University of Texas-Tyler - Vice President for Student Affairs

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous

Purpose of Position

The University of Texas at Tyler is part of the prestigious University of Texas System that includes 14 institutions located throughout the state.  Founded in 1971, UT Tyler today enrolls over 10,000 students.

With a national reputation in high-demand fields such as Business and Nursing, The University of Texas at Tyler is an emerging force in Texas higher education. The University’s students attend classes on a tree-covered, 318 acre campus nestled around twin lakes while gaining the knowledge and expertise needed to build successful careers.  The University also has branch campuses located in Houston, Longview and Palestine.  Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Tidwell, who joined the university as President in January of 2017, UT Tyler continues to be one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas. The city around the university is expanding as well, with strong economic and population growth. Tyler’s museums, fine arts venues, and prevalence of dining options serve both the Tyler metropolitan area (population 220,000) and the entire North East Texas region (population 800,000+). Tyler is located an hour and a half from the Dallas and Shreveport metro areas, and three hours from Houston.

  • UT Tyler students represent 167 Texas counties, 45 states and 58 nations.
  • UT Tyler is a young, fast-growing university offering outstanding facilities such as the renowned
  • R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, a centerpiece of cultural entertainment in the East Texas region, and the Herrington Patriot Center, a state-of-the-art fitness center.
  • Employers confirm that UT Tyler graduates are among the best-prepared graduates from any public university in Texas.

The University of Texas at Tyler offers more than 75 academic degree programs including 4 doctoral degree programs.  The 25 academic departments are located within the following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology 
  • College of Education and Psychology
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy

The Vice President for Student Affairs is a cabinet-level position that reports directly to the President of the University.  The Vice President will serve as the University’s leader for student affairs initiatives.  Key responsibilities include designing, delivering, and assessing student engagement initiatives tied to the new University strategic plan.

Essential Functions

The Vice President for Student Affairs leads an extensive range of areas including:

  • Center for Students in Recovery
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Residence Life
  • Student Life & Leadership (includes Campus Activities, Greek Life, Leadership and Service, New Student and Family Programs, Student Government Association and student organizations).
  • Student Money Management
  • Student Services (includes Counseling Center, Testing, Student Health and Wellness, Student Accessibility and Resources).
  • Swoop In (bystander intervention).
  • Title IX
  • University Health Clinic
  • Veterans’ Resource Center

Responsibilities and duties:

The Vice President will lead a student engagement campaign that will broadly engage all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members. 

The Vice President will be responsible for submitting comprehensive, analytics-informed annual student engagement plan to the President. 

The Vice President will be responsible for coordinating student engagement and student success initiatives across Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. 

The Vice President will be responsible for developing strong partnerships with academic deans, faculty, administrative leaders, student clubs, and other relevant constituencies both internally and externally.

The Vice President will be responsible for continuous assessment and improvement of all student affairs and student engagement strategies. 

To provide leadership and supervise the planning, organization, and coordination of student services of the University while achieving the institutional goals and objectives and ensuring academic support services are provided to students to achieve educational success.

Advise and confer with the President on management issues involving programs and services of the University, including development and/or revision of policies and procedures; participate in strategic and long range planning for University activities and programs.

Prepare, recommend and implement budgets for assigned areas; upon expenditure variations, take necessary action to assure compliance with budget limitations and established fiscal policies.

Required Qualifications

Critical Job Knowledge/Essential Skills:

Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills in working with students, parents, faculty, staff, community agencies, and the general public.

Current knowledge of relevant state, regional, and federal laws and policies including risk management, student conduct, FERPA, Clery Act, and Title IX.

Experience with student, faculty, and staff shared governance.

Progressive leadership experience that includes personnel management, budget planning, outcomes assessments, strategic planning, and crisis management.

Demonstrated commitment and experience working on campus climate issues, including equity, diversity, and inclusivity within a higher education setting

Education and Experience:

A master’s degree in a related field from an accredited University. 

Ten years of increasingly responsible service in the student affairs field or ten years of academic service with increasing responsibility for student programs.

Evidence of leadership and supervision in the planning, organization, and coordination of student services or similar programs that support the success of students.

Exceptional ability to build and manage teams in a large and diverse environment.

Demonstrated strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan, establish priorities, and handle multiple tasks and projects.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

A team builder who is highly motivated, a self-starter, and a dedicated professional.

Demonstrated commitment to service, support of the academic mission, and continued advancement of the university.

Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree

Interested qualified candidates may apply by visiting:

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