Vice President for Student Affairs

The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Oct 03, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships, and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us.

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) plans, develops, and coordinates all administrative proceedings for a wide range of activities, programs, and services that enhance the quality of student life at the University. The VPSA provides leadership and supervision for student counseling services; student health services; housing and residence life; University police; recreational sports and the Payne Center; the center for military veterans, service members and families; union complex and event services; student leadership and involvement; student conduct; disability accommodations; Greek life; multicultural programs and inclusion; student ombudsman services; conference services; Greek housing; and the center for community and civic engagement. In addition, the VPSA engages in strategic planning design and implementation to align student affairs with academic affairs for a seamless learning experience for students; administers programs and services that promote student welfare and development; and ensures all initiatives are aligned with the mission and vision of the office of the Provost and The University of Southern Mississippi. The VPSA manages a full-time staff of 70 and a $20 million budget.

A doctoral degree and ten years of related full-time experience are required. Experience must include significant budgetary oversight and staff supervision. Senior-level student affairs experience at a comparable research institution is preferred. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to build positive, productive relationships with students from all backgrounds and to develop positive, beneficial relationships with alumni and other members of the local community. Candidates should also possess significant experience with conflict resolution and familiarity with mediation techniques; knowledge of current trends and practices related to student affairs; experience with successful media relations efforts; demonstrated success with collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs; previous assessment and strategic planning experience; and a broad commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Review of applications will begin November 3, 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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The University of Southern Mississippi – Vice President for Student Affairs

Mark Hall, Vice President

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