Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale seeks an experienced, forward-thinking student affairs professional capable of providing strong leadership in the areas of student life, services and engagement.  In addition, the individual must be an excellent team player who is eager to work collaboratively with the University’s academic and governing leadership, student body, and other stakeholders internal and external to the campus. 

Founded in 1869, SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. With more than 11,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff, the Carbondale campus offers a full range of doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine. It is a diverse, student-centered, research-intensive university that has earned national recognition for its teaching, research, service, civic engagement and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is an integral part of our legacy dating back to its earliest classes. Today, minority students make up 28% percent of our total enrollment. Additionally, international students comprise more than 8% of our student body. SIU Carbondale continues to rank among the nation’s top colleges and universities in the number of degrees awarded to students in ethnic and racial minority groups.

The physical beauty of the region is a major attraction to students, staff, faculty and visitors. Sixty miles to the south of Carbondale is the historic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the two forming the border of the southern tip of Illinois.  Just six hours south of Chicago and within easy driving distance of St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville and Indianapolis, SIU Carbondale draws students from the Midwest but also from nearly every U.S. state and nearly 100 nations.  A vibrant community of approximately 25,000 residents, Carbondale is regarded as one of the best small cities in Illinois.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the university chancellor and a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the vice chancellor will lead a division with a budget of approximately $40 million with nearly 400 employees comprised in units that include the Office of the Dean of Students, Career Development Center, Disability Support Services, Recreational Sports and Services, Student Center, Student Health Services, Sustainability Office, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, University Housing, Rainbow’s End Child Development Center, and the Achieve Program.

Additionally, the vice chancellor area is also responsible for a wide range of other offices and programs such as Non-Traditional Student Services, Veterans’ Services, New Student Programs, Saluki Cares, Students’ Legal Assistance, and the First Saluki Center. 

Specific responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Report to and advise the Chancellor on a wide range of issues affecting students and on university services and engagement activities that provide students with the social, academic and mental health support needed for success as they pursue their educational goals;
  • Personnel and fiscal management, setting vision, goals and priorities for units/staff in implementation and coordination of university services and initiatives related to student services/student life and the larger campus and regional community;
  • Build collaborative working relationships across campus to help coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts for students and respond to student needs through the Saluki Cares program that helps students manage crises to remain in school;
  • Manage and respond to student issues, ranging from oversight of hundreds of student leadership and activity groups to student disciplinary matters through the Student Conduct Code;
  • Ensure the work of student affairs is aligned with student needs and work collaboratively with the academic, administrative and research areas to fulfill student goals and expectations;
  • Create and implement long-range strategic planning for the division and coordinate such planning with other parts of campus to fulfill university initiatives and goals;
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the students but also represents the university in official capacities across campus and at events external to the university;
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and guidance for campus relative to student life and take primary responsibility for ensuring such policies are enforced equitably.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree and at least 10 years of higher education experience in student affairs demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility and success, including experience with personnel and fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to a diverse university community that values inclusion.
  • The ability to provide a clear vision and leadership for the division by creating goals, building a collaborative team environment and fulfilling objectives that provide students and student organizations the support needed to realize their full potential.
  • Possess effective leadership skills in leading, planning, implementing, evaluating, and/or advocating for a wide range of student-oriented and student-centered programs for a diverse student body.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across campus with key partners, including but not limited to faculty, staff, senior administrators, community, parents, alumni and students.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • There is a preference for the successful candidate to hold a PhD or terminal degree. 


Deadline to Apply: 04/30/2021 Job Category:Administrative/Professional
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/CV Contact: Matthew Baughman Contact Email: Contact Phone #: 618-453-2341 Security/Safety Sensitive:Security sensitive (subject to pre-employment criminal background investigation)  

 SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population.

All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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