Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, NY

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Job Details

Category:: Administrative Positions
Department:: Student Affairs
Locations:: Valhalla, NY
Posted:: Sep 2, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: VPDSA9222
Position ID:: 152793

About Westchester Community College:

Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college. Westchester Community College is more than just the county's largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.

Job Description:

This chief student affairs officer reports to the President and is responsible for providing leadership and vision for a comprehensive student experience agenda designed to promote belonging, well-being, and achievement for the diverse student body at SUNY Westchester Community College, SUNY's first Hispanic Serving Institution, the most diverse of SUNY's 64 campuses, and an Achieving the Dream and Guided Pathways college. The incumbent leads, directs, and evaluates teams that research, develop, and execute a range of access, involvement, and success experiences that improve students' connection to the college, to each other, to their academic endeavors, and to their opportunities for development as students across the following three mission-critical areas:

  1. Student Success and Completion Initiatives. Cultivates and manages related resources including new and continuing grant projects inclusive of the following units: Counseling and Academic Advising, First Year Experience, Opportunity Programs, Retention Interventions (including early alert, holistic supports, and case management models), Career and Transfer Advising, Program Navigation, and Completion Support.
  2. Student Life. Develops and implements programs to support student leadership, civic engagement, belonging, and wellbeing inclusive of the following units: Student Involvement, Student Support Services, Financial Education, Mental Health & Counseling Services, Health Services, Veteran's Services, Disability Services, Athletics, and Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  3. Enrollment Strategy and Execution. Collaborates across the college to ensure excellent, timely, and approachable student services and interactions, and develops, monitors, and acts upon performance indicators of student enrollment, retention, and graduation for continuous improvement inclusive of the following units: Enrollment Planning, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records (including International Students).

Across the entire Student Affairs division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • identify technological tools and support for student experiences and assure the development of technical expertise necessary to provide effective and efficient service;
  • develop expected outcomes for all student development programs, evaluate the outcomes, prepare reports, and provide feedback to the college community;
  • assure compliance with relevant services and program reports required by local, state, or federal agencies related to all direct report service units; and
  • collaborate on the development and execution of effective and innovative programs in student development services promoting SUNY WCC as a regional and national leader in delivering an exceptional student experience.

This is a special opportunity for an experienced leader to improve the student experience by focusing on student achievement and satisfaction, establishing repeatable and regularly evaluated processes, and by improving efficiencies across units. The ideal candidate will multi-task in a fast-paced environment working cooperatively and collaboratively with other college and community leaders to improve all student development programs, enrollment strategy, and enhance institutional effectiveness and student outcome measures.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of a Master's degree and five years of successful administrative experience in student affairs or a related field, including three years in college administration, is required. The successful candidate must possess experience with higher education administrative systems. Knowledge and commitment to the goals and mission of the community college and evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students required, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom. The demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse staff is also required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in related field. Successful experience with institutional reform work. Broad awareness/understanding of theories of change needed for comprehensive student success and completion work. Proven record of change management and positive student success outcomes.

Additional Information:

SALARY & BENEFITS: The starting salary is $134,862 (Negotiable). Excellent benefits include comprehensive health coverage, a choice of defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, generous leave benefits, and access to tax shelter annuities and a deferred compensation plan.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online by submitting a letter expressing interest in this position, a resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of hire. Please login to: in order to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents. The priority deadline date is September 30, 2022. The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

The College will provide equal opportunity in all of its employment practices to all persons without unlawful discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, membership in any reserve component of the armed forces, or use or non-use of lawful products off College premises during nonworking hours, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.


Working at Westchester Community College

Mission and Goals

Westchester Community College is more than just the county’s largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.


Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college.


There are approximately 12,000 full- and part-time college credit students. Continuing education students bring the total number served by the college each semester to more than 20,000. Precise statistics about the college's enrollment history can be found in the Institutional Research & Planning pages.


Westchester Community College’s faculty and professional staff have received more SUNY Chancellors Awards for Excellence than any other community college in the system. More than 98% hold masters or doctorate degrees in their fields. Student/faculty ratio is 16.1:1.

Veteran Friendly Campus

The college, which opened in 1946 in order to train and educate veterans, welcomes those who have served our country. We are considered a "Veteran Friendly Campus" due to our extensive services for those who have spent time in the military.


The college offers more than 50 associate and certificate programs. We have three types of associate degrees in 36 subject areas: the Associate in Arts for students transferring to four-year institutions in the liberal arts; the Associate in Science for those transferring to four-year institutions for business, math, science or health careers; and the Associate in Applied Science for those preparing to seek immediate employment, change careers or transfer. In addition, certificate programs typically requiring between 15 to 33 credits are offered in approximately 20 career fields.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Division is the largest such unit in the entire SUNY system. It offers courses for people of all ages considering career choices or changes or personal development; customized training for businesses; innovative programming for older adults; an exciting arts and culture series open to the public.


The Harold L. Drimmer Library / Learning Resource Center contains 110,000 volumes and 600 periodical titles, as well as more than 19 million searchable records and entries from 97 electronically-linked libraries.

Career & Transfer Center

The Career & Transfer Center helps students assess career options, plan career and curriculum, take steps toward transfer to a four-year college, prepare for job interviews, and locate and obtain jobs before and after graduation.

Child Care

Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College (Valhalla campus) provides year-round, fully licensed and accredited care for children of students, faculty, staff and other working parents. Ages six weeks - five years.


Intercollegiate teams for men are fielded in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, and baseball. Women's intercollegiate teams include tennis, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The Westchester Community College Fitness Center provides access to cardiovascular equipment, universal, nautilus, and light free weights, pool, and tennis courts. College athletics also include intramural sports.


Valhalla (main campus); extension sites in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Shrub Oak, Mahopac, Ossining, Port Chester and Peekskill (Art Workshop) and White Plains (Art Workshop).

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