The Opportunity

Reporting to the vice president for enrollment management and student success, the associate vice president and dean of undergraduate admission (AVP/DUA) is responsible for the recruitment and admission of a diverse and academically talented student population, including new freshman, transfer, and undergraduate international students, as well as oversees the recruitment and admission of study abroad students to the John Felice Rome Center.


The Position

Role of the ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT and Dean of Undergraduate Admission for Loyola University Chicago

This position is responsible for all areas of the undergraduate admission process, which includes recruitment, public speaking, event oversight, and travel. The AVP/DUA will be a strategic partner in the implementation of a comprehensive recruitment plan measured by data and best practices and will be expected to:

  • lead, motivate, and manage a diverse team of 42 professionals, including six associate directors who are direct reports and oversee a total annual operational and recruitment budget of $5.8 million;
  • develop and implement a comprehensive student recruitment plan for all undergraduate students, including the development of an inquiry pool, effective conversion, and yield strategies;
  • develop an annual financial aid leveraging plan in collaboration with the vice president for enrollment management and student success and other enrollment management colleagues in tandem with Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) annual budget and undergraduate recruitment and retention goals;
  • develop and implement strategies for marketing and communications to segmented target audiences to achieve LUC’s annual strategic enrollment targets, including the Admission Office’s digital channels;
  • work closely with the director of enrollment systems, researching and reporting on various projects, including ad hoc reports, CRM updates and issues, and support any additional data and report requests in support of the undergraduate admission office;
  • serve as an expert resource on industry trends, practices, and technology, preparing and presenting recommendations for innovations which will enhance the undergraduate recruitment process;
  • actively participate in national and state professional admissions associations to stay informed of current admissions trends and research.

History of the Position

The former associate vice president and dean of undergraduate admission had served at Loyola University Chicago for several years prior to her departure in May 2021. Oversight of the department is currently being led by Todd Malone, senior associate director of undergraduate admission.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

  • The new AVP/DUA will be expected to possess a broad and deep understanding of undergraduate recruitment, as well as a deep understanding of the domestic and international landscapes for recruiting and enrolling academically talented and diverse students.
  • The new AVP/DUA will need to take the time to get to know and establish positive relationships with the entire enrollment management leadership team, including their roles, talents, and contributions to the organization and its success.
  • There is longevity among the senior staff in the Admission office and the new AVP/DUA will want to harness the collective expertise of the team. The team is multi-generational and ranges from some very experienced associate directors to newly hired counselors who are recent graduates, so the AVP/DUA must be a very strong manager who is also keenly sensitive to generational differences, experiences, and work styles.
  • It will be critical for the success of the incumbent that they are a strong manager who is able to manage both up and down, as well as effectively communicate in both directions.
  • The new AVP/DUA will have the opportunity to be actively involved in the “shaping” of the class to meet institutional goals beyond just “filling seats.” Communicating these goals and the rationale behind them to the admission team will go far in establishing a strong relationship with all admission staff members and will be critical to the Admission Office’s continued success and strong reputation within the University.
  • It is expected that the new AVP/DUA will be extremely data savvy and will have the ability to utilize historical and current data to make strategic recruiting and enrollment decisions. Collaborating and communicating with the entire enrollment management team, which also includes the Financial Aid, Enrollment Marketing, Student Academic Success, The Career Center and Systems, Research and Reporting areas, will be critical to the successful recruitment and retention of future LUC classes.
  • There will be strong support from the vice president for enrollment management and student success and enrollment management colleagues for this individual; however, it will be incumbent upon the AVP/DUA to know when to ask questions, when to ask for help, and how to graciously accept that help.

Measures of Success

The AVP/DUA will work with the vice president for enrollment management and student success to determine specific measures of success and related timetables. Following an appropriate period of acclimatization and in consultation with the vice president for enrollment management and student success, the following may define measure of success for the incumbent.

