Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Colorado, United States
$124,200.00 - $144,900.00
Jan 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description:  

This is a senior position in student affairs and an officer of the campus that provides leadership and management for portions of the division of Student Affairs, whose mission is to provide transformative student experiences to foster inclusive communities, enhance academic excellence and promote life-long learning, discovery, and success. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (AVCSA) oversees seven (7) student services and academic support units including: Retention Strategies, Academic Advising, Career Center, First-year Experience and Parent and Family programs, International Affairs, Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community Engagement (MOSAIC) and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and Veteran and Military Affairs. The AVCSA also supports the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) in the management of the Auxiliary Service units within the division.  The AVCSA is part of the campus’ strategic enrollment team and represents the division on enrollment and retention matters. Serves on the VCSA leadership team and serves as back up to the VCSA in their absence.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.


  • Reporting relationship to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, as such, collaborates with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness, Dean of Students, Senior Executive Director of Student Life and Assessment, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Executive Director of Community Learning, Executive Director of the Ent Center for the Arts, and the Associate Director of Division Finance
  • Works collaboratively with numerous enrollment management unit heads, academic deans, faculty, and legal services across campus to effectively meet division mission
  • Campus liaison with numerous external groups

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Collaborate with Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and enrollment management units on the campus strategic enrollment management plan
  • Support seamless and successful program of student retention that complements and improves recruitment and enrollment along with graduation rate
  • Actively work to attract, serve, and retain a diverse student body comprised of residential and commuter undergraduate students, non-traditional students, and graduate students
  • Lead directors within the AVCSA’s portfolio in implementing the vision and strategic plan of the division and the university
  • Supervise Executive Director and Directors within the portfolio
  • Provide fiscal management, including the budget analysis, preparation, defense and management for the various operating budgets and numerous subsidiary budgets
  • Ensure units of responsibility are responsive to emerging trends and best practices and changes in student demographics and expectations
  • Collaborate and work closely with enrollment management units such as Admissions, Recruitment, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Orientation, and Registrar’s Office, etc.
  • Oversee 3rd party contract mentorship program
  • Assist VCSA with relationship with Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Assist the VCSA as needed in the management of auxiliary service units within the division
  • Provide leadership during university incident response
  • Serve in the rotation of officer of the day for the university

Job Competencies:

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, as well as strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in student affairs, strategic enrollment management, and the ability to effectively support a strategic enrollment management plan
  • Knowledge of college student development and sensitivity to student needs
  • Knowledge of the unique needs of underserved and first-generation students
  • Knowledge of academic advising, career services, first-year experience programs, parent programs, multicultural affairs programs, veteran and military affairs programs, and international affairs programs
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, administrators, students, and parents
  • Skill in developing and managing budgets to include large units of at minimum $3 million
  • Skill in personnel management and ability to apply state and university human resources policies
  • Knowledge of the unique aspects of auxiliary service units including student fee funded units
  • Ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Represent the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to a variety of constituents
  • Knowledge of the legal framework governing student records, safety, and disciplinary proceeding

**Auxiliary services units in this context are considered to be self-operated, and/or student fee supported, non-academic student services/programs.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Starting between $124,200 - $144,900

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of March 15, 2021.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of April 5, 2021.
  • The potential employee start date is May 3, 2021.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

  Qualifications Minimum Requirements:
  • Graduate degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to represent the University in public forums
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible leadership in the administration of higher education student affairs at a four-year college or university in a director or executive director level or above
  • Five years of experience in managing and integrating realistic budgets with long-range strategic planning goals
  • Five years of experience working with complex auxiliary units and student fee funded units
  • Experience in overseeing programs geared towards retaining college students
  • Five years of experience supervising multiple units and staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive diversity
  • A principled leadership style that reflects personal and professional integrity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in an appropriate field from and accredited institution
  • Direct experience developing and implementing retention strategic plans
  • Direct experience in student development, student services, auxiliary services and/or other student affairs areas
  • Three years direct experience in program assessment
  • Prior experience in group facilitation

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.  Employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

     Special Instructions to Applicants: • Applications submitted by 03/01/2021 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at (job #: 19754). • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s) Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts. When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.