Vice President and Chief Students Affairs Officer

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-08-07
Req: R0016944
General Faculty Members whose primary responsibilities include teaching, research, professional practice, or clinical service without encompassing the full scope of responsibilities expected from tenure-track faculty positions (e.g., an academic general faculty member could have primary responsibilities for research with minimal or no responsibility for classroom instruction, or have primary responsibilities for teaching and/or clinical practice without research obligations).

The Opportunity

The University of Virginia seeks an accomplished, student-centered, creative, and dynamic leader as the next Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer (Vice President). Reporting jointly to the President and the EVP/Provost, the Vice President will work as a team with the University’s top two leaders, provide strategic leadership to and management of the Division of Student Affairs, and support and collaborate with both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other University leaders. As the Chief Student Affairs Officer, the Vice President shares the responsibility for providing the best possible educational experience for students and for creating a social, physical, and organizational environment that advances the educational mission of the University.

With an enrollment of just under 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UVA is known for its student experience, access, affordability, and commitment to excellence in research. As part of the student experience, UVA takes a groundbreaking approach to student self-governance, providing students with a variety of opportunities to govern almost every aspect of life on Grounds. Under the leadership of the Vice President, 215 student affairs professionals support and develop the University’s students as they make real, consequential contributions to the University. Through the Honor Committee, University Judiciary Committee, Student Council, Class Councils and Trustees, and hundreds of Contracted Independent (student-led) Organizations, students hone leadership skills that they carry for the rest of their lives.

Under the long-time leadership of retiring Vice President Patricia Lampkin, the Division of Student Affairs has nurtured and challenged thousands of UVA students to develop the skills they need to lead and serve in a changing world. The Division is well-positioned to undertake the next wave of work under the leadership of the new Vice President.

The next Vice President will join the University at a pivotal time of change, opportunity, and a shared sense of purpose. The University welcomed its ninth president, James E. Ryan, in August of 2018 and new provost, M. Elizabeth Magill, in 2019. In October of 2019, the University launched its $5B Honor the Future Campaign. We seek a colleague for this position who will be eager to join us in shaping the vision of UVA for the next decade and beyond.

The Role

The Vice President will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management functions that support the mission and vision of the Division of Student Affairs and its role within the broader University. The core values that guide the work of Student Affairs in serving students are academic rigor, honor, student self-governance, service, wellness, diversity, and inclusion.

The Vice President oversees a diverse portfolio including: Office of the Dean of Students (including Residence Life), Department of Student Health (including Counseling and Psychological Services), Office of African-American Affairs, and University Career Center.

In addition, the Vice President’s central administrative office provides finance, human resource, facilities, communication, and IT support for the Division’s units. Student Affairs has a staff of 215 and an annual operating budget of ~$40 million.

The following have been identified as key responsibilities for the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer:

Vision, Strategy, and Implementation
  • Establishing strategic direction and leading the Student Affairs organization to achieve both immediate and long-term institutional goals. This includes working with the President and Provost to shape and implement key initiatives in the University’s strategic plan focused on:
    • Housing all second-year students and providing meaningful experiences to connect third- and fourth-year students living off Grounds to the on-Grounds community
    • Strengthening advising for all students and ensuring that the University is meeting the particular needs of first-generation college students and students from other underrepresented groups (This will require close partnership with the Provost’s office and schools across the University.)
    • Opening the new Health and Wellness Center (currently under construction) which will take a groundbreaking approach to providing comprehensive wellness support programs to the University’s students
    • Deepening the University’s focus on public service, a strong relationship with the broader Charlottesville community, and a global perspective
  • Anticipating the evolution of student needs and proactively developing programs and policies related to student support and student life
  • Collaborating with and providing thought partnership to leaders across the University in all areas of student life including extra- and co-curricular educational programming, crisis management, and conflict resolution
  • Working with the President, Provost, and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to design and implement innovative strategies that lead to student success in a welcoming and authentically diverse community of learning and social interaction in which all perspectives are valued
Leadership and Management
  • Ensuring a strong connection between Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Operations so that co- and extra-curricular efforts are closely aligned with the teaching and research mission of the University, and that resource allocations are aligned to our goals
  • Working closely with the new Vice Provost for Enrollment to create a seamless student experience from the first communication with the University to post-graduate plans
  • Working with advancement professionals to lead philanthropic efforts for student affairs
  • Partnering with the University leadership team, faculty, students, and staff to pursue opportunities to strengthen the University’s efforts to be an inclusive community that is marked by respect, responsibility, and acceptance
  • Creating a dynamic and productive environment for a group of experienced and diverse student affairs professionals within the Vice President’s organization
  • Serving as a visible model of educational and institutional leadership for students, faculty, staff, UVA alumni and parents, potential donors, and the higher education community O
Professional and Personal Qualifications

The new Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer will recognize and appreciate the value of UVA’s unique student culture and community. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Exceptional judgment and the ability to make decisions and recommendations with the highest levels of integrity, fairness, and ethical standards
  • Strong leadership and management skills, consistent with those required to direct a complex, decentralized organization
  • Enthusiasm about working in an environment that encourages and empowers students, and the belief that with the right support, students are highly capable of leading
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to listen, calm, persuade, influence, empathize and educate
  • Experience and comfort with both making difficult, high-profile decisions under pressure and advising those who do
  • Shared commitment to the institution’s values of inclusion and respect for all and understanding of the needs of a highly diverse and rapidly changing student body at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Ability to establish collegial relationships within and outside the University and to work collaboratively and effectively on matters of policy across multiple schools and units at the University
  • Significant experience formulating policy about matters affecting students and their general welfare based on an educational vision that is grounded in how students learn, develop, and deal with conflicts and differences
  • Strong desire to partner with the leadership of the institution for delivery of UVA’s educational mission
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, donors, and alumni, and to appreciate the concerns of each group
  • High energy, strong collegiality, and a positive demeanor
  • Knowledge of current issues in higher education
  • Advanced degree or comparable experience required, as is significant experience leading a complex organization that is accountable and responsive to diverse stakeholders

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 8/9/2020
Application Due: 8/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time