Iowa State University — Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Iowa State University is one of the most student-centered public research universities in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As an internationally respected university ranked in the top tier of public universities by U.S. News and World Report and an invited member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student adventure rich in social and academic diversity. More than 33,300 students choose from 100 majors and hone their leadership skills in more than 900 clubs and student organizations. Iowa State’s land-grant research initiatives from its 100 centers and institutes help solve society’s greatest challenges and offer students opportunities to learn from and work alongside world-class scholars and researchers. A culturally diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 Conference sports and a tradition of international cultural performances make campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 67,000 ranked as the number one “Best College Town in America” by and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the president, the senior vice president for student affairs provides executive leadership and vision for a large and comprehensive portfolio of student life programs, services, and initiatives to create a campus climate that enriches living and learning experiences, promotes academic achievement, and supports the personal development and overall well-being and success of all Iowa State students. The senior vice president provides oversight for the dean of students office (academic success center; center for LGBTQIA+ student success; Hixson opportunity awards; international students and scholars office; Margaret Sloss center for women and gender equity; office of multicultural student affairs; national student exchange; parent and family programs; office of sorority and fraternity engagement; student accessibility services; office of student assistance; office of student conduct; student legal services; student support services; TRIO student support services program; veterans center; and writing and media center), student health and wellness (Thielen student health center; student wellness; student counseling services; and recreation services), campus life (department of residence, memorial union, campus dining), learning communities, assessment and research, NCORE-ISCORE, educational talent search, and upward bound.

The senior vice president works closely with a strong divisional leadership team to oversee strategic planning, organizational development, programs and activities, resource allocation, policy development, and personnel management. Additionally, the senior vice president participates actively in all aspects of institutional planning and program development in support of Iowa State’s mission and strategic plan; works collaboratively with other administrative divisions across the university to identify and advance shared goals and interests; participates on committees and in activities to promote the success and growth of the institution, administration, faculty, staff, and students; and, participates in professional organizations and community activities to promote the institution locally, statewide, and nationally. The senior vice president manages a division with an annual budget of approximately $150 million and a full-time staff of 679, 44 graduate students, and over 2,800 student staff.

An earned doctorate in higher education administration, student development, student personnel, or a related field and ten years of progressively responsible administrative experience managing and solving complex problems in higher education, preferably in student affairs or student development, are required. The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of strong management skills supervising a comprehensive student services organization in higher education; demonstrated success developing and implementing innovative and creative ideas to provide a safe environment while meeting the challenges of a dynamic campus and student body; experience collaborating with academic affairs and other institutional partners, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. The preferred candidate will demonstrate a commitment to fostering Iowa State’s student-centered culture; a passion and enthusiasm for working with a diverse community of students and colleagues in a high achieving, fast-paced environment; knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of student development and success; sound judgment in the development and implementation of creative programs; a strong team orientation committed to human capital, staff development and education, and overall well-being; and, an understanding and consideration of the complexities of serving at a state institution of higher education. 

Review of applications will begin May 27, 2020 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 Mark Hall at  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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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. This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.