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The College Searches for a New Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs

The College Searches for a New Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs

1/4/2021 12:00 AM


Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs (VPDSA) is the chief student affairs officer of Harold Washington College and reports directly to the President. The VPDSA position was developed to help the College enhance an already vibrant student experience and improve on the strong record of student engagement, retention, and completion. Integrating essential functions of student affairs, student retention, and wellness offers the VPDSA a unique opportunity to shape strategy and have a meaningful impact on both the student experience and the critical college outcomes of engagement, retention, and completion. The VPSA has overall responsibility for providing leadership, management, and supervision for student affairs programs and services and personnel.   



  • Provides senior level, strategic leadership to design and deliver a comprehensive suite of initiatives, programs and services to ensure a high quality and vibrant student life experience.
  • Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, is a voice for students, and is deeply engaged in all aspects of organizational planning toward advancing the mission and objectives of the college, including meeting the needs of all students to foster an inclusive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to flourish.
  • Primarily responsible for campus-wide initiatives in student life, student retention, student engagement, and programmatic efforts that foster an inclusive and collaborative environment.
  • Provides leadership in maintaining a student- and learner-centered philosophy and focus for student services initiatives with a clear focus on successful student outcomes including enrollment, program selection, retention, graduation, placement, and transfer success.
  • Serves as a key partner with the Vice President for Academic Affairs in advancing the college’s effort to promote the intentional integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences—experiences expressly designed to enrich student learning; build and maintain strong college and student cohort identities, and advance campus retention and graduation goals.
  • Develops, fosters and promotes new opportunities for partnerships with public and private sector entities; provides leadership for establishing multi-year tactical and annual operational goals designed to implement the strategic goals of the College President and Board; assumes responsibility for other College affairs and matters at the discretion and in the absence of the College President.
  • Provides leadership for directing college-wide activities related to student due-process / judicial proceedings, including, but not limited to, writing appropriate policies and procedures and conducting investigations and hearings on student judicial matters.
  • Serves as a campus-wide thought-leader and collaborator on best practices that foster a culture of student achievement; cultivates students’ sense of belonging and self-confidence; and integrates approaches that reinforce the interdependence of students’ academic, social, personal, and professional development.
  • Oversees and supports a portfolio that includes: Financial Aid, Wellness Center, Student Activities, Student Conduct/Student Rights and Responsibilities, Veteran Services, and Disability Access Center.
  • Maintains continuous evaluation of the economic feasibility of student services to insure that only those programs with appropriate priority in terms of need and demand are continued.
  • Participates in and supervises the preparation and recommendation of detailed budgets, with cost estimates, for functions supervised. Establishes and maintains budgetary control of functions supervised.
  • Provides leadership for evaluating and ensuring quality in all aspects of the College’s student services, student development and staff.
  • Represents the College to various internal and external entities and outside agencies in matters relating to the College’s student services.

To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by January 29, 2021.  Your application must include a letter of interest (not more than three pages); a current resume (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of finalists.   


The City Colleges of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, order of protection status, disability, genetic information, military status, or status as a member of any other protected class under federal, state, or city law.    



  • A Doctorate degree in higher education, counseling/student services, or a closely related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible project management experience in a highly complex, multi-layered higher education institution.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and a commitment to: the community college mission and purpose; teaching and learning; high academic standards; and student success.
  • Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and programs; knowledge of student due process policies and procedures; knowledge and understanding of the current issues and trends in student affairs and student development.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.