Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, UT Southern (Pulaski, TN)

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University of Tennessee
Pulaski, TN
Nov 05, 2022
Dec 10, 2022
Position Type
Vice Chancellor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
About UT Southern

UT Southern is the newest campus to join the University of Tennessee System, evolving from UT's acquisition of Martin Methodist College in 2021. The nearly 900 students enrolling at UT Southern enjoy a private, small-college experience at an affordable, public-university cost. Among the many advantages are low student-teacher ratios, high classroom personalization, and the resources of a land grant university system. More than 30 academic programs of study are available through the divisions of business, education, humanities, mathematics and sciences, nursing, and social sciences.

With a historic campus located in Pulaski, Tennessee, in the beautiful hills of southern Middle Tennessee, The University of Tennessee Southern is convenient to both Nashville (70 miles to the north) and Huntsville, Alabama (40 miles to the south).

The Opportunity

The University of Tennessee Southern invites applications for a Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

The Vice Chancellor directs and oversees a broad range of programs across Student Life and Enrollment Management. Those in Student Life include, Residential Life, Student Activities, Intramural Sports, Student Organizations, Civic Engagement, New Student Orientation and First Year Experience, Student Development & Leadership, Counseling Services, Dining Services, Student Conduct, Title IX, Conferences and Summer Programs, and Student Government Association. In Enrollment Management, the new Vice Chancellor would oversee and provide leadership for the teams in Admissions and Financial Aid, creating a seamless student experience and transition into the university.

Serving as a member of the Leadership Council and reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor establishes the strategic direction for all prospective student recruitment, new student enrollment, and the holistic support of all students during their time at the university. These efforts will be in direct support of the university's enrollment, retention, and graduation goals. To ensure a holistic approach to student success, the Vice Chancellor will work in close collaboration with Academic Affairs and university faculty, University Operations, and the broader UTS and Pulaski community.

The primary responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provides leadership for all Student Affairs and Enrollment Management activities, initiatives, and outreach efforts including formulating, recommending, implementing, and evaluating all processes, policies, procedures, and programs
  • Establishes and implements short-and-long-term planning efforts across Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to advance university goals
  • Oversees a comprehensive, data-driven, and strategic enrollment planning effort so the university can enroll and retain students who are prepared for success. This includes guiding a talented team in Undergraduate Admissions as they: (1) build strong middle school and high school pipelines locally and regionally, (2) engage in robust recruitment and yield efforts, (3) leverage financial aid packaging to maximize student support, and (4) engage in timely communications and robust student services
  • Leads the adoption, integration, and use of technology solutions and data systems to manage relationships with prospective students, applicants, and their families; oversees the automation and personalization of communications throughout the recruitment, yield, and student transition process; supports the teams who organizes and host recruitment and yield events aligned with admissions goals; ensures the timely facilitation of a holistic application management and review process
  • Serves as liaison with Dining Services, ensuring a quality dining experience for UTS Students
  • Ensures that teams across Student Affairs have the resources and tools needed to engage in proactive outreach, data-informed student support, holistic programming and wellness efforts, and other initiatives that drive student retention, persistence, and graduation
  • Works with the teams in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to develop and administer all budgets, including forecasting, planning, and monitoring of expenses, ensuring strong fiscal stewardship across all units
  • Supports the university's planning and improvement processes by setting annual goals, establishing appropriate outcome assessment processes, and completing the annual performance review process
  • Designs, proposes, establishes, and maintains a staffing and organizational structure to effectively accomplish all goals across units
  • Recruits, employs, trains, supervises, and evaluates Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff
  • Articulates and advocates for both prospective students and families as well as current student needs and concerns to the University community
  • Serves as an ombudsman for students within the university, guiding and advising them on how to resolve issues
  • Acts as liaison to the academic divisions regarding enrollment and student issues
  • Participates in professional organizations related to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in higher education
  • Is discrete and confidential about the activities of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Works directly with the Student Government Association to provide a connection between the students and the campus administration
  • Completes other assignments as required by the annually defined objectives of UTS and the office of the Chancellor

Additionally, the Vice Chancellor will support a culture of engagement and belonging by always treating others with dignity and respect, and by exhibiting conduct that reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate is expected to contribute in measurable ways to the University's mission and fully embrace the systemwide Be One UT Values.

Required Qualifications

A master's degree in higher education or related field is required. Five to seven years of relevant, progressively responsible experience in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Student Success, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is also required. Supervisory experience required.

Additional requirements include:
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with student services to enhance the student experience
  • Experience developing, implementing, and accessing student interventions, tracking outcomes, and leading organizational change to address barriers
  • Leadership or involvement in student recruitment and yield efforts aligned with university enrollment and net revenue goals
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, and assess programs and initiatives designed to close student equity gaps
  • Experience with policy development and implementation across a complex organization
  • Demonstrated leadership of campus-level initiatives across student affairs and/or enrollment management

Preferred Qualifications

A doctoral degree (earned or in progress) in higher education, education leadership, or a related field and a minimum of seven to ten years of relevant progressively responsible experience in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Student Success, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience preferred.

Additional preferred qualifications include:
  • A proven track record leading teams that meet or exceed recruitment and enrollment goals
  • Rich experiences in multiple areas of student life including the development of experiential curriculum and accessing learning outcomes related to student co-curricular experiences
  • Expertise in the development and implementation of a range of strategies to help meet university goals, including the ability to deliver best-in-class student recruitment and yield efforts, effectively manage and leverage financial aid awarding, mitigate summer melt, engage and retain new students, increase student belonging and satisfaction, and drive improvements in graduation rates
  • Demonstrated engagement with a wide range of university stakeholders, including positive and productive relationships with members of the faculty, students, academic affairs leadership and student services colleagues, facilities, finance and operations, as well as community partners, including high school guidance counselors
  • In-depth understanding of the extant literature associated with enrollment management and financial aid practices, student development, student access and success, mattering and belonging, and student engagement
  • Experience with initiatives related to high-impact practices, addressing issues of educational access and equity, and enhancing degree completion
  • Knowledge of student development theories and models, and a demonstrated ability to access efficacy and course-correct
  • Understanding of and appreciation for campus and university system governance
  • Skills & Competencies
  • Strong commitment to excellence, integrity, and transparency
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities, including the ability to work across complex organizations, create a positive work culture, and lead diverse teams
  • Proven ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated success in decision-making, leading inclusive processes, and driving transformational change
  • Exceptional abilities in communications and interpersonal relations, including excellent written communication, presentation, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of audiences (e.g., faculty, students, alumni, legislators, administrators, and parents).

Application Process

For full consideration, candidates should apply electronically by December 1, 2022 with a cover letter addressing their interest in and qualifications for the role, resume, and list of professional references.

Compensation for the position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits and much more. Additionally, Tennessee residents do not pay a state income tax. For more information on the University of Tennessee's benefits, visit