Associate Dean, Strategic Enrollment School of Nursing

Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Dean, Strategic Enrollment School of Nursing

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” today Vanderbilt University is globally renowned for its transformative education and research. The university's 10 schools reside on a parklike campus set in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative culture that empowers leaders of tomorrow.

Top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, Vanderbilt offers an immersive residential undergraduate experience, with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development. The university also is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools of law, education, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and offers robust graduate-degree programs across a range of disciplines.

Vanderbilt is committed to the strength of its interdisciplinary research enterprise and to inclusive excellence, believing that profound breakthroughs happen when scholars of different perspectives, races, gender identities, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds work together. The university's prominent alumni base includes Nobel Prize winners, members of Congress, governors, ambassadors, judges, admirals, CEOs, university presidents, physicians, attorneys, and professional sports figures playing in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the PGA and LPGA.

Vanderbilt—an independent, privately supported university—and the affiliated nonprofit Vanderbilt University Medical Center engage in frequent cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive innovation and positive change across society at large. Together, the number of people employed by these two organizations exceeds that of the largest private employer in the Middle Tennessee region.

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a member of the Association of American Universities, and a member of the Southeastern Conference for NCAA D1 athletics.

The Associate Dean for Strategic Enrollment (Associate Dean) will support the School of Nursing to attract and enroll well-qualified and diverse Nursing students. The primary responsibility is the strategic leadership and administration for the School of Nursing’s enrollment management activities including admissions and financial aid. As a member of the senior leadership team in the School of Nursing, this individual must understand and use innovative recruitment, enrollment, and financial aid strategies to attract professional students, and how to collect and harness data and analytics to shape, explain, model, and project enrollment trends.

The Associate Dean will be a source of expertise on enrollment management analytics, using a strategic understanding of the interlocking/interdependent role of enrollment analytics in the support of new student enrollment, student success, student retention, and tuition revenue. This includes developing and refining data-driven strategies to assist with managing enrollments, and ensuring that leadership has the data and analysis needed to make informed decisions that advance the School of Nursing goals. This role is expected to develop and implement enrollment strategies, and evaluate and report outcomes with analytical, fiscal, and other regular and ad hoc reports to inform the administration and improve processes. Providing critical analysis of student enrollment trends and creating models to predict enrollment, the Associate Dean will develop tools to assist with enrollment forecasting and assessing the viability of recruitment initiatives.

The Associate Dean reports administratively and functionally to the Senior Associate Dean for Academics and will have a direct dotted line to the Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs. In addition, this role will work closely with Director of Analytics and Enrollment Strategy, Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE), Process and Solution Implementations (PSI), and the University Registrar’s Office (URO), and others as appropriate to ensure the accessibility and quality of the data supporting decision-making.


With a history dating back to 1908, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has a long-standing reputation for excellence in nursing teaching, practice, informatics, and research. Beyond its educational offerings, Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s tradition of excellence includes a focus on integrating technology into the classroom and into clinical practice. The Frist Center for Nursing Informatics opened in February 2005 provides advanced computer facilities and support technologies. The School operates one of the most extensive faculty practice networks anywhere, including community-based clinics that provide primary care to underserved populations. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is preparing skilled, experienced advanced practice nurses who are increasing access to quality health care for people everywhere.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was again named a Top 10 graduate nursing school, as ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School. Vanderbilt’s Master of Science in Nursing advanced to be the nation’s No. 8 program and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 6. Additionally, its Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN program repeated its 2021 position and remained ranked No. 1. Other MSN specialties achieved Top 5 rankings as well. Both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs gained the nation’s No. 2 spots. Nursing and Health Care Leadership moved up four places to the No. 4 position. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is No. 5. Individual specialty assessments are based 100% on peer nursing schools’ evaluations.

The Admission and Enrollment Office works collaboratively with administration, academic leaders, faculty, prospective students, and external stakeholders to maximize the recruitment of well-qualified students for academic programs at the School of Nursing. The Office is responsible for marketing and recruiting prospective students, preparing applicant files for faculty review, communicating with external stakeholders (e.g. undergraduate counselors), tracking enrollment, reporting application and enrollment data, and providing student progression reports.


