Military School Job Openings

Location: Northfield, VT
June 9, 2021

Norwich University

Commandant of Cadets/Vice President of Student Affairs

About Norwich University:

Founded in 1819, Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Today we are a diversified academic institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificates to adult learners online and to Corps and civilian lifestyle students on campus.

We are located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, only 20 minutes from the state capital, Montpelier, and three hours from Boston or Montreal.

Our excellent benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, group life, and disability insurances, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, an employee assistance program, paid time off, use of the University pool and fitness center, and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members. Some employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program on their Federal Student Aid Direct Loan balance.

Job Description:

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, fulfills the Norwich University mission by ensuring and enabling a wide-ranging group of services, policies, and procedures designed to lead the Corps of Cadets and civilian student lifestyles at Norwich University.  Develops and delivers leadership training and character development, leads student affairs administrative activities including housing, morale, and welfare of both military and civilian students, and ensures the good order and discipline of the Corps of Cadets.  May be required to reside in on-campus quarters as negotiated and periodically reviewed with the President.

Salary Range:     $105K-$125K, negotiable depending on qualifications and experience

Essential Functions

  • Prepares students to graduate Norwich University with the character, competence, and commitment to build and lead resilient teams that thrive in complex global environments.
  • Directs all facets of Student Affairs operations, ensuring compliance with University policies and regulations, and state and federal laws.
  • Oversees all Student Affairs functions to include student life, honor system, student discipline, remediation actions, development programs, and others areas as directed.
  • Integrates and supports international students into the Corps of Cadets and civilian student communities.
  • Supports Norwich student participation in study abroad, study away, internships, and other off-campus programs.
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range Student Affairs goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and leads changes required for improvement.
  • Administers processes associated with individual student standing, as appropriate, to include non-academic probations, suspensions, and/or promotions.
  • Coordinates with Office of the Provost and academic support agencies to support and enable student success.
  • Leads Student Affairs personnel to ensure proper work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and conflict resolution.
  • Develops and manages annual budgets for Student Affairs.
  • Administrates Student Affairs vendor contracts in coordination with the Vice President of Business and Finance.
  • Represents Norwich University at community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces, promoting programs and/or policies.
  • Liaison to the Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee.
  • Coordinates with university offices regarding the development and execution of communication plans relevant to prospective and returning students.
  • Ensures employee and staff supervisory presence on campus during off-duty hours and during significant events (including but not limited to Homecoming, Regimental Ball, Junior Ring, and others).
  • Collaborates with ROTC units regarding policies and activities affecting student life.
  • Coordinates with Department of Athletics to ensure students are able to participate in practices and competitions in balance with cadet and student leadership obligations.
  • Implements and maintains an honorable living program that develops character and leadership over the course of the four-year cadet experience.
  • Provides focused instruction to encourage and support ethical decision-making and an honorable lifestyle.
  • Assesses the performance of direct report and subordinate employees, and provides frequent feedback to optimize performance.
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive or private information.
  • Serves on University committees, councils, workgroups, or other designated bodies as assigned.
  • Communicates with employees, students, and others in a respectful and clear manner.
  • Uses computers, telephones, and job-related equipment, including proficiency in systems and software required to lead the full mission area at a high level.
  • Acts as Student Affairs representative when incident command team is activated.
  • Speaks, reads, and writes in English.
  • Communicates by telephone, email, letter, in person, or other means or devices.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor.


  • Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred.
  • Honorable military service preferred including senior leadership experience in the U.S. Armed Forces, command of military units in garrison or deployed, assignment at a senior military college or a federal service academy, graduate of a senior military college or federal service academy, and/or military retiree.
  • Experience in student affairs or related higher education field is preferred.
  • Familiarity with applicable Student Affairs regulations and best practices.
  • Recent professional experience in the development of leaders.
  • Agile decision making skills including the ability to integrate the traditions of Norwich University as the University advances.
  • Able to identify, attract, evaluate, motivate, and retain high caliber staff.
  • Maintain a valid state driver’s license and the ability to drive University vehicles throughout period of employment.
  • Possess a level of physical conditioning that allows for participation in cadet physical training.
  • Able to use MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook, and achieve proficiency in other related systems.
  • Able to sit, stand, kneel, squat, reach, push, pull, and use hands and fingers to manipulate related equipment; travel outdoors to various parts of the campus; lift 20 pounds.
  • Indoor work at a computer workstation, low level of exposure to noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes.
  • Outdoor work during periods of very high or very low temperatures.
  • Must be prepared to work non-standard hours as required by student needs, the university schedule, and special events.

Additional Information:

Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a positive education and work environment that recognizes and respects the dignity of all students, faculty, and staff. Norwich University takes positive action to ensure that all applicants for employment are considered, and employees are treated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing non-discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic information or veteran’s status. Reasonable accommodations will be made for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at for assistance.

All candidates must be a US Citizen/Permanent Resident or otherwise legally eligible to work in the US without sponsorship now or in the future. A post offer, pre-employment background check will be required of the successful candidate.

Application Instructions:

Complete online application and submit resume and cover letter