Vice President of Student Affairs

Position Overview

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Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs. The VPSA is the Chief Student Affairs officer of the University, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for University Operations and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

The VPSA has overall responsibility for providing leadership, management, and supervision for the student affairs division as they work to respond to student needs across three North American campuses, with a pronounced focus upon those in New Jersey. The search for this new position comes at an exciting period of time as FDU prepares to develop and implement a new Strategic Plan, has undergone significant positive change and has improved student outcomes.

The VPSA will be the face and voice of student affairs and a driven advocate for students leveraging data and technology to evaluate student success and develop enhanced services for the student population, which differs by campus. Success in the role will require a deep understanding of student diversity and wellness, development of a curriculum of activities that aligns with the mission of the institution and maximizes the student experience, leading to improved success. The VPSA must inspire a culture of aspiration to provide the best possible student experience, and create an environment of innovation, drive and excellence. The position will work collaboratively with the University’s diverse stakeholders including academic advising and enrollment management to advance the mission of Student Affairs.

The VPSA oversees and is responsible for the following sub-units across the New Jersey campuses consisting of student organizations, Greek life, the Student Government Association, student conduct, student events and activities, student counseling and health services, academic and disability student services, new and transfer student orientations, student life and special events, intramurals, the Student Center and Student Union as well as programming within the residence halls and commuter centers. The VPSA will also provide support to the Vancouver campus in the development and execution of their Student Affairs programming.

A Doctorate degree in higher education, counseling/student services, a teaching discipline aligned with the college’s instructional program, or a closely related field; and, increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience in one or more areas of student services; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

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

Nominations and Applications

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunity and attributes outlined in the search profile, a current resume and the names of five professional references via the FDU portal at:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, application materials should be received by March 15, 2021.

References will not be contacted without prior consultation with candidates. For more information, consult the full position description available above. 

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

Joy Yablonsky, Executive Search / (202) 776-0856

Andrew Bowen, / (802) 345-1279 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Fairleigh Dickinson University takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.