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Vice President of Student Affairs

University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2022

The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington or UTA) is seeking applicants for the role of Vice President for Student Affairs. This position reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  The new Vice President for Student Affairs leads a complex and diverse student affairs division at one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Carnegie R-1 universities located in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan regions in the country. This role is a champion and advocate for student engagement and success, placing students first, understanding their needs, and providing a broad range of high-quality programs and services.

Accepting applications through January 27, 2023.

The ideal candidate is also expected to lead and create community among diverse types of students to include undergraduate and graduate students who choose to live in residence, travel to campus, or learn online. The ideal candidate will also foster an environment of inclusiveness and support to accommodate a diverse student body. UT Arlington is seeking an inclusive leader that is adept at influencing through relationships and a leader that possesses excellent communication skills including listening, speaking, and writing. Applicants should have significant leadership experience working in a complex organization, ideally a research university, with the ability to lead the development of a student affairs strategic plan and its implementation. Successful candidates will also have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, especially the ability to communicate complex technical information.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leading and effectively managing a complex/diverse student affairs division of approximately 30 units and 220 professional team members on a large, urban university campus.
  • Creating community among diverse types of students to include residential, commuter, and online students, undergraduate and graduate; fostering an environment of inclusiveness and support to accommodate a diverse student body.
  • Having an effective and innovative leadership approach for the student affairs division, policy development, strategic planning, applying human resource skills with staff, political acumen when interacting with faculty and campus leadership, and structural leadership as well as mentorship with students.
  • Establishing collaborative initiatives that bring students, administrators, faculty and staff from multiple departments together to ensure student success.
  • Being knowledgeable, and at the forefront on current thinking regarding issues and trends in higher education, with specific interest/attention in student affairs.
  • Maintaining successful programs and further develop new student support/service program(s), meeting the changing needs of students in areas such as student conduct, student governance, residence life, career services, student health, counseling/mental health, international education, student activities, and organizations, campus recreation, advocacy services, disability services, transition programs, and student media.
  • Providing operational oversight, directing programs and services that align with the University’s planning priorities while developing innovative strategies to support student success, retention, and timely graduation.
  • Maintaining a visible profile both on campus and with external constituencies and engages with the faculty, students, alumni, parents, and staff communities.
  • Promoting the learning, achievement and academic personal and social development of a diverse and robust student body while maintaining a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
  • Advocate for students by working effectively to promote engagement and enrich the University experience for all students.
  • Foster effective collaborative partnerships with faculty, academic departments, staff, senior administrators, parents and students to provide a seamless holistic learning environment that blends the classroom and out-of-classroom experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs in a comprehensive public or private institution of higher education.
  • A Master’s degree or terminal degree in higher education administration, student personnel or other appropriate and relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability as an energetic and confident leader who is comfortable maintaining high visibility. Excellent communications skills including listening, speaking, and writing. Adept at influencing through relationships.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented style – team builder. Ability to develop solid collaborative relationships internally and externally.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad range of people. Strong presentation skills.
  • The ability to develop, mentor and encourage staff to embrace change and improve the organization. The ability to effectively lead and motivate a team to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Established value-based leadership skills that emphasize creation of strategic vision and innovation.

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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