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Vice President for Student Affairs

City University of New York
Kew Gardens, NY
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Student Affairs
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Vice President
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College / University
Vice President for Student Affairs

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LaGuardia Community College

Full/Part Time




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Founded in 1971 in Long Island City, Queens , LaGuardia Community College is one of seven community colleges of the City University of New York/CUNY. LaGuardia's nine academic departments offer more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs. Major areas of study include Health Sciences, STEM, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts. Upon graduation most students transfer to senior colleges, typically in CUNY, to complete their Baccalaureate degrees. Graduates of career programs such as Nursing, Computer Technology, and Veterinary Technology enter the workforce. In 2021, LaGuardia served over 26,000 students in pre-college, associate degree, and continuing education programs. Consistent with the diversity of Queens, 52 percent of LaGuardia students are born outside of the United States. They come from 133 countries and speak 62 heritage languages. More than half (54 percent) are first-generation college students. Sixty-six percent live in Queens; the rest come from Brooklyn and beyond. Virtually all LaGuardia students are ethnic minorities (88 percent), 58 percent are women, 33 percent are over the age of 25. Forty-seven percent of LaGuardia students are Hispanic, almost double the threshold of 25 percent required by the US Department of Education for designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Ninety-nine percent of LaGuardia students receive some form of financial aid, including COVID-related aid. Half of LaGuardia students attend part-time, often because they need to work to support their families.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as a key member of the college's leadership team, and is responsible for providing strategic and innovative leadership to ensure that students have successful, fulfilling, and rewarding experiences at LaGuardia. The Vice President for Student Affairs strives to achieve the highest levels of student retention, graduation, transfer to senior colleges, and/or career success for LaGuardia students. He/she/they collaborates with colleagues across the college to meet these essential goals.

The Vice President for Student Affairs leads the college's efforts to provide high-quality, student-friendly support services and extra-curricular activities to ensure student satisfaction and success, from pre-application through graduation and transfer. The Vice President leads the development and delivery of student-centered extra-curricular activities, along with other support services and events, to improve retention and graduation rates, enhance students' sense of belonging, and build their enthusiasm for their LaGuardia experience. He/she/they work with other college and CUNY leaders, as well as outside organizations, to develop policies, procedures, and programs to increase student success.

The Vice President for Student Affairs oversees policies and procedures related to student conduct and discipline, ensures that college policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all students, and that the programs and services in the Division of Student Affairs, including Athletics, comply with federal and state laws as well as the regulations, policies and guidelines of CUNY and other regulatory and accrediting bodies.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Lead and manage the departments and offices within the division, including but not limited to; Athletics and Recreation, Black Male Empowerment Cooperative, College Discovery, Crear Futuros, CUNY EDGE, Early Childhood Learning Center, Health Services, Office of Accessibility, Program for Deaf Adults, Ombudsman, Student Government Association, Student Judiciary and Academic Integrity, Student Life (clubs and student organizations), Transfer Services, Veterans' Services, Wellness Center, Women's Center and LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub, and more.
  • Oversee program planning, assessment, and reporting on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis for various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide executive oversight of the each department's overall budget with the cumulative budgeting responsibility of approximately $5 million annually. May assist with the preparation of budgets and grant proposals for the areas of responsibility on a regular basis with an emphasis on annual balanced budgeting.
  • Leverage technology to deliver programs and services for maximum student engagement and benefit. Develop and oversee the provision of online services and activities to address student needs.
  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet; participate in the stewardship of LaGuardia's five-year Strategic Plan, and other college-wide planning and assessment initiatives.
  • Manage divisional staff and provide direction and oversight for administrative staff. Oversee recruitment, performance management, and training and development of personnel, including deans, directors, department heads, and other division personnel.
  • Oversee the College's Judicial Affairs activities and coordination of disciplinary processes and procedures in accordance with CUNY guidelines and College governance.
  • Build a strong, collaborative working environment with other constituents, including academic departments and faculty. Establish relationships with other college divisions and departments, as well as CUNY colleagues involved in student affairs initiatives across the CUNY system.
  • Provide leadership for campus-wide signature events such as Orientation, First Week Welcome, Commencement, and others.
  • Lead the development and communication of student affairs policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Advise staff and faculty on appropriate actions in emergency situations in collaboration with College Public Safety.
  • Assist the President by chairing, convening, or serving on committees, task forces, councils, etc., and completing other duties as assigned.

This position is based in Queens, NY.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


A master's or doctorate in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, or an academic discipline, and at least ten (10) years of progressive management experience, six (6) of which should be as a top-level Student Affairs administrator (Dean or higher) with demonstratable outcomes in student affairs or student life in an institution of higher learning are preferred.

The successful candidate should have:

Proven track record of leadership and implementing best practices. Demonstrated commitment to student success, and experience in building strong student relationships and customer service. Proven success in student support services, student retention. Experience with collaborative projects between student affairs and academic programs. Experience with strategic planning and assessment and budgeting. Experience working in an urban academic institution with students from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Ability to develop and maintain collaborations involving students, parents, staff, faculty, administration and the community. Flexibility to successfully manage multiple complex roles that require a broad base of knowledge. Significant experience in managing a large professional and support staff and budgetary resources, and working knowledge of emerging technologies and how they impact students and administrative operations. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead, supervise, and motivate staff and students with an open, collegial, and consultative management style. The candidate must have the ability to work productively in a shared governance setting. Strong organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, grant writing experience, business plan development experience, and budget management experience. Familiarity with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publishers, and Outlook), Virtual Platforms (Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Skype), Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) and G-Suite (Google Docs, Google Mail, Google Hangout, etc.) is a plus.


Vice President


Salary Range: $111,923 - $180,000

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter, and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).


Open until filled. Review of Resumes will begin after January 16th 2023.


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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