Vice President of Inclusive Enrollment

Position Overview

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Blackburn College invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Inclusive Enrollment. The Vice President reports directly to the President and provides vision, leadership and administrative oversight for the admissions and financial aid staff and operations. The Vice President provides key support, in consultation with the Marketing Department, in the development and implementation of the College’s strategic admissions recruitment and marketing plans for all prospective and admitted students. The Vice President is also responsible for overseeing the development of the annual financial aid packaging plan and ensuring that it is accurately applied throughout each cycle. This position also supports the College’s retention and student success efforts on campus.

Founded originally as a Presbyterian seminary by Gideon Blackburn in 1837, Blackburn College is the third oldest college in Illinois. In 1913, Blackburn distinguished itself by adopting the “Self-Help Plan,” now known as the Work Program, which solidified the College’s commitment to affordability and access. Today, Blackburn’s commitment to the liberal arts links outstanding classroom instruction with hands-on learning and leadership experiences. As one of eight federally recognized Work Colleges, all residential students are required to work at least ten hours per week on campus.

The Vice President of Inclusive Enrollment is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight in support of the college strategic plan and priorities, especially for the Admissions and Financial Aid departments. Candidates should be proven leaders, strategic thinkers, and seek pragmatic, creative solutions to challenges. Candidates should be collaborative leaders that are serious about their role as mentors and are deeply committed to Blackburn’s mission and vision. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a sincere interest in and understanding of higher education, have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, although a Master’s is preferred, and have a minimum of 5 years admissions and financial aid experience; preferably in higher education. 

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunity and attributes outlined in the search profile, a current resume and the names of five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2020.

The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made. Semifinalist interviews will be held in early December, 2020.

Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to:

or directed to:

Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, Ph.D., / (484) 554-4542

Andrew Bowen, / (802) 345-1279 

Blackburn seeks to build an inclusive faculty and administration that can engage the interests of a diverse population; underrepresented persons are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Blackburn College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position.