Canisius Employment Opportunities

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Position Description

The Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students is responsible for divisional strategic planning and assessment efforts and for the overall operations of Campus Ministry, intercollegiate D1 athletics, Public Safety, Office of Student Life (residence life, campus programming and new student orientation, events services, athletic facilities operations, clubs and intermural sports), Counseling Center, Student Health Center, and International Student Programs. Jointly responsible (with the Vice President for Academic Affairs) for the overall operations of the Griff Center for Academic Engagement (career services, tutoring services, veterans’ services, accessibility support services, parent programs) and the Office of Study Abroad and International Partnerships.

The Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students is appointed by the President, to whom the position reports.  As a strategic leader and an integral member of the President’s leadership team, the Vice President advises the President regarding current developments in higher education as they relate to student affairs.

The Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students:

  • Advances the Catholic Jesuit mission of the College throughout the Division of Student Affairs;
  • Represents the needs and interests of students and the Division to the President, faculty, and other administrative personnel;
  • Works collaboratively with all members of the campus community to support the academic mission and the personal development of all students;
  • Develop and implement innovative initiatives to support diversity and inclusion across campus;
  • Provides opportunities for the development of individual interests and abilities which enhance the educational experiences of students;
  • Supervises the campus judicial system;
  • Supervises the process for student Title IX concerns and complaints;
  • Fosters cooperation and communication between students, faculty, and administrative colleagues to promote student retention and success;
  • Evaluates institutional services and programs as they relate to the needs of students, the goals and objectives of the College, and current trends in student affairs;
  • Server as the Campus Crisis Coordinator and, when appropriate, serves as a spokesperson for the College;
  • Recommends and oversees all annual operating budgets for all offices in the Division;
  • Evaluates the performance of the Division’s directors and staff members, providing them with appropriate support and encouragement to maximize their individual potential;
  • Provides representation of the Division of Student Affairs on appropriate College committees.
  • Serves as a consultant to the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents

Minimum Qualifications: Earned doctorate; at least eight years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, including directing student affairs programs at the college level; knowledge of contemporary theories and practices of student development and their application to the academic environment; demonstrated ability to support the Catholic Jesuit mission of the institution. Administrative experience at a private college is highly desirable.

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the office of human resources at (716) 888-2240.

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The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 14, 2019 and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Anticipated starting date is negotiable, but expected on or about July 1, 2019.

Please submit: (1) a letter of application summarizing your qualifications for the position; (2) a current resume; (3) contact information for three references; (4) a statement of your philosophy of student affairs with your application.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. 

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