Assistant Vice President and University Registrar

March 9, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
April 15, 2022
Boston University

Position Description

Boston University (BU), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice President and University Registrar. BU seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to advance the University’s strategic goals, as well as the vision of Enrollment & Student Administration and its commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reporting to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Enrollment & Student Administration, the Assistant VP and University Registrar is a critical member of the senior leadership team with particular expertise in the establishment, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of academic policies and processes pertaining to student information, relevant aspects of student information systems such as registration and degree audit, and classroom management and course scheduling. The Assistant VP and University Registrar manages and publishes the Academic Bulletin, is the University’s FERPA officer, and is the steward of official student records. They work closely not only with colleagues in Enrollment and Student Administration, but also with colleagues in the University’s 17 schools and colleges, the Office of the University Provost, Information Systems & Technology, Student Accounts, and Facilities Management & Planning.

Responsibilities of the role include active leadership in communicating University policy and practices, managing the staff and operations of the Office of the University Registrar (OUR), and establishing and maintaining efficient, effective services through regular, systematic review of core processes and systems. The AVP and University Registrar will develop, implement, and interpret campus-wide academic policies and procedures, provide leadership and direction for relevant academic policy, process, and curriculum support areas, and ensure that all functions and processes are operating with integrity and at optimal service- and cost-effectiveness so that students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and other constituents are appropriately served. It is also the responsibility of the AVP and University Registrar to provide oversight of certain student-related information systems and work in collaboration with the Office of the General Counsel to ensure compliance with FERPA, NCAA and other relevant federal and state policies. A successful AVP and University Registrar at Boston University be an active, visible, and collaborative leader within the administration.

The position of Assistant Vice President and University Registrar requires an MA/MS or equivalent, as well as a minimum of 10 years of senior management experience in academic services within higher education. Previous experience as a university registrar, in a large or mid-sized institution is preferred. The candidate should have demonstrated record of achievement in assuming increased professional responsibility and display leadership in addressing complex challenges; Strong background in the effective use of technology to improve systems and delivery of services, an understanding of curriculum development, and experience implementing complex academic policies in collaboration with a variety of campus constituencies; Ability to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of existing systems and operations, to advocate for and facilitate appropriate process improvements, and to demonstrate a vision for strengthening service through the integration of best practices and an ongoing investment in staff development; Familiarity with undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, as well as with hybrid and online learning environments; Evidence of well-developed analytical and communication skills; and sophisticated project/process management skills.

About The Institution

About Boston University:
Boston University is a leading global research and teaching institution located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts and enrolling over 33,000 students in 17 schools and colleges. In the words of Boston University President Robert A. Brown, “We are an urban global community of scholars, students, and alumni committed to innovative engagement in the intellectual, civic, and entrepreneurial activities that make the world a better place to live.” Information about the University’s strategic priorities and progress may be found here. As an institution that opened its doors to all students without regard to religion, race, or gender, we strive to create environments for learning, working, and living that are enriched by racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. We seek to cultivate an atmosphere of respect for individual differences in life experience, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and we aspire to be free of intellectual parochialism, barriers to access, and ethnocentrism.

BU’s Enrollment & Student Administration Vision Statement:
Enrollment & Student Administration is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse University community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni.  We do so through the ENSA Cares initiative, ensuring that our policies, practices, and services are equitable and in consideration of the diversity of needs within our community. We approach this work through a lens of respect, and with a commitment to encouraging the personal success and productivity of all employees.

We achieve this vision by creating a work environment in which ENSA employees:

  • Feel welcomed, with a sense of belonging and ability to feel safe as themselves;
  • Have a voice, and all perspectives are heard, considered, and valued;
  • Reflect the diversity of experiences and backgrounds represented within the student body;
  • Have access to professional development, are empowered to contribute, and are encouraged to be agents of change in creating a vibrant, diverse community; and
  • Exhibit behaviors that align with, and advance, the strategic goals of the Unit and the University.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Assistant Vice President and University Registrar at Boston University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following: 

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

Applications received by April 15, 2022, will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Boston University 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, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.