University of Mississippi — Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

The University of Mississippi invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students.

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, known to alumni, students, and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities—Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics, and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. Its 15 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law, and pharmacy, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, renowned for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning, and opportunities for community action. Ole Miss is located in Oxford, a vibrant university town filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

The assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students (assistant vice chancellor) reports directly to the vice chancellor for student affairs and serves as a member of the vice chancellor’s leadership team. This visible campus leader, advocate for students, and builder of community is responsible for enhancing student engagement and leadership development, fostering a culture of care, and providing critical student support in times of need. 

The assistant vice chancellor oversees a portfolio that includes the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct, Office of Fraternal Leadership & Learning, Ole Miss Student Union, and Student Advocacy and Case Management. Additionally, the position is responsible for developing and providing guidance on campus policy; directing and coordinating crisis response; facilitating and supporting efforts to cultivate a more inclusive campus climate; advising students and student organizations; serving as liaison to faculty and staff committees; developing and writing reports; co-facilitating the Chancellor’s Leadership Class; managing large-scale budgets; coordinating various University events and functions; serving as liaison to parents and alumni; serving as chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT); serving as chair of the Who’s Who/Hall of Fame Committees; and representing the Division of Student Affairs on other committees as assigned by the vice chancellor.

The assistant vice chancellor manages budgets totaling $2 million, supervises five direct reports, oversees approximately 30 full- and part-time staff members, and serves as co-advisor to the Associated Student Body.

Requirements include a master’s degree in higher education, student affairs administration, or a related field and seven (7) years of work experience related to the above-described duties. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree are strongly encouraged to apply.  

This position requires a record of demonstrated effective leadership experience in a college or university setting; experience responding to and managing student crisis situations; utilizing initiative and creativity in dealing with complex and sometimes sensitive issues; evidence of excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills; proven ability to handle confidential information; leadership in planning, implementing, assessing, and advocating for a wide range of learning opportunities and services with a student-centered approach; experience in financial management and staff development; cultural competence; knowledge of issues and trends behavioral intervention and case management; knowledge of issues and trends in student learning and outcomes assessment, policy development, and strategic planning; evidence of data-driven analysis and decision-making employed in shaping programs and services; and a proven record of leading a team of diverse colleagues to foster collaboration and engagement between the campus and the broader community.

The University of Mississippi has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by May 3, 2019, will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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