Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students - (STA004660)

University of Houston-Downtown  |  Houston, TX

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Posted about 2 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students - (STA004660)

Job Type: Administrative
Location: Houston, TX
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 15,000 Students
Employer ID: 28228


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Major Preference:
No Preference

Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Department Name: D0062 Student Services

The Associate Vice President, Student Affairs/Dean of Students provides vision and leadership in the development and administration of a vibrant campus life program that engages the entire campus community using nationally recognized best practices in the areas of co-curricular student development. The Associate Vice President/Dean of Students is responsible for units that include but are not limited to Disability Services, Veteran Services, Career Services, Student Activities, Sports and Fitness, Health Services, Counseling Services, Student Conduct, Minority Male Success Programs, and Student Complaints/Grievances.


  1. Assists in the planning, administration, and leadership of Student Affairs, plays a key role in the implementation and assessment of the Student Affairs strategic plan
  2. Develops and implements services, activities, and opportunities that complete the student experience and enhance their adjustment to and participation in college life, with the specific purpose of increasing student retention, persistence, and graduation rates with a specific understanding of underrepresented, urban, culturally diverse non-traditional students
  3. Provides vision for the development and implementation of a comprehensive student life program
  4. Serves as a strong proponent for student engagement, learning, and success at a non-residential university
  5. Provides leadership in the areas of planning, human resources, policy development, facility, and budgetary management for all reporting departments
  6. Provides direct supervision, training, and evaluation of programs and staff in all oversight units
  7. Oversees the quality and consistency of student development programming across multiple departments
  8. Serves as the student conduct, crisis, and risk assessment authority
  9. Facilitates the coordination and linkages between student affairs and other university divisions
  10. Serves as a member of university-wide committees, including the Retention Task-force, Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, High Impact Practice Committee, etc.
  11. Represents the campus as appropriate at University of Houston System and state meetings
  12. Supports the system of internal controls developed by the University, Division of Student Affairs, and individual departments
  13. Upholds all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures
  14. Leads the implementation and delivery of UHD's official "Spirit, Pride, and Tradition" events
  15. Oversees all aspects of Student Life to provide students with varied and diverse opportunities to enhance co-curricular learning
  16. Serves as administrative lead in annual "President's Global Scholars" trip
  17. Provides excellent customer service when interacting with a diverse community and the general public
  18. Handles complex, timely, and confidential student matters within and across the Division of Student Affairs
  19. Serves as the primary administrative contact across campus for all matters pertaining to student issues, policies, and procedures

Performs all other duties assigned

Direct Reports
: Full Time Employees

Delegation of Work: Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given: Makes final decisions on evaluating employee performance; hiring new employees; disciplinary actions; scheduling employee work hours; granting time off; coaching, counseling and training; and provides recommendations on handling employee grievances and complaints.


  • Knowledge of student development theories and practices, specifically related to underrepresented, first generation and post-traditional student populations
  • Knowledge of state and federal compliance requirements related to students with disabilities, veterans, Title IX, residency, and other related compliance regulations
  • Knowledge of supporting students in distress, and emerging trends related to mental health support
  • Remains abreast of current issues and best practices in higher education, specifically in areas of direct supervisory responsibility
  • Demonstrated competence in administration, student development, budget and management
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and accepted practices relevant to the position
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in supporting student retention, persistence and completion


  • Respect for and understanding of the needs of a highly diverse student body at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, negotiation and political acumen


  • Ability to achieve consensus, solve problems, troubleshoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts
  • Ability to build and manage teams effectively
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community
  • Proven ability to work in an inclusive and consultative way with faculty, staff, peers, students, parents, and the broader external community

Primary Work Location

  • Works in an office environment 6 to 8 hours

Physical Demands:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements.
  • Position is physically comfortable; individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks

Required Education

  • Master's degree

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of student affairs and related experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with and advocating for ethnically and culturally diverse student populations


  • None Required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree

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The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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