The State University of New York College at Geneseo is pleased to announce a national search for its next vice president for student and campus life (VPSCL). This campus leader will advocate for students, build collaborative partnerships on and off campus, enhance all aspects of an inclusive and equitable environment for students and colleagues, and create opportunities to foster integrated learning.

The vice president leads a division of dedicated staff, provides visible leadership for students across the campus and in the local community, and is a key member of the President’s Cabinet. With a passion for student success, the VPSCL must demonstrate expertise in and a commitment to equity-minded practices, the spirit of collaboration, and an inclusive approach to leading and learning. It is essential that the vice president have a deep understanding of student affairs and liberal arts education. Opportunities for students to have meaningful integrated learning experiences are integral to Geneseo’s status as a national public liberal arts college. As an experienced and innovative professional who understands the priorities and significance of the departments and staff that make up the Division of Student and Campus Life, the next vice president will enhance the engagement of students and develop strategies to elevate opportunities for belonging and inclusion. Excellent communication skills, high cultural competence, a commitment to collaborative and visionary planning, and expertise in serving a diverse and high-achieving student population are characteristics that will enable the new VPSCL to succeed.


Position Overview

The vice president for student and campus life is responsible for advancing the mission of the college through the development and management of a broad range of educational, social, and recreational programs, facilities, and fundamental services that foster the optimum living and learning environment on campus, facilitate the overall development of each student, and foster and enhance the inclusive community at the College. This entails the leadership of the Division of Student and Campus Life, which includes approximately 125 staff members in the following departments: Career Development, Center for Community, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Residence Life, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Life, and University Police. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the vice president for student and campus life collaborates with the president, provost, and other senior leaders on matters of institutional administration, including institutional budget development, policy formation, and college-wide planning.


Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the college as it pertains to
    • providing a learning-centered environment that leads to an integrated educational experience.
    • fostering a rich co-curricular life.
    • developing socially responsible and globally aware citizens with skills and values important to the pursuit of an enriched life and success in the world.
  • Enhance the mission, vision, and goals for the departments responsible for campus life and student support at Geneseo consistent with the aims stated in the college mission statement and strategic plan.
  • Act as the principal champion for the welfare and well-being of students based on the ethic of caring that is a central tenet of the College.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the heads of each Student and Campus Life department.
  • Manage the financial and physical resources of the College assigned to the areas that compose the Division of Student and Campus Life.
  • Facilitate the development of an inclusive, collaborative, and cohesive community among the students consistent with the college’s core values of inclusivity and sustainability by
    • orchestrating the dynamic between individual interests and community interests.
    • equitably maintaining student conduct standards.
    • upholding relevant state and federal laws.


Qualifications

  • An advanced degree required; doctorate preferred
  • Demonstrated depth of professional experience in student affairs and/or related services with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Experience providing leadership embracing a strong student-centered philosophy supported by an understanding of student development theory and practice
  • Expertise managing a portfolio with multiple functional areas, including the supervision of managers, and direct professional experience in at least one area in the portfolio
  • Strong cultural competency and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to assess and advocate for student priorities and engage collaboratively with the President’s Cabinet and with other stakeholders at the College and in the surrounding community
  • Experience providing leadership on initiatives supporting student retention
  • Ability to lead and create effective cross-campus partnerships and collaborations
  • Capacity to identify current issues in higher education both locally and nationally, including research and scholarship around emerging student-related issues, and the ability to use this information to enlist institutional support and action


SUNY Geneseo

One of the 13 university colleges in the State University of New York system, SUNY Geneseo was founded in 1871 as Wadsworth Normal and Training School and offered two-year degrees in English and classics. In 1942, it became a baccalaureate institution with expanded programs in education and the liberal arts. It was one of the original campuses of the SUNY system, founded in 1948. During its 148-year history, it has evolved into a nationally recognized, selective public liberal arts college. Geneseo prepares students “to lead successful, humane, and productive lives” through an outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, a CAEP-accredited School of Education, and an AACSB-accredited School of Business.

Geneseo enrolls some 5,500 students from 28 states and 23 countries. Of that total, 1,643 are incoming students, 54 of which are graduate students. The first-year-to-second-year undergraduate retention rate is 85.2 percent; the six-year graduation rate is 80.8 percent. A strongly residential college, Geneseo houses 55 percent of its students on campus. Sixty-one percent of its students are female; 39 percent are male; 20.4 percent come from multicultural backgrounds; 96.4 percent are from New York State; 1.8 percent are out-of-state; 1.8 percent are international students. Geneseo is a very welcoming campus, and the close relationships formed among the various members of the community—faculty, staff, and students—are reminiscent of those found in a much smaller institution. Geneseo offers a vibrant student and campus life environment. Its students may participate in an award-winning leadership development program, a variety of community service programs, and more than 200 student-led organizations. Thirty percent of Geneseo students belong to 28 fraternities and sororities, of which 24 are social organizations and four are co-educational, professional organizations. The Geneseo Knights compete in 12 intercollegiate sports for women and eight for men at the NCAA Division III level in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). The Department of Athletics also offers competition in 21 club sports and 31 intramural sports.

SUNY Geneseo’s picturesque 220-acre campus stands on land that is part of the historic homeland of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Tonawanda Seneca Nation. The campus includes a $53 million Integrated Science Center that houses the only Pelletron particle accelerator in Western New York, a significant point of pride for the community. The college’s 17 residence halls feature a number of Living-Learning Communities consisting of unusual housing opportunities where students with similar interests live in the same building. The academic buildings are centrally located on campus and only a short walking distance from each of the residence halls.


Village of Geneseo

Located in New York State’s Finger Lakes region 35 minutes south of the City of Rochester and 75 minutes east of Buffalo, the Village of Geneseo is tucked in the beautiful Genesee River valley. The wide, fertile valley offers some of the best agricultural land in New York. As a result, agriculture is a large contributor to Geneseo’s economy. The historic district of Geneseo is one of only 24 communities designated as National Historic Landmarks. Its location offers all the advantages of a small community while providing access to the major metropolitan areas of Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo. Geneseo resides in an area of immense natural beauty ideal for a variety of outdoor activities and sports. The college’s proximity to the historic district makes the Village of Geneseo a perfect college town.


Application Process

SUNY Geneseo has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for the vice president for student and campus life search. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “Geneseo—VPSCL.”

A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. All materials submitted by January 15, 2020 will be given full consideration.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Jan Walbert (jwalbert@keelingassociates.com), the K&A senior consultant leading this search.

SUNY Geneseo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such affirms the right of every person to participate in all aspects of employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.

To download the position profile, click here.