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Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Macalester College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Start date
Jun 25, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents
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Full Time
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Macalester College, a global leader among liberal arts colleges, invites nominations and applications for its newly envisioned and reconfigured role of associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Reporting directly to Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy who will join the college in July 2021 as the executive vice president and provost and as member of President Suzanne Rivera's senior leadership team, the associate vice president and dean of students (AVPSA/DOS) will serve as the senior student affairs officer for the college. The new AVPSA/DOS will be a dynamic thought leader with the imagination and energy to advance student-centered co-curricular experiences and holistic wellness efforts through the frames of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and equity.  

Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Macalester was founded in 1874 as a Presbyterian but nonsectarian college with a firm belief in the transformational power of a liberal arts education. Macalester is ranked among the top 30 liberal arts colleges in the country and was named one of the 25 most innovative colleges in the United States. Animated by the mission of high standards for academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society, Macalester enrolls 2,049 students coming from every state and 95 countries. The college’s intellectually engaging and distinctive curriculum offers 39 majors taught by more than 250 full- and part-time faculty. Diverse interdisciplinary concentrations including cognitive science, community and global health, and urban studies, exemplify how faculty collaborate across disciplines to actively create relevant, distinctive programs for students. Read more about Macalester at

This is an extraordinary opportunity at a critical time for an accomplished and visionary leader to join a liberal arts college focused on the development of future leaders who will not only create a more just and peaceful world, but will also truly prepare students to be in the world as it looks now. As we navigate this current moment and beyond — facing, learning from, and responding to COVID and systemic racism — the AVPSA/DOS will show strong commitment to fostering a student-centered environment and enhance the institution’s commitments to global citizenship, service to society, justice, and activism. 

The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic, and entrepreneurial leader who values the undergraduate-centered, residential, liberal arts college experience. The AVPSA/DOS will be skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organizational structures and will hold a deep commitment to collaboration, relational leadership, external engagement, and creative problem-solving and thinking. The AVPSA/DOS will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial, and managerial acumen and possess a broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and trends. The AVPSA/DOS will display integrity, transparency, and courage in behavior and decisions and demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority. 

For fullest consideration, application materials (including a letter of application and a curriculum vitae/resume as two separate documents) should be received by August 2, 2021. Professional references are not requested at this time. 

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search:

Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Alejandra Gillette-Teran 

Macalester College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome candidates whose background may contribute to the further diversification of our community.


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