University of Northern Iowa — Vice President for Student Affairs

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) provides a high quality and diverse educational experience with U.S. News and World Report ranking UNI in the top three among Midwest public universities for the past 18 years. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the University has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees in many programs—and possesses a distinctive mission as the comprehensive state university for Iowa. The University’s attractive size, with approximately 12,000 students, allows it to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. Picturesque riverfront Cedar Falls/Waterloo, with a combined population of 165,000, provides numerous recreational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities, and has a pleasant residential setting with a strong industrial base.

The Position
The Vice President for Student Affairs provides vision, executive leadership, and operational management for the University’s Student Affairs Division, which is comprised of the following departments: Student Success and Retention (New Student Programs, Orientation); Career Services; Student Life and Event Services; Center for Multicultural Education; Dean of Students (Assistance and Outreach, Student Disability Services, Military and Veterans Services, Student Conduct, LGBT* Center); Department of Residence (Residence Life, Residence Facilities, Dining Services); and Health and Recreation Services (Student Health Clinic, Counseling, Recreation Services, Student Wellness Services).

The Vice President is responsible for promoting student learning, success, and well-being and building a sense of engagement and campus community. The Vice President guides divisional programs to foster a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and stimulating campus life and to support University retention initiatives. The successful candidate will be actively engaged in student life and University culture, and will lead initiatives and forge partnerships to enhance meaningful learning experiences. The ultimate objective will be to optimize each student’s educational journey with high quality experiences within a student-centered environment. This position reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Executive Management Team, working closely with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Chief Diversity Officer.

A doctorate from an accredited institution and progressive, senior management experience in higher education and student affairs are required. Among a broad array of desired qualities, the successful candidates will also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary higher education and current national trends and best practices; strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; sensitivity and skill to work with diverse student and employee populations with a commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. The Vice President will also have experience with, and understanding of, budgeting and financial and human resource management. The Vice President must possess an open, transparent leadership style—with the ability to effectively collaborate with students, student organizations, faculty, staff, parents, and community members. Candidates must exhibit a commitment to educational excellence and continuous improvement, with skills to effectively represent the University to external stakeholders.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin November 11, 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 Peter W. Rosenberg at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
University of Northern Iowa – Vice President for Student Affairs
Peter W. Rosenberg, Senior Associate

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UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law. The University offers an excellent benefits package including a vacation plan, employer sponsored retirement plans, health and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance. Criminal and other relevant background checks are required. UNI is a smoke free campus.