  • Extensive experience in higher education, particularly graduate/professional enrollment management (recruitment/admissions, financial aid, and retention). In collaboration with key partners, execute the development of strategic enrollment goals for academic profile, net revenue, retention and student success, diversity, and approaches to student financial assistance. Create and execute an enrollment plan to achieve those goals. Expert knowledge of a broad range of strategic, technological, and operational methodologies, tools, and practices governing admissions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary enrollment management practices and astute observer of market trends in higher education. 
  • Represents Vanderbilt professionally in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Organization and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrollment Management association, including being an active participant in these organizations. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders and to develop productive professional relationships across a complex institution of higher education. Leadership skills, with ability to effectively lead and manage a team of professionals in high paced work involving accuracy, confidentiality, security and adherence to deadlines with an ability to transfer knowledge and foster accountability is necessary. 
  • Experience with CRM platform Slate to further the recruitment, selection, and yield goals of the School of Nursing. 
  • Collaborate with faculty and associate/assistant deans to establish and achieve enrollment goals, and partner with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to develop recruitment strategies that meet diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Exemplary analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to organize, analyze, summarize, and effectively present data to a diverse group of constituents is necessary. Ensure that colleagues have relevant, structured, clean data to inform enrollment strategy and serve as the lead for developing enrollment metrics. 
  • Demonstrable organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate and present complex or delicate information to various audiences. Knowledge of current trends in professional/graduate level enrollment and best practices, a creative and innovative approach to solutions driven problem solving, demonstrated ability to foster and support university wide collaborations, and strong communication and presentation skills with ability to write and communicate clear, concise, logical, presentations and analytical reports to a wide range of audiences.

Nashville is consistently ranked as one of the best places in America to live and work. It is the largest city in Tennessee, and a recognized center for music, healthcare, publishing, banking, and technology services. The climate is moderate, with four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. There is no personal income tax on earnings in Tennessee, saving the average relocating family between 3% and 10% of income – or a savings of $3,000 to $10,000 for every $100,000 earned.

The 10-county Nashville region is home to more than 1.8 million people and 40,000 businesses, with the city attracting more diverse new business from across the country than any city its size over the past 20 years.

The region is adding about 10,000 – 20,000 new jobs every year, in all sectors. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade.” Nashville has over 12,000 acres of beautiful parks and a thriving, walkable downtown with a free bus and a bike-sharing system providing access to over 200 downtown restaurants and 124 performance venues for live music and the performing and visual arts.

The “arts participation” rate is nearly five times the national average. And, with 111,379 students in 18 colleges and universities, Nashville is the third largest college town in America.

More information regarding the greater Nashville region, including helpful information for those relocating to the area is available at:


  • Vanderbilt is ranked perennially as one of the top 15 universities in the nation, a top tier best value school, and recognized on multiple “best of” lists for its learning communities, service learning, undergraduate teaching, and is a top 25 “Most Innovative School” according to U.S. News & World Report. 
  • The Princeton Review has long held Vanderbilt in high esteem, ranking it as having some of the happiest students in the nation, as a college city that gets high marks, as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and as a one of the nation’s best run colleges.
  • The University is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running.
  • Nashville has been ranked as a top five "Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations and Forbes has ranked the city as a top ten “Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” and as a top twenty “Best Place for Business and Careers.”  
  • The Gulch, an urban mixed-use neighborhood in downtown Nashville, is the first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified platinum neighborhood in America.
  • The Nashville region is home to two of the top 100 K-12 public schools in America and the top school district in the state of Tennessee.
  • Nashville is home to successful and well-respected NFL, NHL, and MLS franchises.
  • The Nashville Symphony is recognize internationally and has received 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six wins.
  • Rolling Stone has ranked Nashville as the number on “live music scene in America.” 
  • With a growing number of restaurants. spread across the region, to meet a variety of price points and culinary interests, Nashville has been named a top city for foodies by Travel+Leisure.

For more facts and highlights about Vanderbilt University, please visit the University Quick Facts and FutureVU pages, and for more information about Nashville and the exciting goings on for visitors and residents at Visit Music City and VU Your Life.

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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.