Vice President for Student Affairs

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Johnson C. Smith University, a 150-year old historically black liberal arts college dedicated to serving a diverse student body located in Charlotte, NC invites nominations and applications for an accomplished professional to serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs.  Under the leadership of a new president, the university is seeking to consolidate and integrate multiple student affairs and student development functions in service to a multicultural, multigenerational and diverse student body, faculty and community. Building a collaborative environment and relationship to academic affairs is a key strategic priority.

Johnson C. Smith University has a rich history and is heralded as one of the best of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, serving more than 1500 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-traditional and adult programs.  The university employs more than 240 full-time faculty and staff members. The university continues to gain a strong national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in innovative, socially conscious ways to empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders.  JCSU has strong community relationships and strategic partnerships with businesses, corporations and professional groups. As an active community partner, JCSU serves as a catalyst for building and sustaining assets in the surrounding neighborhoods and throughout the City of Charlotte.

The university is seeking a dynamic leader with knowledge and competitive intelligence of trends in student affairs and demonstrated success evaluating services and implementing best practices to ensure and enhance quality of life for all segments of the student population. The successful candidate will be a professional with knowledge of and an appreciation for the HBCU environment as well as an understanding of first-generation college students and parents. Experience developing and implementing a student-centered strategic plan that initiates efforts to better benefit student welfare and success.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s Degree in counselling, student personnel, or a related field.  An Ed.D. or Ph.D. in a related discipline is highly preferred. At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in a college or university setting in one or more areas of student affairs including residence life, student life, counseling, health and wellness, student conduct or spiritual life.

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of all federal regulations related to student affairs including FERPA and Title IV; must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fluid and developing environment; must possess excellent managerial, budgetary and team building skills.

The candidate should have demonstrated experience working with a diverse student population.   An entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to forge relationships with external partners to broaden the University’s visibility and increase its array of services and opportunities for its students is highly desirable.

Nominations and Applications

The search committee will begin to review applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  For best consideration, applications should be received by November 20, 2019, and must include a letter of interest, resume, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers.  References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Application materials should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to:

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be directed to:

Joy Yablonsky, Executive Search Consultant / (215) 934 -1386


Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant / (912) 247-8661

Johnson C. Smith University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran’s status as it relates to student enrollment or hiring. Johnson C. Smith University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Johnson C. Smith University.