Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). The VPSA will report to the University’s Provost, serve as a key member of the President’s leadership team, and set the strategic direction for student affairs in alignment with CWRU’s priorities of building a diverse and inclusive community, elevating academic excellence, expanding research and entrepreneurial opportunities, and enhancing community engagement.

Case Western Reserve includes seven schools (dental medicine, engineering, management, medicine, law, nursing, social work) and the College of Arts and Sciences. The University has just over 12,000 students—5,792 undergraduate students and 6,277 graduate and professional students—almost 3,700 full-time faculty, 3,200 staff, and more than 110,000 alumni worldwide. The student body hails from all 50 states and from 94 countries. Case Western Reserve has a $1.2 billion operating budget, nearly $400 million in sponsored research funding, and a $2 billion endowment.

Case Western Reserve offers a wide variety of academic programs including more than 100 undergraduate programs, about 160 graduate and professional options, and more than 145 dual-degree programs. Students can also study in one of seven online master’s degrees or more than a dozen non-credit online courses.

CWRU caters to high-achieving, intellectually engaged students who are concerned about their community and want to make an impact to advance a more just world. They are often highly talented in more than one area as evidenced by the large number of students with dual majors that might span STEM-oriented through highly creative fields. Ninety-nine percent of CWRU undergraduates take part in experiential learning, 47% receive financial assistance equal to their full demonstrated need, and 26% of the incoming freshman class are from historically underrepresented groups.

The departments within the Division of Student Affairs direct and support the academic and co-curricular needs of CWRU students and the University. The Office provides leadership in the development of services and programs that enrich student life, extend and enhance the academic experience, and contribute to an environment that encourages personal growth and development. The Vice President and staff administer all departments within Student Affairs and liaise with other administrative offices and the faculty. A central source of information, the Office of Student Affairs oversees policies, procedures, and programming that promote and support student life and well-being. Student Affairs departments include: Accommodated Testing and Services, Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Dean of Students, Disability Resources, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Facilitated Outreach for Community and University Success, Graduate Student Life, Greek Life, LGBT Center, Multicultural Affairs, Operations and Planning, Physical Education and Athletics, Residence Life, Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Student Center, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and University Health and Counseling Services.

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) will join Case Western Reserve at a time of great promise and vibrant, community-engaged collaboration around envisioning an inspiring path forward for the University and for the student experience. The VPSA leads all aspects of student life that enrich and promote the intellectual and personal growth of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the President’s Council, the Vice President oversees all departments within the Student Affairs division, assumes all budgetary and strategic planning goals related to the development and support of student life programming, and develops relevant policies and practices that ensure student well-being and development. The VPSA oversees a budget of nearly $22 million and a team of 170 staff members and actively collaborates across the University.

The ideal candidate will have several years of experience as an executive level student affairs professional and will hold an advanced degree. A highly personable, responsive, inclusive, and culturally competent leader who values collaboration with colleagues and across divisions, the next Vice President for Student Affairs should have good insight into the best ways of serving a generation of students that has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest and racial reckoning that has characterized the past few years. The successful candidate should also excel in the following areas: innovative, creative, and energetic leadership; student development and advocacy; relationship building and community engagement; and visionary strategic planning.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $300,000 to $315,000. CWRU offers a generous benefits package.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Erin Meissner, Senior Associate
Davirah Timm-Dinkins, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit Case Western Reserve University’s home page

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.