Associate Vice President for Student Life

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Not specified.
May 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Michigan is one of the great public research universities of the United States. Since the nineteenth century, the University has served as a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive public institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research; provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; and demonstrates commitment to service through partnerships and collaborations that extend to the community, region, state, nation, and around the world.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life, the Associate Vice President (AVP) provides visionary leadership for programs, facilities, services, and staff within Student Life auxiliary and quasi-auxiliary units including Capital Projects, Conferences and Events, Marketing, Michigan Dining, Recreational Sports, University Unions, University Housing, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and the Trotter Cultural Center, as well as various related functions such as retail and restaurant space leasing, hospitality and hotel services, maintenance and repair, and entertainment contracting. This portfolio employs over 3,000 student employees and over 750 full and part-time staff; manages facilities comprising almost 20 percent of the Ann Arbor campus; and provides institutional leadership and partnership on issues relating to food service planning. Direct supervision is given to: the Michigan Dining Senior Director, the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Director, the Trotter Multicultural Center Director, Recreational Sports Director, University Housing Senior Director, the University Unions Senior Director, and the Executive Secretary; indirect and strategic supervision is given to three additional positions: Capital Projects Director, Conference and Event Services Director, and the Marketing Director. The AVP is a key part of the Student Life leadership team and, as such, also helps guide strategic direction, efforts, and responses for Student Life as needed by the Vice President. The AVP ensures that appropriate success metrics, including key performance indicators, participation, satisfaction, and comprehensive student and/or staff learning outcomes are gathered, analyzed, reported, and utilized for data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.

A master’s degree in higher education, business, or a related field and a minimum 10 years progressively responsible experience leading multiple units at a complex university are required. A doctorate is preferred. Candidates must possess experience working with student leaders, with student self-governance, and with student learning; demonstrated skills in resource management, resource renewal, and resource development; the ability to articulate a comprehensive knowledge of the purposes, theories, practices, and trends of student affairs; a demonstrated commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations, programs, and environments; demonstrated skill in developing and sustaining collaborative and inclusive relationships; and the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, strategy, and goals. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess experience in senior student affairs management at a public and/or peer institution; experience with large-scale facilities improvement and capital renewal initiatives; and experience with public presentations to boards, institutional leaders, or other high ranking individuals.

Review of applications will begin June 30, 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 413-529-2895.

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University of Michigan – Associate Vice President for Student Life

Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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