Vice President for Diverse and Equitable Student Life

Position Overview

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Blackburn College invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Diverse and Equitable Student Life. The Vice President reports directly to the President and provides vision, leadership and administrative oversight for a department that encompasses the following: residence life, student engagement, new student orientation, student conduct, campus safety, student life office management, and title IX. The VPSL provides key support for all campus equity committees, programs, initiatives, and compliance. The VPSL will collaborate with the Director of Student Success as the institutional co-leads on development and management of a data-informed, cross-departmental retention plan leading to increased student retention, persistence, and graduation. 

Founded originally as a Presbyterian seminary by Gideon Blackburn in 1837, Blackburn College is the third oldest college in Illinois. In 1913, Blackburn distinguished itself by adopting the “Self-Help Plan,” now known as the Work Program, which solidified the College’s commitment to affordability and access. Today, Blackburn’s commitment to the liberal arts links outstanding classroom instruction with hands-on learning and leadership experiences. As one of eight federally recognized Work Colleges, all residential students are required to work at least ten hours per week on campus.

The Vice President for Diverse and Equitable Student Life is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight in support of the college strategic plan and priorities, especially for departments that encompass the student life department along with supporting campus and student diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should be proven leaders, strategic thinkers, and seek pragmatic, creative solutions to challenges. Candidates should be collaborative leaders that are serious about their role as mentors to both students and staff and are deeply committed to Blackburn’s mission and vision.  The interested candidate will demonstrate a sincere interest in and understanding of higher education, have a minimum of a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Counseling, or a closely related field, although a Ph.D. is preferred. 

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

Applications must include a letter of interest that includes a diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important, resume, and five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2020.

The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made. Semifinalist interviews will be held December 16, 17, and 18, 2020.

Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to:

Applications and nominations, as well as expressions of interest, should be directed to:

Kim Bobby, Ed.D., / (253) 861-7738

Andrew Bowen, / (802) 345-1279