  • The AVP/DUA is a visible and engaged leader and colleague throughout campus and is collaborating with all constituents on undergraduate student enrollment initiatives.
  • The AVP/DUA has demonstrated transparency, a willingness to collaborate with all internal and external stakeholders, and provided strategic vision, leadership, and accountability.
  • The AVP/DUA has worked with the vice president for enrollment management and student success, as well as other enrollment management and academic colleagues to leverage LUC’s distinction and to develop and implement a strategic recruitment and enrollment plan consistent with the University’s enrollment goals.
  • The AVP/DUA will have assessed the skills and knowledge of the staff, developed a strong sense of teamwork among staff, and built working relationships with enrollment management colleagues, as well as internal and external colleagues that emphasize an engaging and collaborative work environment.
  • The AVP/DUA has developed and initiated plans for leading the next phase of the undergraduate admission team in its professional development by providing an inspirational, strategic, and statistically supported vision for short- and long-term departmental and individual staff member goals.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Admission will be defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that works with synergy and shared purpose, readily collaborating across departmental and division lines with a demonstrated commitment to enrolling students who will thrive at LUC, graduate, and become engaged alumni.
  • The AVP/DUA will have formulated a well-considered and comprehensive set of recommendations that will enable LUC to respond proactively to the challenges posed by the forecasted decline in college enrollments.



A master’s degree with significant documented progressively responsible experience, including a minimum of seven years of supervisory experience, in admission related duties within a higher education institution are required. The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; and be a proven collaborative decision maker with the ability to think strategically and problem solve. They will be expected to have broad undergraduate recruitment experience, appreciate and seek to expand diversity among staff and the student body, and be able to optimize technology to support a strategic recruitment model. Working knowledge of the Slate CRM and PeopleSoft student information systems will be a plus. The successful candidate must maintain a forward-looking vision and be dedicated to developing a cohesive and resourceful team within the context of Loyola’s Catholic, Jesuit mission.


In addition to the stated qualifications for the AVP/DUA, stakeholders at Loyola University Chicago indicated that the following personal characteristics would be sought:

  • a high level of initiative, organization, and energy;
  • the ability to analyze and interpret data to help inform recruitment and admission strategies;
  • the ability to synthesize and explain admission and enrollment data to internal and external audiences;
  • the ability to manage, motivate, empower, and retain a diverse staff, and to foster a supportive, open, and collaborative work environment;
  • the ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment;
  • one who is a strong and fair manager of people;
  • an energetic professional who enjoys the work and has high professional standards;
  • one who has a demonstrated ability to develop strategy, design tactics, and implement recruitment and yield plans effectively;
  • one who is well-versed and experienced in supporting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of the work of admissions professionals;
  • one who has solid admissions operations and technical competencies;
  • one who is adept at supporting and managing change and can diplomatically improve upon existing operations and practices;
  • one who has excellent goal-setting skills and can establish processes to achieve those goals;
  • one who has social intelligence and will mentor and lead the admissions team;
  • one who is accountable and transparent and, in turn, expects accountability and transparency from the team;
  • one who has an innovative approach to engaging with today’s prospective students and will work to enhance communications so that students and their families can make well-considered decisions;
  • one who is an effective communicator with the public;
  • one who has a sense of humor and can build an enjoyable working environment;
  • one who has deep empathy for the student experience and is flexible with staff;
  • one who has the ability to exhibit the care-based philosophy of the Jesuit mission.


Institution & Location

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success includes the following departments:

  • Undergraduate Admission
  • Enrollment Operations
  • Enrollment Marketing
  • Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Enrollment Systems, Research and Reporting
  • Student Academic Services
  • The Career Center

Leadership of the division

Paul Roberts is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Loyola University Chicago.  He has been with Loyola since 2002 and has 35 years of experience working in higher education.  He has extensive experience in building successful teams in marketing, recruitment, admission, financial aid and student retention and success.  His experience includes working with traditional and non-traditional student populations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Prior to the COVID-impacted academic year, Loyola University Chicago had seven consecutive years of their largest undergraduate enrollment in the history of the university and five consecutive years of largest total enrollments in their history.  Enrollments rebounded in fall 2021 as a result of the largest freshman class in the university’s history which was also one of the most diverse and academically qualified classes in its history.

