Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Mar 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

One of the nation’s leading private research universities, the University of Miami (UM) is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. It is ranked 44th in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Founded in 1925, UM has more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world and includes three campuses: the main campus in suburban Coral Gables with 4,400 students that live in one of UM’s five residential colleges, the Miller School of Medicine located near downtown Miami, and the internationally renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key.

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AVP/Dean) provides leadership consistent with the University’s common purpose to transform lives through teaching, research, and service. The AVP/Dean oversees the Dean of Students Office, which includes the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education, Greek Life, the Chaplains’ Association, Judicial Affairs, and Veteran Student Services. The AVP/Dean works closely with students and student organizations to enhance their educational experience and advocate for their varied needs and interests and also serves as the University’s judicial officer. The AVP/Dean interacts regularly with academic and administrative University units and serves as a primary resource for parents, faculty, staff, law enforcement, and external community members on various student-related matters, including crisis response and Title IX. This position supervises 40 staff including a management team of six professionals and has responsibility for an annual budget exceeding $2 million.

A master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, enrollment management, or a related field is required, a doctorate is preferred, with a minimum of ten years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs in a higher education setting that includes demonstrated work in judicial affairs. Additional knowledge, experience, and capabilities needed for success in the AVP/Dean positon include: a knowledge of best practices in judicial affairs, an understanding of student development issues, and a familiarity with higher education law including Title IX compliance and NCAA regulations; experience in counseling and conflict management; working successfully through difficult or crisis situations and managing all levels of institutional response, from parents to the external community; and a familiarity with Greek letter organizations.

Review of applications will begin April 6, 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 Ellen Heffernan at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

University of Miami – AVP/Dean of Students

Ellen Heffernan, President

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