The University of Toledo invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and serving on the Senior Vice President’s Leadership Team, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students provides leadership, vision,
and oversight to the Division of Student Affairs and specifically to the offices of Student Conduct, Student Involvement and Leadership including Greek Life, Student Experience, and Multicultural Student Success. The AVP/Dean also acts as a principal advisor to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, providing leadership in retention planning and initiatives and fund raising and development.
About the University of Toledo
Founded in 1872, The University of Toledo (UT) is a research-active university. One of 14 public universities in Ohio, UT enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduate and 4,600 graduate students. Approximately 20% of students reside on campus, and the majority of the remaining 80% live within 3 ½ miles of campus. The 255-acre Bancroft Campus is the main campus location, providing a suburban atmosphere while remaining an integral part of the civic, cultural, and commercial life of the city of Toledo.
Over the last decade, the University has invested more than $300 million in capital projects across all four of UT’s campuses to renovate, rebuild and revitalize university student residence halls, athletics and recreation areas, student union building, and classroom facilities. With approximately 7,000 employees, the University of Toledo represents one of the largest employers in northwest Ohio, having a regional economic impact in excess of $1billion.
On July 1, 2015, the University of Toledo welcomed its seventeenth President, Dr. Sharon Gaber, who came to the University from the University of Arkansas where she served for six years as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. President Gaber has recently announced her priorities and goals for the University. They are: Grow UT’s Reputation and Prominence; Grow Research Funding; Grow Enrollment; Increase Retention and Graduation Rates; Grow Philanthropy; Reduce Administrative Overhead. Following Dr. Gaber’s announcement of these goals, the responsibilities of the former position of Dean of Students were expanded and realigned. The position of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students is the result of that realignment.
Additional information about the University of Toledo and Dr. Sharon Gaber may be found at www.utoledo.edu.
About the Position
As is the case with most public universities, The University of Toledo has experienced declining state appropriations to higher education over many years, scaling back its programs and operations to the point of not being able to provide appropriate support for its mission and goals. The declines in state appropriations as well as the process of updating the University’s strategic plan have served as catalysts for the University to rethink how it carries out its mission with a model that honors its past, upholds its core values, and achieves both high quality and financial sustainability. This process is underway. As part of the process, the University has been able to hire staff and faculty members into positions that had formerly been frozen. The upsurge in numbers of new staff members across the Division of Student Affairs produces a unique opportunity for new and future staff members to participate in shaping and focusing the work of the Division including the development of updated strategic plans that are aligned with the institutional priorities announced earlier this fall by President Garber. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AVPDOS) will play a significant role in these exciting conversations.
Taken together, these changes provide important and exciting opportunities for the AVPDOS and the other members of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs’ Leadership Team to add both effectiveness and efficiency to its responsibility for supporting student success and wellbeing.
The AVPDOS will provide leadership, administrative oversight and support to the Division of Student Affairs and specifically to the offices of Student Conduct, Multicultural Student Success, Student Experience, and Student Involvement and Leadership, including a Greek system of 30 organizations representing the National Pan-Hellenic Council, North American Inter-Fraternity Conference, and National Panhellenic Conference. The AVPDOS also acts as a principal advisor to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, providing leadership in retention planning and initiatives as well as fund raising and development. With the AVP/Director of Residence Life, the AVPDOS provides leadership in the development and implementation of the Division strategic plan. Responsibilities also include developing key relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus leaders to plan and implement strategic initiatives, develop partnerships and collaborations, resolve issues, and promote a sense of seamlessness in our students' curricular and co-curricular learning The AVPDOS is a preferred Campus Security Authority (CSA) and accepts all the obligations and responsibilities defined for CSA by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
Other duties include but are not limited to:
• Establish strategic goals and strategies that support student development within the context of higher education and provide support and oversight for dashboard development and other assessment initiatives within each managed department
• Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and their operational impact institutionally and beyond. Provide consultation on student conflict resolution, student due process and procedure
• Assist in the coordination of Student Affairs response to major crises and other unusual events impacting students within the University community
• Represent the Division of Student Affairs on behalf of the Senior Vice President on campus-wide initiatives and committees, including community partnerships and outreach
• Advise Student Government
• Administer the Student Code of Conduct and Title IX related responsibilities in the absence of the Student Conduct Officer.
The AVPDOS supervises a total staff of 20 including 6 direct reports, and oversees a budget of over $5,000,000.
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Higher Education, College Student Personnel or a related field as well as a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs, including time spent in the role of Dean of Students, Dean of Campus Life, or similar title.
The candidate’s professional experiences must include:
• Division-wide leadership roles for planning, development and implementation of initiatives such as student retention and/or fund raising and development
• Experience within large urban public university setting having a large proportion of commuter students
• Prior experience directing or supervising student conduct, student experience, student involvement and leadership, fraternity and sorority life, and/or multicultural student affairs
• Experience in hiring, training, developing, supervising, and appraising personnel
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement assessment plans, including the ability to use assessment results to improve the effectiveness of services and programs for students
• Knowledge of contracts, risk management, liability issues and hazing. Ability to interpret federal and local laws as they relate to the activities or goals of student groups
• Responsibilities for policy development and implementation, along with interpretation of university policies
• Experience working with campus law enforcement
• Current knowledge and experience investigating allegations of student misconduct including alleged Title IX violations
• Involvement and leadership within one or more professional associations
• Experience with media relations
• Demonstrated effectiveness as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.
• Broad knowledge of student development theories and higher education law, and ability to apply theories of student development and leadership to professional practice and programming
• Demonstrated knowledge and competence in assessment of student services as well as use of assessment results in making changes that improve the delivery of services and programs for students
• Familiarity with Title IX regulations and compliance
• Knowledge of processes of and leadership role in strategic planning for a Student Affairs Division.
Key competencies required for this position include but are not limited to:
• Evidence of success in building collaborative partnerships
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse population, both within and outside the University
• Advanced analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
• Ability to identify and analyze a variety of issues and problems, making recommendations for policy change and/or taking action to resolve
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions, and effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors
• Strong skills in areas of prioritizing, strategically planning, working in fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines in spite of frequent interruptions and change of focus
• Competence in managing complex administrative processes effectively and efficiently
• Competence in developing and managing budgets, including maintenance of appropriate departmental correspondence and reports
• Demonstrated skill in ensuring that unit and division project goals and objectives are met
• Strong crisis intervention and conflict resolution skills
• Ability to maintain high ethical standards and maintain composure while responding proactively to issues
• Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with a civil and respectful approach
• Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to multicultural needs
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
How to Apply
Nominators should send their nomination along with contact information for the person nominated.
Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the stated qualifications for the position along with a resume that reflects notable achievements.
Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to UT@wspelman.com. The subject line in the email should be UTAVP.
Confidential inquiries should be made to Leila Moore, Vice President, William Spelman Executive Search. Telephone number: (603)978-0316.
For full consideration, all materials should be received by Monday, December 14, 2015. Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.
The University of Toledo is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity University Campus