National Institute on Aging

University of Minnesota Twin Cities — Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

The flagship of the University of Minnesota System, the Twin Cities campus is Minnesota’s only land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation with over 50,000 students. Founded in 1851 near Saint Anthony Falls on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is one of five universities in the nation with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. 

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs (VPSA), the associate vice president (AVP) and dean of students (DOS) provides leadership and strategic direction for student advocacy and support programs that lead to individual student success. This position collaborates with colleges, faculty, staff, parents, and community agencies to provide resources and address concerns in the best interest of students. As a VPSA leadership team member, the AVP/DOS provides vision, leadership, and oversight of the office for community standards, the CARE program, the student parent help center, the student conflict resolution center, the Aurora Center for advocacy and education, and student advocate services. The university relies on the AVP/DOS and designated units to provide urgent crisis response and problem-solving services to students and other staff and faculty working with students. This position supervises 21 full- time staff and six direct reports and manages a budget of $2.26 million. 

The position requires a master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in college student personnel, higher education, counseling, psychology, or related fields and significant leadership experience in a college or university setting with a focus on student advocacy and support programs. The successful candidate will have experience working with diverse populations (including students and department staff), and a demonstrated, active commitment to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. In addition, experience in crisis intervention and response, student conduct, and conflict resolution engaging students, faculty, staff, and families is required. The AVP/DOS will be a strategic, collaborative leader who can infuse emerging trends and best practices into a complex unit of offices, programs, services, and initiatives to meet students’ needs. Further, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated supervisory experience and an analytical mindset embracing the use of data to make informed decisions. 

Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2023, 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 Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email 

The public salary range is $145K – $155K with relocation assistance to be negotiated. 

This position follows a hybrid weekly work schedule. 

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The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The university is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. 

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