Major Duties: Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) currently enrolls over 21,000 students on its five campuses in and around Kalamazoo. WMU is redefining what it means for a student to be successful in a changing world. While historically a high GPA and academic performance would be strong evidence of preparedness for the world of work, they believe that the world is calling for a new kind of strength - the kind that comes from academic strength paired with a clear sense of purpose and the strength that comes from a focus on holistic well-being.- Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president and dean of students (AVP/DOS) strategically oversees and provides administrative oversight for areas and initiatives focused on promoting wellbeing and student engagement, with a deep understanding and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This oversight includes a strong foundation of assessment and programmatic evaluation that leads to data-informed decision-making, with the focused intent of improving the student experience. - The AVP/DOS provides leadership for the office of student conduct, office of student engagement, health promotion and education, the Sindecuse health center (which includes counseling services), and the student recreation center. - The AVP/DOS serves as chair of the early intervention team, oversees the student emergency relief fund and collaborates with the office of student transitions to provide resources for families. - The AVP/DOS plays a critical role in championing a collaborative approach to student wellbeing and works very closely with academic affairs colleagues in the provost's office as well as academic advisors, student success staff, faculty and other academic administrators across the campus. - The AVP/DOS oversees a $15 million budget and provides leadership for a staff of 51 full and part-time staff, 10 faculty and 174 student employees.
Minimum Qualifications: - Master's degree from an accredited institution in higher education administration, student affairs, or a related field.- Seven years of increasingly responsible experience. - Success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience in student engagement, wellbeing, crisis management, early intervention teams, student conduct, and/or student development initiatives. - The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader who is able to inspire a shared vision and enables others to engage in the process to develop the strategies and goals to operationalize the vision, and a highly relational leader who serves as an advocate and champion for student success with a demonstrated passion for working with college students. - Contemporary understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion issues impacting students, especially those from marginalized communities and how these issues impact their wellbeing and overall success.- Experience in recruiting, selecting, on-boarding, supervising, retaining and providing professional growth opportunities for a diverse staff; and demonstrated success in implementing change based on data-informed decision-making processes.- A passion for working with, and advocating for, students while developing a broad understanding of the total student experience at WMU.- Demonstrated record of leadership in managing crisis and student issues with the ability to remain calm, constructive, and sensitive to multiple constituents in response to crisis situations, while guiding others during these critical times.- A comprehensive understanding of student well-being.- An innovative administrator and manager who can assess processes and services while developing creative solutions within a complex organizational frame work.- An exemplary history of leadership in student affairs where responsibility for student development, wellness, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a central focus.- A collegial, inclusive, and approachable style that invites collaboration, transparency, and mutual support.- A consummate team player and collaborator, able to build strong working partnerships across the university and with external constituencies.- Leadership that upholds a culture of support for staff through deliberate coaching and professional development opportunities.- Possess experience with diverse student enrollments and an appreciation for the distinctive experience of a large public university.- Demonstrated ability to lead change and, along with other key stakeholders, shape the strength and character of the dean of students' office.- Ability to maintain a highly engaged, trustworthy, accessible relationship with students and a visible profile throughout the campus community.- Extensive diplomacy, high-level tact, and persuasion in the discussion of key issues that have substantial impact on the university.- Strong human relations skills and the ability to make decisions in the midst of complexity and utilizing diverse perspectives.- Demonstrated collaboration with faculty in improving educational programs and services that improve student success.- Effective public relations skills and ability to communicate effectively with students and family members in crisis and under duress.- An understanding of, and ability to, articulate the role that student conduct plays within the mission of the institution.- Familiarity with classroom teaching and academic policies in order to liaison with academic officials and departments.- Ability to build external relationships and work with the local community.- Experience managing large, complex budgets and comfort with technological innovation.
Internal Number: 352_57801
About Western Michigan University
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.