Work experience

Work experience
Nov 2008 - Present

General Manager, LLC
  • Oversight of all technical and content operations.
  • Responsible for sponsor development.
  • Created and implemented "The Career Dr." web series.
Jun 2007 - Oct 2008

Associate Vice President

Texas Tech University

While serving Texas Tech University as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services, Robert Shindell was responsible for the oversight of all recruitng, admissions, financial aid and scholarships for Texas Tech University. Robert Shindell managed 10 direct reports with 96 total staff in Lubbock, San Antionio, Houston and Dallas.

Robert Shindell was also responsible for:

  • Developed enrollment models and projections to assist in university-wide planning, while monitoring progress toward goals of the University’s enrollment management plan.
  • Determined strategic use of financial aid for the recruitment of new students and retention of current students.
  • Enhanced relationships with the University community, particularly academic and student affairs, through communication and engaging them in the effort to attract, enroll and retain students.

Specific Task Objectives:

  • Increased freshman and transfer applications by 15 percent.
  • Enhanced relationships with high schools and community colleges by communicating with and engaging them in the effort to attract, enroll and retain students
  • Implemented and assessed all recruitment in high school and community colleges
  • Performed research and implement initiatives for high school and community college recruitment; and interpret data and trends
  • Interacted with important constituent groups including prospective students, alumni, parents, secondary school personnel, and a wide variety of professional organizations
  • Enhanced market share by region
  • Coordinated the recruiter participation in events coordinated by the Office of Admissions
  • Overall responsibility for financial and administrative management of recruitment including accounting and financial analysis, financial reporting, budget management and personnel
  • Performed research and implement initiatives for prospect management, recruitment, and enrollment; and interpret data and trends
  • Represented the Division of Enrollment Management on appropriate University committees and councils
  • Developed and implement administrative, technological, or service initiatives to improve divisional effectiveness and service.
  • Interacted with important constituent groups including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Board of Regents, faculty, staff, current and prospective students, alumni, parents, secondary school personnel, state and federal agencies, elected officials, and a wide variety of professional organizations.
  • Assisted in strategic management of departmental budgets.
  • Provided leadership in the development of marketing and communications materials
Dec 2002 - Jun 2007

Director, Career Management Center

Rawls College of Business

Robert Shindell envisioned created, implemented a college specific career center in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

In this position Robert Shindell’s dutiers included:

  • Constructed a world-class, college specific career center to meet the needs of employer partners, students and alumni.
  • Orchestrated holistic career services program in the college.
  • Served on college committees including undergraduate academic, student/employer relations and graduate academic.
  • Created relationships with over 500 new employers since starting the CMC in 2003.
  • Created and facilitated college specific career fairs with over 100 employers attending each semester.
  • Currently ranked #28 on the Business Week B-School rankings for Career Centers
  • Played integral role in vaulting the Rawls College of Business into the “Top 50” Public Business Schools rankings.

Robert Shindell achieved results in:

Undergraduate Placement statistics

  • Consistently over 80% “placement” of undergraduate business students
  • Average starting salary increased over $7,000 from 2005 to 2007
  • Achieved over 85% response rate on Senior Exit Survey

Graduate and MBA Placement Statistics

  • Achieved 100% placement of Masters in Science of Accounting Students
  • Consistently over 70% “placement” of MBA candidates
  • Average starting salary increased almost $10,000 from 2005 to 2007
  • Achieved over 95% response rate on Senior Exit Survey

Robert Shindell also:

  • Chaired the “Chief Executives Roundtable” speaker series.
  • Coordinated the following speakers: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Christopher Gardner, Bob Prosen, Gary Kelly, John Spence & Joe Forehand.
  • Co-founded and facilitated the Forum for Leadership Excellence
  • Created Student Business Council, a student leadership and support team for the CMC.
  • Created and Facilitated “Parenting 101” for parents during new student orientation.
  • Provided exceptional professional development training to help students make the transition from college.
  • Built relationships between The Rawls College of Business and the business community.
  • Served as a career practitioner for undergraduate & graduate students.
Oct 2000 - Dec 2002

Director, Career Management Center

Midwestern State University

Oversight of university career services office.


