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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees vital to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the region, the Commonwealth, and beyond. The institution has an enrollment of more than 8,400 students (6,800 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate) enrolled in 57 undergraduate majors, 33 master’s, and 14 doctoral programs. Approximately 4,600 undergraduates, including 75 percent of first-year students, reside on the 710-acre main campus in Dartmouth, MA, which was designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolph. Other campus sites include the School for Marine Science & Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Fall River, the School of Law in Dartmouth, and the Star Store Arts Campus in New Bedford. As a Tier 1 national research university, UMass Dartmouth provides a private college educational experience and public university value.

The Position

Reporting to the Chancellor, and serving as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) oversees a comprehensive Student Affairs organization with a $40 million annual budget and is responsible for Division-wide strategic planning, assessment, and staff development. The VCSA promotes an engaged and healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom; encourages a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on diversity and civic engagement; and fosters strong partnerships, particularly with the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to promote student success. Departments that will report to the VCSA include Career Development Center, Center for Access and Success, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality, Police Department, Counseling Center, Frederick Douglass Unity House, Health Services, Housing and Residential Education, LiveWell/Health Education, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, and Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution.


A master’s degree in counseling, student development, higher education administration or a related field and at least 10 years of progressive student affairs leadership experience in higher education including significant supervision and fiscal management are required. A doctoral degree and five years of senior level student affairs leadership experience at the director/dean level or above are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of student development and best practices designed to support student success; a broad understanding of legal issues and compliance requirements within a higher education environment; and demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, and assess programs that increase retention, persistence, and graduation rates of students from a wide array of under-represented groups.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth– Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Mark Hall, Vice President

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