Human Resources

Vice President for Student Affairs

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Department: Dean of Students/VP Stu Affairs
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Student Affairs


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Vice President for Student Affairs reports to the President and serves on the President’s Council. Additionally, the VP will work collaboratively with the provost and serve as a member of the Dean’s Council.

The VP is the primary liaison with academic units and provides university-wide leadership to promote programs and services that foster student engagement, retention, and academic success. The VP is committed to the holistic development of students and foster collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff.

The position provides leadership and administrative oversight--including policies, budgets, facilities, and personnel--within the Dean’s Office, Residential Education and Housing Services, the Office of Academic and Community Conduct, International Programs and Services, the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, Career Services, Student Leadership and Involvement, Counseling Services, and Disability Services.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Provide leadership to the Division of Student Affairs, guiding services and programs as well as University-wide initiatives.
● Provide vision and oversight for the development and implementation of services, activities and opportunities that complete the student experience and enhance students’ participation in campus life, with the specific purpose of increasing student retention, persistence and graduation rates.
● Support the division’s planning and development, with particular emphasis on high- impact practices, student development, wellness, diversity and inclusion, and community involvement.
● Act as student advocate, assessing student needs and interests, voicing student concerns, assisting in the redress of problems, and effecting change when necessary; Advise Undergraduate Student Government.
● Maintain a presence on campus. Be accessible to students. Address immediate concerns.
● Provide direct supervision, training and evaluation of programs and staff in all oversight units.
● Advise the president, executive leadership, deans, other University administrators and faculty on matters concerning students and student affairs.
● Provide leadership in the areas of long-range and short-range planning, human resources, policy development, and operational, facility and budgetary aspects for all reporting departments.
● Work effectively with a wide variety of constituent groups, including students, families, University staff, faculty and the community.
● Maintain an awareness of current issues, latest findings, trends, technologies and best practices in higher education, specifically in areas of direct supervisory responsibility.
● Foster a culture of evidence-based decision making and ensure periodic comprehensive assessment of all programs for effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction.
● Be on call for emergencies and other incidents with potential student impact.
● Support the system of internal controls developed by the University, the Division of Student Affairs and individual departments. Uphold all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
● Prepare financial reports and supervise the budget process for areas reporting.
● Serve as a member of the University's Early Intervention Team.
● Lead and serve on various division and University committees.
● Promote strong communication throughout units and across stakeholder groups.
● Perform other duties as assigned.
● Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
● Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● A Master’s Degree from an accredited institution.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Seven or more years of full time, professional experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibilities, professional experience and leadership in higher education required.

Desirable Education and/or Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Excellent interpersonal communication skills that foster focused and positive, collaborative working relationships among colleagues, subordinates, faculty, staff and the overall constituency base of parents, alumni, the community and general public.
● Highly effective oral, writing and presentation communication skills.
● Able to build collaborations for a more seamless curricular/co-curricular experience.
● Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population.
● Demonstrated knowledge of risk management and legal issues in higher education.
● Knowledge of student learning theory, retention programs, restorative practices, and continuous improvement.
● Knowledge of administration and use of assessment instruments, strategic planning, high quality service.
● Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Developed skills in project management.
● Understands shared governance.
● Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, Based on Experience

Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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