Vice President for Student Affairs

The University of Alabama in Huntsville in Alabama

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 30, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Vice President for Student Affairs

 

 

The Opportunity 

 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). The dynamic and creative individual chosen for this professional position will serve as the chief student affairs officer of the university.  Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs works collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the deans of the six colleges (Business Administration, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Honors, Nursing, and Science) and the School of Graduate Studies to create a campus culture that promotes student success, to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for a diverse student body, and to foster a sense of community among the students.  The VPSA is specifically responsible for the overall leadership, administration and management of the Division of Student Affairs.  These responsibilities include enrollment management: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, communications, analytics, technology and operations; student life; student transition programs; student activities, student organizations, student conduct, student health services, counseling, new and transfer student orientations, special events, intramurals, and Charger Union; Career Center:  job search, career development, internships and co-operative education programming; student programming for Auxiliary Services:  housing and residence life, campus conferences and events, residential programming and education, operations, dining services and bookstore.

 

The Greater Huntsville Community: Located in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama, Huntsville is the home of NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center, where the first rockets to take Americans to the moon were designed and built.  Huntsville has an international reputation as a high tech center with ties to NASA, the Armys Redstone Arsenal, and major government and private research organizations.  UAH is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest university-related research park in the United States, and home to 285 companies, including many of the nations top aerospace and defense and engineering-related companies, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Raytheon, Boeing and Siemens. 

 

The Huntsville community is recognized nationally for its strong economy and high levels of educational attainment. Huntsville was named one of 10 great places to be inspired by innovation by USA Today in 2013. In 2012, The Atlantic Cities publication named Huntsville as one the nations Top Ten Leading Creative Class Metros. The Gallup organization ranked Huntsville the fourth Most Optimistic City in America in 2012. Also, in 2012, Kiplingers Magazine ranked Huntsville the third Best City for Mid-Career Professionals in the nation. In 2011, the Milken Institute named it one of the top 10 best performing cities in the country. In 2010, the TechAmerica Foundation reported that Huntsvilles concentration of high tech workers is second in the nation only to San Joses Silicon Valley. Forbes magazine named Huntsville as one of the worlds smartest cities in 2009.

In addition to its diversified high-tech economy, Huntsville is rich in cultural and recreational activities with a thriving music and arts scene.  The population of the metropolitan area is over 400,000 and growing. The public schools are among the best in the nation.  For more information on the Greater Huntsville Community, visit http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com.

 

 

 

The University: UAH prepares students for demanding positions in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. Since 2008, the University has completed or currently has under way more than $150 million of new construction.  The University has developed and is implementing a new strategic plan and campus master plan to plot a vision for the University for the next five to ten years.  A new Welcome Center and Student Services Building is in the design phase with construction to begin late summer 2014.  For more information on the strategic plan, visit http://www.uah.edu/president/strategic-plan.

 

Academics at UAH:   UAH offers 71 degree-granting programs that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 33 bachelor's degree programs, 23 masters' degree programs, and 15 doctoral programs through its five academic colleges -- Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science as well as the School of Graduate Studies. Total enrollment is approximately 7,400, including approximately 1,700 graduate students. Undergraduates include 44 percent women, 56 percent men. UAH 2013 freshmen class scored an average of 26 on the ACT examinations, among the best of Alabama's public universities. UAH is considered a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report, and is rated as a very high research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of 73 public universities in the United States to earn this designation. Barrons Profiles in American Colleges list UAH as very competitive, one of two public universities in Alabama to earn this designation. USA Today and Princeton Review reported UAH was one of the top 50 educational values in the U.S. in 2011.

 

UAH is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Numerous departments or programs also hold accreditation or certification from professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Association to Advance  Collegiate Schools of Business. The universitys Cooperative Education Program is one of only 13 accredited programs in the United States through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

 

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a masters degree (doctorate or equivalent preferred), along with at least ten years of progressive management experience in admissions, student services, financial aid, and/or marketing in higher education.    Previous leadership experience and success in Enrollment Management is preferred.  The VPSA must be experienced in leading change across a complex organization and be an articulate and effective presenter and able to build successful inter-organizational relationships.  This individual should be results-driven, forward-thinking, and possess a clear strategic vision for how Student Affairs will meet the goals set forth in the UAH strategic plan.  The most qualified candidates should have previous experience at an institution with research activity.  Ultimately this individual will play a critical leadership role in guiding UAH towards the goals established in the strategic plan and position the Institution for continued success.

 

Application Procedure: For information regarding candidacies, nominations, or other suggestions, please contact Peggy Bower (Peggy.Bower@uah.edu) or Christine Curtis (Christine.Curtis@uah.edu).  The telephone contact number is (256) 824-6337.  Please send applications including a letter of interest, resume and references to search.vpsa@uah.edu.

 

Appointment: Appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama.

 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity

employer/minorities/females/veterans/persons with disabilities.

 

 

The Role of the Vice President for Student Affairs

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) serves as UAHs senior student affairs officer and reports directly to the President.  The VPSA works collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the deans of the colleges to create a campus culture that promotes student success, to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for a diverse student body, and to foster a sense of community among the students.  The VPSA is specifically responsible for the overall leadership, administration and management of the Division of Student Affairs. 

 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS:

 

 

 

Responsible for

  • Instituting a student lifecycle management approach and developing a student-centered campus environment that engages students academically and holistically and fosters inclusiveness and a strong sense of community;
  • Providing leadership and strategic direction to all Student Affairs units:
  • Enrollment management:  admissions, recruitment, financial aid, communications, analytics, technology and operations;
  • Student Life:  student activities, student organizations, student conduct, student health services, student transition programs, counseling services, new and transfer student orientations, student life and special events, intramurals, and Charger Union;
  • Career Services:  job search, career development, internships and co-operative education programming;
  • Student Programming for Auxiliary Services:  housing and residence life, campus conferences and events, residential programming and education, operations, dining services and bookstore.

 

As a member of the leadership team, the VPSA:         

  • Provides leadership, strategic direction, administration and management for the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Enrollment Management, Student Life, Career Center, and Student Programming in Housing and Residential Life focused on ensuring student success.
  • Institutes a student lifecycle management approach and develops a student-centered campus environment that engages students academically and holistically and fosters inclusiveness and a strong sense of community.
  • Works collaboratively with the provost, vice presidents, the academic deans, and other campus constituents to promote enrollment management as a comprehensive, integrated approach focused on enhancing and improving recruitment, retention, and graduation rates to meet the Strategic Plans enrollment goal of 10,000 full-time students by 2020.
  • Oversees the Division of Student Affairs budget and facilities including residence halls and the Charger Union and develops programs, services and policies that enhance the quality of the student experience, promotes student success, and increases student retention and graduation rate.
  • Participates in university governance and assists the President in decision making regarding students in their beyond the classroom experiences and in developing, communicating, and implementing policies for the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and University regulations and policies and works collaboratively with Campus Safety to maintain and enhance campus safety and security.
  • Represents the University and the President in community events that deal with student matters and activities, and state and federal organizations and activities.
  • Works collaboratively with the University of Alabama System Office to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of enrollment management and student services.

 

Other duties as assigned by the President.

 

 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

Employer of Minorities, Females, Veterans and Disabled.