Vice President for Student Affairs

Radford University is a comprehensive, mid-size public university that is known for student-focused academic programs, a strong emphasis on service to others, and a picturesque 204-acre campus. As an institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000, the University provides its students a winning combination of broad opportunities associated with a large university and highly personalized relationships considered the hallmark of a smaller college. Well-known for its strong student/faculty bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and vibrant student life on a beautiful campus, Radford University offers many opportunities for success in and out of the classroom. Radford University faculty members are focused on teaching and deeply invested in the success of their students. Approximately 35 miles southwest of Roanoke, the surrounding community of Radford and its immediate neighbors Christiansburg and Blacksburg form a continuous metropolitan region nestled in the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering an outstanding quality of life rich with natural resources and outdoor recreational options, a diverse economy, and numerous cultural and intellectual opportunities.

The Vice President for Student Affairs reports directly to the President and is responsible for bringing the energy, innovation, and leadership necessary for shaping the future of the Radford University student experience. As a student-centered leader, the Vice President will initiate, develop, maintain, and provide oversight for programs and services that support students in their academic pursuits, campus life, and civic and social responsibilities. The Vice President will engage directly with students and provide strategic leadership and programmatic, budget and operational oversight for the following areas: Disability Resource Office; Diversity and Inclusion; Housing and Residence Life; Recreation and Student Wellness Center; Retention and Student Success; Student Counseling Services; Student Health Center; Student Life; Student Standards and Conducts; and Substance Abuse and Violence Education Services (SAVES) Office. The Vice President is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of Division goals and priorities in line with institutional objectives. Additionally, the Vice President will provide pivotal leadership in times of crisis. A collaborative and collegial approach in working with all campus constituents is essential, and maintaining a high visibility and engagement with students through one-on-one interaction and support to student clubs and organizations will be key to success. The Vice President shall engage in positive interactions with parents and alumni, as well as with business and community leaders and other external entities.

As an essential member of the University’s senior leadership team, the Vice President plays an integral role in fulfilling the University’s mission and strategic plan, including enhancing student retention and success, as well as strengthening living learning communities and supporting the integration of high impact practices throughout the undergraduate experience. The Vice President is expected to invest in new ideas, as well as build upon effective programs and services and the many existing strengths of the University. The Vice President must be able to recognize and act upon the unique characteristics of Radford University and its region, environment, and student populations. Further, the Vice President must have a deep understanding of, and passion for, higher education, the ability to inspire teamwork and cooperation, and the capacity to be innovative.

An advanced degree in higher education, student affairs, learning theory, or related discipline, or equivalent education, training and work experience is required. A doctoral degree is preferred. Among a broad array of desired qualities the successful candidates will also demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of current national trends and best practices in the arena of student affairs and retention initiatives; a transparent leadership style; excellent communication skills; sensitivity and skill to work with diverse student and employee populations; and an ability to effectively collaborate with students, student organizations, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community members. Experience with, and understanding of, budgeting, financial, and human resource management will also be important considerations in the selection of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Review of applications will begin June 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Radford University – Vice President for Student Affairs

Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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