Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs - Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs New York

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Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Skidmore College is a highly regarded, selective, independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts College. Located in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York, Skidmore sits on a pristine campus of over 750 acres near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Saratoga Springs is a not-so-well-guarded secret of rich tradition accented with an abounding youthful feeling. The college's unique location makes it the perfect place for those who desire the peace of country-like living as well as the excitement and activity accessible in nearby larger cities. Skidmore College offers its employees opportunities for professional and personal growth, a very competitive benefits package, and the ability to positively impact the community.

The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!

Job Summary

Skidmore College invites applications and nominations for a creative and dynamic Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs to provide excellent leadership, vision, and direction for the Student Affairs Division.

Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college, currently enrolling more than 2,400 students in approximately fifty degree programs, including programs in both traditional liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines. The College's principal mission is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students who are eager to engage in the learning process. Skidmore's faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates students' intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while engaging in research, scholarship, and study. In keeping with the College's founding principle of linking theoretical with applied learning ? and its more recent expression, "Creative Thought Matters" ? the Skidmore curriculum balances a commitment to the liberal arts with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, along with preparation for professions, careers, and community leadership.

Skidmore's campus is located in what was, at the turn of the twentieth century, a beautiful park of summer residences in Saratoga Springs, New York. The city's many attractions include the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, ten museums, a number of spas, and the famed Saratoga Race Course for thoroughbred horse racing. Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga Springs is a half-hour drive from the New York State capital at Albany and a three-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

The Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs reports to the President and is a key member of President's Cabinet. The Dean/Vice President serves as one of the principal advocates for student learning in partnership with key campus constituencies including faculty, staff, and students. The Dean/Vice President has responsibility for all co-curricular dimensions of Skidmore's broad educational mission in support of the College's emphasis on offering an integrative student experience. The Dean/Vice President works with the professionals within Student Affairs and with others across the entire Skidmore community to cultivate student achievement, responsibility, and leadership in an environment that is committed to academic excellence and the development of the whole person.

The Dean/Vice President oversees the following areas: athletics (including intercollegiate athletics, recreation, and fitness), campus life (including leadership activities, community services and civic engagement, religious and spiritual life, and conduct), career development, health and wellness (including the counseling center, health promotion and health services), and student development (including residential life, student diversity programs, and student academic services). The Dean/Vice President also co-chairs the College's Emergency Management Team and convenes the Student Assessment and Intervention Group.

Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries and applications, including letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be forwarded, in confidence, to:

Steve Leo, Vice President
Julie Williams-Krishnan, Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.

Minimum Qualifications

The Dean/Vice President will be an experienced educator who approaches students from a developmental perspective and who embraces the distinctive mission of the highly selective, residential liberal arts college. He or she will understand the cooperative and collaborative nature of academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs and have a proven record of leadership, integrity, fairness, commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, and the ability to implement innovative student life initiatives. The successful candidate will have at least a Master's degree and substantial administrative experience in or transferable to student affairs programs. Preferred qualifications include: an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their field of study and/or relevant teaching experience.  

Required Applicant Documents

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, military or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics or prior arrest or conviction record or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: See Job Description