Vice President for Student Affairs

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

ID: 7062562
Posted: December 3, 2019
Application Deadline: January 23, 2020

Job Description

Virginia Tech, a public land-grant university, pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem-solvers. Through experiential learning, future-focused research, and an inclusive, spirited culture, Virginia Tech strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $521 million. The University fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Building on its motto, Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. They seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the institution’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join their community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities to apply.

Reporting to the executive vice president and provost, the vice president for student affairs (VPSA) is the chief student affairs officer and serves as a member of the provost’s senior leadership group and other executive leadership teams as appropriate. The VPSA provides executive leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services related to student affairs programming and planning; assists in creating a campus climate that promotes the academic achievement and personal development of all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional); and fosters collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff.

The Division of Student Affairs includes Advancement, Assessment and Professional Development, Cook Counseling Center, Corps of Cadets, Cranwell International Center, Cultural and Community Centers, Dean of Students, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Conduct, Student Engagement and Campus Life, VT Engage, Dining Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Hokie Wellness, Housing and Residence Life, Learning Partnerships, New Student and Family Programs, and Operations and Administration. The VPSA oversees an annual budget of $183 million and provides leadership for approximately 3,600 faculty, staff, wage, student employees, and graduate assistants.

An earned doctorate and a record of progressive and visionary senior leadership experience in student affairs in higher education are required. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated effectiveness in planning, administration, and personnel and fiscal management; demonstrated effectiveness in working with a diverse student body, faculty, staff, other university constituents, and external organizations; and the ability to work with academic units to create co-curricular components that advance student learning outcomes. Experience in administering and obtaining grants and scholarships, fundraising and the design, renovation and construction of major buildings; evidence of leadership in professional associations; and a strong understanding of academic issues, especially pertaining to academic integrity are preferred.

Review of applications will begin January 23, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


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