AVP-Dean of Students

University of Utah  |  Salt Lake City, UT, UT

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Posted one week ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

AVP-Dean of Students

Job Type: Student Affairs Administration
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, UT
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 30,000 Students
Employer ID: 824
Application Deadline: 07/13/2019

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Doctorate/J.D. Preferred,
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Doctorate/J.D. Preferred,
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Position Description

The University of Utah seeks an Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP-DOS)

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Click here to view position profile: http://summitsearchsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/UU_AVPDOS_Profile.pdf


The Position:

The mission of Student Affairs at the University of Utah is to create a campus where students find community, support, encouragement, and purpose. The University is seeking a passionate student advocate who has a strong interest in the development and fair application of law and policy, demonstrated conflict management skills, and a desire to promote leadership skills and timely degree completion for a diverse student body.


Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president and dean of students (AVP-DOS) serves as a member of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team. The position supervises and provides strategic leadership for the following departments: Student Accountability and Support (Student Conduct and Behavioral Intervention), Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Leadership & Involvement (including the Associated Students of the University of Utah and Student Organizations), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center.


Note: The Division of Student Affairs has a new vice president and several openings in the leadership team, creating an opportunity to review the alignment of offices and update learning outcomes and goals (i.e. the departments listed are subject to change). The new AVP-DOS will contribute to these innovations and a review of the strategic plan with the purpose of providing accessible services and programs that promote student success.



Review alignment and learning outcomes of the Office and make recommendations to enhance performance and demonstrate impact.
Administer policies affecting the academic and developmental needs of students and apply them with fairness and compassion.
Assist the vice president with the implementation of strategic initiatives and respond to campus needs including crisis response.
Advocate for students, promote collaboration, and facilitate continuous improvement of processes, services, and programs.
Serve as a strong advocate for campus safety and institutional diversity, promote inclusivity, and support initiatives to improve campus culture and climate.
Serve on appropriate University, system-wide, regional, and national committees and serve the campus as a senior Title IX deputy coordinator.
Oversee departments with a total of 31 full-time employees, numerous student staff, and administer an annual operating budget of approximately $2.3 million.

Job Requirements


The successful candidate must demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of student development and student leadership development, a solid understanding of the laws and policies that govern student performance and conduct, and an understanding of national trends and best practices. Extensive experience in the following areas is sought:

Leadership development and organizational theory.
Higher education related law and policy.
Evaluation and utilization of data in planning and decision-making.
Student programming.
Leading and working collaboratively with a broad array of internal and external constituents.
Managing organizational change, administrative planning, budgeting, staff supervision, and personnel management.


Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate is required to have an advanced degree.
At least five years progressive leadership and administrative experience in a student-facing function.
Experience supervising and managing people.
Demonstrated budgetary and financial acumen.
Sophisticated understanding of student development.
Familiarity with Title IX and sexual misconduct prevention and response strategies.
Significant experience administering student conduct and disciplinary procedures.
Demonstrated experience working with faculty and academic staff in supporting students.
Ability to navigate circumstances that require effective negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Commitment to diversity and the ability to develop inclusive communities.
Understanding of current issues and challenges facing students.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Professional public presence.


Preferred Qualifications:

Doctoral degree.
Experience with risk management strategies, emergency management protocols, and crisis response and communications.
Experience advising student organizations and clubs, including fraternity and sorority chapters and student government.
Solid understanding of student activism, demonstrations, and freedom of speech and expression.
Understanding of and experience with the use of social media to connect with students and the campus community.

Application Information

To Apply: Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by July 14, 2019 will be given first consideration. Please submit a PDF version of your CV/resume and letter of interest upon application. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. To apply online go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su163 For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations: Kristen Farha Senior Consultant Summit Search Solutions, Inc. Direct: (316) 650-0069 kfarha@summitsearchsolutions.com

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