The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is in pursuit of exceptional candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Positioned between Minneapolis, MN, and Madison, WI, along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, lies La Crosse, a vibrant community with an historic downtown.
The Vice Chancellor (VC) for Student Affairs and Dean of Students provides leadership, vision and strategic direction to the Division and serves as a key member of the University’s Leadership Team. The VC and Dean of Students provides direction in long-range planning for each of the Student Affairs units, including personnel supervision and evaluation, budget planning and oversight, assessment, facility planning, service excellence, crisis management, and collaboration with other units, faculty and staff. This professional must continuously re-examine the priorities and effectiveness of the various units in the Division in accordance with the UWL strategic plan, “Sustaining Excellence,” and with the university’s mission, to “provide a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success.”
As the VC and Dean of Students, you will play a vital role in addressing the concerns of students, demonstrating a commitment to social justice and student advocacy. You will provide solutions to barriers that our students may face within systems of higher education and encourage students to realize their academic potential. You will have the opportunity to build and sustain a multicultural and inclusive institution, creating collaborative relationships with our diverse students and their organizations.
Along with overseeing the enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct, the VC and Dean of Students manages crises and responds to emergencies that affect our students and our broader campus community. In coordination with other campus leaders, you may be called upon to represent the university in communications with students and their families, employees, the media, elected officials, and the general public.
Partnering with the university and community, our Division promotes an environment of mutual respect and integrity, and supports institutional initiatives for enrollment management, retention, and student success. The VC and Dean of Students will actively participate in campus-community relationships and collaborate with community constituents to maintain productive alliances. The success of this position depends on your outstanding communication skills and the ability to be responsive and transparent with our students, families, staff, faculty, and the community.
The Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at UWL is distinctive in its passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable staff that have a deep commitment to provide programs and services which promote inclusivity, transformative learning, leadership, engagement, and service. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and invested in the holistic development of our students.
As leader of the Division, you will oversee a broad spectrum of student services units, each of which is excited to share with you our successes in our ongoing programs and services, as well as to grow and evolve under your leadership. Our division includes the Child Care Center, Counseling and Testing, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Health Center, Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students office.
More than just an administrative title, this leadership position will provide an opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students and shape the future of our institution. We look forward to growing Stronger Together with you.
Required qualifications include:
Earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution.
Significant, recent and progressively responsible management experience in a leadership position in one or more areas of student affairs or related field in a higher education setting, with demonstrated success and proven leadership abilities.
A commitment to model behavior that reflects the highest ethical and professional standards including open and transparent leadership practices.
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.
Experience with collaborative programs and initiatives.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills in working with students, parents, faculty, staff, community agencies, legislature, and the general public.
Ability to delegate and prioritize work.
Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team environment on collaborative efforts.
Preferred qualifications include:
Ten or more years of related university leadership experience.
Demonstrated ability in the area of fiscal management, including budget preparation, resource allocation, and effective ways to secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
Current knowledge of relevant state, regional and federal laws and policies, including risk management, student conduct, FERPA, Clery Act, Title IX, and TRIO Programs.
Active participation and leadership in local, regional and/or national professional organizations.
Contemporary understanding of the use of information technology in student affairs and among students.
Experience with student, faculty, and staff shared governance.
Please address all inquiries and materials to Patrick Heise or Sue White, Co-Chairs of the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Search and Screen, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submission of application materials is required.
To learn more about the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students position, please visit our website at https://www.uwlax.edu/student-affairs-search/ Formal applications should be submitted at the following website https://employment.uwlax.edu/ You will find the complete position description and application instructions by clicking on “Staff/Administrative Positions.”
Complete application packets will include:
A letter of application, that indicates interest in and qualification for the position.
A curriculum vitae.
The names and contact information for five references, including your relationship with those references.
Official transcripts will be required at point of hire. Review of applications will begin on Monday, September 18th, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 25 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Clery-report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the con...tributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.