Assistant Provost for Student Affairs
St. Catherine University(St. Kate’s) invites applications
for a newAssistant Provost for Student Affairs.
Based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Kate’s is home to a diverse group of nearly 5,000 students in a wide array of disciplines and degree levels. At its heart, the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), informs every facet of this private Catholic university. The Assistant Provost for Student Affairs will lead based on values inspired by the Sisters, including those of community, spirituality, and social justice.
The Assistant Provost for Student Affairs (AP) reports directly to theEVPand Provost, and provides vision, leadership, and strategic oversight to all areas of Student Affairs at St. Catherine University, including direct supervision to the main functional areas of the Student Affairs team. The Assistant Provost will oversee programs for students in the three colleges, College for Women, College for Adults, and the Graduate College. The Assistant Provost oversees the integration of student experiences within the University’s mission and academic vision, focusing specifically on student retention, persistence, and timely graduation. The Division of Student Affairs at St. Kate’s includes Access and Success, Disability Services (O’Neill Center), Health & Wellness, Counseling, Residence Life, Office of Student Affairs, Multicultural & International Programs & Services, Center for Spirituality & Social Justice, and Student Center & Activities.
The AP oversees the strategic direction, staff, and fiscal management of all Student Affairs units. The AP gathers, tracks, and analyzes data for undergraduate (traditional and adult) student success and develops innovative programs that promote and effectively impact undergraduate retention and graduation, and oversees the assessment of programs and activities carried out by Student Affairs units. The AP will also work on co-curricular programs as outlined in the new university’s Academic Master Plan. A strong candidate will be a transformative leader who is collaborative, innovative, data-driven, inclusive and who can be an agent of change and establish trusting relationships internally and externally with key stakeholders.
- Oversee the responsible planning, stewardship, management, and
accountability of fiscal, capital, and human resources of Student
Affairs, including reporting units;
- Provide leadership to ensure the effective coordination and
integration of student affairs services with the university’s
academic programs for all three colleges to achieve student
development and learning outcomes and to support overall student
growth and success;
- Develop and implement assessment strategies for Student
Affairs, including learning outcomes, satisfaction review, and
measurement tools to manage student learning in all three
- Partner with the academic deans and Director of Equity and
Inclusion to create a sense of belonging for all students and to
meet recruitment, retention and graduation goals;
- Assist in establishing, articulating, and assessing
institutional goals for and outcomes of the student experience and
advise leadership on policies and programs that may enhance student
recruitment, retention, and graduation, particularly for the
College for Women and College for Adults;
- Supervise wide range of programs to support student experiences
for a diverse group of students (i.e., on-campus residential
students, commuters, graduate and professional,
- Support professional development and ongoing education of
Student Affairs staff;
- Provide leadership for the health and wellbeing of students,
specifically mental health;
- Lead and support best practices for effective conflict
resolution with students, understanding student mental health and
well-being issues, maintaining formal student conduct and
disciplinary mechanisms, and convening resources from multiple
departments and constituencies to address complex student
- Build effective working relationships with faculty to seek and
understand the faculty perspective and maximize their
participation/engagement in student affairs activities;
- Promote and support a high level of student participation and
engagement in student and university governance and student
- Serve on University committees as appropriate;
ANDother duties as assigned by theEVP/Provost.
The AP must have a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. This includes a commitment to the core principles of diversity and inclusion with an explicit emphasis on equity and excellence in student learning. St. Kate’s is committed to making Inclusive Excellence a reality and has identified “Drive a Culture of Inclusive Excellence” as one of its six strategic priorities in the University’s strategic plan. Goal areas identified relate to the need to increase the diversity of the graduate student population and to increase the retention, persistence and graduation rates of students of color. Another goal area is to increase the number of faculty and staff of color by implementing new recruitment strategies and training for search committees. Furthermore, the plan calls for a focus on increasing the retention rate of faculty and staff of color with additional resources for ongoing professional development. Additional initiatives include the expansion of equity and inclusion-centered curricular content in specific courses and in each program of study. Finally, the plan has an explicit focus on the articulation and development of the essential skills students must possess to succeed in diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities, and defining how the educational program and co-curricular student experience will foster these outcomes. Required Qualifications
The new AP must have a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership, Student Affairs/College Personnel/Higher Education Administration, or related degree along with significant progressive senior level experience in in Student Affairs.
- Excellent management and supervisory skills, including
experience supervising director-level or senior-level staff, and
success in leading a team in collaborative strategic and
- Demonstrated ability to oversee the development and
implementation of effective policies;
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement program and
project goals, objectives, procedures and work
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and success in working
with diverse constituencies to support an inclusive campus
environment, including a track record of individual action and
- Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and
- Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and promote
collaboration within the unit and beyond, particularly as it
relates to the interface between student development and
undergraduate, graduate and adult education;
- Demonstrated ability to lead change and process
- Experience in campus crisis management and demonstrated
knowledge and understanding of student mental health and well-being
issues, student conduct and discipline, higher education case
management, and relevant legal issues in higher
- Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication
skills and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple and
- Ability to make effective decisions quickly;
- ANDthe ability to manage multiple budgets.
St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at email@example.com or 651-690-6565.To Apply and Special/Other Requirements Summary
The Search Committee invites nominations and applications to be submitted to the search firm assisting St. Catherine University. Include a thoughtful letter of interest addressing, as appropriate, the issues and desired qualifications outlined in this profile, a current resume or CV showing relevant responsibilities and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of at least five references. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior toOctober 16, 2020.
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Grant Higgison, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875 || Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 × 118
Pwilliams@parkersearch.com || Ghiggison@parkersearch.com
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States for any U.S. employer? Please be aware that St. Catherine
University is only able to consider candidates who are authorized
to work in the United States.
- St. Catherine University welcomes applications from candidates
who are traditionally under-represented. We are happy to consider
candidates who are currently in possession of a temporary work
visa, however, please be aware that we do not offer H1-B
sponsorship. Will you now or in the future require an employer to
sponsor you for an employment-based visa/status in the U.S. (e.g.
- Can you perform the essential functions of this position with
or without accommodation?
- How did you hear about this opportunity?
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- St. Catherine University employee referral
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- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
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