Simmons University invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of University Registrar and Director of Academic Records.
Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University embodies the benefits of a small university in the nation's best “college town.” Simmons has a cherished history of visionary thinking and social responsibility and a mission that has remained constant for over a century: to provide transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Simmons offers an undergraduate education in arts, sciences, and professional fields to women; and graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels in the arts and professions open to all. Given the richness and complexity of its offerings, Simmons obtained formal approval and became Simmons University effective September 1, 2018.
While the phrase “transformative moment” might be overused, it is appropriate to this period in Simmons history. With stable finances and expanding enrollment at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on campus and online, Simmons recently dramatically reimagined its academic structure, creating four new Colleges. The University is also in the midst of a multi-year systems transition to Workday Student. Thus, the new Registrar will join Simmons during a time of significant change and will have an opportunity to make their mark on the University.
The University Registrar and Director of Academic Records reports to the Associate Provost for Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation and serves as a visible, collaborative campus leader. While attending to the provision of exceptional administrative, logistic, and record-keeping services for students, faculty, staff and alumni and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and other regulatory agencies, the Registrar will set the strategic vision for a state-of-the-art and forward-thinking Registrar’s function. The new Registrar will provide leadership, vision and mentorship to a committed staff and foster a culture of inclusion, equity, transparency, open communication, teamwork, student-centeredness, and service.
The successful candidate will possess knowledge of best practices in the field, sophisticated technical skills, demonstrated aptitude for learning complex systems, effective management and leadership experience, and superior listening and communication skills. The new University Registrar and Director of Academic Records will demonstrate a vision for implementing systems and structures in support of effective data and records management, operational efficiencies, and streamlined processes. Strong customer service skills, an ability and authentic interest to partner with and serve multiple campus stakeholders, nimbleness in a changing environment, creative thinking, resourcefulness, and a proactive mindset are essential. The successful candidate will have experience working in a complex environment with a mix of undergraduate, graduate, campus-based, and online programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree (strongly preferred) or a bachelor’s degree with extensive Registrar Office experience.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Simmons University's consultants Amy Crutchfield, Pat Coleman, and Ann Wright at SimmonsRegistrar@wittkieffer.com.
Simmons University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.