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Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas
Date Posted 05/12/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

This is an executive position responsible for the overall development and management of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Behavioral Intervention Team, Counseling Services, Campus Recreation, Health Services, and advisement/oversight of the Student Government Association. Responsible for serving as the university’s senior conduct officer, ensuring student conduct cases are adjudicated with due process and fairness. Assists the vice president of student affairs in developing, implementing and assessing best practice-based division-wide projects, policies and programs. Oversees the response to student-related emergencies, critical incidents and mental-health issues. Works closely with Residence Life, the University Police Department, Lumberjacks Care, and other stakeholders to address student conduct issues, concerns, and complaints. Works under limited supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the vice president of student affairs.

Essential Job Functions

1. Directs assigned departments, providing leadership and guidance to ensure programs and services meet the strategic direction and needs of the university. Works to enhance student access, retention, well-being and success.
2. Hires, trains, supports, supervises, evaluates and holds accountable direct reports.
3. Develops coordinated short- and long-term goals and projected outcomes for assigned departments, unifies the strategic direction of each, and assesses their success.
4. Serves as advisor to the VPSA and participates as a member of the VPSA’s leadership team.
5. Assists VPSA in developing, implementing and assessing division-wide projects, policies, facilities and programs.
6. Assists in oversight of student crisis and critical incident response. Reviews and updates the division’s emergency operations plan.
7. Chairs the Behavioral Intervention Team, follows up with appropriate interventions and oversees tracking process for cases.
8. Develops and manages assigned budgets.
9. Develops strong interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents/family members and external stakeholders. Addresses and follows up on concerns in an effective, timely and professional manner.
10. Reviews reports and other written materials, anticipates/drafts responses and provides feedback to the VPSA.
11. Provides guidance, where applicable, in the review, development and interpretation of procedures and polices related to students.
12. Oversees the tracking process for student conduct cases and sanction tracking via the student conduct database and the update and review of the Student Code of Conduct.
13. Oversees the completion of the Drug Free Schools Biennial Report and annual Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program.
14. Represents the VPSA/division on university and divisional committees.

Non-Essential Job Functions

1. Supervises the receipt of payments from students and others for departmentally sponsored activities.
2. Directs and coordinates other special projects as assigned.
3. Represents the vice president of student affairs in his/her absence.
4. Performs duties that enhance and support campus diversity and inclusion.
5. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or, using some other form of skills and abilities, be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
2. Knowledge of student development theory, techniques and research associated with ensuring the success of diverse student populations.
3. Knowledge of student organization structures, leadership development design and student development theories.
4. Knowledge of social justice theories and concepts.
5. Knowledge of student conduct administration practices and procedures.
6. Organizational skill in managing projects simultaneously while maintaining a satisfactory work product.
7. Ability to provide support for student development with a demonstrable concern for students.
8. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
9. Ability to conduct short- and long-range project planning studies.
10. Ability to establish goals and objectives that support the strategic plan and divisional goals.
11. Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with colleagues, coworkers, constituents and volunteers.
12. Ability to effectively plan and delegate the work of others.
13. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
14. Ability to diffuse and respond effectively to situations involving intense pressures and/or unpredictable persons.
15. Ability to act appropriately in crisis intervention situations.
16. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.
17. Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as necessary.

Physical Demands Required Education

Master’s degree in student affairs administration or a related field is required.

Required Experience and Training

Eight years of related experience is required. Experience in student affairs at an institution of higher education, including supervision, and budgetary and personnel management is required. Strategic planning, assessment, and crisis management and response experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D./Ed.D. in education or counseling, or a terminal degree in a related field, is preferred.

Prior work experience in student conduct administration, experience with behavioral intervention teams, and membership in student affairs-related professional organizations and/or associations is preferred.

Special Conditions for Eligibility

This is a security-sensitive position subject to criminal record check.
This is an IT-sensitive position subject to the Computer and Network Security policy.

Min Pay Rate Mid Pay Rate Salary Information Commensurate with Experience Specific Job Requirements/Duties for this Posting Is Background Check Required? Yes Benefit and Retirement Eligibility

This position is eligible for participation in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), subject to the position being full-time and at least 4 ½ months in length, or the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirement plan, subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

EEO Statement

Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion or physical or mental disability as required by law. If, because of an impairment or disability, you need accommodation during any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources at 936-468-2304.

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Open Until Filled
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Dr. Michara DeLaney-Fields
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  • * If you completed a college degree, please indicate your major field of study.

    (Open Ended Question)

  • * Which of the following best represents the number of years experience you possess relating to the job to which you are applying?
    • Less than two years
    • Two to three years
    • Four to five years
    • Six to seven years
    • Eight to nine years
    • Ten or more years
  • * Please describe your experience in student affairs at an institution of higher education. Include your supervisory experience and budgetary and personnel management.

    (Open Ended Question)

  • * Do you have experience conducting assessments to target improvements to program effectiveness and student development?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Describe your experience in the following areas: 1.)strategic planning; 2.)assessment and; 3.)crisis management and response

    (Open Ended Question)

  • * Describe your experience in supporting diversity and inclusion efforts.

    (Open Ended Question)

  • * Describe your experience in student conduct administration and behavioral intervention teams.

    (Open Ended Question)

  • * Are you a member of any student affairs related professional organizations and/or associations? If so, please list them below.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letter of Recommendation
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