Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking an Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students and Campus Life who is the student affairs officer with responsibility for providing visionary, strategic leadership for the student experiences and to the offices of student living and college engagement, (and the Strebel Student Center), student conduct/community standards, Career Services, Student Health Center (Student Wellness Center) and Campus Safety
The AVP/Dean interacts regularly with academic and administrative College units and serves as a primary resource for parents, faculty, staff, law enforcement, and external community members on various student-related matters, including crisis response. This position supervises approximately 25 staff including a management team of six professionals and has responsibility for an annual budget exceeding $2 million.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
Works with the Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Management to set the direction of the student affairs units along with the in support of the mission of the College, to implement the College’s Strategic Plan, the divisional goals all of which will enhance the educational experience of students; Provides leadership, vision and direction for assigned programs within a collaborative, inclusive and participatory decision-making environment; In the absence of the Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Management, the incumbent represents the division of student affairs on the President’s Cabinet, the Provost’s Cabinet, Board of Trustee Committees, and all College function; Takes an active role in the development of the department’s strategic and operational plans as required by department leadership. Works closely with department supervisor to develop and implement operational goals that support departmental success; Responsible for working with the Senior Vice President and other team members to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators; Coordinates planning and assessment activities within respected student affairs areas and oversees assessment of student learning/student activity outcomes for systematic and continuous quality improvement; Promotes staff development and supports a climate which fosters innovation and excellence; Serves on College committees pertaining to the student experience and student success; Serves on various bodies of campus wide governance; Student/community responsibilities; Works collaboratively with campus constituencies to promote student engagement, success and satisfaction; Works to ensure positive town/gown relations with our neighbors; Represents student concerns and interests across campus; Develops operating budgets for respective units; Serves as administrative appeals officer in the student conduct process; Works to establish a student culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership; Serves as ombudsman for student and parent questions or concerns; Acts as a liaison with the community and region on matters dealing with student issues; Serves on the College’s Crisis Management Team; Supervises the Director of Student Life and College Engagement, Director of Career Services, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Director of Health Services, Director of Counseling, Director of Campus Safety and Administrative Assistant. May perform other duties as assigned
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Candidates for the position must include in their cover letter how you will advance our institutional values including serving a diverse community.
Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.
Master’s degree required in College student personnel, higher education administration, or a related field is required, a doctorate is preferred, with a minimum of ten years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs in a higher education setting that includes experience working with judicial affairs; Additional knowledge, experience, and capabilities needed for success in the AVP/Dean position include: a knowledge of best practices in judicial affairs, an understanding of student development issues, and a familiarity with higher education law including Title IX compliance; experience in counseling and conflict management; working successfully through difficult or crisis situations and managing all levels of institutional response, from parents to the external community; a familiarity with Greek letter organizations; Substantial experience (7-10 years minimum) in a senior leadership role in higher education administration/ college student development is required; Demonstrated success in developing effective collaborations with students, faculty, staff, and community members; Must possess outstanding communication and assessment skills; Experience in strategic planning, budget management and crisis management required; Competency with multiple communication modes, including social media required.
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000... graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.