Open executive Job in Academic & University Vice President for Student Affairs


Posting Number

Position Number
E 601

Salary for Announcement
Commensurate with experience and education

Academic Affairs

EClass Code
Full Time Administrators

Position Summary
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VP SA) reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President
of Academic and Student Affairs. The VP SA works collaboratively with all Vice Presidents (e.g., Academic Affairs; Institutional
Advancement; and Administration, Finance, and Facilities), the University’s General Counsels, the Associate to the President for Diversity,
the Equal Opportunity Office, and other direct reports to the President. The VP SA also collaborates with the Academic Deans, Faculty,
Council of Chairs, Staff, other Administrators, and Faculty Senate to support student success.

The VP SA works across the MSU Denver community to create and implement enrollment strategies and student programs that support the optimal student
experience, so students can graduate on time, with minimal or no debt, pursue careers of choice, and be loyal alumni. The VP SA ensures that
all enrollment and student affairs departments support MSU Denver’s mission by strategically shaping enrollment,
providing effective student-centered programs that advance student success, and ensuring access through services that are designed to enrich
the learning environment. The VP SA helps foster MSU Denver’s relationships with community colleges in Colorado
and works with University Advancement to nurture relationships and partnerships for student scholarship and support.

The VP SA works
in very close collaboration with the AVPs of Enrollment Management and of Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of students, as well as all
relevant stakeholders, to contribute to University-wide success in identifying, attracting, enrolling, retaining, educating, developing, and
graduating MSU Denver’s diverse student body. Serving on the Provost’s Academic and Student Affairs Senior
Leadership Team, the VP SA provides leadership for an array of offices and programs charged with or centered on enrollment and student

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. Metropolitan State University of Denver
is an equal opportunity employer.

The VP SA supervises the following offices/persons: (1) the Associate Vice President for
Enrollment Management (2) the Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness, and (3) the assigned administrative staff in the
Office of Student Affairs. The VP SA works collaboratively with units within Academic and Student Affairs and across the University to
recruit, enroll, and graduate an increasingly diverse and talented student body by creating opportunities for students to display
leadership, social responsibility, and effective citizenship through co-curricular programs, and are strongly committed to facilitating
students’ development and identifying learning outcomes. These services support and enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate
experiences with emphasis on increased academic success and graduation rates.

  • Creates opportunities for
    support and engagement within the University learning community and community at large;
  • Assures opportunities for development of
    leadership, citizenship, reflecting diverse and global perspectives;
  • Provides support for healthy living and flourishing in a
    campus environment;
  • Creates an environment to enhance academic and career success; and provides pathways to and into the
  • Enhances the Division’s and the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism.
  • Leads
    the development of a coherent enrollment plan that advances the University’s goals around undergraduate education, diversity, and
  • Creates and implements a compelling vision for the Division in the context of the University’s aspirations to
    be a leader in student success and access which diminishes student achievement gaps, and in advances the learning-centered culture of the
  • Creates and sustains an environment of student services and student life excellence to ensure success for
  • Develops and enhances partnerships with internal and external constituents, including fundraising to support divisional
    and instuitional needs;
  • Builds and sustains a team and organization that advances student success;
  • Provides oversight of
    budgetary planning and fiscal management of the Division; and
  • Communicates with diverse internal and external audiences, and
    represents the University at the state level, including testifying before the State Legislature where appropriate.

position demands a record of and reputation for personal and professional integrity and fairness. Flexibility and diplomacy are key factors
in the daily exercise of authority.

Required Qualifications

  • Consummate professional who embraces a team environment and works with colleagues in
    the spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility;
  • An earned Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline related
    to enrollment management and/or student affairs from an accredited institution;
  • A record of at least 10 years in progressively
    responsible enrollment management/services and/or student success/affairs administration in higher education;
  • A record of
    commitment to diversity (i.e., recruitment and retention of diverse staff; promoting a work environment that is inclusive and collegial for
  • Knowledge of urban institution complexities;
  • Evidence of an understanding of today’s most pressing issues in both
    enrollment management and student affairs and knowledge of national trends in each area including an understanding of compliance and legal
  • Demonstrated leadership of staff through teamwork and collaboration, and demonstrating a commitment to empowering staff and
    professional development;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate the work of multiple offices and individuals – both those
    within and outside one’s unit – in support of outstanding service to students;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical capacity to produce
    forward-looking, transparent plans and models that link expenditures to outcomes;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the effectiveness
    of programs to achieve goals and make changes if and when needed;
  • Demonstrated qualities of honesty, integrity, and candor with
    evidence of the ability and desire to collaborate;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with faculty, staff and
  • Successful leadership and management experiences, including strategic planning, financial management, and management of
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, motivate, and evaluate senior
    staff in EMSA;
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in collaborating with other members of a leadership team in
    implementing change; and
  • Effective decision-making abilities, including the distribution of fiscal and human resources and the use
    of staff time and talent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to link academic
    planning with enrollment management strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate the use of appropriate technologies in
    administrative systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with members of higher education, including
    coordinating and governing boards, legislators, and community/business leaders;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs and work
    effectively with faculty and all other members of the college community;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and
    relationships with alumni, friends, parents and businesses;
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage state resources with grant funded
    projects, revenues from public-private partnerships (P3s), private philanthropic support, and other innovative streams of revenue in support
    of the University mission;
  • Experience managing emergency or crisis situations involving students;
  • A strong sense of vision
    for and a commitment to strategic planning at a university like Metropolitan State University of Denver in achieving the mission; and
  • Knowledge of programs that focus on the improvement of retention and graduation rates of all MSU Denver

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