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Vice President of Student Affairs

Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319

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Job DetailsJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAPosition Type Full-Time StaffEducation Level Master'sJob Category Education Oglethorpe University, a nationally ranked private liberal arts and sciences university in Atlanta, GA, seeks a collaborative, motivated, and hands-on leader to serve as Vice President for Student Affairs. Enrollment numbers continue to climb with exceptionally talented and diverse students making Oglethorpe poised to grow in ranking and impact, capitalizing off the well-established, distinctive, liberal arts and sciences education.

Working in partnership with other campus leaders and the vibrant university community, the Vice President for Student Affairs will play a vital role in advancing the Universitys commitment to student success by leading, evaluating, and maintaining a comprehensive portfolio of experiences for all 1,500 undergraduate students. Reporting to the Vice President are the Directors of Athletics, Career Development, and University Counseling Center, as well as the Dean of Students. It is expected that the Vice President serve as a campus liaison on issues concerning nonacademic student matters such as health and wellness, safety, crisis response, internships, etc. to faculty, students, staff, parents, families, alumni, Board of Trustees, and community partners.

As a member the Presidents senior administrative leadership team and reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will partner with key internal and external stakeholders in shaping the future of the University and driving the accomplishment of the strategic plan. In doing so, the Vice President will be expected to address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Lead efforts to deliver on the promise of a distinctive student experience resulting in enhanced student success, particularly in the area of internship and community partner enhancement and development.
  • Advance the Universitys commitment to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community.
  • Collaborate on innovative ways to enrich the Universitys infrastructure.
  • Develop and promote experiential and interdisciplinary initiatives that complement the Universitys commitment to academic excellence.
  • Further develop the campus life team to reflect a culture of empathy, transparency, trust, and accountability.

With a focus on growth and innovation, Oglethorpe is embarking on a journey to revitalize its identity as a leading-edge liberal arts and sciences institution that leverages a student-centered approach, actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has equitable systems that support a culture of accountability and innovation. The Vice President for Student Affairs joins Oglethorpe at a moment of potential and will have an opportunity to build more distinction in co-curricular efforts and contribute to student and, ultimately, alumni success.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, or a related field from an accredited University. Doctorate or terminal degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years progressive leadership and supervisory experience in higher education, including involvement with residence life, student wellness, counseling, career development and internship development, student success, and Title IX.
  • Demonstrated achievement in working effectively with diverse student populations.
  • A successful leadership record including resource and personnel management, crisis leadership, program development and evaluation, and data-informed decision making.
  • Proven executive leadership including strategic planning, sustained collaborations, innovation and creativity, flexibility, and providing proactive, actionable solutions.
  • Knowledge of trends, laws, literature, and research relevant to higher education administration and student affairs.
  • Exceptional communication (written, verbal, and digital) and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment, discretion, diplomacy, objectivity, and integrity.

Application Instructions:

To ensure full consideration, please submit:

  • Letter of interest which describes your approach to student affairs, leadership experience, and commitment to DEI.
  • Current CV/resume.

Application screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed. To guarantee consideration, materials should be submitted by July 16, 20201.


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.


Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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