Holy Family University — Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Holy Family University, a Roman Catholic private university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is seeking a dynamic, data-driven decision maker with exceptional operational and strategic capabilities, and a commitment to collaboration to lead as the University’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Reporting to the President, the VP provides strategic leadership and institutional direction for recruiting/admissions, athletics, financial aid, campus ministry, career services, counseling center, disability services, experiential learning, student engagement, Title IX, residential life, health services, and dean of students.

Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University has a strong commitment to the mission core values; Family, Respect, Integrity, Service and Responsibility, Learning and Vision. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated degree programs, and is on a positive trajectory, adding new programs, experiencing enrollment growth, and maintaining a strong balance sheet. Today, the University enrolls close to 3,100 total students – about 2,100 undergraduate, 950 graduate, and 35 doctoral. About 51% of the student body are first generation college students. As Holy Family University has grown, the unwavering commitment to offering a high-quality, affordable, personalized and values-centered education has remained strong and will continue to guide Holy Family University into the future.

Holy Family University is looking for an individual who thrives in an environment where they can utilize both strategic leadership and strong interpersonal skills. In this role, the VP for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs has the opportunity to set a vision for the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students. This person will be successful if he/she can collaborate across divisions, think creatively and strategically, and provide thoughtful decision making through the collection and analysis of data. This VP will not only have the opportunity to serve this institution at a strategic level, but also will have the privilege of working with students directly to ensure their success.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree (a doctorate is preferred), a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated senior level experience in higher education, including design of strategic enrollment management and tactical implementation, admissions, and financial aid.

In addition, the incoming VP will possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Demonstrated visionary and intellectual leadership to a comprehensive student affairs program;
  • Leadership in enrollment management, recruitment, and student retention;
  • Advancing the mission and goals of the University through strategic planning;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; ability to represent the University effectively to a wide variety of constituencies and audiences;
  • Proven ability to lead a team with diverse skills and responsibilities in a cohesive, collaborative, and productive manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology to gather, interpret, analyze, and present data;
  • Experience in strategic, long-range and short-range planning and program implementation;
  • Collaboration with Marketing and Communication, create recruitment plans for program launches;
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and change priorities as required;
  • Collaborative approach to working with academic leaders;
  • A strong commitment to serving students, and their successes;
  • Passion for the University’s mission.


Holy Family University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Tom Phillips and Charlotte Harris here.

Holy Family University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, gender, age (as defined in the relevant statutes), veteran status, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law. This policy extends to all educational, employment, and service programs at the University and complies with applicable federal laws. Holy Family University is committed to providing all qualified applicants and employees equal employment opportunities, not only because it is the law, but also because of our belief that adherence is morally correct.


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