Vice President of Student Affairs

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the search for its next Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) and invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications. The new VPSA will have the opportunity to partner with CCSU's new president, Dr. Zulma R. Toro, and provide collegial leadership to a creative and energetic faculty and staff.

Under Dr. Toro's leadership, the CCSU community has a renewed sense of its special identity and mission, an increased level of energy and excitement, a determination to be the leader in Connecticut public higher education, an infectious determination to take on new challenges and solve old problems, and a commitment to serve its community in new and more effective ways. The oldest of Connecticut's public universities and the largest of its regional comprehensives, Central is in a very strong financial position and has enjoyed stable enrollments. With Dr. Toro's leadership, it is poised to grow both in size and in the effectiveness with which it serves its students and the wider community.

The University seeks an energetic and student-centered VPSA who will be a good partner with Dr. Toro-one who shares her vision for Central as an urban university serving an increasingly diverse population, who readily gains the trust and respect of the students and student affairs staff, who has a strong commitment to student-centered education, and who can work collegially with all members of the University community. The ideal candidate will advise and collaborate with colleagues across the University on a variety of matters that shape the student experience and campus culture.

Role of the VPSA: As the chief student affairs officer, the VPSA is a key partner in student decision-making, providing leadership in all student affairs matters and working collaboratively with the directors, faculty, staff, and administration to further the University's mission and vision. The VPSA reports directly to the president, serves on the President's Cabinet, and works collaboratively with other members of the president's leadership team. There must be especially close and collegial relations between the chief student affairs officer and the Provost, given the many ways in which they must partner to achieve the best educational outcome for Central's students.

The VPSA will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of all student affairs programs and services that promote and advance the University's mission and strategic plan. The VPSA supervises the following seven departments: Student Wellness Services (health, counseling and wellness education); Residence Life, Student Activities and Leadership Development; Student Center; Student Conduct; Student Disability Services; and Veterans Affairs.

Assisting the VPSA is an associate dean, an administrative assistant, a university assistant, and several student employees.

Qualifications for the VPSA: The successful candidate is expected to have a record of collaborative decision-making, a high standard of professional integrity, and a strong sense of professional ethics. The position demands both inspirational leadership and a thorough understanding of best practices in student affairs. The next VPSA will be an innovative and energetic leader with a strong student-centered philosophy.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a student development or related area from a regionally accredited institution
  • Seven or more years in higher level student affairs leadership experience, at the level of Director or above, with an outstanding record of student affairs leadership and student-centered philosophy
  • Experience with developing, sustaining, promoting and evaluating student development programs, including knowledge of current strategies in student affairs
  • Demonstrated success with improving student retention and graduation rates
  • Experience with planning, budgeting, and fiscal management in a complex organization
  • Experience working collaboratively with a student government organization and other student organizations
  • Experience in employee recruitment and retention, promotion decisions, and the ability to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff
  • Capacity to effectively communicate with a variety of constituency groups, both internal and external to CCSU
  • Commitment to shared governance and ability to work in a complex matrixed environment, build consensus, develop new approaches to problem solving, ability to adapt to an ever changing environment, and recognize the worldwide geographic nature of the university
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Proven track record of establishing partnerships with academic affairs and the greater community
  • Experience working in a unionized, public institution of higher education
  • Experience in two or more student affairs areas including but not limited to: Student Wellness Services (health, counseling and wellness education); Diversity or Multicultural Affairs; Orientation; Residence Life, Student Activities and Leadership Development; Recreation; Student Center; First Year Experience; Parent or Family Relations; Student Conduct; Student Disability Services; and Veterans Affairs
  • A track record of advocating for and developing diversity (e.g., cultural, racial, linguistic) among students, faculty, staff, alumni, university and community constituencies
  • Commitment to building and maintaining relationships with community colleges

It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by September 30, 2018 directly to the Parker Executive Search Firm.

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