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Vice President - Student Transition, Access, and Inclusion

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Student Experience

Job Title
Vice President - Student Transition, Access, and Inclusion

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

Staff Level

FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

Syracuse University seeks an experienced and innovative thought partner to share in enhancing the student experience and build upon the division’s commitment to inclusive excellence and student access, belonging and engagement in the role of the Vice President, Student Transition, Access, and Inclusion (Vice President).

Syracuse University was founded in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution offering programs in the physical sciences and modern languages. By 1934, the university’s academic divisions had grown to comprise 13 schools and colleges that flourish to the present day. Syracuse aspires to be a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society through a clearly articulated vision and mission. The university has nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, sports management, public administration, engineering, humanities, and the natural and social sciences. The university is also home to the nationally recognized D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its professional programs, investment in research and innovation, and undeniable school spirit. Ranked #58 among National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Syracuse University was named, in 2021, a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. Over 21,000 students are enrolled in nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and the university has approximately 1,700 full- and part-time tenured or tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty. Additional information about Syracuse University may be found at

Reporting directly to the senior vice president ( SVP ) and chief student experience officer, Allen Groves, and serving as a member of the Executive Leadership for the Student Experience, the next Vice President will assist the SVP in overseeing a $60 million division portfolio and supporting 498 full-time staff within a suite of units that aim to welcome and acclimate students to campus and enhance sense of belonging. Units reporting to the Vice President include the Intercultural Collective (Multicultural Affairs, Native Student Program, Disability Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Resource Center), Center for International Services, and New Student Programs. As the division’s thought leader on DEIA best practices, the position will serve as a strategic and operational partner to the vice president for diversity and inclusion and other DEIA related campus committees or workgroups as well as collaborating directly with other university partners to advance student inclusion and success.

The next Vice President will be an experienced, collaborative, and nimble leader who builds trust and forms strong partnerships to advance student-centered initiatives that enhance the student experience and support student learning and development. The Vice President will excel at building partnerships in a decentralized institutional environment and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of students as well as understanding current issues and best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time. Application review has begun and will continue until an appointment is made. Expeditious application is encouraged.

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal:
Syracuse University Vice President, Student Transition, Access, and Inclusion

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.; Meredith Davis, Ph.D.; and Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., at .


The successful candidate will have a terminal degree plus five years of progressively responsible and relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus ten years of progressively responsible and relevant experience.

Job Specific Qualifications



See Above

Physical Requirements

Non Applicable


Non Applicable

Application Instructions

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal:
Syracuse University – Vice President, Student Transition, Access and Inclusion

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D.; Meredith Davis, Ph.D.; and Darrien Davenport, Ed.D., at .

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

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