Vice President for Student Affairs - F1038

Harrisonburg, VA
Sep 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

James Madison University is accepting applications for the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs reports to the President and serves on the Senior Leadership Team comprised of the other four vice presidents, legal counsel, and other staff members. The Division of Student Affairs includes Career and Academic Planning, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Community Service-Learning, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Disability Services, Student Accountability & Restorative Practices, Orientation, Residence Life, University Health Center, University Recreation and University Unions. The division is an integral part of the campus community and works collaboratively with the other divisions of the university in supporting the mission, vision, and values of the university.


The Vice President is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and administration of the division. Among the wide range of responsibilities, the Vice President's duties encompass the following:

- Collaborates with the president and other university senior leadership members to foster an environment dedicated to realizing and honoring the mission, vision and values of the university.

- Works closely with the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs to foster a comprehensive student life program and holistic learning environment in which students develop intellectual and interpersonal skills, in and outside the classroom-to complement and support the academic mission of the university and enrich the quality of student life.

- Leads and engages a collaborative cadre of student affairs leaders (including 11 directors, 210 full-time staff, and 83 part-time staff) to create an environment that cultivates optimal student growth and development.

- Serves as the direct supervisor for four staff members: Administrative Assistant; Associate Vice President for Student Life and Involvement; Associate Vice President for Wellness, Orientation and Multicultural Engagement; and the Dean of Students.

- Facilitates the creation and execution of a shared student affairs vision in support of the university's mission and vision.

- Serves as the university's student affairs representative at the local, state, national and international levels.

- Fosters an environment in which professional and student staff are motivated to design and implement programs and services that promote learning, personal growth, safety and wellness.

- Oversees the fiscal management of the division to ensure wise stewardship of resources.

- Ensures that appropriate assessment is conducted, and that the results are used to improve the quality of the student affairs enterprise.

- Oversees staff recruitment, development, and retention.

- Advocates and partners with others in advancing the ultimate goal of higher education – student learning.


Qualifications include:

- History of progressive leadership in student affairs: candidates should possess a minimum of five years' experience as an associate/assistant vice president, dean of students, director or other significant student affairs leadership position

- Knowledge of student retention and success strategies

- Understanding of the regulatory environment for student affairs

- A record of commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

- Strong commitment to holistic education and student development

- Team player and collaborator with all areas of the university

- Demonstrated support for a student-focus environment

- Master's degree required; doctorate preferred


To apply go to and reference posting number F1038. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests prior to their first day of employment. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.


James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.




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