Vice President and Dean of Students - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Quinnipiac University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President and Dean of Students.

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, located in Hamden, CT, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and named one of the 2013 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to academic excellence and its student-oriented environment. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming community.

An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University’s commitment to three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community.  Quinnipiac's New Synthesis and Learning Paradigm strives to provide students with the learning outcomes they need through a coherent, purposeful integration and deep engagement in the content and construction of a major and active participation in the co-curricular experience.  As part of this transformation, the QU community has also been working diligently to build a more inclusive and diverse campus and prepare our students to succeed in an increasingly diverse globally connected society.


The new Vice President has an important and exciting opportunity to create a vision for the future that maximizes the potential of Student Affairs to develop strong partnerships with Academic Affairs and the surrounding community in support of co-curricular programs and activities for undergraduate and graduate students on three different campuses that focus on student success.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice President/Dean of Students oversees the following areas/functions: community service, counseling, graduate student affairs, fraternity and sorority life, orientation, residential life, student activities and organizations, student conduct, and student health. The Vice President has responsibility for 57 full time staff.

The principle mission of the Vice President will be to continue to build a distinctive Student Affairs Division consistent with the institution’s vision and values.  The successful candidate will be an innovative, resourceful, high-energy professional who is an exceptional communicator and listener, an effective agent of organizational change, and a team builder.  The position requires a high amount of visibility on campus, at campus events, and with student-leaders.  The Vice President must be a student-centered professional who demonstrates a high level of knowledge about the issues that confront a private residential college, an up-to-date understanding of and the ability to clearly communicate the importance and effectiveness of student development theory, and a record of success in enhancing the quality of student learning and development outcomes. The incumbent will also create actionable strategies and accountabilities for the Division of Student Affairs that support Quinnipiac's commitment to inclusion, multiculturalism, and globalism.

Additional qualifications include:

  • experience in staff development, including supervising professional staff and working with in relevant professional associations
  • demonstrated ability in administrative management and balancing competing priorities
  • working knowledge of legal and regulatory compliance issues related to Title IX, the Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA), Clery Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • the ability to assess, understand and be a key advocate for a healthy campus climate
  • the ability to develop and maintain productive community, alumni, and campus partnerships
  • the proven ability to collaborate, both effectively and with enthusiasm

Finally, the successful candidate will come to Quinnipiac with experience in managing change, and in giving leadership and focus to staff who are experiencing changes that are transforming their work.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

The successful candidate will possess a minimum of seven years of significant supervisory, budgetary, and administrative leadership experience at a residential campus of comparable size. The successful candidate will also be a person who

is pro-active in responding to student concerns, who will lead a high functioning and engaged staff, who is proficient in the area of professional development, and who is an experienced educator familiar with and effective in applying best practices in the areas of student affairs.

An earned doctorate in higher education administration or relevant field from an accredited institution is required.

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.


How to Apply:

We have retained William Spelman Associates to handle this search on behalf of Quinnipiac. Please follow the instructions below to apply.

Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information including mailing and email addresses for five references.  The packet should be sent electronically to  The subject line in email should be VPDSQU.  Confidential inquiries will be received at 585.366.4329.

Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by November 10, 2014.  The process will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the University community. We welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit program.

Job Code:  2013-1577

Keyword Phrases

  • Student Affairs
  • Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Diversity
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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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