Vice Chancellor for Student Life

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

ID: 7063050
Posted: January 15, 2020
Application Deadline: February 19, 2020

Job Description

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s land-grant, flagship university and premier public research institution. As the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been engaging students in research and scholarship for 225 years. Enrolling more than 29,000 students, including 23,000 undergraduates, the university has over 360 undergraduate and 530 graduate programs across 11 colleges. UT Knoxville is part of the University of Tennessee System, included in the highest Carnegie Classification, and is immersed in the Knoxville metropolitan area which consists of approximately 883,000 residents.

Reporting to the chancellor, the vice chancellor for student life serves as the chief student advocate within the university community. The person in this position supports the development, assessment, and improvement of student life and experiences which meet and support the university’s mission and strategic plan. The vice chancellor serves as the chief spokesperson for the chancellor on matters related to student life, learning, and programs with students, the community, system offices, state and federal agencies, and other campuses. The vice chancellor collaborates with the other members of the chancellor’s senior leadership team and other leadership across campus to support student success. The position plays a vital role in developing and implementing short- and long-term organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures for the division of student life. The successful candidate will be skilled at responding to the changing needs and requirements of the university’s student community and enhancing the university's viability for student learning and development, as well as student recruitment and retention. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The vice chancellor oversees an annual budget of approximately $60 million and provides leadership to approximately 500 full-time staff and six direct reports: an associate vice chancellor; three assistant vice chancellors; a coordinator of special projects; and an administrative specialist.

The division of student life consists of the following functional areas: center for health education and wellness; student disability services; student conduct and community standards; student counseling center; student health center; family programs; recreational sports; student life assessment and strategic initiatives; student life communications; student union; university housing; dean of students; center for leadership and service; center for student engagement; multicultural student life; pride center; sorority and fraternity life; student government association; student media; student life technology services; budget and finance; emergency preparedness; facilities planning; and student life human resources/personnel.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree and progressively responsible work experience related to the above-described duties. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree, terminal degree, or a strong combination of advanced education and relevant experience in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have deep and broad knowledge of student development; vision and philosophy for defining excellence in student life; significant senior-level professional experience in higher education student life/student affairs at a large research university; significant experience in managing large staff and budgetary resources; and experience leading and working collaboratively with a broad array of internal and external constituents. The ideal candidate will be a recognized national leader with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, including student recruitment, retention, graduation, and advocacy. The successful candidate must also possess deep experience and knowledge of current trends in student life/student affairs management and implementation of best practices.

Review of applications will begin February 19, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed 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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All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


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