Reporting to the vice president for student affairs (VPSA), the associate vice president (AVP) and dean of students (DOS) provides leadership and strategic direction for student advocacy and support programs that lead to individual student success in support of the university’s MPACT25 system-wide strategic plan. This position collaborates with colleges, faculty, staff, parents, and community agencies to provide resources and address concerns in the best interest of students. As a VPSA leadership team member, the AVP/DOS provides vision, leadership, and oversight of the office for community standards, the CARE program, the student parent help center, the student conflict resolution center, the Aurora Center for advocacy and education, and student advocate services. The university relies on the AVP/DOS and designated units to provide urgent crisis response and problem-solving services to students and other staff and faculty working with students. This position supervises 21 full-time staff and six direct reports and manages a budget of $2.26 million.
Additional responsibilities and duties include:
The position requires a master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in college student personnel, higher education, counseling, psychology, or related fields and significant leadership experience in a college or university setting with a focus on student advocacy and support programs. The successful candidate will have experience working with diverse populations (including students and department staff), and a demonstrated, active commitment to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. In addition, experience in crisis intervention and response, student conduct, and conflict resolution engaging students, faculty, staff, and families is required. The AVP/DOS will be a strategic, collaborative leader who can infuse emerging trends and best practices into a complex unit of offices, programs, services, and initiatives to meet students’ needs. Further, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated supervisory experience and an analytical mindset embracing the use of data to make informed decisions.
Additionally, stakeholders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities identified the following characteristics and attributes when considering the position of the AVP/DOS (in no particular order):
With the departure of the last assistant vice provost for advocacy and support, it was determined that the position would be advanced to associate vice president and include the dean of students role. This enhanced role demonstrates an elevated focus on policies and student advocacy, support for the entire student population, and broader divisional leadership responsibilities.
The university is searching nationwide for this energetic, compassionate, skilled leader to empower and direct the units within student advocacy and support as they continually seek to encourage and safeguard student well-being and success.
The AVP/DOS is responsible for the coordination of services that pertain to immediate, short-term, and major student crises, disturbances, and emergencies. This position oversees critical offices that help, support, and educate the UMN community and its system campuses. From programs, services, and activities to assist student parents in achieving academic, personal, and professional success to providing sexual assault and relationship violence intervention and support, as well as the proper enforcement of the student code of conduct, this AVP/DOS and their team are tasked with helping students when assistance and empathy are needed most. The AVP/DOS will be responsible for providing a strategic vision and shared goals informed by care and support for students’ development, well-being, and success. To advance this vision, the AVP/DOS will work closely with each unit to design measurable strategies and interventions and to ensure collaboration, communication, and problem-solving across all units.
In transitioning to, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the AVP/DOS will encounter the following opportunities, priorities, and challenges, as shared by key stakeholders:
At an appropriate interval after joining the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the following items will initially define the success of the new AVP/DOS:
Across programs, services, and initiatives, the office of student affairs aims to keep students well, help solve problems in the face of adversity, and prepare them for careers in a global, complex society. By providing the necessary care and support needed to be physically and mentally able, student affairs collaborates on and solves large, complex issues of the university.
Strategic plan, mission, vision, and values
Student Affairs Advocacy and Support
The advocacy and support units are a group of six units that provide resources and support to students as they navigate complex situations. They provide support, problem-solve, advocate for students, and assist with navigating concerns.
The six units are as follows:
The flagship of the University of Minnesota System, the Twin Cities campus, is Minnesota’s only land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation, with over 50,000 students. Founded in 1851 near Saint Anthony Falls on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is one of five universities in the nation with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
Total enrollment: 52,107
Retention rate: 93%
Diversity is a core value of life at the University of Minnesota. The campus community comprises students and staff with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Living and learning in a diverse community prepares everyone for a future in a global society.
The university community is strengthened by students, staff, professors, and alums representing different races, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, ages, genders, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, talents, and beliefs, as well as those with disabilities apparent and non-apparent.
Joan T.A. Gabel, President
Joan T.A. Gabel is the 17th president of the University of Minnesota, where she has led the creation and metric-driven implementation of the university’s comprehensive strategic plan, MPact 2025. The plan has resulted in record-setting annual research expenditures, as well as unmatched start-ups, patents, and private giving, including the completion of the $4 billion Driven capital campaign at 10 percent over goal. Transformational collaborations, such as NXT GEN MED, a ground-breaking partnership between the university, the Mayo Clinic, and Google, have enhanced the university’s impact. President Gabel also drew on MPact 2025 priorities to advance PIPSM, the President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct, and launch PRISMH, the President’s Initiative on Student Mental Health.
In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic became a key focus in President Gabel’s work. She led efforts to address the challenges of the pandemic while reimagining opportunities for the university to advance its 170-year legacy, including areas such as next-generation health sciences education, clinical care and research, sustainability, and in establishing a new blueprint for the region’s agro-food ecosystem. She has deepened the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment included undertaking a review of university public safety, establishing a new building naming process, creating a voice arts & community series, and renewing relationships and engagement with Minnesota’s 11 tribal nations.
Calvin D. Phillips, DEd, Vice President for Student Affairs
Calvin Phillips is the vice president for student affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and serves as the chief student affairs officer of the University of Minnesota multi-campus system. Calvin provides strategic leadership for the 20 units and more than 500 employees that comprise the office for student affairs on the Twin Cities campus. He is a part of the university’s executive leadership team and works collaboratively in this capacity to advance the university’s mission and strategic plan. He began in this role at UMN on March 1, 2021.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Phillips served as associate vice president for student affairs at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He had leadership responsibility at EMU for housing and residence life, student well-being, new student orientation and campus life, student conduct, international student services, diversity and community involvement, and the Children’s Institute. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan, he served as vice president for student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Dr. Phillips has also held positions at the University of Texas-Pan American, Winston-Salem State University, University of Northern Iowa, Shippensburg University, and Slippery Rock University.
Dr. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education social studies from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Arts in student personnel from Slippery Rock University and a Doctor of Education in administration and leadership studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He has held many leadership roles in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and currently serves on the prestigious James E. Scott Academy Board. Dr. Phillips also serves on student affairs planning and programming committees for the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
He is the father of five children, and was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Sharia, have been married for 25 years.
The university offers employees total rewards with meaningful benefits, including medical and dental, life insurance retirement savings, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, and an award-winning well-being program. To learn about the full benefits offered at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, see here.
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The public salary range is $145K – $155K with relocation assistance to be negotiated.
This position follows a hybrid weekly work schedule.
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