Executive Director of Undergraduate
University (SXU), in partnership with
the search firm Scott Healy & Associates,
invites applications and nominations for the position of
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission. The
Executive Director is a key admissions and enrollment management
professional who reports directly to the Associate Vice President
for Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success. The
Executive Director supports the vision, strategy, leadership, and
management oversight for Saint Xavier University’s recruitment and
enrollment of new undergraduate students, including freshmen,
transfers, and adult undergraduate students. They will be
responsible for managing the day-to-day operations in the
undergraduate admission office and support the strategic enrollment
management plan as outlined by the AVP for Strategic Enrollment
Management and Student Success. The Executive Director
provides collaborative, mission-centered leadership for enrollment
management professionals dedicated to students from their admission
to the University through to their graduation.
The Executive Director is responsible for assisting in the
development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the
institution’s strategic enrollment initiatives and outcomes. The
Executive Director will also work closely with the offices of
Financial Aid, Student Life, Academic Affairs and others to ensure
student matriculation and support. Essential duties and
responsibilities are as follows:
- Develop, implement, manage, and assess recruitment plans and
efforts to increase undergraduate student enrollment and achieve
the University's headcount and net revenue goals.
- Collaborate closely with deans, faculty, marketing, financial
aid and other units to develop comprehensive enrollment plans and
implement and assess recruitment strategies to meet/exceed the
objectives of the plan.
- Build comprehensive program-specific recruitment plans that
complement and support University marketing plans.
- Work collaboratively with enrollment and financial aid
leveraging consultants to develop and implement recruitment and aid
- Lead the managers of the unit's operations and contribute to
the development of processes, policies, and procedures related to
recruitment and enrollment, such as data management, application
processing, use of recruitment databases (Technolutions Slate and
Ellucian Colleague) etc. Implements operational objectives in-line
with organization goals and objectives.
- Select, hire, and manage admission staff and develop benchmarks
and productivity indicators to assess performance.
- Routinely analyze and report ROI for strategies/initiatives and
recruitment funnel key performance indicators; measure and monitor
conversion rates, application rates, yield, etc.
- Assist in managing undergraduate admission recruitment
communications using Technolutions Slate.
- Manage web content related to recruitment and enrollment.
- Serve as a Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Student
and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and manage compliance for the
admission and enrollment of undergraduate international
- Perform other projects as assigned by the Associate Vice
President of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student
- Master's degree required.
- A minimum of five to eight years' admissions leadership
experience leading undergraduate recruitment efforts are
- Experience at a private college or university is
- A track record of growing undergraduate headcount and revenue
in a competitive environment is essential.
- Experience as a designated school official (DSO) and previous
work with international students is beneficial.
- An entrepreneurial spirit is necessary, and management
- Superior writing skills and experience creating effective
marketing communications are essential.
- Strong analytic and reporting ability, creativity and
organizational skills required.
- Strong computer skills using relational databases
(Technolutions Slate) and MS Office are necessary.
- Ability to manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
is absolutely necessary.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to
work effectively on cross-functional committees and project teams
- Ability to adapt and prioritize in a fast-paced
- Willingness to go the extra mile to bring projects to
completion, meet deadlines, etc.
- An appreciation and commitment to the University’s Mercy
mission is required.
We inspire success by working together to provide meaningful,
personalized service in a spirit of excellence. SXU seeks
candidates that deliver value-added services in a responsive,
collaborative, effective, and respectful manner.
About Saint Xavier University:
Saint Xavier University was founded in Chicago by the Sisters of
Mercy in 1846, holding the distinctions of being Chicago's first
Catholic university as well as the first Mercy institution of
higher learning in the world. Initially serving as a higher
education institution for women and the poor, today the four-year,
private Catholic institution serves a diverse population of persons
who seek a Mercy education that prepares them to become successful,
productive and compassionate members of society.
The mission of Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution
inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, is to educate
persons to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate
effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of
human dignity and the common good.
Saint Xavier University is pleased to offer a wide variety of
high-quality academic programs to a diverse and talented student
body. SXU offers 61 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs
through their College of Arts & Sciences, the Graham School of
Management, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The
University strives to provide its learning community with a solid
foundation in liberal arts and professional education, establishing
well-rounded members of society.
SXU's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and
Grounded in Catholic identity, mission, and heritage, Saint
Xavier University is committed to serving a diverse learning
community in conjunction with our core values. The University
belongs to all in its community, regardless of race, color,
ethnicity, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, abilities,
age, sexual orientations, nationality, or immigration status.
Faculty, staff, and students are engaged in creating a climate of
purposeful inclusion by cultivating equity and providing
opportunities for meaningful connections and service among diverse
people, ideas, and perspectives, in search of truth and the common
The Sisters of Mercy, immigrants themselves, founded the school
in 1846 to educate young women, and today's student body reflects
the University's growing commitment to a tradition of diversity and
multiculturalism. In 2014, the University became a
federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Diversity,
equity, and inclusion are at the heart of Saint Xavier's heritage
and enrich and strengthen our academic programs and learning
environment, which prepare students to work as responsible global
citizens and live by Mercy values.
The College Community and Chicago,
Saint Xavier University is located in Chicago, Illinois, where
there is a little something for everyone. You can attend one of
Chicago’s many sporting events, stroll down The Magnificent Mile,
explore the stunning lakefront, or visit Chicago’s most iconic
attraction, The Bean. Chicago's food scene is known for everything
from hot dogs and deep dish to acclaimed fine dining. You can
experience Chicago's live music, theatre, and comedy scene, with
everything from homegrown jazz to iconic improv. Each season brings
something new, from a magical holiday market in the winter to
massive music festivals in the summer, architecture events in the
fall, and the Chicago River dyeing in the spring.
Chicago has always been a city of neighborhoods. You will find
77 distinct communities that represent a diverse array of cultures,
people, and experiences. You can visit an authentic taqueria in
Pilsen, sip a cocktail in an Uptown jazz club, or explore the
historic Pullman community. No matter where you go, there’s
something new to see and do around every corner in this vibrant
Application and Nomination Process:
Saint Xavier University has retained Scott Healy &
Associates to oversee and manage the entire search
process. All applications must be sent to:
Adam W. Barrett, Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
Applicants must apply electronically by a word document and
- Cover letter outlining experiences and success
in the areas indicated in The Position;
- A complete and up-to-date Resume; and
- Names of three (3) professional References
with title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct
phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written
permission from the candidate.)
Applications submitted by May 30, 2022 will
receive priority consideration.
The University is committed to diversity and encourages
applications from individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds
and experiences. Saint Xavier University affirms its position as a
Catholic institution, inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of
Mercy, and asserts its rights to employ persons who subscribe to
the mission, vision and core values of the University.
Saint Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
that makes all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions
and all other terms and conditions of employment without
discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, sex, religion,
national or ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability,
veteran status or other factors protected by law. Hiring decisions
will be based on the bona fide occupational qualifications of each