Colorado College — Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience

Colorado College, an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas, located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of assistant vice president for the residential experience.

Founded in 1874, Colorado College (CC) is ranked 27th among National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college is distinct is its inimitable combination of program, place, people and pedagogy. Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado College is the only selective liberal arts college in the region and enrolls just over 2,200 undergraduate students. Through 37 academic departments, faculty engage students directly and prepare them for leadership in the 21st century. The College is celebrating its 50th year delivering a signature academic program known as the “Block Plan”—an intensive academic schedule that allows students to immerse themselves in a single subject for three and a half weeks, rather than balancing several courses over a semester. With a four year housing guarantee and three year live-on requirement for students, combined with an active summer conference schedule, the campus is a vibrant environment throughout the year. 

The assistant vice president for the residential experience (AVP) is a member of the Student Life division leadership team and provides strategic leadership and guidance to four key units: Student Housing, Residential Experience, Conferences, and Campus Safety. The AVP reports to the vice president and dean of students (VP/dean) and maintains a dotted line relationship to the senior vice president for finance and administration given the position’s substantial stewardship of a budget in excess of $14M. Enhancing the student experience—supporting and promoting the personal and intellectual development of students and fostering a diverse and inclusive community—is a key priority for the AVP. In partnership with direct reports, the AVP advances the design, implementation, and assessment of strategic and operational initiatives across all units. Additional responsibilities include: mentoring and developing direct reports to build leadership capacity and promote a student-centered culture marked by continuous improvement; oversight of all residential and non-residential student life facilities (66 buildings/825,000 sq. ft.) including maintenance, repair, and capital project planning in collaboration with facilities services; budget development and communication of programmatic and operational priorities in conjunction with  the divisional leadership team; coordination of parent communications along with the director of parent relations; compliance reporting and accountability (i.e., Clery, FERPA, HIPPA, Drug Free Schools Act); collaboration with Campus Safety, Emergency Management, and others to promote a culture of safety, protection of the environment, and sustainability, as well as to develop and enact protocols regarding college response and crisis management plans. The AVP is an active, engaged member of the college community who supports the goals of the Student Life division; advances the college’s strategic mission and initiatives, including anti-racism, diversity, and equity; assists with division administrative functions, goals, policy development, budget planning, and personnel management; and represents the VP/dean and college to internal audiences as well as the external community. The AVP oversees a staff of 45, including five direct reports, and team of 110 student employees.

A master’s degree plus a minimum of seven years of experience at the director level or above within a student life or student affairs division; the ability to help create and implement policy and direction for a division of student life or similar complex organization; demonstrated expertise in and knowledge of residential life and housing; ability to lead and exercise sound judgment with fairness and sensitivity; effective interpersonal and organizational skills; and an ability to work under and meet deadlines are required. The successful candidate will value the role of teamwork in a fast-paced, challenging position, and be able to implement and cultivate high standards of service for internal and external constituents.

Preferred qualifications include: a terminal degree in a related field; knowledge and familiarity with numerous areas of student life; and substantial fiscal and resource management experience.

Review of applications will begin April 10, 2020 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 Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in its educational programs and activities or employment practices.