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Ithaca College (IC), a private, liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, invites nominations and applications for its next Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life .

Founded in 1892 by violinist W. Grant Egbert, IC had humble beginnings as a music conservatory in rented rooms in downtown Ithaca, New York. Over the ensuing decades, the institution continued to diversify its curriculum and, in 1931, the conservatory was chartered as a private college. By the 1960s and with 2,000 students, construction of IC’s modern campus began on South Hill, overlooking downtown Ithaca with breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake. Today, IC serves just under 5,000 students. They are known to be caring, committed, and collaborative with proud engagement in the college's mission: to educate, engage, and empower through theory, practice, and performance. Additionally, IC was recently named #1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching among the 178 institutions of its kind in the North, according to US. News & World Report.

Reporting directly to President La Jerne Terry Cornish , the vice president will sit on the President’s Cabinet and collaboratively develop institutional objectives, budget priorities, policies, and procedures while helping to support and execute on overarching institutional planning. The new vice president will provide leadership and strategic direction to the $14.3 million portfolio that includes more than 100 professional staff and over 450 student employees within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL), working collaboratively to advance the division's programs, resources, and initiatives. They will also co-lead efforts to advance the College’s goals of equity, inclusion, and belonging in concert with the Provost and Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. Additionally, the next vice president will also oversee the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, activities, and services to enhance opportunities for student engagement, leadership, and success. The vice president co-chairs the College Emergency Response Team with the Vice President and Chief Information and Analytics Officer and will also provide support to the development and coordination of curricular and co-curricular community partnerships and activities.

The next vice president will have an earned master's degree along with deep student affairs and administrative experience at the college or university level. Additionally, the vice president will have knowledge of best practices, current issues, and future trends in education; proven ability to provide leadership in a culture that values collegial decision-making; the ability to work successfully with diverse individuals and groups; and the ability to represent the College effectively with internal and external constituencies, including parents and families. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are also required.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Job descriptions are aspirational, and no candidate meets every criterion. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds.

Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Ithaca College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 16, 2024 . The anticipated salary range for this role is $210,000 to $240,000.

Application materials should be submitted via email to .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., Sandra Chu, and Randi Miller

As you read through the job posting and review the list of qualifications (required and/or preferred), please do not self-select out if you feel you do not meet every qualification. No one is 100% qualified. We encourage you to apply and share your story with us. 

The successful candidate will have opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to the evolution of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life to meet the needs of Ithaca College's students. Ithaca College supports its employees’ individual growth and potential and is committed to creating equitable and representative work environments. Research shows that women and individuals who hold underrepresented identities tend to apply only to jobs for which they believe they meet all of the qualifications. Job descriptions are aspirational; no candidate meets every criterion. IC strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, such as people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, and people who come from low-income or working-class backgrounds. These are some of the identities IC students bring to college, and they are strengths on which the institution helps students to succeed.

The College recruits, hires, and promotes on the basis of individual qualifications and performance. It is the policy of Ithaca College that discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, marital status, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status will not exist in any activity, area, or operation of the College. Any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be made to the Ithaca College’s Title IX Coordinator, Linda Koenig, at 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850, (607) 274-7761, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. For more information on the Office of Civil Rights, please visit .

About Us
At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of approximately 5,000 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a private residential campus where students find life-changing academic pathways, powerful career networks, and lifelong community.

Founded by a homesick violinist with a big vision, Ithaca College started out as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music — combining theory, practice, and performance from its inception. By the 1920s, academic programs expanded to include business, speech therapy, physical education, and the dramatic arts. IC was originally located in downtown Ithaca and moved to the present campus on South Hill overlooking Cayuga Lake in the 1960s.

Situated near 150 majestic waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the city of Ithaca, New York, has been ranked as the best college town in the United States — hosting tech startups, a “killer music scene,” Broadway-caliber theatre, and world-class restaurants as well as alumni-owned ice cream shops.  

Ithaca College offers more than 140 majors and minors through its five schools. Whether our alumni are winning Pulitzers, launching nonprofits, anchoring broadcast news, leading multibillion-dollar companies, or revolutionizing patient care (among many other pursuits and accomplishments), students at Ithaca College learn different and leave different. 

Join an innovative educational community, where faculty and staff learn, thrive, and collaborate. IC will make you ready to take your career to new heights, giving you the chance to create your own path to success while you contribute to growing the minds of future generations.

As an employee at Ithaca College, you’ll get much more than a competitive salary and the traditional advantages. We pride ourselves on providing our employees with the most comprehensive benefits possible.

Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community. We encourage and contribute to the personal and professional development of our faculty and staff. We understand that it’s the people who work here that make Ithaca College special, and we strive to be an employer of choice in our region.

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