Institutional Overview

Institutional background/history

Founded in 1870 by Father Arnold Damen, S.J., Saint Ignatius College was renamed Loyola University in 1909. The University began instruction at 1076 W. Roosevelt Road and in 1912 began a 10-year process of relocation to its Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park. A downtown campus was established in the Loop in 1914 and, after a move within that neighborhood in 1927, eventually relocated to the Near North Side in 1946. To complement its liberal arts curriculum, Loyola established a law school in 1908, a medical school one year later, and a business school in 1922. The Chicago College of Dental Surgery merged with the University in 1923, closing 70 years later as part of a national trend. The medical and dental schools moved to Maywood in 1969 to create a health care complex now called the Loyola University Medical Center.

The School of Sociology, which later evolved into the School of Social Work, was founded by Father Frederic Siedenburg, S.J., at the downtown campus in 1914. It included the first women to be admitted to Loyola. In 1966, undergraduate women—previously restricted to downtown programs—were given access to all courses on the Rogers Park Campus.

The University by its presence in Rogers Park has provided jobs and resources for the community and rendered assistance to the Rogers Park and Edgewater councils. The “Walk to Work Program” sponsored by the president’s office has provided housing loans to faculty and staff to remain in the community. Nursing students have provided health assistance at St. Ignatius Church, and students have volunteered at various shelters in the community.

Loyola has continued to educate immigrant populations, earlier from Europe, and more recently from Asia and Africa.

In 1962, the University opened a campus in Rome, and the School of Business has offered summer programs in Athens, Bangkok, and Istanbul. In June 1991 the University acquired Mundelein College, which was adjacent to the Rogers Park campus, and in 1998, the board of trustees approved the purchase of the former Mallinckrodt College in Wilmette.

About Chicago, IL

  • Chicago is home to 70 museums, more than 200 theaters, 7,300 restaurants, and 400 neighborhood festivals.
  • Three of the world’s tallest buildings are located in Chicago: Willis Tower, AON Center, and Trump International Hotel and Tower.
  • The nickname of “The Windy City” was bestowed on Chicago in 1893 by New York Sun editor Charles Dana. He was tired of listening to long-winded politicians boast about the World’s Fair that was held in Chicago the same year.
  • Chicago currently has 2,695,598 residents in its 237 square miles.
  • More than 50 million people visit Chicago each year.
  • Only 59 percent of Chicago residents were born in Illinois, and 21 percent were born in another country.
  • Chicago has 50 wards; 77 neighborhoods; 12,051 police officers; 47,330 fire hydrants; and 5,400 active taxis at any given time.

Chicago is home to one of the world’s largest:

  • Commercial office buildings (Merchandise Mart)
  • Illuminated fountains (Buckingham Fountain)
  • Free public zoos (Lincoln Park Zoo)
  • Food festivals (Taste of Chicago)
  • Futures and options exchanges (Chicago Board of Trade)

Famous buildings

  • Willis Tower is the tallest building in America and one of the tallest buildings in the world. Including its antennas, the total height is 1,730 feet.
  • Tribune Tower is home of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, has exterior walls that are embedded with authentic pieces of famous buildings including Westminster Abbey, the Alamo, the Great Pyramid, Taj Mahal, Fort Sumter, and Arc de Triomphe.
  • Old Water Tower building, constructed in 1869, was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.

The Windy City has something to offer everyone.

