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Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)

Clayton State University
Clayton State University

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Job Details

Job Title: Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)
Location: Clayton State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 256681
Job Summary

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is the chief student affairs officer and reports directly to the President of Clayton State University and is a member of the President's Cabinet. The VPSA provides leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services related to campus programming and planning; assists in creating a campus culture that promotes the academic achievement and personal development of all students; assists with crisis response and institutional initiatives; advocates on behalf of students; and fosters collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff.


Provide leadership on major policy decisions -
Provide leadership on major policy decisions and initiatives affecting students.

Oversees the development and implementation of the Division strategic plan -
Oversees the development and implementation of the Division strategic plan ensuring congruence with the University Strategic Plan. Articulates the Division's Values, Vision and Mission.

Supervises the major departments within Student Affairs -
Supervises the major departments within Student Affairs: Campus Life; Career Services; Disability Resource Center; Counseling and Psychological Services; Housing, Residence Life and Student Conduct; Orientation and New Student Programs; Recreation and Wellness; Grants and Special Projects; and the Student Affairs Business Office. Supervises Student Affairs auxiliary operations including on-campus housing and the Student Activities Center. Oversees the supervision of the Student Government Association.

Collaborates with Academic Affairs and other internal constituents -
Collaborates with Academic Affairs and other internal constituents to ensure the promotion of an environment that is supportive of student learning. Support and enhance the University's efforts regarding diversity and community.

Create partnerships -
Create partnerships to align the University with external stakeholders and the community.

Other duties as assigned by the President of the University -
Other duties as assigned by the President of the University.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Masters Degree required; Doctorate preferred.

Required Experience
Minimum of seven years of senior level (Director or Executive Director) experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Doctorate preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Must be able to interact with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders and BOR staff.
Ability to make important decisions with limited information.
Ability to conduct meetings, presentations, workshops, relating to various student affairs issues.
Ability to interact effectively with internal employees and external agencies.

Extensive knowledge of higher education and its current trends. Extensive knowledge of the student affairs profession.
General knowledge of student development theory.

Excellent time management skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Clayton State University Office of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Resource Center at: (678) 466-5445.

Other Information

This position will be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time


As an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University has come a long way since its inception 40 years ago.clayton_state_university1.jpg

The University first opened in September 1969 as Clayton Junior College with Dr. Harry S. Downs as founding president and an enrollment of 942 students. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated it to baccalaureate status as Clayton State College in 1986 and university status as Clayton College & State University in 1996. The school’s current designation as Clayton State University was approved in 2005.

clayton_state_university2.jpgSince Downs’ retirement in January 1994, the University has had two presidents; Dr. Richard A. Skinner, who took office upon Downs’ retirement, and Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who took office in June 2000. When Harden was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr., was appointed interim president, starting on May 18, 2009. The current enrollment is in excess of 6,000 students and the school provides a multitude of undergraduate degree credit programs that—in the words of the university’s mission statement—provides "career-oriented education with a solid liberal arts foundation."

In addition to more than doubling its undergraduate degrees over the past 10 years, Clayton State also has added seven graduate programs in the past three years. The first, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, began in 2006. Since then, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Business Administration all began in 2007, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, MAT - English and MAT - Mathematics, in 2009. The Master of Archival Studies is scheduled to begin in 2010.

The past five years at Clayton State have also been highlighted by the establishment of the first joint state and federal archives facilities adjacent to campus, the institution of a comprehensive strategic planning process, the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the opening of the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. In a six week period between August and October 2008, the University dedicated three new buildings; the University’s first student housing, the Student Activities Center and a new building for the AACSB-accredited School of Business.


Clayton State is also home to Spivey Hall, the finest small performance facility in the Southeast. First opened in 1991, Spivey Hall is known locally, nationally and internationally for presenting the best in jazz and classical music as well as an education outreach program that serves tens of thousands of school children from throughout metro Atlanta annually.

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