Vice President for Enrollment

Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) is a two-year, private, residential institution that serves a highly diverse student body of approximately 800 students that hail from several states, as well as from various countries around the world.  The College desires to be the college of choice for residential or commuting students who desire the advantages of a church-related liberal arts education in preparation for the senior college experience.  At SMC, lives are transformed in a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition.  SMC seeks to serve the educational needs of its student body by enabling each student to meet the challenges of a technologically based future and does so by offering a variety of educational programs to suit both the needs of the traditional college student and of the non-traditional working adult.

SMC offers six associate degrees and allows students to remain at SMC while completing a bachelor’s degree online via Palmetto College, MUSC, or a variety of other online degree programs. In early 2018, the SMC Board of Trustees approved a request by SMC administrators to begin exploring the addition of a four-year program. Currently the SMC leadership team is in the process of examining appropriate options before making a recommendation to the Board. In addition to the numerous academic offerings, SMC also offers students a variety of extracurricular activities including 14 sports for women and men that compete as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

SMC was founded as Textile Industrial Institute (TII) in 1911 by Dr. David English Camak, a visionary Methodist minister.  At its founding as a work-study cooperative, TII served young adults working in area textile mills by offering high school level courses in preparation for advanced education or employment.  In 1927, the first two years of college-level work were added to the curriculum to provide graduates with an associate degree in liberal arts for transfer to senior level colleges.  The continued relationship between TII and local business and industry led to the development of associate degrees that prepared students for immediate employment.  In 1940, the high school classes were dropped from the curriculum.  In 1942, Textile Industrial Institute became Spartanburg Junior College and for the next 25 years focused its efforts on providing associate degrees designed for transfer into a wide variety of bachelor degree programs.  Beginning in 1965, the College began a cycle of growth during which over three-fourths of the present campus buildings were erected or renovated, the curriculum was broadened and strengthened, student enrollment doubled, and new expertise was added through faculty growth and development.  In 1974, Spartanburg Junior College became Spartanburg Methodist College.

Since its founding, the College has been affiliated with the mission work of the United Methodist Church and its forbearer, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The relationship between the College and the church has continued across the years through the General Board of Global Ministries and the Board of Global Ministries of the South Carolina Annual Conference.  The College’s name attests to the pride the institution’s trustees, faculty, staff, and student body take in working and studying at a college based on the traditional values of the church and the United States of America.

For more information about Spartanburg Methodist College, visit www.smcsc.edu.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

The Vice President for Enrollment reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. Other members of the Cabinet include: Executive VP, Academic Affairs; Executive VP for Business Affairs; VP for Institutional Advancement; VP for Marketing; VP for Professional Development and Design; Chief Information Officer; Athletic Director; Dean of Students; and Chaplain and Director of Church Relations.

Positions reporting to the VP for Enrollment include: Director of Admissions; and Director of Financial Aid. The department has a total of 11 employees, including the VP.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The Vice President for Enrollment (VP) oversees all aspects of student enrollment management and related initiatives consistent with the overall mission of SMC as a two-year institution dedicated to providing a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in a Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition, all in preparation for the senior college experience and lifelong learning. The VP will lead the strategic and tactical efforts necessary for successful short and long-term enrollment/retention efforts and provide leadership in achieving enrollment goals by collaborating with the Cabinet and other members of the College community. The VP also serves as the College liaison with local school districts, businesses, and community partners to establish student feeder programs and implement best practice enrollment initiatives and plans.

Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Effectively lead a team within a culture that promotes teamwork, collaboration, innovation, and efficiency.
  • Provide planning and direction to achieve the institution’s strategic enrollment goals and lead initiatives that promote student access, success, and retention.  In collaboration with the President and other College leadership, develop and implement an enrollment management plan designed to appropriately increase student enrollment through the development of enhanced recruiting models, creative marketing, social media strategies, and data analytics with the goal of attaining student recruitment, enrollment, and retention goals.
  • Oversee enrollment policies and guidelines including the processing and evaluation of applications for enrollment to the College and coordinate with other functions to ensure policy compliance and access to student support services.
  • Analyze the competitive landscape of higher education and develop and maintain strategies to aid in expanding the College’s geographical recruitment; identify new student markets; and set overall strategic enrollment objectives. Collaborate with the College marketing department in the development of recruitment publications and market penetration strategies.
  • Create and nurture professional external partnerships to build avenues to promote the mission and vision of SMC and recruitment efforts for undergraduate, including traditional and non-traditional, students. Engage in communication with off campus constituencies including high schools, state and local agencies, community-based organizations, and other education partners to promote a positive and consistent message about SMC.
  • Perform special projects and related responsibilities as initiated and/or requested.

REQUIREMENTS:

Preferred qualifications include the following:

  • Successful leadership in strategic enrollment management, preferably in a higher education environment; proven track record of enrollment success and the ability to effectively manage enrollment strategies in order to both recruit and retain qualified students.
  • Ability to be a significant strategic contributor as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated abilities in the recruitment, admissions, and financial aid functions.
  • Ability to effectively manage an enrollment management plan and budget; preference for experience managing staff and budgets.
  • Strong understanding of financial aid policies and strategies.
  • Experience in developing outreach, and transition to college programs.
  • Commitment to a customer/student service philosophy.
  • Ability to engage members of the campus community, including faculty, coaches, and alumni in recruitment efforts; ability to interact with all members of the college community, including a diverse, multicultural student body; ability to build effective relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and facilitate teamwork.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for, and commitment to, academically excellent, student-centered, liberal arts education in a faith-based environment.
  • Exceptional people skills and interpersonal abilities; accessible; energetic and enthusiastic; able to build and maintain close relationships and engender trust.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; good listener.
  • Integrity; character above reproach.

COMPENSATION:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, which includes a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.

Coleman Lew will begin screening and evaluating candidates immediately with the intent of presenting information on qualified candidates to the Search Committee as soon as possible. The Search Committee is expected to move as expediently as possible once qualified candidates are identified. Please submit all candidate nominations, letters of interest, resumes, and questions to:

Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300 – Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President or Janet DeLoache, Consultant
SMCEnrollment@colemanlew.com
704.377.0362 or 800.533.9523 or fax 704.377.0424

Spartanburg Methodist College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status in any personnel action regarding the recruiting, hiring, and promotion of faculty and staff members.

For additional information contact

SMCEnrollment@colemanlew.com

704.377.0362