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

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. More than 500 National Merit Scholars are currently enrolled at The University of Alabama, making it a leader among public universities nationwide. More than 40 percent of the fall 2017 freshman class scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, and 38 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The University has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 53 Goldwater Scholars, 33 Hollings Scholars, and 13 Boren Scholars, among many others. Fifteen UA alumni and students won Fulbright awards for 2018-19, and two UA students and alumni received Fulbright research awards. In the last two years, UA has approved 20 new master’s programs, three new doctoral programs, and four graduate certificates. These new and expanded graduate education programs are transforming the campus, and fueling UA’s goal to take on a more innovative and influential role in American higher education. With a stunning 1,377-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. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a growing, vibrant community that is the center of commerce, healthcare, and education in West Alabama.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life and serving as a key member of the Vice President’s Executive Council/Leadership Team, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students plans, develops, and coordinates a wide range of activities, programs, and services that enhance the quality of student life at the University of Alabama. The AVP/Dean provides leadership and supervision for the Associate Dean of Students, Blackburn Institute, Center for Service and Leadership, Parent and Family Programs, Student Care and Well-being, Student Conduct, Veteran and Military Affairs, and the Women and Gender Resource Center. The AVP/Dean will also provide leadership for several key functional areas, including the Behavioral Intervention Team, Interfaith Council, National Student Exchange, development and update of university policies directly related to students and the Code of Student Conduct, and coordination of outreach to students and families during times of crises. In addition, the AVP/Dean 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 AVP/Dean will be highly present and visible in the student environment. The AVP/Dean also ensures all initiatives are aligned with the mission and vision of the Division of Student Life and the University of Alabama, administering programs and services that promote student welfare and development. The AVP/Dean is responsible for a full-time staff of 57, including seven 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 seven 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. Demonstrated experience at a large, residential, four-year institution (Carnegie Doctoral Universities/Higher Research Activity), flagship, or similar institution is also highly preferred.

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, including admissions events. 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 October 8, 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 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.