Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Houston

Houston, TX

ID: 7064268
Posted: February 20, 2020
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Job Description

The University of Houston (UH), located in the nation's fourth largest city, is a public, urban institution of higher education chartered by the State of Texas. Founded in 1927, UH is the flagship and only PhD granting institution in the University of Houston system. It is the third largest university in Texas with over 46,000 students and 2,700 faculty. A Tier One public research institution and one of the country’s most vibrant and ethnically diverse universities, UH is a dynamic hub of creativity and progress with award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, and alumni who have become international leaders.

As its primary objective, UH is dedicated to becoming a nationally recognized institution in the 21st century which anticipates and responds to changing demographics in an increasingly diverse and globally interdependent world. Student success has been identified as one of the University’s six strategic goals, and is at the core of the mission of the student affairs and enrollment services division.

The associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students (AVPDOS) is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and effective management for a broad set of critical campus-wide programs, services and operations that support and enhance the student experience. The position reports to the vice chancellor/vice president for student affairs and enrollment services and is a key advisor to the vice chancellor/vice president on matters involving student advocacy, student conduct, and policy and compliance. The associate vice president works closely with the vice chancellor/vice president, the vice chancellor/vice president’s executive and senior leadership teams, faculty, staff, and students to strengthen a collaborative university-wide effort to support students in achieving academic and personal success. The associate vice president currently has seven direct reports: an associate dean of students; an assistant dean of students; four directors; and an office manager.

The following are the major units that report directly to the AVPDOS:
• Children’s Learning Centers
• Commuter and Family Programs
• Dean of Students Office
• International Student and Scholar Services
• Veteran Student Services
• Women and Gender Resource Center

Additionally, the AVPDOS collaborates with the Office of General Counsel and other stakeholders to identify, update, publish, and distribute pertinent information in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, acts, and/or legislation; oversees the annual allocation of student service fees via the Student Fees Advisory Committee (SFAC); serves as chair of the UH Conduct Assessment and Response Team (CART); serves as the division liaison to the Alumni Association, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Police Department; and is a member of the UH Policy Advisory Council and University of Houston System Compliance Committee.

A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of seven years of progressive experience in student affairs administration are required. A doctoral degree is preferred. Demonstrated outstanding supervision and coaching skills, experience as a member of a senior leadership team at a complex institution, and a contemporary and sophisticated understanding of student conduct and legal issues that affect students are required.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and instinctive collaborator who possesses:
• a passionate commitment to supporting and advocating for students;
• the ability to navigate circumstances that require effective negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills;
• knowledge of emerging trends and dynamics that affect the management of student affairs;
• the ability to formulate and articulate a vision for the work of the department; and
• excellent fiscal management skills.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who have a clearly articulated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as a record of innovation and success in supporting the needs of a highly diverse student body.

Review of applications will begin Friday, March 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian, Search Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Houston website at Visit the University of Houston Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services website at

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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