Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
Mar 07, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) announces the search for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The University seeks an experienced and visionary leader to serve as Vice Chancellor and advance the student experience for its 23,000 diverse and talented students.

Widely recognized as one of the most diverse campuses in the US and as a member of the prestigious, 10-campus University of California system, UC Riverside is enjoying a period of expansion, strategic growth, and growing recognition. Riverside is California’s sixth largest city, and enjoys recognition as one of America’s “coolest cities” (Forbes), a Top 20 Youth Magnet City, and as a Top Ten Intelligent Community.

Reporting directly to Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for a division that includes the following organizational units: Ethnic and Gender Programs; Campus Life; Health and Wellness; Student Health Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; Case Management; CARE Advocacy Unit; KUCR Radio Station; Associated Students of UCR (ASCUR) Director; and Student Affairs Finance and Administration. With a staff of 412 FTE (1089 headcount) and a budget of $54M, UC Riverside’s next Vice Chancellor will have an opportunity for transformational leadership in designing and leading a student affairs division to meet the needs of a growing and changing student population.

The Vice Chancellor articulates and implements a vision for the Division of Student Affairs that is focused upon both undergraduate and graduate student development and success, and that is consistent with the campus’s broader commitment to excellence, equity, and access. The VCSA should be a collaborative leader with sensitivity to multiple and diverse on-and-off campus stakeholders. The VCSA should have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of student affairs and an abiding commitment to delivering a world-class student experience. The VCSA provides leadership and strategic direction for the Division of Student Affairs while interpreting and managing the evolving and complex nature of student affairs in higher education. The VCSA must be knowledgeable and remain current on national and global issues pertaining to student success, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, free speech, sexual assault, conduct, and compliance within the context of a student-centered, public research university.

The successful candidate will be a visionary, collaborative, skilled, and innovative leader, with exceptional administrative, financial and managerial skills, and proven experience in a dynamic and complex professional environment. The Vice Chancellor will have broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and an ability to partner with all university constituencies, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, and Regents. The Vice Chancellor will display integrity in behavior and decisions and a demonstrated commitment to advancing cultural diversity as a strategic priority. The Vice Chancellor will be expected to partner successfully with internal and external constituencies, including highly engaged, local community members and advisory councils. The Vice Chancellor will represent the division and the university to the media, the public, and local and state government agencies. A Ph.D. or Ed.D. and 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant leadership experience is strongly preferred.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 20, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. For more information on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, please see These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of California Riverside’s consultants Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Sheila Murphy and Sophie Stava at [email protected]. The consultants can be reached through the office of Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.

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