Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Boise State University

Boise, ID

ID: 7057364
Posted: May 20, 2019
Application Deadline: June 24, 2019

Job Description

Boise State University is a metropolitan doctoral research university with more than 25,000 students from all 50 states and 65 countries. Boise State has strong ties to its community, region, and the area’s industry leaders, while maintaining creative and research strengths in materials science and engineering, geosciences, fine arts, creative writing, biomolecular studies, public policy, and more. Located on the banks of the scenic Boise River, just blocks from the cultural, political, and economic center of Idaho, Boise State University has undergone a period of unprecedented growth and dramatic transformation. Over the last decade, the University has experienced a significant increase in its student enrollment, graduate programs, physical infrastructure, research productivity, and overall economic impact.

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs & enrollment management, the associate vice president (AVP) serves as a member of the Division of Student Affairs Executive Leadership Team. The position supervises and provides strategic leadership for the following departments: Housing and Residence Life, Student Diversity and Inclusion, New Student Programs, Student Involvement and Leadership Center (Student Organizations, Programming, Leadership, Student Boards, Greek Life), and Campus Recreation. The AVP plays an advisory role to Student Media and the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). This position coordinates division-wide efforts related to annual planning and supporting the operational framework, staff training, and development, and serves as an on-call administrator for behavioral, medical, and/or health & safety emergencies. This position works with the vice president to further system initiatives related to equity, inclusion, and diversity, including, but not limited to, Tribal Relations, assisting the University in becoming an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and search and hiring practices. The AVP assists the vice president with the implementation of strategic initiatives and responds to campus needs. The AVP is an advocate for students, promotes collaboration within the Division and University, and facilitates continuous improvement of processes, services, and programs. The AVP serves as a strong advocate for institutional diversity, promotes inclusivity, and supports initiatives to improve campus culture and climate. The AVP oversees 90 full-time employees, numerous student staff, and administers an annual operating budget of $19 million.

Candidates must possess a master’s degree in higher education, student affairs administration, or a related field and 10 years of work experience related to the above-described duties. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree or a strong combination of advanced education and relevant experience in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of student development; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; a commitment to diversity, the ability to develop inclusive communities, and an understanding of issues facing students from historically under-represented groups; and excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and a professional public presence. The candidate will have extensive experience in the following areas: leadership development and organizational theory; evaluation and utilization of data in planning and decision-making; student programming, including Greek programs; leading and working collaboratively with a broad array of internal and external constituents; managing organizational change; administrative planning, budgeting, staff supervision, and personnel management; and understanding national trends and best practices.

Boise State University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by June 24, 2019, will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Boise State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Boise State University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. As a federal contractor, the University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.


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