Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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University of California, Irvine

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) oversees a comprehensive Student Affairs organization with a $221 million annual budget and a staff of approximately 700. Responsible for Division-wide strategic planning, assessment, and staff development. The VCSA reports to the Chancellor and serves on the Chancellor's Cabinet. The VCSA promotes an engaged and healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom; encourages a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on diversity and civic engagement. The VCSA will foster strong partnerships, particularly with the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor to promote student success.

Responsibilities of the Position

Use student learning and development theory along with best practices to enhance the student experience, both residential and commuter.
Build collaborative working relationships with senior leadership, students, alumni, parents, and the local community
Serve as a resource to faculty to support student success.
Promote student engagement via a coordinated and collaborative co-curriculum that enhances student success, retention, and graduation rates.
Prepare and direct the administration of the divisional budget, reflecting the support of strategic priorities both in the division and in the larger university.
Work with key student groups, including but not limited to student government, Greek Life, and other student clubs and organizations.
Advocate for student needs with Cabinet, board of trustees, faculty, and others.
Conduct regular, rigorous assessment of both student needs and efficacy of services and programs within the Division
Implement best practices for student safety in areas including but not limited to alcohol and drug use, gender-based violence, and bullying.
Investigate and respond to complaints in a timely manner, consistent with federal mandates, and educate campus constituents about prevention and protections offered.
Promote a climate that fosters civility, mutual respect, and high academic, personal and social standards, and that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.
Promote positive town/gown relationships.
Manage Divisional staff by providing direction, evaluation, and professional development.
Provide policy development, direction and administration for all financial matters for Student Government.
Advocate for student input into all areas of the university decision-making processes.
Serve as Appellate Officer in the Student Judicial System, when necessary.
Represent the Division of Student Affairs on university committees.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A master's degree in counseling, student development, higher education administration or a related field is required as is progressive student affairs senior leadership experience in higher education including significant supervision and fiscal management.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders and informally shared with Spelman Johnson at UC Irvine when considering the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs:

A creative, progressive, energized leader with a strong student-oriented focus.
A good listener who can synthesize information, get others on-board, and articulately explain divisional goals and initiatives to individuals outside of student affairs.
Strong budget management skills and financial acumen, with the ability to think entrepreneurially with regard to revenue generation.
A demonstrated commitment to supporting underrepresented students and championing social justice.
Demonstrate success in being a persuasive, effective, and politically sophisticated advocate for student life and the student body within the larger university community, and be comfortable articulating the value of student engagement and the value of student life contributions to the overall educational experience.
Exhibit strategic thinking and an ability to contribute to discussions of university issues beyond student affairs.
A practiced and engaging public speaker with a demonstrated ability to state and defend a position; not a "yes" person.
Serve as an astute relationship-builder forging collaborative partnerships with academic affairs, fiscal affairs, the campus community, and the local community.
A strong understanding of contemporary student issues and values, and the ability to develop a natural rapport with students and student leaders;
Be a hands-on leader when necessary, but also delegate appropriate responsibilities to staff members and ensure accountability for outcomes
A commitment to student leadership, student involvement, and student organizations;
Excellent crisis management skills and the ability to appropriately de-escalate conflict situations;
Strategic-capable of articulating a visionary agenda and leading a team in a systematic manner.
Approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of campus life.
Creative-able to think outside the box and generate innovative solutions to complex problems.
Demonstrate a positive track record of managing and developing professional staff and graduate students.
A commitment to fact-based and data-driven decision-making and place additional focus on assessment;
Offer a record of leadership in higher education professional associations.
Bring systems-oriented thinking to the role, combining excellent organizational and management skills to improve policies, practices, and protocols.
Value the contributions and talents of others and maintain a professional reputation of being fair and equitable.
Possess personal traits that include a good sense of humor, self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, passion for student development, and a friendly and engaging style.
Empower staff to reach personal and professional goals through a supportive work environment, positive staff development, and calculated risk-taking.

Measures of Success for the Position

The following items will define the new Vice Chancellor's success over the first few years of employment:

The VCSA is a highly visible leader, and is well-known and respected throughout the campus community as the leading student development expert.
Strong relationships have been established with other senior administrators, faculty, and staff throughout the university-particularly among colleagues in academic affairs, enrollment management, and finance and administration-and these relationships are producing valuable collaborations that support student success and institutional strategic goals.
The level of student engagement has grown, particularly regarding students' interest and involvement in significant leadership endeavors.
A culture of assessment has been established throughout the Student Affairs Division.
A strategic plan for Student Affairs has been articulated, informed by internal research and assessment and through review and consideration of national best practices and trends impacting the work of student affairs professionals and the students they serve.
The Vice Chancellor is connected with key stakeholders and visible in the local community.
Trust has been developed among staff across the division. Responsibilities are delegated to the appropriate departments, and leaders are held accountable for outcomes.
Decision-making processes are efficient, inclusive, and transparent.
There is a strong sense of shared vision and collegiality within the division.

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs is dedicated to enriching the student experience from outreach and orientation through graduation by providing comprehensive programs, services and opportunities for students to:

* Complement and enhance their academic success
* Prepare for leadership in a global society
* Develop and strengthen personal, social and professional skills
* Support their physical and mental health and wellness

Student Affairs serves to support the University of California's mission of teaching, research and public service, and to enhance the quality of student life, leadership and character excellence. The division also serves to promote the general welfare of the campus community within the framework of the UC Irvine values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.


The division of Student Affairs is organized in clusters based on the services provided to students: Auxiliary Services, Student Life & Leadership, and Wellness, Health & Counseling Services. Departments within each cluster are:

Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Evaluation
Commencement Ceremonies & Special Events
Student Affairs Communications & Marketing
Student Affairs Cultural Affairs & Organizational Relationships
Dalai Lama Scholarship Program & Living Peace Series
Student Affairs Development & Giving
UCI Esports
Living Program

Auxiliary Services

Student Affairs Budget & Resource Planning
Hospitality & Dining Services
Student Center & Event Services
Student Government & Student Media
Student Housing
The Hill (UCI Bookstore)
Student Affairs IT

Wellness, Health & Counseling Services

Campus Recreation & Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
CARE (Campus Assault Resources & Education)
Child Care Services
Counseling Center
Disability Services Center
Student Health Center
Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Student Life & Leadership

Dean of Students
Campus Organizations
Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
Center for Student Leadership
Cross-Cultural Center
DREAM Center
Greek Life
International Center
LGBT Resource Center
New Student Programs
Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct
Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center
UCI Parents
Veteran Services
Volunteer Programs
Womxn's Hub

The University of California, Irvine has retained Spelman Johnson - a national executive search firm - to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin December 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the following Spelman Johnson link: . Electronic submission of materials is required. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at [email protected] . Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the UC Irvine website at and the Student Affairs website at:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Posted: 11/2/2018
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