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Vice President of Student Affairs Search

Qualifications and Experience

The Search Committee understands that no single candidate will have all the ideal qualifications, but it seeks candidates who bring many of the following experiences, abilities, and qualities:

  • A doctorate or master’s degree (minimum) with a record of substantial and increasingly responsible experience in student life, expertise in student development theory, considerable policy development and implementation experience and expertise, and an understanding of the culture and values of residential colleges.
  • Proven skills as a senior manager; a demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff and provide successful oversight of people, budget, and space; a track record for inspiring a diverse staff with energy and a dedication to their professional development, as well as a commitment to clarity and accountability.
  • A deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; a demonstrated track record of advancing diversity and enhancing inclusiveness; an ability to bring groups and individuals to common ground across lines of difference, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with other departments and with the faculty to integrate extra-curricular and co-curricular life with the intellectual life of the campus.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly across the College and create cross-campus partnerships, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity around difficult issues as an active listener, facilitator, convener, and mediator.
  • The liveliness of intellect and the commitment to engage collaboratively with faculty and academic leadership, and respond effectively to their needs and concerns.
  •  Proven ability to manage through crises with equanimity, discretion, and a sense of responsibility and respect for students, families, and the institution; a commitment to providing responsive service to students and their families.
  • A student-centered approach to leading and a deep commitment to full and visible participation in the formal and informal life of the campus community.
  • Outstanding communication skills (both written and oral) demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people.
  • Wisdom and superb judgment; the capacity to make and stand by difficult decisions while remaining mindful of the need for fairness and consistency, and the potential impact of each decision on individuals and the broader community.
  • A management style characterized by the highest personal integrity and ethics, warmth, accessibility, and openness to students.