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Senior Assistant/Assistant Vice President, Student Life

University of Nevada
Nevada, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Assistant/Assistant Vice President, Student Life, Student Affairs [R0128493].


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV   is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. 

Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.

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The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment. 


Student Life Equity & Inclusion

Student Life is firmly committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming for all people.  This reflects our commitment and journey to bringing multiple perspectives to our community; supporting our students, staff and guests; bringing equity into society and embracing new ideas.  This includes the following components:

  • Engage in ongoing self-reflection, learning, and development
  • Be an agent of organizational change
  • Use your position and influence to confront, teach, and learn about issues of equity and inclusion


This position works under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Life and exists to provide assistance with senior level leadership for the Student Life unit comprised of multiple departments within the Division of Student Affairs.  

Working along with the Associate Vice President, the Senior Assistant/Assistant Vice President for Student Life must be able to create a cohesive vision for student theory developments within this position’s portfolio, and lead with innovation in mind.

The individual holding this position is expected to provide direct management, supervision, and budgetary oversight for Campus Recreation Services, Service Learning & Leadership, Student Diversity & Social Justice, Student Involvement & Activities, and Student Union & Event Services. In addition, the Senior Assistant/Assistant Vice President must have experience with change management under a unit that has recently undergone restructure.

Student Life recognizes the depth and breadth of the diversity represented at UNLV. The diversity of the student body at UNLV includes age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.

In order for students to be competitive in the global marketplace and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse world, we must embody inclusion. Creating an inclusive campus environment is a long-term commitment.  The successful candidate must have a comprehensive broad approach to embedding appreciation of all students, and inclusion best practices into the very fabric of UNLV’s culture through programming, operations, and services. The Senior Assistant/Assistant Vice President for Student Life will work towards:

  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment through co-curricular programming and engagement with students
  • Deepen the students’ ability to share and to engage with diverse perspectives
  • Maximize the success and inclusion of all students, staff, and faculty
  • Make diversity, equity, access, and inclusion a shared responsibility throughout the campus community

The individual is expected to work collaboratively with other members of the unit to implement top tier initiatives to enhance the Division of Student Affairs.


Student Life has identified 7 behaviors traits of a leader that leadership should practice:

Engage team with intent to gain consensus


Elevates staff and provide opportunities

Shares a clear vision

Works well in a crisis situation

Leads efficiently

Provides clear, straightforward communication


Per the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Emergency COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy, all NSHE employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious waiver request.  All candidates for employment must have this information on file with Human Resources prior to their start date. Information about how the policy applies to new hires is now available on the COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Mandate webpage.  


This position requires a Master’s degree (Doctorate’s preferred) from a regionally accredited college or university in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, MBA, or closely related and a minimum of 5 years post-bachelors of increasing responsibility in leadership and successful experience in:

  • establishing a strategic vision for inclusive excellence, inspiring and facilitating cultural change, and the ability to use data and research to inform analysis, assessment and measurement of effective diversity and inclusions programs
  • developing a comprehensive budget involving multiple departments.
  • selection, supervision, evaluation, and development of professional, classified and student staff members 

Additionally, it requires the selected candidate to have: 

  • a current working knowledge and experience with alleged Title IX violations and the Clery Act
  • exemplary interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership and management ability, and experience with annual planning, outcome assessment and report writing
  • the ability to interact effectively with a wide diversity of people, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to communicate well in verbal and written form

Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.


  • Experience working in a Dean of Students Office is preferred.
  • Experience within a large urban public university setting having a large proportion of commuter students preferred.
  • Additional experience in training, student and staff development; public speaking; planning, coordinating and completing large scale, detail-orientated projects and events preferred.


The starting salary is $125,000.00 depending upon skills, education, and experience. Position is contingent upon funding.  


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. 

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on February 16, 2022. Materials should be addressed to Steve Mckellips, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0128493” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.

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