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Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Art Center College
Pasadena, CA
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Vice President
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University, Non-profit
ArtCenter College of Design is searching for an experienced Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students to join our team.

The salary range for this position: $160,000.00 - 180,000.00

Finalsalary is based on education, experience, skills relevant to therole, and internal equity.

About ArtCenter
Foundedin 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a globalleader in art and design education and has had an international reputation forits rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strongties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. ArtCenter is aprivate nonprofit fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and UniversityCommission (WSCUC).

Every positionat ArtCenter plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals,strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity,equity, inclusion, access, belonging (DEIAB) and culture.

Reporting to the SeniorVice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Vice Presidentof Student Affairs and Dean of Students is responsible for the strategicleadership of the Center for the Student Experience (CSE, which comprises thestudent affairs functions of the College) and is the College's senior studentaffairs officer. The CSE serves approximately 2,100 undergraduate and 300graduate students and includes programs to support student success for adiverse student population. The incumbent will shape the vision for current andfuture programs, services, and support that define the student experience atArtCenter and will serve as an institutional resource on topics pertinent tostudent success, retention, and well-being.

This position will work in collaboration with departments across the College, including but not limited to Admissions, Academic Deans, Department Chairs/Associate Chairs/Assistant Chairs and faculty, Faculty Development, Alumni Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Development, and Campus Safety, and will lead the CSE to provide innovative, engaging, developmental, and learning-centered programs and services that shape the student experience.

This is a full-time in-region position. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or as defined by the department. The position is eligible for flexible scheduling and can be performed on-site, hybrid in-region or may be required as a condition of employment. The demands of this work may include weekends or evenings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in higher education administration, student affairs, counseling, or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in a senior leadership role within the student affairs, student services or related field
  • 5 years of supervisory responsibilities, including developing teams, conducting performance evaluations and performance management
  • Strong leader with proven organizational abilities and able to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative team setting
  • Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques at the college level
  • Experience with college/university campus judicial procedures and policies and Title IX
  • Able to assess and support the developmental needs of all college students across a broad spectrum of diverse lived experiences and backgrounds
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain good working relationships with various internal and external stakeholders related to the ongoing operations of the department, including executive leadership, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni
  • Familiarity and/or direct experience with college/university best practices in new student orientation programs, student success programs, health and wellness issues, and student life policy and practice
  • Ability to enforce and implement policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated experience in cultivating the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging into work practices and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter's diverse communities
  • Experience in assessment and evaluation of student programs and services
  • Strong analytical and human relations skills to negotiate solutions to complex student issues and concerns
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation communication skills and the ability to handle conflict resolution issues is important; strong analytical and human relations skills needed to negotiate solutions to complex student issues and concerns
  • Knowledge of college/university best practices in risk management
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), with advanced skills in Excel and experience with data analytics
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in higher education administration or a related field from an accredited college of university
  • Background in Art or Design fields, or previous experience in an Art and Design educational environment
  • Experience working with higher education software applications such as Maxient, Colleague, Innovative Educators

Diversity Statement
ArtCenter is fully committed to fostering a culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging not only in vision but in practice. Our path forward is predicated on our belief that multiple points of view, life experiences, ethnicities, cultures and belief systems are essential to academic and creative excellence. We strive to learn more about difference while respecting the rich diversity in our world, attending to important questions about racial injustice and decolonizing our curriculum. Our campus environment must be vigilant in supporting the full participation of students, faculty, and staff of every race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic status and political viewpoint.

Equal Opportunity EmployerArtCenter is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including HIV and AIDS), genetic characteristic or information, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, transgender identity, gender expression, protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity is extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including without limitation, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of ArtCenter and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of ArtCenter. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Employee Experience and Engagement at (626) 396-2270.

Land Acknowledgment:
ArtCenter College of Design occupies the region of the ancestral and traditional land of the Hahamog'na Tongva people, the stewards of the San Gabriel Valley area around present-day Pasadena.

ArtCenter Employees have a Mandatory Duty to Report
All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter's Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs or designee, or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty, who have a mandatory duty to report, are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

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