Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the search for its first Associate Vice President (AVP) of Enrollment Management and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

The oldest public institution of higher education in Connecticut and the largest of its regional comprehensive universities, CCSU is in a very strong financial position and enjoys stable enrollments. It has a strong commitment to serve its students and the increasingly diverse region of which it is a part. Under President Zulma R. Toro’s leadership, it is poised to grow both in size and in the effectiveness with which it fulfills its mission.

Founded in 1849 as New Britain Normal School, CCSU has evolved into a modern comprehensive university with undergraduate and graduate programs built on a robust foundation of liberal learning. One of the four regional comprehensive universities in Connecticut, it is part of the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System created in 2012. It is also part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents and is centrally located in the state, within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several of the major metropolitan areas in the region. 

CCSU’s five schools – the Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business (AACSB-accredited), the School of Education and Professional Studies, the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology, and the School of Graduate Studies – offer 100 major programs in over 80 fields of study, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as several sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nurse anesthesia practice. In recent years, Central has added master’s programs in accounting, exercise science, STEM education, and an MBA. In addition, several new academic initiatives designed to support the University’s enrollment goals are underway.

CCSU’s nearly 12,000 diverse students are taught and mentored by approximately 450 talented full-time and nearly 500 part-time faculty members and are supported by a devoted full-time staff numbering just over 500 and a part-time staff of almost 140 people, all of whom are true partners in the educational enterprise. CCSU’s faculty and staff are committed to shared governance in a collective bargaining environment. 

CCSU’s faculty and staff provide a rich educational experience in addition to classroom instruction. Its international study/travel program is often ranked by Open Doors as one of the top 40 in the nation among regional comprehensive universities. Twenty-one percent of CCSU’s graduates have had a research experience. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching has recognized CCSU for its high level of community engagement. In 2016, CCSU’s Community Engagement Committee was awarded the first Connecticut Campus Compact Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to foster more community engagement activity by CCSU faculty and students.

Job description:

As the chief enrollment officer, the AVP provides leadership in all enrollment management matters and works collaboratively with the directors, faculty, staff, and administration to further the University’s mission and vision. The new AVP will be expected to provide leadership in a variety of areas, with direct supervision of the following four departments: (1) Undergraduate Admissions; (2) Graduate Admissions; (3) Financial Aid; and (4) Transfer and Academic Articulation.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a record of collaborative decision-making, a high standard of professional integrity, a strong sense of professional ethics, and a creative and analytical approach. The position demands both inspirational leadership and a thorough understanding of best practices in enrollment management. The new AVP must be guided by a strong student-centered philosophy and be adept in high-tech and interpersonal environments. In addition, the new AVP must possess the ability to work collegially with students, faculty and staff, fellow administrators, and members of the wider community.

Required qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Eight years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in higher education enrollment management, with a minimum of four years in a supervisory capacity at the director level or higher;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage a diverse staff in an environment that values teamwork and professional development;
  • Demonstrated success in collaborating with all levels of the institution, including experience in developing joint student affairs and academic affairs programs and initiatives to advance a culture of student-centered service;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively address the needs of and communicate with diverse student populations, such as low-income, first-generation, ethnic minority, international, and/or non-traditional students; and
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of an array of software packages and other technologies used to effectively and efficiently deliver and manage student enrollment.

    Preferred qualifications: 

  • Prior work with strategic planning, including development and execution;
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistical and predictive analysis;
  • Experience working in a unionized, public institution of higher education;
  • Commitment to building and maintaining relationships with community colleges; and
  • Track record of K-12 collaborations/engagements.

    Application & Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2018. Salary is commensurate with education and experience; salary range is $101,000 to $162,000. To begin the application process, applicants must go to and submit the following in one single document:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers and email addresses of five current professional references (current or former supervisor)

Address letters of nomination to Dr. Christopher Galligan, Search Committee Chair and Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Galligan at or 860-832-1764.  All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s expressed permission.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e. SSN, DOB, marital status) from any documents submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Emailed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

CCSU is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and educator.