Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications

Northern Illinois University (NIU), a world-class, research-focused public institution located in DeKalb, Illinois, invites applications and nominations for an inaugural Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications.

Reporting to President Doug Baker, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication will be a key member of the university’s senior leadership, work in close partnership with the Executive Vice President and Provost, and serve as a member of the President’s Senior Cabinet. The Vice President will be the senior enrollment and marketing officer for the university and work collaboratively with members of the division of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and other university constituents to promote his/her area and guide a comprehensive, integrated approach to enrollment and marketing that will result in new levels of success in attracting, recruiting, retaining and graduating students.

The Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication will join NIU during a time of transformation and optimism for the university. With the roll out of a new branding strategy and identification of enrollment priorities, the Vice President will be empowered to seize this opportunity and bring greater synergy, coordination and purpose to these newly combined areas. NIU is seeking a bold and pioneering leader who will be willing to take strategic risks and imagine new possibilities. This isn’t a status quo position, and the successful candidate will be drawn to the opportunity to enact large scale change and work alongside a dedicated team to significantly impact the future trajectory of the institution.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in leading a successful enrollment operation with a strong understanding of marketing and communication strategies for internal and external audiences. Exceptional strategic skills are required, including the ability to develop and accurately interpret local, regional and national data; to create informed short and long range enrollment goals; and accurately assess emerging markets. The successful candidate will be a strong collaborator and partner and reflect the values of the university with a strong commitment to access, student success, diversity and excellent service. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree would distinguish the candidate and is preferred.

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive institution in one of the most diverse and dynamic regions of the country. The main campus in DeKalb is 65 miles west of Chicago with outreach locations throughout northern Illinois. With 19,000 students, NIU attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world. The university contains seven colleges:  Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Other units that support NIU’s academic mission include the Graduate School and International Affairs. NIU offers its diverse student body an education that is nationally recognized in quality, nationally ranked in value and aimed at providing a transformational experience in support of personal, career and life success. Further information about Northern Illinois University can be found at www.niu.edu.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Northern Illinois University’s consultants, Amy Crutchfield and Kim Brettschneider, at NIU-VP@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of the assistant for the search, Laura Novak, at 630-575-6943.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.