Vice President - Student Affairs

Sep 05, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Vice President - Student Affairs

Position Category: Executive

Utah Valley University invites applicants for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). UVU is an open-access, comprehensive, teaching-focused, public university of approximately 35,000 students in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The VPSA must enthusiastically support the mission and core themes of the university and the opportunity to work with others to create the nation's best platform for student success.

The VPSA reports directly to the President of the University and serves as the senior executive officer responsible for providing leadership and general management of all units in the division.

The VPSA also:

  • Advises the President on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life,
  • Advocates for a campus culture, curriculum, and set of practices that promote all-around student success (including retention and completion) and inclusivity for students from all backgrounds,
  • Works in cooperative partnership with Academic Affairs to promote rigor, efficiency, and an atmosphere of engaged learning in the academic mission of the institution,
  • Ensures the quality and customer focus of student academic support services and student life,
  • Works closely with other entities to provide a safe, supportive environment for student development,
  • Champions UVU's unique dual academic mission with a commitment to open admissions and vocational training on one hand and nationally recognized baccalaureate and masters programs on the other,
  • Serves as a member of the President's Council, actively engaging in the University's strategic planning, policy, and decision-making activities, and,
  • Models UVU's official leadership core competencies of trust, develops others, communication, results-oriented, strategic vision, technical expertise, and organizational agility.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provides executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of all units in the division of Student Affairs in the areas of programming, policy development, human resources, facilities, and fiscal resource management.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of high quality and student-centered approaches to support student success in non-academic dimensions of students' university experiences.
  • Oversees administration and success of the University's Enrollment Management, Student Life, Student Success and Retention, and Student Services Grants and Outreach programs.
  • Promotes collaboration with all units of the University, especially in Academic Affairs, to support student learning and student success. Represents the university on system-wide, statewide, regional, and national committees and organizations. Works cooperatively and effectively with the Board of Trustees and with student governance.
  • Ensures that institutional policies and practices provide fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and students. Ensures that all programs and services in the division of Student Affairs comply with relevant state and federal laws, Utah System of Higher Education policies, and University policies.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Graduation from a regionally accredited institution with a master’s degree and seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience related to the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong combination of strategic planning, communication, and coordination.
  • Work effectively with faculty, staff, senior administrators, and students.
  • Navigate complex organizations effectively, including demonstrated success working with senior leadership.
  • Lead individuals and teams to identify and achieve university and organizational goals and objectives.
  • Cultivate trust and to generate enthusiasm among diverse constituencies and individuals.
  • Work independently and with others to plan and organize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Set and meet deadlines.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of student affairs practices and principles.
  • Broad base of knowledge about student development and a variety of learning styles.
  • Working knowledge of emerging technologies and how they impact students and administrative operations.
  • Ability to seek and analyze data that are meaningful for decision-making.
  • Ability to listen, motivate, develop, and persuade others.
  • An open, collegial, and consultative management style.
  • Strong personal initiative, innovation, and self-motivation.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctorate
  • Ten years of relevant and progressive management experience, some of which has been in an institution of higher learning.
  • Significant experience managing large human resources staff and budgetary resources.
  • A demonstrated commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, and experience in building strong student relationships.
  • A demonstrated commitment to engaged learning.

Physical Requirements:
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

Benefits Summary:
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

Advertisement Number: ST29617
Open Date: 09/01/2017
Review Start Date: 09/30/2017
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply on or before the “Review Start Date." This job advertisement may close at any time after the review date.

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