Western Michigan University — Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) currently enrolls over 21,000 students on its five campuses in and around Kalamazoo. WMU is redefining what it means for a student to be successful in a changing world. While historically a high GPA and academic performance would be strong evidence of preparedness for the world of work, they believe that the world is calling for a new kind of strength – the kind that comes from academic strength paired with a clear sense of purpose and the strength that comes from a focus on holistic well-being. 

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president and dean of students (AVP/DOS) strategically oversees and provides administrative oversight for areas and initiatives focused on promoting wellbeing and student engagement, with a deep understanding and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This oversight includes a strong foundation of assessment and programmatic evaluation that leads to data-informed decision-making, with the focused intent of improving the student experience. The AVP/DOS provides leadership for the office of student conduct, office of student engagement, health promotion and education, the Sindecuse health center (which includes counseling services), and the student recreation center. In addition, the AVP/DOS serves as chair of the early intervention team, oversees the student emergency relief fund and collaborates with the office of student transitions to provide resources for families. The AVP/DOS plays a critical role in championing a collaborative approach to student wellbeing and works very closely with academic affairs colleagues in the provost’s office as well as academic advisors, student success staff, faculty and other academic administrators across the campus. The AVP/DOS oversees a $15 million budget and provides leadership for 51 full and part-time staff, 10 faculty and 174 student employees. 

A master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, or a related field and at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience in student engagement, wellbeing, crisis management, early intervention teams, student conduct, and/or student development initiatives are required. A doctoral degree in higher education administration, student affairs or a related field is preferred. The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader who is able to inspire a shared vision and enables others to engage in the process to develop the strategies and goals to operationalize the vision, and a highly relational leader who serves as an advocate and champion for student success with a demonstrated passion for working with college students. In addition, candidates should possess a contemporary understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion issues impacting students, especially those from marginalized communities and how these issues impact their wellbeing and overall success; experience in recruiting, selecting, on-boarding, supervising, retaining and providing professional growth opportunities for a diverse staff; and demonstrated success in implementing change based on data-informed decision-making processes.

Review of applications will begin May 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Western Michigan University website at www.wmich.edu 

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