Saint Vincent College’s mission and strategic goals. The dean will also help to inform and assist in policy planning and strategic development for a pointedly relational admissions operation.

    Essential duties of the dean include:

    • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate an effective admission recruitment program from initial contact to matriculation. This will include successfully involving the entire Saint Vincent community – students, faculty, staff, the Benedictine community, coaches and alumni.
    • Collaborate with the Vice President for Admission, Marketing and Communications on development, evaluation and refinement of a comprehensive admission marketing program.
    • Manage an especially stable and highly motivated admission staff, including setting of short-term and long-range goals, evaluation and team building, to best support the College’s enrollment, discount rate and cost-per-student goals.
    • Oversee a dynamic campus visit program and effectively manage interaction with prospective students and their families as they explore Saint Vincent College’s programs and opportunities.
    • Track and interpret daily admission and recruitment progress reports, sharing appropriately on campus.
    • Manage the admission process in a timely and strategic manner, including reading and evaluating applications.
    • Effectively manage the budget of the Office of Admission.

    Desired and Required Qualifications

    It is expected that the dean will have a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is preferred. In addition, Saint Vincent expects candidates to have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible leadership experience and demonstrated success in admission recruitment, including documented evidence of successful data-driven recruitment strategies for both domestic and international students. Clear understanding of and, preferably, experience in the private, liberal arts environment is expected. The successful candidate will have a collaborative leadership style, familiarity with national trends in enrollment, demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions and experience in managing large budgets. Like Saint Vincent College’s leadership, it is expected that the dean has strong professional ethics and a commitment to the mission of a liberal arts college, and is comfortable and experienced with current communications media. Excellent written and spoken skills are expected. The position requires the dean to support the mission of Saint Vincent College, to support the basic teachings of the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, and to respect the creeds of all groups represented on campus.

    Saint Vincent College

    Founded in 1846, Saint Vincent was the first Benedictine College in the United States and the 200-acre campus today is home to 1,800 students. The college, together with the adjoining archabbey, seminary and parish, welcomes all students of faiths, and of no faith, and is grounded in the Benedictine ideals of community, hospitality and stability.

    Saint Vincent College’s academic program combines the breadth of a liberal arts foundation with depth in more than 50 degree programs. The core curriculum offers clarity of students’ understanding of the world and strengthens their ability to think critically and communicate effectively. High-quality facilities include the $14 million Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Media and the $39 million Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, along with traditional historical buildings which create an atmosphere of academic excellence and intensity of opportunity. An exceptional number of Saint Vincent students are accepted to graduate and professional schools.

    An active living and learning community, Saint Vincent students are involved in a host of meaningful pursuits from community service to residence hall events to intramurals and NCAA Division III athletics (20 men’s and women’s teams in total). Students come from 32 states and 12 countries; 52 percent are men and 48 percent are women. Thirteen percent of the 2014 entering class are African-American, Latino, Asian or Native American.

    Location

    Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and the scenic Laurel Highlands, just 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, are home to Saint Vincent College. The area offers an appreciation of the arts, history, and abundant outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, white water rafting and golfing. Located just miles from campus, the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to numerous Florida and South Carolina locales as well as Las Vegas. The Pittsburgh Steelers have held their annual summer training camp at the College since 1967. Westmoreland County and the surrounding area provide variety and quality of living opportunities, http://www.westmorelandchamber.com/.

    To apply

    Napier Executive Search is assisting Saint Vincent College with this search. For more information or to nominate someone for this position, contact Mary Napier (mary.napier@napiersearch.com) or Nancy Benedict (nancy.benedict@napiersearch.com) for a confidential conversation.

    Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter expressing their interest in this position and describing his/her qualifications for this leadership position and commitment to the mission of Saint Vincent. Candidates should provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references; references will not be contacted without permission. All application materials should be submitted electronically to stvincent@napiersearch.com by February 1. Preferred start date is June 1, 2015.


  • All positions require the incumbent to be able to fully embrace the unique mission and identity of the College as a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. Saint Vincent College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. EOE

    PLEASE NOTE: Background checks will be performed on all new faculty, staff and adjunct positions. Employment is conditional upon satisfactory background checks and clearances.