Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). Reporting directly to President John J. DeGioia, the Vice President for Student Affairs will galvanize campus leadership, faculty and stakeholders to imagine, develop and sustain a vibrant student experience rooted in the university’s Catholic and Jesuit values and practices and student-faculty engagement, drawing from the breadth and resources of a globally prominent research university. The VPSA provides leadership and guides staff across a constellation of offices promoting seamless student support and helping shape a culture of belonging and engagement across the university.
Georgetown University’s Division of Student Affairs is critical to Georgetown's identity as a student-centered global research university. The university fosters a powerful sense of community that continues to grow in scope, stature and recognition.
The Division of Student Affairs supports 7,417 undergraduates and 9,946 graduate students across the schools that are part of the university’s Main Campus. Students live and learn at both the historic hilltop in the Georgetown neighborhood and in a growing footprint near the Capitol, which will include a new home for the McCourt School of Public Policy and a residence hall that will open in Fall 2022, housing both undergraduate and graduate students for whom the Vice President for Student Affairs is charged with providing support and services. Georgetown’s Law Center and Medical Center support their own student affairs functions. The university's total enrollment, including the Law Center and the Medical Center, is over 19,000.
The Vice President for Student Affairs leads a number of student-facing areas including student activities, student conduct, student resources, student equity and inclusion, and student health and well-being including recreation. Georgetown has demonstrated strength in these areas due to long-standing effective leadership and a strong, talented and dedicated staff in the Student Affairs division.
The next Vice President for Student Affairs will provide visionary leadership on a series of complex issues. These include:
Developing and advancing an inclusive and unifying strategic vision for Student Affairs at Georgetown
Attending to the work of formation by drawing on the strength of Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity
Embracing the challenges and opportunities inherent in an undergraduate and graduate student population with changing needs related to mental health and well-being
Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion
Developing ongoing resources and opportunities for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students
Investing in the growth and development of an outstanding team
Leading an administrative infrastructure that will support institutional priorities appropriate to a global research university
Activating philanthropic priorities
Managing and communicating complex student affairs issues
This work will require fostering a strong, diverse, welcoming and inclusive community in which all can flourish; supporting emotional and psychological well-being; and promoting student thriving and well-being critical to the ongoing health of Georgetown's students and community. The ideals of a Jesuit education are demonstrated throughout university life, and fostered in the student experience, by a commitment to formation and to service to others.
The successful candidate will be a committed educator, talented administrator and strategic, future-focused thinker with the intellectual and personal qualities essential to growing and fostering a diverse community and guiding the Student Affairs area through a challenging and changing landscape in higher education. The VPSA will exhibit deft leadership, communication, collaboration, external engagement and creative problem-solving skills and exceptional administrative, financial and managerial acumen. The Vice President for Student Affairs plays a leading role in supporting and sustaining Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international, student-centered research university of over 19,000 students, embodying its founding principles in the diversity of its students, faculty and staff; a commitment to justice, free speech and the common good including and especially the social justice and public health events impacting its community and the world; intellectual openness; and an international character.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at wittkieffer.com.
WittKieffer is assisting Georgetown University in this search. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by no later than June 15, 2022.
Georgetown University embraces diversity and inclusion in our workforce and is strongly committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining the most qualified applicants from a diverse candidate pool. Georgetown provides equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment in all aspects of employment because of age, color, disability, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, matriculation, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other factor prohibited by law.