Western Michigan University — Associate Vice President for Campus Life

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 for campus life (AVPCL) provides oversight and direction of auxiliary operations, capital construction, renovation and deferred maintenance of both student fee and non-student fee supported facilities. The AVPCL provides leadership for housing and residence life, dining services, the student center, finance and infrastructure, and facilities management as well as related functions including contracts, management of outsourced custodial operations, summer conferences, Kanley Chapel, campus cafés and other retail operations. In addition, the AVPCL provides oversight of strategic planning and goals within the AVPCL portfolio; data-driven decision-making based on ongoing assessment and evaluation of programs and services; and support for the vision, mission and strategic priorities of student affairs with the focused intent of improving the student experience. The AVPCL provides leadership for 130 full and part-time staff including 61 AFSCME employees and 535 students, and oversees a budget from $36 to $40 million.

A master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, business or a related field and at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience working directly with student leaders and student learning are required. A doctorate in higher education, student affairs, business or a related field; experience in student affairs management at a four- year institution of higher education; and at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience in housing and residence life, dining, student centers/student unions, or other functional areas in student affairs that relate to the AVPCL portfolio are preferred. The ideal candidate will be focused on intentionally shaping environments, policies and practices in order to positively impact the overall student experience; committed to engaging in this work from a justice, diversity, equity and inclusion lens; and forward thinking, collaborative and adept at empowering others to envision the future.

Review of applications will begin June 9, 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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