Fitchburg State University — Vice President for Student Affairs

Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the University now has more than 30 undergraduate programs, 22 master’s degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students. Fitchburg State offers undergraduate and graduate programs with an emphasis on career-orientated learning that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, as well as selected majors in the traditional arts and sciences. The University features small class sizes, hands-on professional education, and an accessible faculty dedicated to teaching. A compact campus provides the added bonus of a secure community where social and cultural activities abound and students assume a wide-range of leadership roles in the community, student government, and social and artistic affairs.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) leads an inclusive and participatory effort to develop a strategic vision for a comprehensive student affairs division. The VPSA is responsible for the overall strategic direction, leadership, administration, and management of Student Affairs, which consists of Athletics, Public Safety, Housing and Residential Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Disability Services, Recreation Services, Student Conduct, Student Development/Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Expanding Horizons, Upward Bound, and the Veteran’s Center. The VPSA works closely with the student affairs staff and faculty to support a strategic plan focusing on a campus culture that promotes student success as well as a safe and welcoming campus environment. The VPSA builds collaborative working relationships and partners within the Academic Affairs unit, Enrollment Management, alumni, parents, and members of the local community; promotes and strengthens student success through student engagement and develops a coordinated, collaborative, and efficient approach to co-curricular and extra-curricular programming; and coordinates long-range planning, best practices, and opportunities with institutional strategic initiatives while serving both residential and commuter student populations. In addition, the VPSA works to promote a climate that fosters civility, mutual respect, and high academic, personal, and social standards; demonstrates skill and enthusiasm for working with students from diverse backgrounds, including varied social, racial, economic, and sexual orientations. The VPSA provides leadership for a staff of 60 and oversees a budget of $15.7 million.

A doctorate in student personnel, higher education administration, or a related field is preferred with a minimum of seven years of progressive senior leadership experience in student affairs. A master’s degree with appropriate experience may be considered. The successful candidate will have extensive administrative, fiscal management, and supervisory experience within student affairs at a director or dean level. In addition, candidates must possess a comprehensive knowledge of student development and best practices designed to support student success; a broad understanding of legal issues and compliance requirements within a higher education environment; excellent communication skills both orally and in writing; the ability to establish and maintain a positive image for the division and positive working relationships with internal and external constituencies; and a high level of energy and a record of achievement and advancement in the field.

Review of applications will begin November 9, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Fitchburg State University – Vice President for Student Affairs
Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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Fitchburg State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity, affirmative action and a campus free from all forms of sexually harassing and violent behavior. The university is dedicated to providing an educational, working, and living environment for students, employees, and other members of the campus community.