Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life

The University of Massachusetts Amherst in Massachusetts

Date Posted December 3, 2013
Type Administrative
Employment Type Full-time



The University of Massachusetts Amherst, a dynamic and multicultural campus, seeks a Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.  Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of America’s preeminent public research universities.  Consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, the campus offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.  Over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries attend the university, located on 1450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.  Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors and 68 master’s and 48 doctoral programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. The more than 1100 faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers.  The University boasts the academically strongest students in its history.  Students participate in 240 organizations, 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships.  With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses more than 12,000 students on campus.  The University is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation, as well as a new residential honors complex.  UMass Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and Amherst colleges.  Please see for further information.


The Vice Chancellor provides leadership for Student Affairs and Campus Life and, working in close collaboration with partners in Academic Affairs, for the campus’s extensive initiatives to promote student success.  In particular, the Campus is engaged in intentionally integrating in-class and out-of-class experiences in order to ensure the professional and personal development of all students.  Areas under the Vice Chancellor’s purview include Dean of Students, Residential Life, Center for Student Development, Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Student Activities and Involvement, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Senate, Career Services, Veteran Services, New Students’ Orientation, Parent Services, Off-Campus Student Services, Counseling and Psychological Health, Health Promotion, Early Education and Family Resources, Educational Policy Advocacy, Student Businesses, Daily Collegian, Stonewall Center, Student Legal Services, Student Craft Center and Art Gallery, Student TV and Radio Stations, and the Center for Women and Community.  The Vice Chancellor also has principal responsibility for consulting with student governance groups on policy issues and plays a major role in town-gown relations around student issues.  The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor and, as one of the senior administrative officers on campus, makes significant contributions to overall policy development and campus management.


Candidates must have an earned terminal degree and extensive experience at a residential university in a senior administrative role in student affairs or a related field.  The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to maintain open and effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty, and administrators, a record of leadership in advancing student success, and a commitment to working in a multicultural community.


The appointment will be effective on or about July 1, 2014.  To ensure full consideration, applications and nominations should be received by January 15, 2014.  Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of at least three references; references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.  Applications should be submitted to  Nominations should be sent to Carol Barr, c/o Diane Vayda, Office of the Provost, 373 Whitmore Building, 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA  01003 or


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.


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