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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Union College - Schenectady, NY
Job Location:
Schenectady, New York
Administrative Vice Presidents
Union College, a nationally recognized, distinguished liberal arts college, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to become its next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPSA).Reporting to the President and serving on the President’s senior leadership team, the VPSA will be an advocate for students, a visible campus leader, and a builder of community. The VPSA will join Union College at a transformative time. With major updates to the residential curriculum set to take place and a deliberate effort to elevate the student-athlete experience, the next VPSA will be poised to work collaboratively across the college to shape the student experience at Union. This is a tremendous opportunity for a dynamic professional with a deep understanding of, and commitment to, student development in a residential liberal arts setting. 

Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have a proven record of leading transformational change as a student affairs professional in a higher education setting. The next VPSA will be excited by the prospect of helping to create a truly diverse and inclusive campus climate, and will exhibit flexibility, nimbleness of mind and action, and highly developed emotional intelligence.

An individual with true compassion, this person will be someone students, staff, and faculty will understand to be an enthusiastic collaborative partner and advocate, not only for Union, but for its students. Accordingly, the next VPSA will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experience, and personal qualities to the position:

? A master’s degree in higher education or a related field (an earned doctorate preferred);
? Ability to serve as a tireless mentor to and advocate for students;
? Ability to lead, mentor, and develop a talented team;
? Proven experience and a continuing commitment to foster and strengthen an inclusive and diverse campus community that supports academic achievement and development of all students;
? Financial acumen and the ability to understand and act upon complex budgets;
? Ability to create and nurture a supportive environment that utilizes inclusive and transparent processes to foster intellectual vitality, creativity, student learning, and outstanding teaching, research, and service;
? Proven commitment to and record of serving students’ emotional and academic needs and active participation in student activities and events that encourage social, professional, and intellectual growth and development;
? Demonstrated ability to partner with other institutional leaders to build effective bridges and to ensure a superlative student experience;
? Ability to serve different roles with different stakeholders including senior officers, direct reports, faculty, students, staff, community members, and elected officials of the greater Schenectady community;
? Demonstrated ability to remain calm and focused in times of stress and crisis; and
? A strong personal orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, transparency, accessibility, accountability, and delegation.

Please send all nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest in confidence and electronically to:
Karen McPhedran, Diana Carmona, and Natalie Leonhard
Isaacson, Miller
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