Assistant Vice President of Student Experience

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Jan 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is ranked No. 1 in Alabama, and in the top 200 worldwide, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Global University ranking. It is among 51 public and private universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and “community engagement.” UAB attracts the best and brightest students from Alabama, the nation, and more than 100 countries around the world. In fall of 2016, 1,540 students enrolled in the UAB Honors College, the largest-ever class. In 2016, the University had its seventh year of record overall enrollment with over 19,535 undergraduate, graduate, pre-professional, and post-doctoral students. Nearly 70 percent of the student body attends the University full-time, and more than 70 percent of the freshmen live on campus. The Princeton Review has called UAB “a truly great American melting pot of different cultures, religions, and races,” and UAB consistently ranks among the top universities nationally for diversity. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 1.2 million.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Student Experience is a member of the Division of Student Affairs cabinet and a larger leadership team that includes Student Affairs Directors. The AVP provides leadership and has administrative responsibility for Student Advocacy, Rights and Conduct; Student Involvement and Leadership, which includes USGA, the Council of Presidents and Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Behavioral Assessment Team, and the Bias Reporting Committee; Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services; Career and Professional Development; Parent and Family Services; and Multicultural & Diversity Programs. The AVP is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing programs, services and initiatives that enhance the overall student experience on campus and assists in establishing a student culture that is supportive of diversity and inclusion where students respect difference, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership. The AVP supervises 34 full-time staff, including seven direct reports, and manages an annual budget of $3.5 million.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field and with at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs in higher education. A doctoral degree is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to work effectively and develop positive working relationships with diverse constituents; significant experience administering student conduct and disciplinary procedures; knowledge of Title IX; experience advising student organizations and clubs; and excellent analytical and communication skills. In addition, candidates must have experience in program development and assessment; the ability to navigate circumstances that require effective negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills; knowledge of general business practices and fiscal management; knowledge of best practice programs; and the ability to ensure effective oversight of human resources and staff development.

Review of applications will begin February 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at


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The University of Alabama at Birmingham – Assistant Vice President of Student Experience

Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.