Vice President of Student Affairs

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Elms College
Vice President of Student Affairs

The College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) in Chicopee, Massachusetts, seeks an energetic, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as the next Vice President of Student Affairs. This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented and accomplished professional who is committed to providing an impactful environment for students to have a key leadership role on the executive team of President Harry Dumay, Ph.D., MBA. The new Vice President of Student Affairs will be selected by Dr. Dumay and is expected to begin in late summer.

An essential member of the President's Cabinet, the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) is the senior student services officer for the College. Responsibilities of the VPSA include leadership and support of a dynamic and dedicated team of professionals and strategic management in addition to creating programs and policies that support a diverse, inclusive and success-oriented student experience to complement and enhance academics.

The Vice President of Student Affairs will collaborate with the President's Leadership Cabinet in addressing key priorities for the College: engagement, recruitment, and retention.

Specifically, these are the top priorities:
• Provide visionary and operational leadership for the division of Student Affairs;
• Work cooperatively across the campus to support the College's efforts to increase retention, academic progress, and graduation rates;
• Collaborate with faculty and staff across campus to create a best practice, evidence-based, inclusive campus experience; and
• Be the voice of Student Affairs, advocating for and supporting the creative and innovative team.
The new VPSA will demonstrate the following required qualifications:
• Master's degree in higher education or related field.
• A progressive record of successful higher education leadership, including seven or more years of substantive leadership experience in student affairs, including supervision of staff and departments.
• A commitment to and evidence of tangible contributions to working with diverse student populations and to fostering an inclusive and empowering environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Elms College is being assisted by Academic Search. For more information about the position, institution, qualifications, leadership agenda, and application process, please review the full position profile on the Academic Search website .

Those who are considering applying are encouraged to schedule a confidential conversation with the senior consultant for this search: Dr. Nancy Crimmin ( . Nominations should include the nominee's full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. Semifinalist interviews will be virtual, and finalists for the position will participate in on-campus interviews.

Review of applications begins July 11, 2022 and the position remains open until filled. A completed application will include these documents, to be submitted electronically in .pdf format: 1) a detailed letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile; 2) a full résumé/curriculum vitae with relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments; 3) a 1-2 page Statement of Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that addresses your commitment, and experiences in creating a safe and welcoming environment. This statement should address personal and professional experiences, lessons learned, and anticipated projects. Concrete examples are encouraged; and 4) a list of five professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate's relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate's permission. Applications and nominations should be sent to .

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