South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in learning, teaching, and service; provides lifelong educational opportunities; and serves as a cultural, intellectual, and economic resource for the community. To accomplish this mission, the college celebrates, promotes, and nurtures the diverse community created and cultivated by our students, faculty, and staff.
Under the direction of the college president, the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO), is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, and maintains regular communication between the president, cabinet, and the departments relating to support services for students. The VPSA provides campus-wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and direction for functions, including retention, student success supports such as counseling and tutoring, student activities, student organizations, and student life. The VPSA leads the teams responsible for NJCAA athletics, the Testing and Learning Center, Student Center, and grant programs such as Arkansas Career Coaches and Upward Bound. The VPSA will also be responsible for leadership in student housing development.
The VPSA will partner with the Vice President for Academic Affairs on enrollment management, registration, financial aid, college transition, and transfer, Title IX compliance, and student conduct. The VPSA will also collaborate on the recruitment of new students.
I. The Vice President for Student Affairs will supervise the deans within the Student Affairs Division, the college’s athletics staff, student affairs support staff, and any future student housing staff.
II. The Vice President for Student Affairs has responsibility for the following:
Providing leadership to ensure that the division designs, develops, evaluates, and delivers a comprehensive array of programs and services which fulfill the institutional mission in the areas of enrollment, student success, and student support Providing leadership to develop each student’s human potential fully while striving to create a community of learners who value diversity, knowledge, and integrity Providing leadership for establishing multi-year tactical and annual operational goals designed to implement the strategic goals of the College, the President, and the Board of Trustees Recommending organizational structures, personnel, and resources to ensure a student-centered, learner-centered environment at all levels Providing oversight for all campus-based student development programs, including counseling, advising, tutoring, student advocacy, student activities, student organizations, and other programs and services Collaborating with campus leaders on fostering and promoting new opportunities for educational partnerships with high schools and public and private sector entities Providing leadership for handling campus emergencies, Title IX training and reporting, resolving student issues and complaints promptly, and communicating and interpreting College policies and procedures Providing leadership for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating college programs and services to support student success and college-wide student outcomes Developing and overseeing department budgets, schedules, and facilities utilization, and coordinating programs and services with other campus personnel Working in collaboration with the college’s advancement team, developing and managing appropriate fundraising strategies for athletics and other student-focused enterprises Serving as a liaison between the campus and local communities in matters relating to student affairs and fostering partnerships within local communities, where appropriate Leading staff in planning and assessment measures to assure student success and achievement of college-wide outcomes and strategic goals and initiatives Encouraging the professional development process for division staff Assisting in the preparation of the annual budget Assisting in the planning for new facilities and equipment Assisting in the preparation of the college catalog Assisting in the formulation of college procedures Approving travel and purchase requisitions for division personnel Preparing federal, state, and other reports as required or assigned by the college president Coordinating the writing of proposals for external funding for special programs Collaborate on the process for academic advising Providing leadership for developing or revising college policies, procedures, and operational activities related to enrollment management and student success Providing leadership on initiatives designed to enhance students’ job readiness and employer relationships Representing the college at meetings and conferences as required or requested Serving as a team member for the college during the selection process of employees within the division Providing leadership and guidance for shared governance committees and councils Recommending initiatives and providing oversight of college efforts designed to strengthen the college’s relationships with community-based or state organizations and other external entities Providing leadership to ensure quality outcomes in all aspects of the college’s extended campus programs Performing other duties as assigned by the college president
III. The Vice President for Student Affairs should possess the following knowledge, skills, and characteristics:
Knowledge of college, state, and federal policies and procedures affecting assigned work Knowledge of curriculum and program development Knowledge of management practices and principles Knowledge of instructional programming Knowledge of enrollment management Knowledge of student development programs and services, financial aid, and federal compliance Knowledge of strategic planning, assessment, and use of appropriate measures for improvement Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques Knowledge of technological applications in areas of supervision Skill in solving difficult problems Skill in the initiative and follow through Skill in analyzing data and making appropriate recommendations Skill in developing and implementing policies and procedures Skill in acting as a community liaison and college representative Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, faculty, students, and the public Skill in presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing Skill in advocating for college programs and initiatives Ability to manage multiple projects and inspire others to achieve objectives Ability to work within an open and team environment using collaborative approaches Ability to lead and collaborate with faculty and staff effectively Ability to focus faculty and staff on student learning Ability to motivate and inspire faculty and staff across campuses Ability to commit to establishing, maintaining, and assessing collaborative educational and service programs Ability to foster campus-wide partnerships to promote educational quality
IV. Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university in a field of study closely related to student success required Five years of administrative/supervisory experience Five years of progressive experience in student services Computer skills Distinguished record of administration and community college student services experience Competence in leadership, planning, assessment, and budgeting A commitment to quality student-centered service and student success. Work schedule requiring some evenings and weekends
V. Preferred Qualifications
Doctorate from a regionally accredited university in a field of study closely related to student success is highly preferred Experience managing NJCAA athletics Experience managing student housing Experience developing comprehensive procedures around student success and student conduct Jenzabar J1 and/or EX experience highly preferred and encouraged to apply