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Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Illinois Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 1, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Executive, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a top research university with an ethnically rich and culturally diverse campus community and is highly respected as a leader in providing access to underrepresented students. Recognized by Carnegie Classifications as a doctoral university with very high research activity, UIC is the city’s largest university and Chicago’s only public research university. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs within 16 academic colleges including the highest-ranked undergraduate business program in Chicago, the nation’s largest medical school, and one of the top-ranked nursing programs in the U.S. UIC serves more than 34,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. With one of the largest colleges of medicine in the nation, and colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, social work, and applied health sciences, UIC is the principal educator of health professionals in Illinois and a major healthcare provider to underserved communities. 

Job Summary

This position coordinates the administration of the Dean of Students Office for the University of Illinois Chicago, serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote student success, and wellbeing. This position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serves on the Division’s Executive Leadership Team. With other members of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team, the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students creates a culture of learning and engagement for UIC students by applying student development theories and learning outcomes that promote students' academic and personal success, thereby increasing student satisfaction and student retention. 


Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties)

  • Provide direction and supervision of the units and directors within the Dean of Students Office.
  • Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus and community leaders to enhance planning and implementing strategic initiatives, resolving issues, and responding to crisis incidents.
  • Coordinate Student Affairs response to major crisis and other unusual events impacting students within the University Community.
  • Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis including intervening with mental health staff, providing victim advocacy, and working with staff and students affected by the crisis.
  • Serve as chair of the Campus Behavioral Assessment Team.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures. 
  • Serve as a resource to university faculty and staff in dealing with students' disruptive behavior within and outside the classroom.
  • Develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning in collaboration with Academic Affairs.
  • Communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders.
  • Foster an inclusive University community and promote equity for all students.
  • Oversee outreach to diverse student populations to support institutional diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, budgets and operating procedures.
  • Performs department/program assessments and evaluations to determine effectiveness, and implements corrective action as required for improvement.
  • Designs, establishes, and maintains staffing and an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the department function; recruits, employs, trains, supervises, and evaluates department staff.
  • Directs and oversees the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Represents the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.
  • Handles emergency and crisis situations that pertain to students and campus life.
  • Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; Serves on university planning and policy-making committees.
  • Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  • Plans, assigns and reviews work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hires, trains, develops and manages staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

  • Master's degree with at least seven years of higher education experience related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • A strong record of success as a supervisor, including but not limited to performance evaluation, professional development, setting individual goals, and assessment of performance effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.
  • A high level of collegiality in working with other student affairs units as well as campus and community constituencies along with the ability to build collaborative relationships characterized by mutual respect, trust, and commitment to shared goals. Integrity, creativity, energy, and decisiveness along with the capacity to engage and inspire others.
  • Highly effective in all aspects of crisis management, including the ability to work collaboratively with others in managing crises. 
  • Excellence as a manager of complex organizational processes, heavy reliance on assessment data to inform decisions, superb supervision and professional development skills.
  • Effectiveness in setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goal and objectives are met.
  • Strong skills in developing and managing budgets. Sensitive, diplomatic, and highly articulate in written and verbal communications with all constituencies.
  • Well-developed skills in assessing organizational effectiveness and identifying areas of strength as well as needs for improvement.


  • A doctoral level degree.
  • Demonstrated 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in student affairs in higher education, with specific experience in advocacy, crisis management, case management, and wellness/wellbeing initiatives.
  • Prior administrative management and leadership experience in the context of a large research university.
  • Direct experience working with graduate/professional students and graduate/professional school academic partners.
  • A demonstrated commitment to and record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and exemplary skill in communicating and collaborating with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated skill in creating collaborative networks and maintaining key strategic relationships over time.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.

For fullest consideration, please submit application materials online by April 11, 2022. Please note the University’s policy requires that all employees be fully vaccinated within four weeks of hire or have a documented medical or religious exemption once hired.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.


Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks and other pre-employment assessments on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background Checks will be performed in compliance with state and federal law.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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