Interim Leadership

The Offices of Enrollment Management, Admissions, Registrar, and Student’s First all play a critical role in student success and enrollment health. Absent strong leadership to support and guide these teams leaves an institution, as well as these units, in a vulnerable state. And yet, hiring the right next leader takes time. Therefore, the institution finds itself in need of an interim leader between the time the former leader leaves and the new leader is hired and is onboarded.

During these transitional periods, AACRAO Consulting’s team of over 60 experienced higher education consultants can provide this type of interim leadership, remotely, on-site or a hybrid of both remote and on-site support.

What AACRAO Consulting Can Offer

Leadership by a highly experienced enrollment management consultant to guide a college or university’s team/office in ensuring day-to-day operations are being carried out measured against best practices from the field.

Coaching, mentoring, or training of office staff as needed while providing daily leadership.

Reviews of business processes in an office in order to identify strengths or gaps in efficiencies and to provide the new leader with a roadmap of priority items to address.

Assistance in the search for a new leader, including reviewing and/or helping to craft position descriptions, assessing candidates, and conducting interviews with potential new staff.

How Are These Engagements Structured?

AACRAO offers virtual, on-site, or a blend of both interim leadership, with flexibility towards a college or university’s needs.  An AACRAO Consultant can be on-site full-time, part-time, or offer a combination of virtual and on-site work in order to provide leadership while remaining aware of an institution’s budget. 

Questions to Consider 

  • Are you considering any reorganization as a result of the leadership vacancies and if so how might that impact the profile of the leadership position you are seeking?

  • What type of new leader will work best for your institution?

  •  What type of experience are you looking for?

  • Will you promote an internal candidate, or conduct a national search? National searches can take up to six months to complete. 

  • Who will train and onboard the new leader?

  • What type of assistance is needed for your staff during the transition? Do they need day-to-day guidance, or weekly check-ins?

  • What are the office’s strengths and challenges and how might a new leader assist?

Contact AACRAO Consulting today to inquire further about how we can assist you in meeting your goals within your institutional vision and mission.

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