The Division of Student Affairs at Adams State University seeks an experienced, motivated,
student-centered Vice President for Student Affairs. Adams State seeks a Vice President who has a proven track record of increasing student retention and success, who is committed to equity, and who can successfully lead and motivate a team of student affairs professionals.
The mission of the Division of Student Affairs at Adams State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (38%) and a Minority-Serving Institution (54%), is to provide student-centered services and opportunities for personal development and campus engagement. We promote and model a supportive, inclusive, and civil environment where success, leadership, and learning are encouraged and celebrated throughout the ASU community. The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is responsible for ensuring that the overall
Student Affairs philosophy, policies, and procedures align with the strategic plan of the institution and provide a responsive and high quality out-of-classroom student experience. The Vice President reports to the President of the University and serves an active role on the Executive Team to advance the strategic
imperatives of ASU.
The Vice President provides forward-thinking and strategic leadership for a holistic, multidisciplinary
approach in support of student success, including administrative oversight, support, and leadership for the areas of Counseling, Student Union Building; Housing and Residence Life; Co-Curricular Recreation and Engagement (CoRE); ASU Police Department; CASA (Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement
Center); Auxiliary Services including dining, housing, bookstore, Rex Center; and the following
grant-funded programs: TRIO Programs (Student Support Services and Upward Bound); Colorado
Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI); College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP); and the Migrant Education Program (MEP).
Adams State University is particularly interested in providing equal employment opportunities and
employing a diverse staff.
Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities):
● Propose and implement evidence-based strategies, practices, programs, and policies to increase student development, learning, retention, and success.
● Collaborate with other senior officials of the institution to identify and address critical issues impacting the university’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.
● Remain up-to-date and provide the University leadership with information on the latest innovations and research related to student retention, development, and success
● Work closely with all members of the University community to provide a cohesive and comprehensive student experience.
● Coordinate the development and management of co-curricular learning and service opportunities with campus constituencies and community leaders.
● Serve as an active member of the Executive Team, representing the needs of students and the perspectives of the Student Affairs Division.
● Serve as an ambassador for the University with alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and professional staff.
Management, Supervision, and Program Development:
● Develop, oversee, and support student-centered programs and services to complement the academic mission of the institution.
● Work closely with student leadership as an advisor, mentor, and advocate, including serving as advisor to the ASU Student Government.
● Help establish a student culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
● Establish standards and management practices to ensure the quality and contemporary validity of all Student Affairs programs, including the oversight of program reviews and other means of
● Oversee resource allocations for all areas of responsibility, including regular review and reallocation of resources according to strategic priorities and identified needs.
● Remain current on all legal matters regarding student affairs and due process, including student rights under FERPA.
● Responsible for the leadership and administration of institutional student judicial processes, including Athletics, Student Housing, and the ASU Student Code of Conduct.
● Responsible for the communication of University policies and procedures pertaining to all students and student activities, including internal judicial and disciplinary procedures, the Student Handbook, and other documents.
● Responsible for administering the process of complete withdrawal from the University.
● Serve as Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team, Students of Concern Committee, and the Incident Management Team.
● All other duties as assigned.
Required: Master’s degree with at least 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs.
Excellent leadership and managerial skills, and the capacity to supervise and lead a diverse Student Affairs team. Demonstrated experience successfully working with underrepresented and minoritized students. Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful experience in improving student retention and graduation rates. Successful experience working in a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI) is preferred. Demonstrated appreciation for the regional, economic, and cultural context of Adams State University.
Preferred: Doctoral degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related discipline; Spanish-language proficiency.
Adams State University values an inclusive environment that facilitates collegial relationships, encourages mutual understanding among diverse individuals, and leads to addressing issues and differences in an atmosphere where all are valued and affirmed. We warmly invite applications from candidates who thrive in this environment of honesty, efficacy, and collaboration.
The expected salary is $113,000 to $120,000 commensurate with education and experience. Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program.
All interested candidates must submit application materials electronically to the search committee chair No other format of application material will be accepted.
● Applicants must attach a letter of application that specifically describes their qualifications and professional experience addressing their philosophy and vision for Adams State’s Student Affairs Division, the position description, essential responsibilities, professional attributes, and qualifications described above;
● A current resume or CV;
● An unofficial transcript;
● List of four professional references with contact information