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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Administrative, Deans, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Not specified
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Full Time
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Working Title: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Official Title: Vice Chancellor Employment Class: Limited FTE: 1.0 Compensation: Competitive FLSA Status: Exempt Terms of Employment: Limited Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks a collaborative leader; an innovative, flexible and experienced community builder; and a champion for issues of belonging and equity to serve as the next vice chancellor for student affairs. Cross-cultural competencies, strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituents and underrepresented communities will be of the utmost importance.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


UW Oshkosh is the largest of 11 comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, and a statewide Extension. The University was founded in 1871 and provides educational programs and services to the scenic Fox River Valley region of central northeast Wisconsin. In 2018, UW Oshkosh joined with the two-year campuses of UWO-Fond du Lac and UWO-Fox Cities as a result of a UW System-wide merger and is now a thriving, three-campus university. The 163-acres of the three campuses is strategically located in a thriving economic and cultural corridor with a combined population in excess of 750,000. This urban corridor consists of a cluster of dynamic, growing, mid-sized communities that stretch from Milwaukee to Green Bay.

The Division of Student Affairs at UW Oshkosh provides an integrated experience through student-centered programs, facilities and services that promote educational, professional, and personal development. The division promotes an inclusive community, which creates lifelong learners who contribute to a global society.

In coordination with a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, the next University of Wisconsin Oshkosh vice chancellor of student affairs will be a collaborative leader who can successfully address the opportunities and challenges facing the Division of Student Affairs and the university. The successful candidate will advance the university’s vision and strategic directions in a way that energizes the Division of Student Affairs toward those goals and motivates each individual within the division to reach their full potential. UW Oshkosh seeks an individual who values the educational experience offered by a public comprehensive regional university. In a time of renewed energy and optimism, this is an opportunity to become a critical part of an inclusive shared governance community.

The vice chancellor, in close partnership with the chancellor, will guide and enhance a holistic and inclusive student experience from pre-enrollment through graduation. They will advance and further integrate current recruitment, retention and student success efforts in alignment with UW Oshkosh's strategic direction; cultivate a welcoming and inclusive student community; collaborate with students and campus stakeholders to advance the integrated student experience; lead their staff team; and engage faculty and academic affairs to advance student success.

Qualifications Required:

▪ Master’s degree.

▪ Track record of success working where maximizing student involvement in the life of the campus and enhancement of the quality of student learning and development outcomes are particular goals.

▪ Demonstrated large-scale fiscal management experience (development, execution and oversight of multi-million dollar budgets) within higher education.

▪ Evidence of successful collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

▪ Success working effectively within a comprehensive university structure with a philosophy of shared governance.

▪ Success as a creative and innovative leader whose work is informed by effective strategic planning, assessment and staff development.

▪ Experience working in a leadership role with diverse populations role including but not limited to race, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status and physical abilities.

▪ Demonstrated leadership experience related to access, diversity, inclusion or education including fluency and currency with respect to the current best practices in these areas.

▪ Extensive experience and evidence of outstanding success in determining appropriate staff size and competitive staff salaries, hiring, training, developing, supervising, assessing and evaluating staff performance in the achievement of division and unit goals.

▪ An excellent record in addressing student concerns and managing change along with proven experience as an organizational leader and community builder, specifically around initiatives that promote advocacy, access, inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging.

▪ Depth of experience in institutional policy development, interpretation and implementation.

▪ Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues and best practices in the student affairs profession. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

▪ Outstanding communicator and inclusive decision maker who is transparent with staff and students.

▪ High emotional intelligence including the ability to recognize and make full use of the field of expertise of staff members within the division.

▪ Proficiency in developing appropriate and relevant goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the mission of the division and the institution; ability to lead the Student Affairs team through transformational change.

▪ A proven record of responding promptly both verbally and in writing to issues of the day.

▪ Strong experience in the interpretation of policies for risk management related to student life and activities, student conduct and Title IX and Clery Act requirements.

▪ An understanding of technology and its uses in student affairs.


▪ An earned doctorate degree.

▪ Demonstrated ability to lead in a multi-campus university.

▪ Progressive leadership experience in public higher education institutions.

▪ Experience with student outcomes assessment.

▪ Proven strategies and scalable initiatives with improving recruitment, retention and graduation rates among other specified outcomes.

▪ Demonstrated ability to develop and implement assessment plans, including the ability to use assessment results to improve the effectiveness of services and programs for students.

▪ Development and implementation of fundraising and development initiatives in student affairs.

▪ Ability to lead by example and keep campus leadership well informed on matters pertaining to the division.

▪ Current knowledge of federal requirements and ability to apply those within state and regional context.

▪ Understanding of the value of intercollegiate athletics to the campus culture and role in student engagement.

▪ Active participation and leadership in local, regional and/or national professional organizations.

To Apply:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile .

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be submitted by September 27, 2021 using WittKieffer’s candidate portal .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Lauren Bruce-Stets at .

Application Deadline:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile .

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be submitted by September 27, 2021 using WittKieffer’s candidate portal .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Lauren Bruce-Stets at .

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see , or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.

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