Vice President for Student Affairs

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute

Vice President for Student Affairs

Pratt Institute seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs. The vice president is the senior officer charged with managing a vibrant student life program and providing dynamic and purposeful leadership motivated by a deep commitment to art, design, architecture, information and the liberal art; and to shared governance, inclusive excellence and student success both inside and out of the classroom.  

The Student Affairs division at Pratt is specifically designed to recognize the particular nature of the student experience in a college of art and design and focus attention on the notion of student wellbeing –broadly constructed – throughout its wide range of programs and services.  Working in close partnership with the president and senior staff, the vice president will provide leadership that develops and advances the strategic vision of the Institute. The successful candidate will be a generative thinker who takes pride in the professional delivery of student services, has excellent management skills, and demonstrates a commitment to building partnerships with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff colleagues across the Institute.

Pratt’s students are gifted artists and scholars with a passion for social justice, community engagement, creative expression and thoughtful dialogue on issues of diversity and inclusion. The vice president will provide leadership and direction to a talented staff in the following areas:  Career and Professional Development; Counseling Services; Health Services; Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation; Interfaith Campus Ministry Council; International Student Affairs; Learning/Access Center; Parent and Family Programs; Residential Life and Housing; Resilience, Wellness and Wellbeing Project; Student Advocacy and Care Coordination; Student Conduct; and Student Involvement and Orientation.

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education. The Institute aspires to provide an optimal student experience in the context of a creative and dynamic community that welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds. With a rich and deep history in serving underrepresented groups, Pratt operated the first free library open to all in Brooklyn as well as one of the first banks to do business with underrepresented groups. This history anchors and informs Pratt's ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Today, over 4700 graduate and undergraduate students enroll at Pratt's historic Brooklyn campus and its Manhattan location. They come from across the country and around the globe, to work with an esteemed faculty who prepare them for successful careers in art, design, architecture and the liberal arts. Pratt values the strength that stems from this diversity of perspective, ideas, backgrounds, approaches and experiences.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong track record of building sustainable partnerships among students, staff and faculty; a creative and thoughtful approach to the work of student affairs in Pratt's particular context; and the stature and experience in the field to build on a strong and successful program. The Leadership Profile is here.

Additional information about Pratt Institute may be found at We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce. 

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a 1 to 2-page statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you would do so at Pratt. 

WittKieffer is assisting Pratt Institute in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 3, 2021.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Sheila Murphy, Charlene Aguilar and Lauren Bruce-Stets

Posted: 04/20/2021