Loyola University Chicago — Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and it is home to 13 schools, colleges, and institutes. 

As a Jesuit Catholic university, Loyolans are stewards of their Catholic tradition and unique Ignatian heritage. The mission at Loyola University Chicago: “We are Chicago’s Jesuit university: a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith,” defines their roots, their ways of proceeding and the outcomes they strive to achieve. Loyola University Chicago is the school of choice for those who wish to seek new knowledge in the service of humanity in a world-renowned urban center as members of a diverse learning community that values freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth, and care for others. Enrolling 16,893 students in 2020, including 11,612 undergraduate students, LUC attracts students from all 50 states and 40 countries. 

Reporting to the vice president for enrollment management and student success, the associate vice president and dean of undergraduate admission (AVP&DUA) is responsible for the recruitment and admission of a diverse and academically talented student population, including new freshman, transfer and undergraduate international students as well as oversees the recruitment and admission of study abroad students to the John Felice Rome Center. This position is responsible for all areas of the undergraduate admission process, which includes recruitment, public speaking, event oversight, and travel. The AVP/DUA will be a strategic partner in the implementation of a comprehensive recruitment plan measured by data and best practices and will be expected to:

  • lead, motivate and manage a diverse team of 42 professionals, including six associate directors who are direct reports, and oversee a total annual operational and recruitment budget of $5.8 million;
  • develop and implement a comprehensive student recruitment plan for all undergraduate students, including the development of an inquiry pool, effective conversion,  and yield strategies; 
  • in collaboration with the vice president for enrollment management and student success and other enrollment management colleagues, develop an annual financial aid leveraging plan in   tandem with LUC’s annual budget and undergraduate recruitment and retention goals;
  • develop and implement strategies for marketing and communications to segmented target audiences to achieve LUC’s annual strategic enrollment targets, including the Admission Office’s digital channels; 
  • work closely with the director of enrollment systems, research and reporting on various projects, including ad hoc reports, CRM updates and issues, and support any additional data and report requests in support of the undergraduate admission office;
  • serve as an expert resource on industry trends, practices and technology, preparing and presenting recommendations for innovations which will enhance the undergraduate recruitment process; and
  • actively participate in national and state professional admissions associations to stay informed of current admissions trends and research.

A master’s degree with significant documented progressively responsible experience, including a minimum of seven years of supervisory experience, in admission related duties within a higher education institution are required. The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; be a proven collaborative decision maker with the ability to think strategically and problem solve. They will be expected to have broad undergraduate recruitment experience, appreciate and seek to expand diversity among staff and the student body, and be able to optimize technology to support a strategic recruitment model. Working knowledge of the Slate CRM and PeopleSoft student information systems will be a plus. The AVP/DUA will be expected to have a high level of initiative, organization and energy, have the ability to analyze and interpret data to help inform recruitment and admission strategies, have the ability to manage, motivate and retain a diverse staff, and to foster a supportive, open and collaborative work environment. The successful candidate must maintain a forward-looking vision, and be dedicated to developing a cohesive and resourceful team within the context of Loyola’s Catholic, Jesuit mission.

Review of applications will begin November 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at ked@spelmanjohnson.com or Lynette M. Lindsey at lml@spelmanjohnson.com  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

COVID Vaccination Requirement
Employment, or continuation therefore at Loyola University Chicago, is contingent upon being fully COVID vaccinated (unless a medical/religious exemption is received); proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to employment date.

Visit the Loyola University Chicago website at: https://www.luc.edu

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.