The University of Alabama — Dean of Students / Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Founded in 1831 as the state’s first university and the Capstone of Higher Education, The University of Alabama (UA) is a comprehensive, student-centered research university. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service, UA provides a creative, nurturing campus environment where students can become the best individuals possible, learn from highly qualified faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state, and the world. The University of Alabama has seen unprecedented growth in both quality and numbers since 2003, with enrollment topping 30,000 for the first time in fall 2010 and reaching 38,563 in fall 2017. Students come from every state in the nation and from 82 countries around the world; additionally, UA is a leader among flagship universities nationwide in the enrollment of African Americans (12 percent). Academically, students can choose from 72 fields of study at the undergraduate level and learn in a campus environment where the student/faculty ratio averages 24:1. Graduate programs, built on these strong undergraduate foundations, concentrate on the development of original scholarship, competence in research, and creative activities, and students may choose from 122 fields of study at the graduate level. The University has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 51 Goldwater Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars, and 6 Boren Scholars, among many others. With a stunning 1,128-acre campus that is a proven recruitment tool, the University has made $2.18 billion in capital improvements in less than a decade with more than 90 buildings added to the campus since 2003, including 12 new residence halls.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life and serving as a key member of the Vice President’s Executive Council/Leadership Team, the Dean of Students/Assistant Vice President for Student Life plans, develops, and coordinates a wide range of activities, programs, and services that enhance the quality of student life at the University. The Dean/AVP provides leadership and supervision for the Associate Dean of Students, Blackburn Institute, Parent and Family Programs, Student Care and Wellbeing, Student Conduct, Student Government Association, Veteran and Military Affairs, Center for Service and Leadership, and the Women and Gender Resource Center. The Dean/AVP will also provide leadership for several key functional areas, including the Behavioral Intervention Team, Campus Ministries, National Student Exchange, development and update of university policies directly related to students and the Student Code of Conduct, and coordination of outreach to students and families during unexpected times of crises. In addition, the Dean/AVP promotes the cultivation of a meaningful student experience and enhancement of student success outcomes, and is responsible for fostering a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and stimulating campus life; in doing so, the Dean/AVP will be highly present and visible in the student environment. The Dean/AVP also ensures all initiatives are aligned with the mission and vision of the office of the Vice President and the University of Alabama, administering programs and services that promote student welfare and development. The Dean/AVP is responsible for a full-time staff of 57, including eight direct reports, and a $3 million budget.

A doctoral degree in higher education, counseling, student personnel services, student affairs administration, or other relevant field, with a minimum of 7 years of related experience, is highly preferred; candidates with a master’s degree and ten or more years of experience as a Dean/Director or Assistant/Associate Dean/Director, including substantial supervisory and management experience, will be considered. The successful candidate will possess demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning, systematic decision-making, and significant current issues affecting the administration of student life functions (e.g., legal issues, student development theory, risk management policies, multicultural issues, etc.). A history of publishing in the student affairs field, as well as sensitive, diplomatic, and articulate written and verbal communication skills are highly desirable. The successful candidate must be an accomplished public speaker and capable of representing the University at a multitude of events where public speaking is required. The ideal candidate must also possess a commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as evidenced through demonstrating self-awareness, understanding and valuing others, demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities, interacting effectively with a diversity of people, and fostering equity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin April 9, 2018, and 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 J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Alabama– Dean of Students/Assistant Vice President for Student Life
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The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.