Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Tacoma, Washington State
Feb 16, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound (Puget Sound), one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges and “A College that Changes Lives,” located in the creative, urban city of Tacoma, Washington, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to be the next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VP). With a visionary new President, passionate students, dedicated faculty and staff, a strong focus on student success, a new plan to increase diversity and inclusivity, increased engagement with the broader Tacoma community, and a new university strategic planning process underway, Puget Sound is at an exciting point in its 130-year history. The VP will join the university at an opportune time to set a vision and strategy for student affairs and to further leverage Puget Sound's focus on a curricular and co-curricular educational experience that leads to deep learning and strong outcomes.

Over the past 40 years, Puget Sound has deliberately refocused its mission as a national liberal arts college, attracting an academically rigorous student body, and committed to increasing its socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population of high school students. Today, the university enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and nearly 270 graduate students on its 97-acre campus. Some 240 distinguished faculty members who share a deep commitment to teaching offer 1,200 courses in 50 traditional and distinctively interdisciplinary areas. Puget Sound also offers graduate programs in the School of Education, School of Occupational Therapy, and School of Physical Therapy. The university's 11:1 student-faculty ratio provides for close faculty mentorship and a setting in which students flourish both in and out of the classroom. The majority of Puget Sound's students come from outside of the state of Washington, with 74 percent of the student body hailing from 46 different states and territories and eight countries. Graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world.

University of Puget Sound is poised to continue its upward trajectory in the coming years. In 2016, Dr. Isiaah Crawford joined the university as President, and has engaged the students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and Board of Trustees in an ambitious and innovative vision for the university. In 2017, he launched a strategic planning effort to promote Puget Sound's commitment to a liberal arts education complemented by select graduate programs to meet the needs of the community and the changing world.

The VP will play a vital role in shaping and implementing the new strategic plan and will work with a very experienced and talented student affairs team to link efforts in student success and engagement to the goals and key initiatives of the plan. The VP will provide the overall vision and leadership for student affairs and will ensure coordination of programs and services, assessment, and planning. The VP will also build partnerships and create more synergies with academic affairs colleagues to enhance the comprehensive student experience at Puget Sound. As the demographics of the student body continue to change, it will be especially important for the VP to adapt strategies and create structures that ensure the success of all students. Like many universities around the country, Puget Sound is engaging in thoughtful conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice on and beyond the campus. The VP will collaborate in identifying ways to better leverage the many facets of student affairs to encourage healthy dialogues while also ensuring the appropriate support systems for an increasingly talented and diverse student body.

The University of Puget Sound has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Lindsay Gold, Nate Brewer

Isaacson, Miller

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

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The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran and military status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, socioeconomic class, language spoken, documentation status, political beliefs or any other characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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