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Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Eastern New Mexico University
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Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Eastern New Mexico University in its search for Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

For full consideration, please apply by October 31st.

Create a difference and make a lasting impact as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VPSAE) at Eastern New Mexico University. Offering a collegial and supportive community, this position is ideal for a seasoned student affairs leader looking to bring their proven record of strategic and collaborative leadership through the creation and development of innovative recruitment and retention strategies and policies. This is a tremendous opportunity to guide the next generation of student affairs and enrollment professionals and inspire a new era of growth in the ENMU community. The next VPSAE will welcome the changing landscape of student affairs while creating and embracing new ways to engage with students successfully and proactively.

Under limited direction of the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is responsible for the oversight of all functions of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, which includes but is not limited to, developing, maintaining, and directing, the departments reporting to the Vice President. Departments include Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Advising, Counseling, Campus Life, Housing and Student Conduct, Accessibility Resources and Testing, Trio Grant Programs, Tutoring, Multicultural Affairs, Intramurals and Recreation, and Military Affairs. The VPSAE also serves as a member of the senior level vice president and cabinet advisory groups to the president.

This position reports directly to the President.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform a coordinating role with the other vice presidents of the University and be responsible for the actions of the functional areas reporting to the VPSAE.
  • Coordinate policy formation and revision for the unit.
  • Supervise, provide leadership and be ultimately responsible for all the activities in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Oversight of recruitment and retention activities of the University.
  • Coordinate and supervise the budget and the long-range planning.
  • Advise the president on all matters of student life and enrollment management.
  • Coordinate with the department directors in the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating of staff employees.
  • Act as primary administrative liaison for students
  • Responsible for Student Affairs portion of orientation of new students.
  • Participate and assist in coordinating Student Affairs involvement in special events.
  • Act as Senior Judicial Adjudicator for the University.
  • Oversight and coordination of external campus lodging, medical, and dining services contracts/vendors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure, and operations of a public university.
  • Knowledge of organizational development theory and practices.
  • Skills in budget preparation, fiscal management, and strategic planning.
  • Ability in program planning and implementation.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of student recruitment, financial aid, and retention issues.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of student support programs and services.
  • Skill in establishing, directing, and enforcing policies and regulations that pertain to campus life and to student development.


  • A doctorate degree and a minimum of four years’ director or senior level manager experience in student services in higher education is required.


  • Experience and/or training in personnel management, student affairs/life, and student recruitment and retention is preferred.

About the Institution

Founded in 1934, ENMU is New Mexico’s largest regional, comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, and the fine arts. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1947, the institution serves approximately 5,400 students originating from all of New Mexico’s 33 counties, 53 U.S. states and territories, and 34 countries. ENMU is also a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). ENMU’s main campus, consisting of over 400 acres, is in Portales, 90 miles northeast of Roswell, 120 miles southwest of Amarillo, Texas, and 110 miles northwest of Lubbock. The ENMU System also includes two degree-granting campuses at Ruidoso and Roswell. 

The following facts apply to ENMU-Portales:

  • New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university
  • Federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
  • 96% student satisfaction rate
  • 433-acre campus
  • More than 60 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees.

Living in the Area

The ENMU-Portales campus, consisting of over 400 acres, is in Portales on the eastern border of New Mexico, in the Eastern New Mexico/Llano Estacado region about halfway between the northern and southern boundaries of the state. Portales, New Mexico is a small town located in Roosevelt County. It is known for its mild climate, friendly community, and vibrant culture. In addition to the university, Portales has excellent public schools, making it an ideal place to raise a family. Local amenities include various shopping options, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as recreational activities such as the Portales Municipal Swimming Pool, Portales Golf Course and a Recreation-Fun Center. With its tranquil atmosphere and access to nearby cities such as Clovis, Roswell, Ruidoso and Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas, Portales is a great place to call home. According to Sperlings Best Places to Live, the cost of living is 10.3% below national average, and the median house price is $132,800. 

The city's downtown area is centered around a traditional-style town square, based upon Spanish urban design. The Courthouse Square is ringed with retail shops and a recently renovated historic theater. Ideal for outdoor activities, the area offers numerous parks, museums and recreation activities. With a semiarid climate, Portale’s residents enjoy dry winters with brisk mornings and mild, sunny afternoons and warm summers when most of the rainfall occurs.

To Apply 

For full consideration, please apply by October 31st

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Institution’s EEO Statement

ENMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Eastern New Mexico University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status in its programs, activities, or employment. People seeking additional information about the University’s non-discrimination policy should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at (575) 562-2218.

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