Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Salem, Salem County
Mar 26, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

Roanoke College seeks an experienced professional to serve as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. This Vice President will be responsible for the leadership of a comprehensive student affairs division, which is fully integrated into the educational mission of the College.

The division includes the following areas of student life: student development/co-curricular learning, residence life, student activities, Greek social organizations, athletics, safety and security, student health services and nonacademic discipline.

This Vice President and Dean will report directly to the President and will serve as an integral member of the President’s Cabinet. The annual budget for Roanoke College is over $100 million, supported in part by an Endowment of over $130 million. Total enrollment is over 2,000 students with 75 percent living on campus.

The Vice President and Dean is supported by an administrative assistant and a team of specialized managers that currently includes the Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Colket Center and Student Activities, Director of Residence Life and Housing, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Director of Campus Safety, Director of Student Health Services, Director of Counseling and Director of Athletics. As a senior leader, this Vice President must be an effective decision maker, accessible for necessary consultation, responsible for regular evaluation and planning and sensitive to the morale of colleagues.

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Roanoke College

Founded in 1842, Roanoke College provides a classic college experience for students. Roanoke focuses on experiential learning in an environment that encourages strong personal connections and mentoring. The College shields a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. As an independent, coeducational, residential four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Roanoke honors its Christian heritage while also welcoming and reflecting a variety of religious traditions within its student body and faculty.

Situated against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the College occupies a spacious 90-acre, tree-lined campus in the heart of historic Salem, Virginia, a city of 25,000 located in the scenic Roanoke Valley. The population of the Valley metropolitan area, including the cities of Salem and Roanoke, totals 290,000 and is served by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

The mission of Roanoke College is to engage students in their development as whole persons by stressing intellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth and prepares graduates for responsible lives of learning, service and leadership in a diverse and changing world.

Roanoke College has unprecedented strength and institutional momentum. This strength is due to a sound fiscal foundation supported by record gifts and a growing enrollment, a beautiful campus, a talented faculty of quality and devotion, a vigorous administration that encourages the use of new educational ideas and technologies and many generous and loyal alumni and friends.

The Roanoke College campus maintains excellent campus facilities for students, faculty and staff. Fintel Library holds over 400,000 volumes in a modern environment including the Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning and Teaching, several computer labs and a coffee shop. Olin Hall annually attracts 30,000 guests for music, theatrical and artistic events. In the last five years, four new residence halls have been constructed and several academic buildings and residence halls have undergone extensive renovation.

Construction of a $35 million recreation center will begin in May 2014.

With more than 2,000 students enrolled from over 40 states and 26 countries, Roanoke College employs 130 tenure-track faculty members, more than 95 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. The average class size is 17, and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1.

Roanoke College offers an innovative curriculum that combines a general education program in the liberal arts with strong major fields of study. The College offers 36 majors and 58 minors and concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. The College also has professional and pre-professional programs as well as a dual-degree engineering program with Virginia Tech.

The College boasts 9 men’s and 10 women’s Division III varsity programs and numerous intramural and club sports. The College has been named the 19th “Fittest” college in America.

U.S. News and World Report rates Roanoke College as a #2 up-and-coming national liberal arts college.

The College is located in the Roanoke Valley, just south of the Shenandoah Valley, and is easily accessible to Interstate 81. The Allegheny Mountains and the Appalachian Trail are six miles to the north and the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway is accessible fifteen miles to the South. This provides Roanoke Valley residents easy access to a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping and canoeing.

The Roanoke Valley is a charming metropolitan area and boasts a lively and historic Farmer’s Market and a rich and varied cultural scene, including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Ballet and the new Roanoke Art Museum. Additionally, both the Roanoke and Salem civic centers offer venues for performing artists from around the world. Neighborhood theaters add to the cultural opportunities.

The Candidate

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students will be a proven academic leader with sound judgment and extensive experience in the management of college or university student affairs related matters. Experience with residential liberal arts colleges is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of addressing the needs of the student body and the ability to successfully develop and maintain positive relationships with the student community. Outstanding communication and mediation skills are a must.

The Vice President and Dean will be an energetic and visionary senior student life officer who will provide leadership for all areas of student life. A commitment to student development and success, experiential learning and a high level of student interaction is essential. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lead a talented professional staff, relate well to a diverse student body and provide leadership for strategic planning and assessment of learning outcomes. Experience in developing effective relationships with faculty and across campus departments is desired.

The Vice President and Dean will be familiar with and supportive of the educational mission and goals of a liberal arts college preferably with personal experience with a college of this kind. The candidate will be an effective and positive team leader who can work with the President, other Cabinet leaders and staff in an open and professional manner.

The Vice President and Dean will view the student affairs division as a service center facilitating the educational mission of the College. Enhancing the quality of student life on a diverse campus with a strong sense of community is a primary objective. This leader will be inclusive yet decisive, a good moderator and facilitator, flexible and approachable with a healthy sense of humor, value diversity, and exhibit strength of character and a commitment to a high level of student interaction.

The successful candidate will be a leader who relates easily with members of the Board of Trustees and earns their respect as a sophisticated, responsible fiscal manager and decision maker. The Vice President should assume an active role within the Roanoke Valley metropolitan area.

Roanoke College is an equal opportunity employer.

Nominations & Applications

Application materials must include a letter of interest, resume and complete contact information for five professional references.

Nominations should complete contact information for the individual being nominated. We will contact them and provide information on the search.

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Confidential review of materials begins immediately and continues until the appointment is made. For full consideration, submit application materials by May 6, 2014.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Roanoke College with the search. The consultant team leaders are: Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO; Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President & COO, and Robb Myers, Vice President.

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