Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Bradford, Pennsylvania
Feb 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of vice president and dean of student affairs.

Founded in 1963 as a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh and set in the heart of the scenic Alleghenies, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford) is a four-year baccalaureate college enrolling more than 1,400 students. Pitt-Bradford offers high-quality teaching supported by the resources of a world-class research university in a friendly, inclusive, and student-focused academic environment. The new vice president will join Pitt-Bradford at a propitious time as it welcomes its fourth president. Working closely with the new president and colleagues across campus, the successful candidate will lead the institution’s efforts to provide the very best student experience.

Reporting to the president and serving as an integral member of the president’s cabinet, the vice president and dean of student affairs champions Pitt-Bradford’s tradition as a student-centered campus. This individual provides strategic vision and guidance to the institution as its chief student affairs officer while simultaneously serving as a genuine, warm, and accessible dean of students who sustains a high level of direct involvement with students. The vice president leads a division that delivers an array of programs and services to a highly residential and increasingly diverse student body, oversees a talented and committed student affairs team, and develops collaborative relationships with faculty and administrators to cultivate an integrated learning environment in which each student can flourish. Areas of responsibility include career services, community engagement and the chapel, counseling services, Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, student health services, residential life and housing, and student conduct. The position administers the Division of Student Affairs budget and supervises a staff of 15 professionals.

The next vice president and dean of student affairs will be a seasoned professional who embraces the values and priorities of a public baccalaureate college with a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and demonstrates a thorough understanding of student development theory and critical issues and best practices in student affairs. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree (doctorate preferred), significant and progressively responsible experience in student affairs, and strong administrative abilities in such areas as strategic planning, budgeting, resource management, program development, and staff supervision. This position also requires unquestioned integrity, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, experience working directly with students and advocating for their needs and interests, a predisposition toward collaboration and inclusiveness, and a track record of individual action and institutional leadership in advancing diversity in all its forms.

Review of applications will begin March 12, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to James M. Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

James M. Norfleet, Search Associate

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The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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