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Loyola University Museum of Art are just some of the many art museums and galleries located in Chicago.
  • There are thousands of restaurants located in Chicago. The city is famous for its deep dish pizza and fantastic hot dogs. (No visit to Chicago is complete without trips to Gino’s East and Portillo’s!)
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens is one of the country’s most visited public gardens. The Chicago Park District maintains two world-class conservatories in Lincoln Park and Garfield Park.
  • Lake Michigan. This Great Lake boasts 22 miles of public beachfront for biking, rollerblading, swimming, and boating.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum offer impressive exhibits and interactive learning experiences.
  • There are countless musical venues in Chicago, ranging from large pavilions such as the United Center to smaller locations like House of Blues and the Vic Theatre. Chicago is known for its world-class music festivals, including the Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, and Lollapalooza.
  • Navy Pier. A Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916, Navy Pier now showcases restaurants, shops, and entertainment including an IMAX theatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a nearly 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and the Skyline Stage outdoor performance pavilion.
  • The Chicago Park District maintains more than 600 parks. Grant Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is home to the famous Buckingham Fountain. Millennium Park opened in 2004 and is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design.
  • Loyola’s Water Tower Campus is located steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the world-famous shopping destination in the city. Another popular shopping area is located on State Street, which is home to several major department stores. Jeweler’s Row, also known as the diamond district, is located on Wabash Avenue.
  • Chicago is home to many national sports teams, including: the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks.
  • Walk through the Gold Coast/Near North/Lincoln Park neighborhoods and the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods and discover Chicago’s cultural gems while tasting delicious foods on a Chicago Food Tour.
  • Many of the nation’s most prestigious theatres are located in Chicago, including Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Chicago Shakespeare. The impressive downtown theatre district also sponsors a Broadway in Chicago series.
  • Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the largest free zoos in the country. The Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 32,000 animals.


We are Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University: a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.

As a Jesuit Catholic university, we are stewards of our Catholic tradition and our unique Ignatian heritage. Our mission defines our roots, our ways of proceeding and the outcomes we strive to achieve. At Loyola University Chicago, we actively support our mission in many ways.

Roots of our Mission:

  • Roman Catholic Tradition
  • Ignatian Heritage
  • Jesuit Network
  • University Community
  • Faith and Reason
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Centers of Excellence
  • Catholic Faith Life
  • A Home for all Faiths
  • Social Responsibility
  • Global Solidarity

None of the above characteristics are unique to Loyola University Chicago. But the integrated and collective presence of all of them form our identity and makes us who we are. We invite you to join Loyola and support our Jesuit mission.

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan guides us to blaze bold paths with agility through the ever-changing terrain of our community, nation, and world. With the benefit of an intensive, inclusive, and iterative communal discernment process, the Loyola University Chicago community came together as One Loyola to formulate six Enduring Values that provide the compass for our strategic plan’s priorities and exemplars:

  1. Care for the whole person
  2. Extraordinary academics and research
  3. Community-centered engagement
  4. Global connections and partnerships
  5. Operational excellence
  6. Care for our world

The guiding principles of Loyola University Chicago’s strategic plan:

  • Our vital, enduring Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity​
  • The supreme spiritual, moral, social, economic, cultural, political, and educational value of diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and racial justice​
  • The student experience throughout the lifecycle, including safety, well-being, formation, mental health, belonging, and success
  • The critical role of meaningful relationships in the learning process, the construction of knowledge, the advancement of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, and the happiness of all members of the University community
  • Fiscal strength, strategic alignment of resources, and transparent decision-making that’s inclusive of diverse stakeholder input
  • The efficacy of design thinking—empathy, focused research, openness to new ideas, prototyping, testing, and nimble iteration—in promoting organizational growth and solving complex social problems

For a detailed look at the strategic plan, visit



Jo Ann Rooney, President

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, Ed.D, is the 24th president of Loyola University Chicago and the first lay president in the University’s history. She joins Loyola with a diverse background that includes various positions in higher education, law, business, health care, and public service. Most recently, Dr. Rooney was managing director at Huron Consulting Group in Chicago with responsibility for developing strategies to advance Huron Healthcare’s Federal Government Healthcare Sector consulting practice.

Dr. Rooney’s appointment returns her to leadership in higher education, as she has served as the president of both Spalding University—a private, Catholic, doctoral-level university in Louisville, Kentucky—and Mount Ida College, a baccalaureate-level college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Newton, Massachusetts. She has also spent more than 22 years in the classroom connecting with students and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

During her eight-year tenure at Spalding, Dr. Rooney led an impressive turnaround of an institution facing severe challenges. Leveraging her strong business, finance, and operational experience—and engaging support from the internal university community, the Archdiocese of Louisville, local business and community leaders, and alumni—she was able to stabilize the University and set it on a course of continued growth, allowing it to thrive to this day. In 2006, Dr. Rooney was named “Most Admired Woman in Education” by Today’s Woman magazine.

