Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life

New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 30, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs through 11 colleges and schools.  With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of 5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams. 

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. 

Montclair State University is proud to be committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices. The University is an inclusive, richly diverse community that fosters mutual respect, tolerance and understanding among all students and employees.



The University seeks a highly qualified, experienced, and future-oriented professional for the position of Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life.  Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the University’s senior executive team, the Vice President is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and effective management for all non-academic areas that impact the quality of students’ experience and development throughout their years at the University.

The major areas reporting to the Vice President include: Dean of Students, including orientation, leadership and social justice programming, conduct, and Title IX; Residential Life; Dining and Auxiliary Services; University Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, and Health Promotion; Campus Business Services, including Dining, auxiliary services, and business partnerships; Intercollegiate Athletics and Student Recreation; Student Organizations, Greek Life, and Student Campus Activities; University Police and Emergency Medical Services; and Student Communications.  

The Division of Student Development and Campus Life is passionately committed to creating a warm and inclusive campus community for all students and encompasses a diverse and talented team of close to 200 student affairs practitioners, and a student paraprofessional staff of nearly 900, who deliver exceptional facilities, programs, services and experiences to students and the broader campus community.


Specific responsibilities of the Vice President will include: developing the vision and strategy for the office of Student Development and Campus Life including the design, implementation, and growth of a comprehensive range of student development programs and campus services, while achieving the goals and objectives of the University; providing expert management of the Division’s personnel and resources; establishing and implementing short and long term organizational goals, policies and operating procedures; engaging all key constituents across the University, in particular Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs, and Facilities; understanding the challenges and opportunities of a large public institution located in the midst of a highly dense metropolitan geography, particularly in a post-COVID world; identifying the appropriate resources to support students from varying backgrounds and experiences, including traditional, transfer, and adult learners; championing access, diversity, equity and inclusion at the University.


Preferred Qualifications will include:

  • A progressive record of achievement, working within the field of student affairs.
  • Advanced degrees in a relevant discipline and a strong orientation to public higher education.
  • An informed vision for the future in the area of student development and campus life.
  • Significant leadership and management experience, including strong budget and personnel management skills.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills.
  • The capacity to thrive in a large complex public university in New Jersey.
  • Demonstrated professional involvement and reputation in the field of student affairs.
  • A personality that is assured, out-going, comfortable with crisis-management, level-headed, and, preferably, with a good sense of humor.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.


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