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Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), located in Chicago, Illinois, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs.
Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,500 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60 percent of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: the Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success. The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County, a consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth "Best Investment" in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shared the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT. Northeastern was also honored by U.S. News & World Report for its role as a regional university providing cost-effective education to students. The University’s percentage of students incurring debt is the lowest among all regional universities in the nation, and the amount of debt incurred by its students is the lowest in the Midwest.
Construction has begun on the first residence hall at Northeastern and it will open for fall 2016. As the last Illinois public university to add a student-housing program, Northeastern plans to leverage its Chicago location and transformative educational experience in attracting students from across the region and around the globe. NEIU is working with American Campus Communities in the design, development and management of the student housing project.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) will work to create programs and strategies that support the optimal student experience. As the University’s chief student affairs officer, the Vice President is responsible for oversight, coordination and management of student programs at NEIU including Dean of Students, Residence Life, Student Advocacy and Judicial Affairs, Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Student Leadership Development, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Disability Services, Campus Recreation, Career Development Center, Academic and Community Partnerships, Undocumented Student Resources, Student Union, and Event and Conference Services. The Vice President will be responsible for initiating a new residence and housing program. With approximately 80 full- and part-time staff reporting up to the Vice President, the incumbent will have overall budgetary responsibility of over $7 million.
The VPSA has an important and exciting opportunity to create a vision for the future that maximizes the potential of Student Affairs to develop strong partnerships with Academic Affairs and the surrounding community in support of co-curricular programs and activities that focus on student success. The work of the division focuses on creating a dynamic, engaging learning environment that supports holistic development of each student.
The successful candidate must demonstrate: the ability to assess, understand and be a key advocate for a healthy campus climate; a commitment to contribute to NEIU’s ongoing effort to promote a diverse and open campus community; competence in the use of research and assessment tools to monitor progress in meeting goals; the ability to develop and maintain productive community and university partnerships; and the proven ability to collaborate effectively and with enthusiasm. Experience in residential life and with opening new facilities is a plus.
The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate and have specific, progressively responsible experience in meeting the developmental needs of diverse student groups. The position requires comprehensive knowledge of higher education institutions, student residential life and business administration commonly acquired in ten plus years of progressively more responsible experience in the administration of an educational institution. Further, the successful candidate must possess strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate and interact with diverse groups; expert financial acumen; effective customer service and organizational skills; an ability to effectively present information to internal and external groups and audiences; an ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex regulations, documents, and financial and business reports. The successful candidate will also be an experienced and effective educator who is familiar with and effective in applying best practices in the areas of student affairs represented at NEIU.
How to Apply
Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the stated qualifications for the position, along with a resume that reflects notable achievements. The packet should be sent electronically to NEIU@wspelman.com. The subject line in email should be VPSANEIU. Confidential inquiries will be received at 585.366.4329.
Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January 2016.
Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals.