University of Maryland, College Park - Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

MD, College Park

The University of Maryland seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative and student-centered Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students to create and lead a new, centralized team dedicated to student advocacy, support and care.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. The 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C. and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. It is also close to Baltimore, Maryland. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance its stature of preeminence in its three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in the community, the state of Maryland and in the world.

Reporting directly to the vice president for student affairs, the assistant vice president and dean of students (AVP/DOS) will provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for a $1M portfolio that encompasses 12 full-time employees and several graduate and student staff. Three of the 14 departments within the Division of Student Affairs will fall under the AVP/DOS’s purview: the Office of Parent and Family Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct and the newly formed Dean of Students Office. As a primary advisor to the vice president for student affairs, the AVP/DOS will support and represent the vice president in both internal and external matters and support the strategic endeavors spanning across the full division.

The assistant vice president and dean of students will bring creativity, vision, strategy and future-focused ideas to develop a new, centralized office focused on the care, wellbeing and belonging of students. The Dean of Students Office will provide leadership, supervision, support and oversight for student advocacy, student support and student crisis management, and the AVP/DOS will chair the university’s CARE Team (to be developed) and the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment (BETA) Team. The Dean of Students Office will develop and enhance constructive and collaborative relationships between the areas it encompasses along with academic and other colleagues across campus to enhance student growth and encourage developmental student behavior and culture. The AVP/DOS will lead a progressive educational program that will equip colleagues across campus to respond to ever-changing student needs.

The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic and entrepreneurial leader who is skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organizational structures and who holds a deep commitment to collaboration, relational leadership and creative problem solving and thinking. The AVP/DOS will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial and managerial acumen and possess a broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and trends. The AVP/DOS will display integrity, transparency and courage in behavior and decisions and demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority. A doctoral degree and a proven record of broad and progressive leadership responsibilities in dean of students, student advocacy and/or crisis management roles are strongly preferred.

Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Maryland in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by June 7, 2021.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sheila Murphy and Jennifer Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.