Vice President for Enrollment Management

Talladega College in Alabama

Deadline May 14, 2014
Date Posted March 25, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

One of the most historic educational institutions in the nation seeks a mature and seasoned professional to lead a revitalized enrollment function. Talladega College seeks a new Vice President for Enrollment Management to become a key member of its executive leadership team, reporting to a dynamic and experienced President, and assuming a strategic role in an active and dedicated cabinet. The Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM) has primary day-to-day responsibility planning, implementing, managing, and reporting all enrollment and admissions activities of the College. The new Vice President will oversee admissions, recruitment, retention, and the adult learning program, as well as supervise a full staff of employees and play a significant role in the continued implementation of the institutions strategic plan.


The successful candidate must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the changing marketplace in higher education, particularly for small, independent colleges and universities. A proven track record of increasingly responsible experience is a must. The ability to work collaboratively to carry out the goals of the institution, being able to manage a transformative and changing work environment, and having familiarity with marketing and data-informed decision-making are all necessities. The new Vice President must possess outstanding communication skills, be an energetic and effective manager, and provide strong mentoring and support to the department.


Talladega College was founded in 1867 by William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, with assistance from the Freedmans Bureau, to educate the children of former slaves. Initially a primary school, Talladega added facilities for women in 1869. The College has since grown into a four-year liberal arts college, embracing an historic educational mission that celebrates intellectual excellence, hard work, and morality, and serves individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or religion. A cultural icon as well as an institution of higher education, Talladegas peaceful, tree-lined campus houses such treasures as the renowned Amistad Murals and the famous Driskell stained glass windows of the De Forest Chapel.  Talladega College prepares students for work and ongoing educational achievement, and fosters an appreciation for diversity in all its forms. For more information, please visit


The Vice President for Enrollment Management, working closely with the President, the Board of Trustees, and other divisions of the institution, directs and oversees all aspects of enrollment and admissions functions of the College. Qualified candidates should hold a baccalaureate degree and demonstrate a history of successful, relevant experience, preferably in the private segment of liberal arts higher education. A history of significant involvement in achieving increased enrollment in a similar institution is a plus. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, to develop relationships at all levels of the institution, as well as with secondary schools and other institutions of higher education, locally and at remote locations, are essential. Well-developed problem solving and creative skills, exceptional management ability, sound judgment and decision-making based on accurate and timely analyses will be key. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of integrity and dependability, with a robust results-orientation. The new VPEM will possess a strong commitment to higher education and the ability to create a passionate and articulate message for potential students and their families. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and the ability to inspire will be essential. 


Approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham, Talladega is a quiet, small city of about 17,000 residents, which offers a range of amenities from historic points of interest such as the Ritz Theater and the Silk Stocking District to modern, high-speed entertainment at the world famous Talladega Super Speedway. Mild climate, lower-than-the-national-average cost of living, and access to both regional urban centers and the recreational opportunities of the Gulf Coast make Talladega a wonderful choice for comfortable, family living.


Application: For a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please call Vicky Ayers, RPA Inc. Senior Director for Executive Recruitment, or Brandy Collins, Director for Executive Recruitment, at 800-992-9277. Applicants may email only a letter of interest and resume to using Talladega VPEM in the subject line. Additional materials will be solicited as needed. For full consideration candidate materials should be submitted before May 14, 2014. Talladega College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified woman and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.