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Vice President for Student Success, Well-Being, and Belonging

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

Job Details

(posted 8/1/23)

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is seeking qualified candidates for a Vice President for Student Success, Well-Being, and Belonging.

About the Role

The Vice President (VP) for Student Success, Well-Being, and Belonging (SSWBB) has responsibility for critical components of the student experience outside of the classroom. In this role, the vice president oversees key areas that contribute to student success, well-being, and belonging including institutional responsibility for all retention efforts and outcomes. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, envision, and engage community stakeholders in a comprehensive and collaborative vision for student success at Hollins University.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A focus on holistic student well-being – academic, social, physical, and especially emotional;
  • A vision and strategy for deep collaboration between areas in support of student success especially among Academic Affairs; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); and other SSWBB offices;
  • Experience building and leading a comprehensive structure to support student success, retention, and persistence;
  • An intentional focus – including programming and assessment experience – on student belonging;
  • Deep, authentic personal concern for and engagement with students;
  • A clear and compelling commitment to DEI in all aspects of their work; and,
  • An understanding of and respect for Hollins traditions.

The vice president is a member of the President’s cabinet and must bring an institutional perspective to their work, even as they are the number one advocate for students. It is expected that the VP will have significant experience with, and/or credentials related to, developing programming and addressing issues of emotional and mental well-being that will enable the candidate to oversee all aspects of wellness, including health and counseling services. The VP will have deep experience collaborating with faculty in partnership with Academic Affairs and be willing and able to build durable and dynamic partnerships with all campus constituencies including staff and students.

The following areas report to the VP for Student Success, Well-Being, and Belonging:

  • Academic success, with dual reporting to the Provost, including student success and student accessibility
  • Dean of Students including housing and residence life, student conduct, and student activities and organizations
  • Health and counseling, including oversight of the health and counseling center, as well as the institution’s partnership with Carilion Clinic, the university’s provider for student health and counseling services
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, including HU Connect and International Student Engagement, and all campus-wide belonging and DEI efforts, programming, and professional development
  • Title IX, including oversight of a major Department of Justice grant
  • Chaplain’s office and spiritual well-being
  • Campus Security

Essential Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field related to the position (D. strongly preferred)
  • Minimum of seven years of recent and relevant experience
  • Experience with student affairs, well-being, and belonging leadership and programming
  • Ability to cast a compelling vision for student success and retention including assessment, curricula, and programming that enable realization of the vision
  • Experience developing and leading student success initiatives, including demonstrated experience with increasing retention rates
  • Significant mental health and wellness experience, including crisis response and conflict resolution experience
  • Demonstrated success in effectively partnering with faculty, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, on support of student retention and success efforts
  • Title IX leadership and the ability to support and implement a robust Title IX policy and procedures including training
  • Experience working in a highly residential environment (preferably single-sex) while also actively engaging and supporting commuter students
  • Deep collaboration skills, including the desire and ability to work with and coach a committed team of colleagues
  • Ability to build and sustain trust with all students

Desired Experience

  • Experience working in partnership with a dedicated board of trustees and supporting board committee work
  • Grant writing experience
  • Strategic planning experience and leadership

Application Process

After reviewing Hollins’ institutional vision ( for student success, well-being, and belonging, candidates should submit a resume/CV and cover letter outlining their experience and passion for Hollins’ vision for student success to Candidates should include information on how they’ve led, managed, and succeeded with each of Hollins’ priority areas as follows: promote social connectedness, success coaching, deepen reflective resilience, promote mental health services through a public mental health model, increase help-seeking behavior, culturally-responsive high impact practices, develop life skills, integrated cross-campus collaboration, peer-to-peer and alumnae/i mentorship, and parent/guardian engagement.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Semi-final candidates will be asked to submit contact information for five references. Once the selected candidate accepts a contingent employment offer, criminal history and motor vehicle background checks will be conducted.

About Hollins

Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university offering undergraduate education for women and selected graduate programs for everyone. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest chartered women’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to students for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and provides access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae/i network.

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (


Working at Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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