POSITION DESCRIPTION A key leader in the Division of Student Life, the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Life provides leadership for staff and programming for University of Minnesota Duluth students, faculty, staff, and community. The AVC is a student-centered, service-oriented, energetic, collaborative, intentional educator reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students. The AVC works closely and collaboratively with other Student Life leaders and staff, faculty, and students on a thriving, forward-thinking campus.
RESPONSIBILITIES Supervision - 50% Units reporting to the AVC include Dining Services, UMD Stores, and Transportation and Parking Services. In overseeing these four critical units to the student experience, the AVC creates a cohesive, student-centered, and supportive environment in campus retail spaces and operations. • Provide leadership and strategic direction for staff and programming in Dining Services, UMD Stores, Transportation and Parking Services, and Print Services. • Manage complex budgets that include state operating funds, student fee funds, and revenue- generating operations that total $20,000,000+
Leadership - 10% As a senior leader at UJ\!ID and in the Division of Student Life, the AVC works collaboratively across departments and campuses of the University of Minnesota. • Assist and advise the Vice Chancellor regarding Student Life matters and serve in the Vice Chancellor's stead as needed • Collaborate with campus and/or system departments on initiatives that support our students broadly • Serve on a variety of system, university, divisional, and community committees to represent Student Life and advance UMD's interests in student success • Takes on other duties as assigned.
Project Management- 30% The AVC has responsibility for managing specific initiatives that advance the Student Life, UMD, and system strategic plans. • Serve as the convener and chair of the Student Services Fee Committee and coordinate the committee's activities • Organize and coordinate UMD's activities supporting student voter registration and voting • Lead, develop, implement other divisional projects; examples include Student Life's wellbeing initiative, JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) initiatives.
Advisor to the UMD Student Association - 10% The AVC serves as the primary advisor to the UMD Student Association.
Essential Qualifications: • A Master's degree required, from an accredited institution. A minimum of 8 years of leadership experience in student life/ student affairs or related higher education administration • An understanding of and demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. • Demonstrated experience with managing large budgets/portfolios with significant resources • Evidence of effective communication with a number of groups including faculty, staff, students, external constituencies, parents, senior university administrators, and elected officials • Demonstrated advocacy for students • A record of establishing and maintaining effective and responsible working relationships with people from diverse communities and cultures utilizing tact, diplomacy, initiative, and sound judgment • Experience with the processes of hiring and recruitment, and demonstrated commitment to recruiting and hiring diverse candidates • Experience in conducting and preparing program analyses, in preparing and delivering public presentations, and with conducting research and preparing reports • Evidence of the ability to interpret and apply administrative policies
Preferred Qualifications: • Master's degree in an education-related field or an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution • Demonstrated student-centered leadership abilities • Demonstrated understanding of theories of student development • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding customer service • A solid working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing today's college students • Demonstrated understanding of the role of student affairs units in a student-centered, teaching and research setting and how student life supports the educational, research and outreach missions of the University • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence a diverse group of colleagues and students • Demonstrated understanding of management theories and practices to auxiliary agencies; national and statewide laws or regulations and policies affecting dining services, contract operations, and establishment of outside contractual relationships and partnerships; • Demonstrated record of utilizing assessment and evaluation practices for continuous improvement. • Demonstrated ability in developing strong partnerships with academic affairs and the surrounding community in support of co-curricular programs and activities. • Demonstrated achievements in innovation and creativity. • An ability to use technology for information management in support of administrative problem solving and decision-making. • Experience working in a unionized environment.
The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.
Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.
The Division of Student Life, one of four major divisions in the University (the other three are the Chancellor’s units, Academic Affairs, and Finance and Operations) is comprised of fourteen units. A listing of Student Life units may be found on the Student Life website. https://student-life.d.umn.edu/
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