Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

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Job Title Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Position Summary

The Associate Vice President (AVP) of Student Affairs reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and is responsible for the overall direction of the departments and teams of Career Services, Student Activities, New Student Experiences, and Transition Programs. The AVP is responsible for developing, supervising, and assessing the extra- and co-curricular programs that provide a seamless transition from the day a student first comes to campus to their first career or graduate school placement upon graduation. In addition to functional area supervision, the AVP position also serves as the Director for Career Services in day-to-day functions. The AVP is responsible for policy development and implementation, budget management, and supervision of professional staff as well as Student Affairs retention and graduation efforts. Under the direction of this position, the AVP role is designed to advance individuals’ personal and leadership development to prepare them for a fulfilling collegiate experience that applies to life after graduation. This position is required to work collaboratively and strategically with stakeholders on and off the campus including Academic Affairs, Admissions, Faculty, other Student Affairs functional areas, Advancement, and Alumni Affairs. The AVP is charged with providing vision, leadership, professional development opportunities, and a vibrant student life program that engages the entire campus community using innovative practices designed for the Texas Wesleyan student body.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative and Financial:
1. Provides direct supervision, training, and evaluation of programs and staff in all supervised units.
2. Develops and implements services, activities, and opportunities that complete the student experience and enhance their adjustment to and participation in college life with the specific purpose of increasing student retention, persistence, and graduation rates.
3. Supervises the quality and consistency of student development programming across multiple departments pertaining to Student Activities, Orientation, Transition Programs, Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Organizations, Service Learning, and Student Organizations.
4. Establishes office policies and procedures, collects and analyzes research data, and prepares reports and presentations relevant to the position.
5. Engages in strategic planning and outcomes assessment to ensure effective direction for departments.
6. Administers departmental budget and appropriate allocation of resources aligned with principles of good stewardship.
7. Works effectively with a wide variety of constituent groups including student, university staff, faculty, and the public.
8. Assists the VP/DOS in the planning, administration, and leadership of the Division of Student Affairs. Provide vision for the development and implementation of a comprehensive student life program.
9. Provides leadership in the areas of planning, human resources, policy development, operational, facility, and budgetary aspects for all reporting departments.
10. Maintains all records and federal documents in compliance with regulatory policies and procedures including FERPA.
11. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Professional Representation:
1. Represents the University in applicable professional organizations.
2. Represents Texas Wesleyan University in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, clients, employers, and community members served.
3. Interacts effectively and professionally with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other customers.
4. Establishes off-campus partnerships with industry in effort to provide internship and job placement opportunities for students and alumni.
5. Establishes partnership, communication, and referral network between all academic departments and schools, staff, and DoSA departments.
6. Establishes and maintains effective and cooperative working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, employers, and other clients.
7. Collaborates and works closely with degree programs, academic departments, faculty, staff, administration, and external stakeholders to expand and maintain employer and student recruitment networks.
8. Serves as a strong proponent for student learning and success by promoting University and Division learning outcomes.
9. Serves on University committees as assigned and/or needed.

Ancillary Duties:
1. Attends university events.
2. Responsible for the Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee.
3. Serves on an on-call rotation for campus emergencies.
4. Knowledge of student development theories and practices. Remain abreast of current issues and best practices in higher education, specifically in areas of direct supervisory responsibility.
5. Serves as a student conduct and/or Title IX investigator when needed.

Student Engagement:
1. Counsels students on an individual and group basis as needed.

Education, Certifications and/or Licenses

1. Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Development, Student Affairs, or related field is required.
2. Doctorate degree in Higher Education, Administration Student Development, Student Affairs, or related field is preferred.


1. Minimum of eight (8) years in Higher Education/Student Affairs.
2. Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs.

1. Held a previous director or manager role in higher education.
2. Knowledge of academic environments, particularly in higher education.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:
1. Integrated administrative system and current computer software programs.
2. Rules, standards, regulations, and laws regarding student records.
3. Student development theories and practices.

1. Supervisory, management, and relationship-building skills.
2. Organizational skills and knowledge of standard filing procedures.
3. Maintain a professional office atmosphere.
4. Work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
5. Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills working with a diverse population.
6. Flexibility to work independently and as a member of a team.
7. Investigate, analyze data, draw conclusions and make decisions to solve problems.
8. Use discretion in handling confidential matters, while complying with FERPA regulations.
9. Even-tempered and ability to maintain positive approach under pressure.
10. Plan, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
11. Adhere to University & departmental policies and procedures.
12. Read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence.
13. Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other University employees.
14. Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
15. Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 2016AS423P Posting Open Date 12/14/2018 Open Until Filled Yes Posting Close Date Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Current Employee Application for Vacant Position
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Curriculum Vitae




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Posted: 12/29/2018
Application Due: 2/25/2019
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