University of Kansas — Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Position Overview
The Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Kansas serves as a senior member on the Student Affairs leadership team and reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. This position supervises and provides overall leadership and direction for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Center, Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, and Office Multicultural Affairs. Additionally, this position coordinates the University Awards program and the Bias Education Response Team (BEST), and Student Affairs strategic approach to elevate diversity, equity, and social justice across all programs and services. This position works collaboratively to promote and support the role of Student Affairs in a complex and changing environment.

The Office of Student Affairs houses the University’s student services organizations which provide services and programs designed to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Student Affairs works in partnership with other members of the campus community in the creation, enhancement, coordination, and assessment of services and activities beyond academics and serves as an advocate for students across the University community.

This position will work on-site. In a continuing effort to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must meet all position requirements by the effective date of the appointment.

The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the University, education, arts, and research and regularly appears in various “best town” listings. Lawrence is centrally located between the State of Kansas Capitol in Topeka and the major metropolitan community of Kansas City.

Job Duties:
25% – Serves on the Student Affairs Senior Leadership team to provide leadership, planning and administrative support for Student Affairs offices.

25% – Supervision and evaluation of personnel, fiscal management, and budget oversight.

20% – Develop initiatives that foster community, belonging, equity, and inclusive excellence. Collaborate with campus partners to create, encourage, and elevate diversity, equity, and social justice. Ensure a framework of equity and social justice is embedded into the day-to-day work in Student Affairs. Oversee, implement, and review the university’s recruitment and retention efforts to increase persistence and graduation for all historically under-represented and under-served undergraduate and graduate student populations.

20% – Address concerns regarding students and serve as a contact for students, faculty, staff, and family members needing assistance and direction related to student support services. Advocate for student needs and concerns and advance student engagement in decision-making to promote persistence and graduation.

10% – Other duties as needed, including supporting Student Senate; serving as a member of the KU On Call Team; and representation of Student Affairs at University events and services on various University committees.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate, juris doctorate or other terminal degree.
  2. Minimum of three years of full time, professional experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibilities, professional experience, and leadership.
  3. Experience working with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community as demonstrated by experience, application materials, interview, and references.
  4. Experience supervising full-time staff.
  5. Experience with budget oversight and management.
  6. Experience working collaboratively across departments, units or with various constituency groups.
  7. Experience ensuring continuous improvements, efficiency, and assessment in student services that aid in retention and graduation as demonstrated by experience, developed reporting analytics and confirmed by references.
  8. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Seven years of progressive leadership focused on social justice and designing, implementing, and managing programs that bring about social change and equality for vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  2. Experience addressing student needs related to student development and well-being in order to increase retention, academic progress and graduation rates; including assessing program effectiveness on student recruitment, retention and persistence.
  3. Evidence of data-driven assessment of the program/service needs of today’s college students.
  4. Familiar with referral processes and typical campus resources.
  5. Experience providing consultation to university faculty, staff and administration regarding student support.
  6. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations.
  7. Experience in policy and procedure development.
  8. Willingness to initiate change while managing multiple and concurrent tasks.
  9. Experience working at a large, public university.
  10. Commitment to professional development and professional associations as evidence by membership and/or presentation.

Additional Candidate Instructions
The University of Kansas is accepting online application materials at:

Evaluation of requirements will be based upon a letter of application describing your work and experiences as it relates to the position and qualification requirements, a resume and contact information (email and phone) for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented with the following question at the time of application, please answer one or the other of the questions. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Please define and differentiate diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. How do you apply the different frameworks to your work?
  • Discuss one social justice/DEI framework (or theory/literature) and how it guides your approach to this work.

Review of applications will begin July 26, 2021 and will continue as needed until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. If you have any questions about this position, please email us at

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).