Otterbein University seeks a student-centered leader to be our next Vice President for Student Affairs. A successful Vice President will be committed to partnership with faculty to create holistic student learning and support, facilitation of a community that welcomes and supports a highly diverse student population, and fostering a culture of innovation to keep Otterbein on the forefront of American higher education.
Otterbein offers a traditional, residential liberal arts-based education to about 2,300 undergraduate students. The undergraduate population has been rapidly diversifying through focused financial aid and partnerships with school districts. The incoming class in fall of 2022 included 26% students of color and 30% Pell Grant eligible students. Retention rates have been strong (79% first to second year), but these are strong opportunities for improvement including with students of color (70% first to second year). Otterbein ranks as a top university in the Midwest according to US News (#9 in Regional Universities-Midwest, #37 in Best Value Schools, #7 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #9 on Most Innovative Schools), but measures its success in how we serve deserving students, not how many we exclude.
The University recently launched a new program known as Every Student Will that will ensure each student receives mentorship from the moment they arrive on campus, intentional professional skills preparation, an internship or other immersive experience, and transitional skills for life beyond the campus. A new Chief Diversity Officer position is leading the University into greater regional leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion, especially though our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center through AAC&U.
The University also offers graduate programs in 6 fields that enroll about 300 students. Otterbein recently announced the formation of a new Independent University System with Antioch University, designed to maintain distinct traditional undergraduate programs while collaborating to achieve national scale in adult and graduate education.
The start date is targeted for December, 2022 or January, 2023.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES The Vice President for Student Affairs oversees 44 professional staff in departments of Student Engagement, Dean of Students, Counseling Services, Spiritual Life, Student Health Center, Athletics (NCAA Division III), Residence Life, and Police. The Vice President will also regularly lead cross-departmental efforts focused on everything from learning assessment to COVID response.
QUALIFICATIONS Applicants should have a terminal degree in higher education administration, student personnel administration, a related field, or equivalent experience. This is a senior leadership position with a general expectation of at least ten years of progressive work in student affairs. Candidates with non-traditional backgrounds are welcome to apply, but must be able to translate their experiences directly into the needs of this position.
Otterbein University requires all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University HR department. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption must be submitted to the University Human Resources department prior to the employee's start date. Finalist candidates who would like to request information regarding religious and medical exemptions will be directed to HR for details.
Applications (to include a cover letter, resume or C.V., and at least three professional references) should be submitted through https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/otterbein. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority review beginning on October 10, 2022. Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed to: email@example.com.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Otterbein is an EEO educator and employer. Beyond this, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff to reflect our student body and the communities we serve. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Historically progressive and building. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County.
Otterbein has been selected as one of 23 universities across the US and the first in Ohio to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers to equity and opportunity.