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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Willamette University in Salem, Oregon
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Date Posted 12/09/2019
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Willamette University seeks a Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
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Location: Salem, Oregon, one hour south of Portland

The Position:
The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPSA/Dean) leads, promotes, and directs a diverse student affairs division whose mission is to foster a healthy, inclusive learning community in which students discover their passions, develop valuable skills, and commit to responsible citizenship. The VPSA/Dean provides visionary leadership and initiates campus collaborations for the creation of meaningful out-of-class learning opportunities and professional support services that promote student development, wellbeing, academic success, and graduation. The VPSA/Dean maintains a significant level of contact with students, faculty, and staff, as well as with individuals and organizations outside of the University. Campus Life Departments include; Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Recreation, Chaplains, Community Service Learning, Counseling and Health Services, Office of Student Affairs, Housing and Conferences, and Student Involvement.

In collaboration with a team of professionals, the VPSA/Dean oversees several areas including: case management of students at risk of attrition; oversight of matters related to campus conduct and policy compliance; parent and family relations in support of retention and support; the on-call program; transfer student support and programming; and assessment and programming aimed at sustaining a healthy and inclusive campus community.

The VPSA/Dean serves on the divisional leadership team and oversees and coordinates a range of projects across the division. Additionally, this position has oversight and is responsible for the collaboration, partnership, development, and training associated with compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as they relate to Title IX, the Clery Act, and related state and federal laws and regulations.

This work involves a variety of complex duties and responsibilities in the area of student affairs, requiring excellent leadership and communication skills and the ability to manage human and capital resources. There is a significant level of contact with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and trustees as well as with individuals and organizations outside of the University.


  • Serves as a thought leader who integrates student life across the University and supports the success of all students.

  • Serves as a primary administrative contact and advocate for students in both graduate and undergraduate programs and works directly with these students to provide services and programs that enhance student life and the campus community.

  • Spearheads the formulation and review of policies directly related to students.

  • Supervises various Student Affairs departments that include student conduct and care, health and counseling, office of the chaplain, housing and conferences, student activities and athletics.

  • Works closely with human resources, office of the general counsel, and campus safety.

  • Collaborates with campus safety to ensure a coordinated approach to student safety.

  • Serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator of students and works closely with the Title IX Coordinator to facilitate compliance with Title IX regarding discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • Oversees management of student investigations, responses, and resolutions to complaints, and the selection and training of other investigators for issues of conduct, sexual misconduct, and bias.

  • Oversees and maintains data gathering and assessment of student programming.

  • Prepares and manages division budgets and provides support for the preparation and management of the operational budgets of the Student Affairs departments.

  • Collaborates with University leadership to promote and implement the strategic direction set for the University, with particular attention paid to student persistence and retention, academic and personal success, and overall student wellness.

  • Supports staff development for the student affairs staff.

  • Coordinates the division’s assessment efforts.

  • Directs and oversees special projects as assigned by the provost and president.

  • Coordinates and staffs the emergency on-call program- including selection, training, and supervision of staff who maintain "after-hours" on-call responsibilities to assist in crisis intervention involving University students.

  • Leads the cultivation of a welcoming and inclusive campus community.


  • Minimum of master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant discipline; a terminal degree would distinguish the candidate.

  • Minimum of seven years of progressive administrative experience in a college or university environment with direct experience in Student Affairs.

  • Comprehensive understanding of Title IX compliance, preferably with experience in investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and/or domestic violence required.

  • Comprehensive knowledge, understanding, and implementation of various regulations and laws pertaining to higher education such as, but not limited to Campus SaVE, FERPA, the Clery Act, Americans with Disability Act, Title IX, and other related federal and state laws is required.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and ability to support staff development for the Student Affairs staff.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong interest in working with Student Affairs staff, students, and the University community at large.

  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques and the ability to act calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

  • Ability to plan, assess, and evaluate programs.

  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.

  • Demonstrated analytical abilities with a high degree of attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Interest in learning and maintaining a thorough knowledge of University structures, policies, and procedures.

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion related to a university setting, including awareness of intercultural trends and issues facing higher education.

This is a full-time, year-round position. This position is eligible for the University’s generous benefits package that includes medical/dental insurance, sick and vacation accruals, retirement contribution of 10% of gross base pay from the University in exchange for a mandatory contribution of 1% by the employee, tuition remission, and holidays.

This position will require evening and weekend work, as needed when there are special student-related programs, activities, and events or those involving parents.

About the Institution:
Willamette is a nationally-renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in service, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.

Situated on a beautiful, historic campus located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, and co-located with Tokyo International University of America, Willamette features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

In a close-knit campus environment where teaching and learning flourish, more than 2,100 students benefit from small classes, close student-faculty relationships, and collaborative research opportunities as well as the advantages of a liberal arts university comprised of a nationally-recognized liberal arts college, a top-ranked business school, and a highly-respected law school. The University’s distinctive, accelerated dual-degree programs allow students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA or JD at Willamette – in less time and at less cost.

In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, Willamette recognizes exploration and discovery as primary educational values; that wisdom, insight, and the nurturing of democratic values are enhanced by a shared appreciation and understanding of diversity in all aspects of human endeavor. The University's long-range plan states, diversity is not just essential to quality education, but central to "our sense of moral duty to overcome racism, bigotry, and discrimination in all forms." To learn more about this treasured university, please see http://willamette.edu.

Location: Adjacent to historic downtown Salem, Oregon, Willamette’s 60-acre campus is just an hour south of Portland, close to the Willamette Valley’s many wineries and an hour’s drive to beaches to the west and Cascade Mountains to the east. The University is nestled between a major hospital and medical complex to the south and State Capitol to the north, the proximities of which provide students with exceptional opportunities for internships, service-learning, and involvement with nonprofits, state and local government agencies and political and advocacy organizations.

To Apply:
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest and professional qualifications, as well as how they have successfully supported and advanced the values and principles of diversity and inclusion in their prior professional experiences and places of work. All inquiries will be considered confidential.

Submit materials to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su188 by January 22, 2020 in order to be given first priority by the search committee.

For nominations or further information:
Kristen Farha
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 316-650-0069

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