Northwestern University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA).
Northwestern is a highly selective, private research university recognized nationally and internationally for its high-quality educational programs. Founded in 1851, the University enrolls a diverse student body of more than 21,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across a dozen colleges and schools on three campuses: a 240-acre main campus in Evanston, Illinois; a 25-acre campus in downtown Chicago; and a campus in Doha, Qatar.
The VPSA provides leadership and direction for the Division of Student Affairs, whose mission is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience. The Division provides programs, services, and mentoring to maximize students’ potential; removes barriers to learning; strengthens readiness to learn; and helps to create and sustain a safe and healthy Northwestern community. The Division’s units include: counseling and psychological services; campus inclusion and community, which includes multicultural student affairs, student enrichment services, and social justice education; health services; new student and family programming; fraternity and sorority life; career advancement; religious and spiritual life; student organizations and activities; student conduct; and the Norris University Center. Overall, the Division comprises over 250 employees and is supported by an operating budget of $40 million. The VPSA also manages a residential services budget of $82 million as well as substantial third-party contracts and oversees the University’s undergraduate and graduate residence halls, residential communities, and residential colleges as well as dining, retail, and other facilities.
The successful candidate will bring strategic and innovative thinking to the student affairs role at Northwestern and will be a collaborative and visible leader with experience working at a senior level in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders. The University seeks individuals who have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; an affinity for students; a demonstrated understanding of student issues and a sensitivity to the changing landscape of student affairs for both undergraduate and graduate students; a commitment to and record in improving campus climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion with the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds; and experience in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining an exceptionally talented team.
For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, electronically and in confidence, to:
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.