In July 2010, Dr. Rooney was appointed president of Mount Ida College. After only months in the position, she was called by the Obama Administration to serve her country—a life-changing event that led her on an unexpected career path as the nominee for principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness in the U.S. Department of Defense. She was confirmed for the position by the U.S. Senate in May 2011.

Within the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Rooney served as senior advisor to the undersecretary of defense comptroller, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. As senior advisor to the secretary of defense, she managed a broad portfolio encompassing recruitment, career development, health care, readiness, pay, and benefits for approximately 1.4 million active-duty personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel, and their families. She had direct responsibility for more than 30,000 employees and a budget of more than $70 billion and served as a senior spokesperson for defense-wide issues.

In 2012, former secretary of defense Leon Panetta awarded Dr. Rooney the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award given to a civilian by the secretary of defense.

In September 2013, she was again called to serve by the Obama Administration and asked to accept the nomination for undersecretary of the Navy, the second-highest position in the department. Her nomination was voted out of committee favorably in October 2013 and January 2014, but she requested her nomination be withdrawn in September 2014 after inactivity by the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Rooney holds a Bachelor of Science with a finance concentration from Boston University School of Management, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, a Master of Laws in taxation from Boston University School of Law, and a Doctor of Education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Other affiliations include various positions in the legal and business sectors. She is a member of the American Bar Association and three state bar associations and has served as a board member with a variety of civic and corporate organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation, and as vice chair of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare—a Catholic Health Initiatives organization—in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Regis University, a Jesuit institution located in Denver, Colorado, and the Archdiocese of Chicago School Board.

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Academic Programs

92% faculty hold the highest degree in their field

14:1 Faculty/student ratio

Colleges and Schools


  • Institute of Pastoral Studies
  • Institute for Racial Justice

University Centers of Excellence

  • Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage
  • Center for the Human Rights of Children, School of Law
  • Center for Science and Math Education
  • Center for Urban Research and Learning
  • Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

School and Academic Centers & Institutes

Academic Affairs

    • Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

College of Arts and Sciences

    • Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice
    • Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

Quinlan School of Business

    • Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility
    • Business Career Services
    • Center for Financial and Policy Studies
    • Center for Innovation
    • Center for International Business
    • Center for Risk Management
    • CME Business Analytics Lab
    • Executive Education
    • Family Business Center
    • Supply and Value Chain Center

School of Communication

    • Center for Digital Ethics and Policy

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

    • Institute for Paralegal Studies

School of Education

    • Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education
    • Center for Comparative Education

School of Law

    • Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
    • Center for Catholic Health Care and Sponsorship
    • Elder Law Initiative
    • Center for Business Law
    • Center for Public Interest
    • Civitas ChildLaw Center
      • ChildLaw Policy Institute
    • International Children’s Rights Initiative
    • Education Law and Policy Institute
    • Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
    • Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies
    • Institute for Paralegal Studies

School of Social Work

    • Center for Field Innovation, Research, Strategy, and Training (C-FIRST)
    • Center for Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment (CIRA)
    • Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS)

Stritch School of Medicine

    • Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute
    • Cardiovascular Research Institute
    • Infectious Disease & Immunology Research Institute
    • Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education
    • Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics
    • Oncology Research Institute

Affiliated Institutions

    • Carthage College
    • Erikson Institute
    • Midwest Modern Language Association


Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

Loyola University Chicago supports its employees and retirees with a wide array of benefits centered around health and wellness, financial security, and work-life balance. These benefits are affordable, comprehensive, and competitive. They include:

  • Accident and Critical Illness Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • Leave of Absence and Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • PNC Banking
  • Retirement 403(b) Plan
  • Retirement Information
  • Tuition Benefit
  • Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Work-Life-Benefits


Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin November 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at or Lynette M. Lindsey at  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

COVID Vaccination Requirement
Employment, or continuation therefore at Loyola University Chicago, is contingent upon being fully COVID vaccinated (unless a medical/religious exemption is received); proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to employment date.

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Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.