The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Director of Community Standards and Student Accountability

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a comprehensive urban university with a nationally recognized academic health center. UAB is the only public, four-year degree granting university in the state’s largest metropolitan area, the largest research institution in the state of Alabama, and the largest employer in Alabama. UAB attracts the best and brightest students from Alabama, the nation, and more than 100 countries around the world. In 2020, the University had its fifth straight year of overall record enrollment, with 22,563 undergraduate, graduate, pre-professional, and post-doctoral students. Nearly 66 percent of the student body attends the University full-time, and more than 72 percent of the freshmen live on campus. UAB is among 51 public and private universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and “community engagement.” In 2020, despite a global pandemic, research funding set a new record at $638 million, the University ranked in the top 30 among all public universities in funding from the National Institutes of Health, and UAB was named “America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer” by Forbes.

The Position
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Experience, The Director of Community Standards and Student Accountability provides comprehensive leadership, management, and organization for the office, overseeing a broad portfolio of responsibilities that support an institutional focus on student success, a culture of excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and a vision for cutting-edge technology and nationally-recognized best practices in student conduct. The Director is responsible for administering, managing, and further developing the non-academic conduct process, as well as developing and maintaining office operations, including oversight of human resources, budget, and quality of services.  The Director also provides vision and direction to students related to community standards and how to engage in community through a values-based approach. The Director partners closely with several individuals/departments on campus, including, but not limited to, the Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Legal Counsel, the UAB Police Department, and the University Compliance Office, to oversee the University’s compliance efforts for laws and regulations relating to student misconduct, as well as collaborating with various external departments and off-campus entities to develop and present campus education and training. The Director manages a staff of five, including three direct reports, and oversees a budget of $220,000. 

A master’s degree in higher education administration, counseling, college student personnel, or other relevant field, with five years of progressively responsible full-time related experience, is required. Previous experience in a collegiate student conduct and/or outreach environment, strong organizational abilities, the ability to build and support a cohesive team, and excellent written/oral communication skills are highly desired. Other preferred qualifications include prior experience with Title IX, including adjudication and/or investigation; proficiency working with behavioral intervention teams – non-clinical, interdisciplinary, decision-making behavioral teams for students of concern; and previous experience with a wide variety of student conduct, to include bias-related incidents, registered student organization conduct (including Greek-letter organizations), and gender-based behavioral concerns. An understanding of student development and leadership theory and its impact on practice, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, and the ability to foster strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders are highly desirable.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin October 29, 2021, 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 J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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