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Vice President for Student Affairs

Position Deleted on 3/19/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Plattsburgh, NY
  • Executive - Administrative Vice Presidents
  • Admin - Student Affairs and Services
Full Time

Category: Professional

Search Number: PJ # 6114

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive.

Position Summary:

The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh invites nominations, applications and expressions of interest in the position of Vice President for Student Affairs.

A member institution of the State University of New York, SUNY Plattsburgh is a comprehensive regional college located in the beautiful Champlain Valley in upstate New York. Founded in 1889 as Plattsburgh Normal School, today Plattsburgh offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and courses in the liberal arts and professional studies to approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 460 graduate students. SUNY Plattsburgh has earned a well-deserved reputation as a high quality, caring institution where its 1,100 faculty and staff focus on the personal and academic development of individual students within a remarkable campus environment that contributes to student success.

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The Vice President for Student Affairs reports directly to the President and provides executive leadership and supervision to all areas of student affairs including: Athletics, Career Development, Educational Opportunity Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Psychological Services, Housing and Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Orientation, Student Activities and Volunteerism, Student Association, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and University Police. The successful candidate also will:

  • Advise the President, other campus administrators and faculty on matters concerning student affairs, student life policy and procedures, student services, programs, and activities.
  • Provide support and leadership to the Student Association and actively engage students through involvement with student leaders across the spectrum of campus activities.
  • Supervise the division's staff members in their work to develop programs and policies that enhance the quality of student and residence life, including essential institutional support services and other opportunities that facilitate an integrated learning environment and promote student success and retention across all divisions.
  • Be an effective liaison on behalf of student affairs with academic affairs and alumni affairs in meeting student needs, expanding career development services, enhancing mentoring opportunities for students, and identifying ways to increase student, faculty, staff, and alumni interactions.
  • Serve as the senior budget officer for the division and ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations.
  • Represent the Office of Student Affairs on campus committees as needed.
  • Communicate effectively with students, family members, general public, and others who contact the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Provide leadership in the college response and assistance to students in crisis situations.
  • Actively engage in broader planning for the college as it relates to budgeting, enrollment management, assessment, and institutional advancement.
  • Be available for weekend and evening events and meetings and some travel to SUNY in Albany and other locations.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs will have a master's degree and a minimum 10 years of post-degree experience directly related to higher education student affairs administration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A degree in a field relevant to the position (e.g., higher education administration);
  • Experience in student affairs at a four-year residential college or university and town-gown relations;
  • Experience in budgeting, planning, assessment, and career development in higher education student affairs administration;
  • An exceptional track record as a:
leader who inspires trust and instills confidence;
team builder who can maximize the effectiveness of an evolving staff; \
advocate for students on and off campus;
mentor for students who sees them as colleagues;
active member involved in the life of the campus; and,
skilled communicator who listens well, and writes and speaks with clarity and inspiration.

An understanding of a complex public university system and working with staff and other campus employees who are members of collective bargaining units.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application materials received by January 15, 2013 will be guaranteed full consideration. The preferred starting date for the position is July 1, 2013, but may be adjusted by mutual agreement.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume or C.V. Letters of recommendation also may be submitted. Contact information for references will be required prior to campus interviews. Official transcripts from an accredited institution will be required prior to the start of employment.

Inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Kathy Martin, Principal
Crystal Cheatham, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

Email: Jan Greenwood

Email: Betty Turner Asher

Email: Kathy Martin

Email: Crystal Cheatham

Plattsburgh State University of New York is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
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