Teachers College Columbia University — Associate Vice President and Chief Enrollment Officer

Teachers College Columbia University (TC), the nation’s first, largest and premier graduate school of education seeks a collaborative, creative, courageous, transparent and strategic leader to serve as associate vice president and chief enrollment officer (AVP). 

A leading stand-alone graduate and professional school, Teachers College was founded on the proposition that education alone cannot correct our society’s inequalities – that to maximize the life chances of all people, we must also support poorer communities’ physical and nutritional health and psychological wellbeing. Today, TC offers Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees across four core areas of expertise – education, health, psychology and leadership. Teachers College graduates are awarded Columbia University degrees. Through its 10 academic departments, 65 academic programs, 20 faculty labs, 38 research centers and institutes, TC continues to leverage its 133-year track record of inventing and shaping new fields of inquiry to create a smarter, healthier and more equitable world.

Teachers College is located in Morningside Heights, an urban oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Midtown known as the Acropolis of Manhattan. For a life-long learner who is constantly in pursuit of excellence, TC provides an intellectually vital, culturally stimulating community where there is always something going on, including lectures, musical performances, and social justice initiatives. The college’s interdisciplinary approach fosters an environment where 170 faculty, 600 staff, 5,572 students and over 90,000 alumni in over 30 countries collaborate and innovate with the goal of changing the world.

Reporting directly to President Thomas Bailey and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet, the associate vice president and chief enrollment officer will provide leadership to the admissions, financial aid, registrar and enrollment marketing and communications functions in order to attract and enroll the next generation of leaders in education, health and psychology, who will transform their fields and create pathways for all to flourish. The AVP will serve as a thought leader who will work collaboratively across the TC community to develop structures and processes to improve the coordination of enrollment functions and support healthy enrollment for individual programs as well as the college as a whole. 

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of all elements in enrollment management as well as an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that exist for a graduate school in today’s environment. The new leader will have proven experience in leading and managing the complex interplay of marketing and recruiting strategies, goals, yield, financial aid, and continuing student enrollment in a decentralized environment, and be adept at advocating for and aligning resources with strategic priorities. As a transparent, strategic, and forward-thinking leader, the AVP will be able to optimize the capabilities and expertise of staff members and harness data and emerging technologies to meet enrollment targets and net revenue goals. A commitment to social justice nationally and globally, and enthusiasm for TC’s mission to create a more equitable world are also expected.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Jessica Herrington TCAVPEnrollment@wittkieffer.com.

Teachers College has long been committed to equal employment in the recruitment and selection of candidates, and to providing equal employment opportunities to employees within our organization. This supports and promotes a community environment in which such rights can be fully exercised by all, regardless of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression), religion, creed, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.