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Vice President for Student Affairs

Salve Regina University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 10, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University (Salve), founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, is a private Catholic university located in Newport, Rhode Island. Enrolling more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in 46 undergraduate majors, 14 master's degree programs and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing from across the U.S. and around the world, Salve's beautiful 80-acre historical campus, bordering Newport Cliff Walk, is set on seven contiguous Gilded Age estates with 21 structures of historic significance. Students from 41 states and 21 nations can compete in 20 men's, women's, and coed varsity sports as well as participate in nearly 50 student organizations. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Salve remains firmly rooted in the heritage of its rich past. The vision, which energized the Sisters of Mercy at the University's founding, remains the same today: Salve Regina, a Catholic university of distinction, will graduate men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural life of their respective communities and work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.

Salve is advancing its mission using a Strategic Compass designed to define what every Salve student needs to have by the time they graduate. Developed from a campus-wide collaborative effort to clarify shared values, the Strategic Compass is aligned with Salve's heritage, but also sets the direction for how the University will navigate its future. As Salve charts its course into the future, the core values and principles of the Strategic Compass, including rigorous transformative education, an inclusive community, adaptive resilience and compassionate Mercy leadership, will guide the campus community in the development of its strategic initiatives to provide a transformational signature experience for students, always with the mission and founding vision at it center.

Job Description:

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) reports to and advises the president on matters pertaining to non-academic student life, provides visionary leadership to foster a vibrant and secure campus environment, and effectively manages all departments in the division. The VPSA oversees nine departments: dean of students, counseling services, health services, athletics, safety and security, residence life, student engagement, multicultural programs and retention, and career development. In addition, the VPSA promotes positive student relations by maintaining effective lines of communication with student leaders and serves as a strong advocate for the non-academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular needs of students while demonstrating a deep commitment to diversity. The VPSA is responsible for the formulation and implementation of strategic plans and assessment tools for the division, actively collaborating and participating with other senior administrators in long-range strategic planning for the University and ensuring a well-rounded quality co-curricular experience that meets student expectations, promotes recruitment and retention efforts, and supports the University's mission. Other key responsibilities include:

Coordinate and manage the annual student affairs divisional budget of $3.9 million with additional oversight of approximately $13-$15 million in annual residential housing revenue; provide leadership to the University's emergency response team; hire, train, and provide professional development opportunities for five (5) direct reports and a total professional student affairs team of 117 staff members; ensure the security and confidentiality of all student records relating to the division; and work collaboratively with other senior leaders on cross-divisional programs and activities, including service learning, orientation, contracted food services, and community relations.


A master's degree (earned doctorate preferred), with a minimum of ten years of progressive experience and supervisory responsibility in student affairs, is required. The VPSA will be expected to be a visionary leader who can address and advocate for student needs across campus, and will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing goals that support diversity, student success, wellness, and retention, as well as the demonstrated ability to translate a strategic plan into operating initiatives and budgets. Current knowledge of best practices, trends, and issues in the field of student affairs will be expected of the VPSA.

The anticipated start date for this position is January, 2022.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:
  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more
Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Application and Nomination:

Review of applications will begin September 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please visit , complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at . Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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