Jul 2003 - Present


Texas Tech University

• Passed comprehensive final with distinction honors

• Helen DeVitt-Jones Scholarship recipient

• Cumulative GPA: 3.785

Jun 2001 - Dec 2002

Masters of Arts

Midwestern State University

• Thesis: “Developing persisting students in the College of Business Administration at MSU”

• Minor: Organizational Behavior

• Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Sep 1990 - Jun 1995

Bachelors of Education

The University of Toledo

2005 Young Alumni of the Year Award Winner



Change Management

Established task forces to focus on the enrollment of Hispanic and African-American students at a Big XII university.  Recruited community leaders, students and faculty of under-represented populations to serve; formulated strategies to increase enrollment; researched, evaluated and reported methods currently used by competitor institutions; spearheaded aggressive marketing plan to increase scholarship fundraising.  Result: 42% increase in African-American applicants, 52% increase in Hispanic applications, and over $280,000 of unrestricted scholarships.             Envisioned, developed and implemented a First-Year Experience course for students in a College of Business Administration.  Convinced Dean and senior faculty members to fund the project; researched and evaluated similar programs from other schools; recruited students into the class during orientation.  Results: 74 students signed up successfully completed class during the first semester, generating 222 credit hours equating to over $16,000 profit through Texas State Higher Education Formula Funding.  

Program Development

Created “Twenty under 40” awards program in a metropolitan area to recognize twenty people in the community under the age of forty years old who are doing remarkable things with their life and career.  Recruited corporate sponsorships; engaged local media to donate advertisement and publicity; solicited nominations from local business, industry and services entities.  Result: Raised $14,000 in corporate funding, identified 70 nominees and received front-page and lead-story coverage in local media.   Developed cooperative education program within a College of Engineering.  Created opportunities for with companies in the US and Canada; solicited companies to fund the Cooperative Education Scholars Program; authored, implemented and facilitated Professional Development Course for freshman engineering students; instituted and developed Career Expo.  Results:  Over 250 companies hired cooperative education students, raised $300,000 in scholarships and increased college national ranking significantly.  

Program Management

Implemented web-based career services portal in a “Top 50” public business school. Conducted needs analysis with both employers and students; identified software solution vendors; created content and design; led branding and marketing initiatives.  Results:  Launched web portal that is now utilized by all employers and students in the college to facilitate employment connections.   Launched budget reduction initiative within a division of a Big XII University.  Identified areas of savings; formed multi-divisional teams to analyze expenses; established target objectives and zero-based budgeting techniques; implemented enhanced accounting techniques; motivated management team through participatory leadership; documented and reported results to Board of Regents.  Results: Reduced budget by 15% (over $1 million dollars) while increasing employee engagement and morale.  

Strategic/Mission Planning

Envisioned, then created and implemented a college specific career center in a Top 50 public Business School.  Developed comprehensive strategic plan; wrote initial policies and procedures; hired and trained staff; integrated career management into existing curricula; expanded career services delivery through increased web presence; developed secondary funding streams to support services.  Recruited over 500 employers to hire business students for jobs and internships. Results: Center was ranked #28 in the nation by Business Week, highest undergraduate starting salary in the state; 95% placement of b-school students within 3 months of graduation.   Reorganized the Division of Enrollment Services at a Big XII university to increase recruitment of undergraduate and transfer students.  Analyzed and identified problem areas and challenges; devised and generated multiple solutions; engaged participatory leadership skills with management team on implementation of solutions; trained admissions staff in areas of proactive customer service and relationship sales.  Results: 15% increase in applicant pool, 40% increase in historically underrepresented population resulting in the largest freshman and transfer class in the history of the institution.