Assistant Vice President

College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland seeks two experienced, innovative, collaborative and student-centered leaders who are eager to develop strategies to create a sense of belonging for all Maryland students in the following roles:

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.


The AVP focused on student engagement will galvanize an inclusive and unifying strategic vision that is grounded in student affairs scholarship, creating a sense of belonging for every University of Maryland student through the frames of inclusion, equity and justice. The AVP will enhance the cohesion and development of an exceptional team centered on fostering a tangible sense of place and community for all, while also acting as a key thought partner as the division revisits and reimagines its vision for student affairs. Additionally, the AVP will collaboratively partner with students, the division and campus stakeholders to advance civic engagement efforts that develop students as campus citizens and civic leaders, empowered to act as vehicles of change now and in the future. The AVP portfolio will include the Stamp Student Union and Campus Programs; Fraternity and Sorority Life; the University Career Center; Student Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and divisional assessment and data and information systems.


The assistant vice president and dean of students (AVP/DOS) 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 AVP/DOS portfolio will include the Office of Parent and Family Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct and the newly formed Dean of Students Office.  


As a primary advisors to the vice president for student affairs, the AVP and the AVP/DOS will both support and represent the vice president in internal and external matters and support the strategic endeavors spanning across the full division. Successful candidates for both positions will be a visionary, strategic and entrepreneurial leaders who are skilled in understanding and utilizing proven strategies to navigate complex organizational structures and who hold a deep commitment to collaboration, relational leadership and creative problem solving and thinking. Both leaders will demonstrate exceptional administrative, financial and managerial acumen and possess a broad knowledge of current student affairs issues and trends. The AVP and 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 senior-level higher education administrative management and leadership experience are strongly preferred for both roles.


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.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Sheila Murphy and Jennifer Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., by the priority deadlines of:


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.


Posted: 04/26/2021