Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska
May 19, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the nation's northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and is a student-centered international research center, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the circumpolar North, and their diverse peoples. Founded in 1917, UAF provides a full range of higher education programs from certificate to PhD to nearly 10,000 students, about 1400 of whom live in on-campus housing. Fairbanks – located in the Interior of Alaska about 350 miles north of Anchorage and 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle – is often referred to as the Golden Heart of Alaska due to its mining history. Fairbanks is a glorious vacation destination in the summer and a magical wonderland in the winter.

Reporting directly to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) provides leadership and direction for all aspects of enrollment management and student affairs. The VCSA serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is the senior student affairs officer responsible for developing long- and short-range student services for the university while managing a budget of over $20 million dollars. The Vice Chancellor actively collaborates with the Chancellor and executive members of the Cabinet, academic and student services leaders, governance and student leaders, faculty, staff, community campus leadership, and the community to ensure a comprehensive approach to serving the educational needs of students and the community. The VCSA directs the strategic planning and evaluation of student services to meet the recruitment and retention goals of the university and its community campuses. The VCSA collaborates with university partners to provide an appropriate array of safety, well-being, and prevention programs to meet the needs of a diverse student body. The VCSA will develop and implement a student satisfaction assessment process for continuous improvement in both of these areas. Further, the VCSA serves on the UA Student Services Council with the vice chancellors of the two other UA universities and the UA Statewide Associate Vice President for Student Services to ensure that the perspectives of UAF are well represented at a statewide level.

A master’s degree in a relevant field is required. A PhD or EdD degree in higher education administration, student personnel services, counseling, education or other closely related disciplines from a post-secondary institution that has institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation is preferred. Further, demonstrated experience in budget and fiscal management and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations is required. Student Affairs administrative management experience at a public university that has university-managed residence halls is preferred. Preferably, the successful candidate will possess progressively more responsible experience in advanced professional positions within student affairs units directing, managing, supervising, as well as coordinating a wide variety of student services departments, programs, activities, and operations. Also preferred is experience administering large-scale service contracts and managing auxiliary business units. A demonstrated track record of successfully administering and evaluating conduct, behavior intervention and crisis responses, as well as enrollment management, is also preferred.

Review of applications will begin July 2, 2017 and 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 Jennifer N. Hiatt at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks – Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Jennifer N. Hiatt, Search Associate

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