The University of Maryland seeks an innovative, experienced and collaborative leader as its Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). This prominent leadership role provides exciting opportunities for a deeply engaged and experienced individual to advance a well-established, highly professionalized and nationally recognized division of student affairs at an institution that is fully committed to the student experience.
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship and land-grant institution and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, Maryland enrolls more than 41,000 students, employs more than 10,000 faculty and staff and offers 280 academic programs. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Maryland is an international leader in the sciences, engineering, business, social sciences, the arts, agriculture and numerous applied disciplines. With twelve colleges and schools, Maryland boasts one of the highest undergraduate graduation rates in the nation. Located in College Park, seven miles from the United States Capitol, in the immediate orbit of Washington, D.C., Maryland offers unmatched opportunities to engage with the federal government, elected officials, worldwide embassies, think tanks, the national media and other influencers of public policy.
Reporting directly to the president, the vice president for student affairs will galvanize campus leadership and stakeholders to collaborate around creative initiatives that elevate the student experience and permeate across the campus community. Central to these efforts will be the development of a close partnership with the provost, academic affairs and faculty colleagues to enhance the coherence of the Maryland experience for all students. The VPSA will provide vision, strategic direction and leadership for a division that includes the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life; Conferences & Visitor Services; Counseling Center; Office of Development & External Relations; Dining Services; Fraternity & Sorority Life; Parent & Family Affairs; Department of Resident Life; Residential Facilities; Office of Student Conduct; University Career Center & The President's Promise; University Health Center; University Recreation & Wellness and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic and creative leader who is skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organization structures and holds a deep commitment to collaboration, relational leadership, external engagement and creative problem solving and thinking. The vice president will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial and managerial acumen and possess a broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and trends. The vice president will display integrity, transparency and courage in behavior and decisions and demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority. A doctoral degree and a proven record of broad and progressive senior-level higher education administrative management and leadership experience in the context of a large research university is strongly preferred.
For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by July 15, 2019. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Maryland's consultants Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at UMDVPSA@wittkieffer.com. Questions and nominations may also be directed to the consultants through that same email address.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.