Northwestern University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next vice president for student affairs.
Reporting directly to the president, the new vice president for student affairs (VPSA) will serve as a key member of the University's senior leadership team and will provide strategic, visionary, and operational leadership to a $134 million portfolio encompassing a constellation of offices that promote seamless student support, shape a culture of engagement and belonging, and allow students to thrive. The VPSA will create coordinated and meaningful student experiences based on a contemporary understanding of student development and rooted in national best practices. The VPSA will serve as a key partner to the president, provost, and other senior leaders, while championing the Division of Student Affairs.
The vice president for student affairs will be an experienced, dynamic, collaborative, and nimble leader who builds trust and forms strong partnerships to advance student-centered initiatives that enhance the student experience and support student learning and development. The VPSA will excel at building partnerships in a decentralized institutional environment and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of all students, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The next vice president will model leadership and bring experience in shaping vibrant and inclusive student experience that enriches all students' time at Northwestern; engage and inspire stakeholders across the division and campuses to organize policies and services that amplify and maximize the conditions for student success; demonstrate an ability to advance institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion; make data-informed decisions; and support the organizational health and wellness of a team in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in higher education administration, student affairs, or a related field with an earned doctorate being preferred.
Northwestern University is global in its scope, with 12 schools and colleges integrated throughout three campuses – the primary campus in Evanston; the Chicago Campus; and the campus situated in Doha, Qatar. Ranked in the top 10 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, Northwestern is a multifaceted AAU global research university that has a distinguished and distinctive interdisciplinary tradition. Northwestern has approximately 4,000 faculty, more than 12,000 staff, and more than 23,000 students, including approximately 8,800 undergraduates and more than 14,000 graduate and professional students. In 2022, sponsored research totaled $893 million and is on a clear trajectory to exceed $1 billion. Northwestern's endowment stands at approximately $16 billion, placing Northwestern among the best endowed institutions in the world.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, available at http://www.wittkieffer.com. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting Northwestern University in this search. Application review has begun and will continue until an appointment is made. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by November 1, 2022.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Robin Mamlet, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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