The University of New Mexico invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Students.
Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico (UNM) now occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city of more than 700,000 people that is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University of New Mexico represents a cross-section of cultures and backgrounds that is found as well in the cultural diversity of Albuquerque. UNM is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution, and a minority public university. On its main campus in Albuquerque it enrolls over 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. With its four branch campuses and health sciences the University has a 2012-operating budget of $10 million.
About the position
Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Student Life the Dean of Students will support a dynamic student affairs program that taps the rich potential of a student population that is growing in numbers, academic competence, and expectations for a first-rate education. Expectations for the incumbent include: strengthening current initiatives, and developing and presenting new programs; work closely with Associate Deans to build effective and collaborative relationships that will maximize success in realizing institutional outcomes; continuing the traditions of strong community ties and partnerships; and remaining focused on continuous improvement of the quality of student affairs programs and services. In close collaboration with the Faculty, Academic Affairs, and the entire campus, the Dean will assist in supporting a holistic student learning environment, enriching student campus life, fostering student engagement for both residential and commuter students, building a strong intercultural campus community, and promoting student success. The Dean currently oversees and manages a full-time staff of nine in the areas of New Student Orientation, Judicial Affairs, National Student Exchange, Parent Relations, and Campus Safety.
The successful candidate will have a proven record of success and progressively responsible positions within a strong and comprehensive student affairs program. UNM seeks a new Dean of Students who is a highly respected student-centered professional who can be creative and resourceful in providing strategic direction for the office. The Dean of Students experience will clearly support his/her abilities to create new bridges of collaboration between student affairs and other campus units that are specifically related to student success; experience in an urban institution with a high proportion of students living off campus; clear evidence of success in articulating the vision, goals, and programs of a Student Affairs Division to other campus constituencies to advance the mission of the institution. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing an inclusive campus community.
The incumbent must also have a demonstrated commitment to furthering success in providing strong leadership and mentorship for a competent staff. Additional qualifications include a work history that reflects progressively greater levels of responsibility and a broader range of management responsibilities including interdivisional interface. The successful candidate will possess these qualities: a reputation as an effective collaborator, as one who sees connections; flexibility and openness to innovation; a strong value on data-driven decisions; excellence in problem solving and follow through; evidence of leadership at the regional or national level in the area of student/academic affairs collaborations; the ability to establish strong, positive relationships with all members of the campus community through superb oral and written communication skills as well as a reputation as an open and inclusive individual.
Preference will be given to candidates who have earned a doctoral degree, although master’s level candidates with a minimum of five years of experience in progressively more responsible administrative positions will also be considered.
How to Apply
The search committee welcomes nominations for the position. Please send confidential inquires, nominations or self- nominations to: William Spelman Executive Search at 667 Midship Circle, Webster, NY 14580 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
All applicants must apply online at the University of New Mexico UNM Jobs website https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time...  (Position posting 0818528) by the consideration date of January 18, 2013. All on-line applicants must complete a brief Executive Profile; attach a resume, cover letter, vision statement for leading a Dean of Students office, and contact information of at least three supervisory references
Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.