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Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions (11254)

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail. 


Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


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Get To Know American University

American University is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, D.C., with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. AU students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. 

In 2017, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was most recently the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under former President Barack Obama, was named the 15th President of American University. She is the first woman to hold the highest leadership position at AU. 

AU’s strategic plan, Changemakers for a Changing World, is a 7-year plan started in 2019 and is organized into three strategic themes—scholarship, learning, and community—with key imperatives to guide AU’s focused efforts. 

Diversity & Inclusion - Striving for Excellence

American University envisions a thriving AU community where equity prevails because diverse ideas and perspectives from individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included. As the cornerstone for achieving institutional and educational excellence, AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence reflects the university's commitment to holding ourselves and each other accountable for achieving real change. An abundance of resources allows AU’s students, staff, faculty, and external constituents to work together toward the goal of a truly inclusive American University. 

ABOUT Undergraduate Enrollment, Admissions, and Financial Aid: 

American University is a diverse body of students, who represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries. AU enrolls approximately 7,900 undergraduates, 1,800 Master’s, 300 doctoral, and 950 law students. 

Position Summary

American University in Washington, D.C., is seeking an enrollment professional who is an artisan of recruitment, enrollment, and retention that is experienced, collaborative, and authentic to assume the role of Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions (AVPUA). Reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment, the AVPUA will lead undergraduate admissions in support of the institution’s mission to advance knowledge, foster intellectual curiosity, build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The AVPUA will provide strategic vision and oversight to the recruitment of new students with a mindset to appreciate the entirety of the student experience through graduation and will effectively engage key constituent groups in the recruitment and enrollment process. They will include students, parents/families, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as other key internal and external constituents in that pursuit. 

The Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions will develop, plan, and implement recruitment efforts for freshman, transfer, and international students through analyzing admissions data and trends, forecasting changes in enrollment, and developing appropriate enrollment models and operational strategies. The AVPUA will oversee the undergraduate admissions operation including recruitment, admission, awarding of merit scholarships, and conversion of undergraduate students. In addition, the AVPUA will lead the admissions team in developing retention- and graduation-focused admission practices and policies.  

This position serves as a member of the Office of Enrollment’s senior leadership team which, through their shared expertise, is responsible for the activities leading to the achievement of the university’s strategic enrollment goals for undergraduate students. The AVPUA needs to understand and manage student volume as they will be responsible for the management of a freshman inquiry pool of over 70,000 names and a freshman applicant pool of more than 20,000, as well as a transfer inquiry pool of approximately 6,000, and 2,000 transfer applications. In consultation with the Assistant Vice Provost for Operations, the AVPUA will monitor the admissions portion of the Office of Enrollment’s operating budget and will collaborate on the processing of related documents. Also, in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Provost of Enrollment Marketing, the AVPUA will contribute to the creation and maintenance of all undergraduate recruitment publications; in concert with the senior director of data analytics, the AVPUA will analyze data to inform recruitment goals; and with the Assistant Vice Provost for Financial Aid, will collaborate on the awarding of merit scholarships. The person in this role is also called upon to serve on campus-wide committees and working groups, offering enrollment leadership and wisdom both inside the division and externally.   

More About The Position

Overseeing a staff of 24, the AVPUA will directly supervise four directors of admissions responsible for international admissions, domestic recruitment, first-year application review, and transfers and special populations, as well as the assistant director overseeing AU’s Shorelight partnership. The other 18 members of the admissions staff are represented by Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 (Provost and Enrollment Division Staff) . The AVPUA will establish clear goals and expectations, allocate resources, provide training, and carefully monitor progress. In addition, this function includes working closely with the senior leadership team in the Office of Enrollment to ensure an effective enrollment management plan, the result of which is the successful recruitment and retention of undergraduate students.   

The AVPUA will collaborate with academic units to develop publications, programs, and other efforts to recruit and enroll new students within each academic unit. In addition, the AVPUA will work in cooperation with Athletics to ensure the proper compliance with NCAA and Patriot League recruitment procedures and be available to assist other members of the campus community who have an interest in the recruitment of undergraduate students. The AVPUA will act as an official spokesperson at admissions and recruitment functions and to external constituencies (media, parents, counselors). The AVPUA will work with the office of Media Relations to respond to media requests for information. In addition to speaking directly to outside audiences, this AVP will be responsible for providing the staff with accurate and consistent information in a way that supports the University’s key messages. 

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Work Environment

American University employees currently execute their positions in a hybrid work environment tailored to the needs of their office and the manner in which they serve students. The AVPUA will be required to live within commuting distance for on campus work hours. As a leader within the division and university, the AVPUA must be available, both on campus and as a representative of the university, in person.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time, 35 hours/week.
  • Function Leader A.
  • Exempt.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities of the Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Admissions

  • Supervise five direct reports and an overall team of twenty-four professional staff members in meeting the strategic goals of American University. 
  • Provide inspiration, mentorship, training, and professional development for the staff; evaluating individual and team performance and capitalizing on the skills and abilities of the team and its members.  
  • Establish and communicate clear and concise expectations for recruitment staff and maintain ongoing communication when expectations, goals, or circumstances evolve. 
  • Train the staff in best practices in data collection, management, reporting, and analysis to support decision making.  

Competencies, Skills, and Characteristics

  • A master’s degree is required, or equivalent in training or experience, as well as a minimum of 10 years progressive experience in higher education admissions or an enrollment-related position.
  • Candidates must possess the ability to manage in a diverse, rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and supervisory experience are required.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Napier Executive Search is assisting American University in identifying its next Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions. For more information, or to nominate someone for this position, contact Robin Reynders (, Catherine Capolupo (, or Mary Napier ( All conversations will remain confidential unless otherwise stated and agreed. 

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a letter of interest describing their unique qualifications for the AVPUA position at American University. Candidates should also provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references. For confidentiality, references will not be contacted without permission. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted electronically to by January 2, 2023. The preferred start date is no later than June 1, 2023. 


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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