Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

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Ithaca College (IC), a private, liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, invites nominations and applications for its next Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

Founded in 1892 by violinist W. Grant Egbert, IC had humble beginnings as a music conservatory in rented rooms in downtown Ithaca, New York. Over the ensuing decades, the institution continued to diversify its curriculum and, in 1931, the conservatory was chartered as a private college. By the 1960s and with 2,000 students, construction of IC’s modern campus began on South Hill, overlooking downtown Ithaca with breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake. Today, IC serves just under 5,000 students. They are known to be caring, committed, and collaborative with proud engagement in the college's mission: to educate, engage, and empower through theory, practice, and performance. Additionally, IC was recently named #1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching among the 178 institutions of its kind in the North, according to US. News & World Report. 

Reporting directly to President La Jerne Terry Cornish, the vice president will sit on the President’s Cabinet and collaboratively develop institutional objectives, budget priorities, policies, and procedures while helping to support and execute on overarching institutional planning. The new vice president will provide leadership and strategic direction to the $14.3 million portfolio that includes more than 100 professional staff and over 450 student employees within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL), working collaboratively to advance the division's programs, resources, and initiatives. They will also co-lead efforts to advance the College’s goals of equity, inclusion, and belonging in concert with the Provost and Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. Additionally, the next vice president will also oversee the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, activities, and services to enhance opportunities for student engagement, leadership, and success. The vice president co-chairs the College Emergency Response Team with the Vice President and Chief Information and Analytics Officer and will also provide support to the development and coordination of curricular and co-curricular community partnerships and activities. 

The next vice president will have an earned master's degree along with deep student affairs and administrative experience at the college or university level. Additionally, the vice president will have knowledge of best practices, current issues, and future trends in education; proven ability to provide leadership in a culture that values collegial decision-making; the ability to work successfully with diverse individuals and groups; and the ability to represent the College effectively with internal and external constituencies, including parents and families. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are also required. 

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Job descriptions are aspirational, and no candidate meets every criterion. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds. 

Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Ithaca College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 16, 2024. The anticipated salary range for this role is $210,000 to $240,000.

Application materials should be submitted via email to

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., Sandra Chu, and Randi Miller

As you read through the job posting and review the list of qualifications (required and/or preferred), please do not self-select out if you feel you do not meet every qualification. No one is 100% qualified. We encourage you to apply and share your story with us.   

The successful candidate will have opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to the evolution of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life to meet the needs of Ithaca College's students. Ithaca College supports its employees’ individual growth and potential and is committed to creating equitable and representative work environments. Research shows that women and individuals who hold underrepresented identities tend to apply only to jobs for which they believe they meet all of the qualifications. Job descriptions are aspirational; no candidate meets every criterion. IC strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, such as people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, and people who come from low-income or working-class backgrounds. These are some of the identities IC students bring to college, and they are strengths on which the institution helps students to succeed.

The College recruits, hires, and promotes on the basis of individual qualifications and performance. It is the policy of Ithaca College that discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, marital status, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status will not exist in any activity, area, or operation of the College. Any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be made to the Ithaca College’s Title IX Coordinator, Linda Koenig, at 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850, (607) 274-7761, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. For more information on the Office of Civil Rights, please visit


Ithaca College is a private residential college in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Located in one of America’s top college towns, IC boasts a lively and sophisticated residential community that takes full advantage of its stunning natural backdrop and a local community rich in arts and culture.

At Ithaca College, faculty and staff work together to make students ready for success in an evolving world. Challenging academic programs promote critical thinking and hands-on learning, and students work closely with experienced and accomplished faculty on innovative research and enlightening coursework. Ithaca’s new strategic plan, IC 20/20, positions the college to offer a truly distinct integrative learning experience.

From its founding in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College has had a distinguished history of interweaving the threads of liberal and professional education. Students are encouraged to study across disciplines at each of the college’s five schools: Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music.

The college is an internationally known and respected coeducational and nonsectarian institution with approximately 6,200 undergraduate and 470 graduate students, who come to Ithaca from nearly every state and over 70 countries. The curriculum provides more than 2,000 courses in over 100 programs of study. While the breadth of its curriculum is normally found only at larger universities, Ithaca holds fast to its tradition of close, personal instruction (11:1 student-faculty ratio).

Rewards of Working at Ithaca College

A preferred employer in its upstate New York region, Ithaca College provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. Faculty and staff also enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community.

Ithaca College’s benefits program includes medical, dental, and life insurance, long-term disability plans, and a flexible spending reimbursement account for eligible expenses not covered by other benefits.

Ithaca contributes to the personal and professional development of faculty and staff, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. With workplace flexibility, community service opportunities, and tools for individual growth, employees are encouraged to take advantage of everything IC has to offer.

Additionally, the college offers educational benefits, retirement options, vacation, sick, and personal leave, statutory benefits, at least 11 paid holidays per year, use of the college's many recreational facilities, and free parking. Employees also enjoy access to many services, including the college library, the Campus Center, and the college’s campus store.

For a more detailed description of benefits available to Ithaca College employees, visit

About the Area

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the vibrant city center. Home to several parks and surrounded by more than 150 waterfalls, Ithaca is an outdoor lover’s paradise. And with more restaurants per capita than New York City, it’s also a food lover’s dream. Activity thrives downtown, where live music, independent cinema, and artistic performances can be found almost any night of the week. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or urban sophistication, Ithaca has something for everyone.


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