Iowa State University — Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 36,650 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVPDS) provides leadership within the Student Affairs division in advancing the mission and goals of the division, coordinating efforts within the units and with other University operations through development of strong communication and working relationships, contribution to executive decision making, and implementation of plans. The AVPDS is responsible for supporting student-centered learning through personal, community, and academic development programs. This position will create opportunities for students to be academically successful and challenge students to be independent, responsible learners; provide leadership for student-life functions that promote civility, celebrate diversity, and promote an inclusive campus climate; and implement programs and services that empower students as leaders and promote a sense of belonging for every student at Iowa State. Further, the AVPDS identifies and communicates student opinions to the faculty and administration and, at the same time, communicates and explains the reasons underlying University policies and regulations to students. The AVPDS provides leadership for the Academic Success Center; Student Disability Resources; Writing & Media Center; Hixson Awards/National Student Exchange; Multicultural Student Affairs; International Students & Scholars; Student Conduct; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Student Services; the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center; Greek Affairs; Student Assistance & Outreach; and Student Legal Services. The AVPDS is responsible for a budget of over $6 million and supervision of 52 professional staff.

The successful candidate will possess an ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and coordinate complex administrative operations; strong writing skills needed for preparing and interpreting policy statements; a demonstrated commitment to the ideals and principles of multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity; strong human relations skills; and effective management, motivation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills.

The successful candidate must possess a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and five years of related experience. Education must be in higher education or a closely related field and experience must be at a comparable level and include higher education with progressive leadership responsibilities in student programs. Preferred qualifications include experience collaborating with faculty and staff to provide educational programs and services that improve student success and retention; experience leading teams, operating in cross-functional settings, and managing crises; experience which demonstrates a strong background in research and assessment necessary to supervise research on student needs and issues; experience which demonstrates knowledge of current trends in higher education, including best practices, and student development theory; and experience supervising professional staff.

Review of applications will begin October 17, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Iowa State University – Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against.