The Evergreen State College
Vice President for Student Affairs
Evergreen has achieved national distinction for cutting-edge pedagogy, commitment to sustainability, service to underrepresented populations and emphasis on public service, diversity and equity. The college’s institutional structures support a uniquely interdisciplinary, team-taught and student-centered education.
In the search for the college’s next Vice President for Student Affairs, we seek a dynamic and gifted leader who will build on Evergreen’s strengths and advance its mission with fresh vision and energy.
Evergreen is a public liberal arts and sciences college with 4300 students. It is located on Puget Sound with easy access to Seattle, Portland, the ocean and the mountains.
POSITION PURPOSE: Direct and manage the human and financial resources of the division. Provide enrollment services, student development programs, recreation and athletic activities, housing and dining, and campus policing in support of the college's mission. Shoulder lead responsibility for the quality of students' extra-curricular lives.
Organizational Fit: The position reports to the President along with the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President for College Advancement and the President's technical staff.
Organizational Role: This position fulfills three primary roles: to lead and administer the division of Student Affairs; to serve as a member of the President's management team helping to formulate college-wide policy; and to advance the interests of students in relation to the college's agenda.
Balance: This position requires knowledge and experience in the history, role, theory and practice of student affairs programs in higher education and experience with campus judicial processes and legal precedents relevant to student life in educational institutions. Major challenges of the position include meeting the needs of a diverse student population, directing a complex set of service functions with variant employee cultures, and managing a variety of funding sources with fluctuating revenues in accordance with the institution's mission and emergent priorities.
The Vice President designs and plans the division's policies and practices, and oversees the integration and management of activities that promote student enrollment and student development. The Vice President must maintain an awareness of student needs to initiate and support programs to address those needs. This position is also responsible for facilitating student participation in campus decision-making.
The Vice President is responsible, directly or through delegation, for recruiting, selecting, motivating, and developing staff for the division, and is an appointing authority. Staff in the division include 71 represented classified staff, 63 represented exempt staff, and 34 unrepresented exempt staff. This position has full authority for the management of the division within a broad framework of general policy and supervision provided by the President.
Educational and Experience Requirements
· An earned doctorate or equivalent.
· Student Affairs leadership experience as a vice president, dean, director, or other senior administrator.
· Commitment to student centered learning.
· Commitment to innovation in higher education.
· Skills in articulating student issues to internal and external audiences.
· Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and develop positive working relationships with a broad range of constituents through a variety of means.
· Demonstrated ability to work within and nurture a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international learning community that supports student development.
· Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, including the recruitment, selection and retention of a learning community that is diverse in race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, and veteran status.
· Demonstrated commitment to advancing an organization toward a more socially and environmentally sustainable future.
· Demonstrated understanding of the importance of student affairs and its role in the college, including a strong commitment to student recruitment and retention.
· Demonstrated successful experience working with national organizations.
· Experience building collaborative leadership and administrative processes.
· Demonstrated success in fundraising.
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Application review begins January 2, 2013