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Vice President for Student Affairs

Apply now Posting #: 3062
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Student Affairs

Position Title & Department:

 Vice President for Student Affairs; Student Affairs Administration
Posting #


Department Description:

In the Catholic tradition, the Student Affairs Division strives to create an inclusive, educational environment that motivates and supports student learning and personal development, serves the University community, and inspires students to make a positive contribution to society. At USD, the Student Affairs Division is comprised of the following functional areas: Dean of Students; Student Life; Student Wellness; Resource Management; and Business Enterprises/Auxiliary Services. The Student Affairs Division works collaboratively with Academic Affairs and all areas of the University to create an integrated learning environment.

University Description:

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to preparing and empowering students to live fulfilling lives as responsible global citizens. Founded in 1949, USD is the youngest independent Catholic institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. Today, the University of San Diego is a nationally ranked institution with 486 full time and 521 part-time faculty members and over 9,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. USD has a Carnegie classification of “Doctoral University: High Research Activity” and offers 43 bachelor’s degrees, 34 master’s degrees, JD, and DNP degrees, and five doctoral degrees. The 180-acre campus now houses buildings that encompass more than two million square feet and provides educational, administrative, residential, athletic, dining, and support services. The stunning campus has been praised for its Spanish Renaissance architecture and breathtaking views, overlooking San Diego, Mission Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.  

Detailed Description:

The Vice President facilitates opportunities for greater student engagement and better post-graduation outcomes and contributes significantly to each student’s development. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will provide general guidance and direction exercised over the administrative, programmatic, and auxiliary areas within the division.

The Vice President for Student Affairs provides leadership, direction, supervision, evaluation, fiscal, and human resource management and oversees a division of over 187 administrators and staff and 553 student employees. The Vice President must serve as an effective leader of a highly complex organization.

The Vice President will serve as the chief student advocate who is responsible for the safety and well-being of all USD students. The Vice President will provide sound counsel to leadership and play a critical role in making policy decisions and determining the strategic direction of the division.

The Vice President will foster an environment based on diversity, equity, and inclusion, both with regard to student needs, and guiding student organizations and government. A student-focused faith leader on campus, the Vice President is expected to be a practicing Catholic who possesses an awareness of and commitment to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will provide general guidance and direction exercised over the administrative, programmatic, and auxiliary areas within the division. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in student affairs or related field. Candidates with an earned doctorate will be given preference.
  • Exceptional senior leader and administrator with deep experience in student life/affairs at a college or university.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the issues that confront private, residential, and Catholic education in a large, diverse, and metropolitan community, whose students come from around the world.
  • A practicing Catholic who possesses an awareness of and commitment to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • The capacity to formulate and articulate a compelling shared vision that embraces the development of the whole student and the University's Catholic values.
  • Demonstrated experience building and shaping diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments.
  • Strong operational management experience and business acumen; experience in multi-departmental/multi-line budget management.
  • A leader with a passion for mentorship.
  • Possess strong supervisory, development, and leadership skills.
  • A collaborative relationship builder who is committed to furthering a high level of cooperation between student affairs and the academic sector.
  • Ability to foster transparent working relationships with student affairs stakeholders at all levels.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal. Able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences including parents, other schools, and intra-university constituencies.
  • Ability to communicate the University's distinctive student affairs approach to internal and external audiences.
  • Possess high emotional intelligence to assess needs and provide support.
  • Experience with and a thorough understanding of student wellness and special needs.
  • An innovative thinker and motivator who inspires creativity in others.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required:
The review of nominations and applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Qualified applicants should forward a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to:

Joi Hayes-Scott and Anne Coyle
Consultants to the Search Committee
Russell Reynolds Associates

For full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by
March 22, 2021.
Additional Details:

Closing date: Open until filled. For full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by March 22, 2021.

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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