Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program.
The Division of Student Affairs at Adams State University seeks an experienced, motivated, student-centered Vice President for Student Affairs. Adams State seeks a Vice President who has a proven track record of increasing student retention and success, who is committed to equity, and who can successfully lead and motivate a team of student affairs professionals.
The mission of the Division of Student Affairs at Adams State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (38%) and a Minority-Serving Institution (54%), is to provide student-centered services and opportunities for personal development and campus engagement. We promote and model a supportive, inclusive, and civil environment where success, leadership, and learning are encouraged and celebrated throughout the ASU community. The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is responsible for ensuring that the overall Student Affairs philosophy, policies, and procedures align with the strategic plan of the institution and provide a responsive and high quality out-of-classroom student experience. The Vice President reports to the President of the University and serves an active role on the Executive Team to advance the strategic imperatives of ASU.
The Vice President provides forward-thinking and strategic leadership for a holistic, multidisciplinary approach in support of student success, including administrative oversight, support, and leadership for the areas of Counseling, Student Union Building; Housing and Residence Life; Co-Curricular Recreation and Engagement (CoRE); ASU Police Department; CASA (Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement Center); Auxiliary Services including dining, housing, bookstore, Rex Center; and the following grant-funded programs: TRIO Programs (Student Support Services and Upward Bound); Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI); College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP); and the Migrant Education Program (MEP).
Adams State University is particularly interested in providing equal employment opportunities and employing a diverse staff.
Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities): Institutional Leadership: ? Propose and implement evidence-based strategies, practices, programs, and policies to increase student development, learning, retention, and success. ? Collaborate with other senior officials of the institution to identify and address critical issues impacting the university’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. ? Remain up-to-date and provide the University leadership with information on the latest innovations and research related to student retention, development, and success ? Work closely with all members of the University community to provide a cohesive and comprehensive student experience. ? Coordinate the development and management of co-curricular learning and service opportunities with campus constituencies and community leaders. ? Serve as an active member of the Executive Team, representing the needs of students and the perspectives of the Student Affairs Division. ? Serve as an ambassador for the University with alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and professional staff.
Management, Supervision, and Program Development: ? Develop, oversee, and support student-centered programs and services to complement the academic mission of the institution. ? Work closely with student leadership as an advisor, mentor, and advocate, including serving as advisor to the ASU Student Government. ? Help establish a student culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership. ? Establish standards and management practices to ensure the quality and contemporary validity of all Student Affairs programs, including the oversight of program reviews and other means of assessment. ? Oversee resource allocations for all areas of responsibility, including regular review and reallocation of resources according to strategic priorities and identified needs. ? Remain current on all legal matters regarding student affairs and due process, including student rights under FERPA. ? Responsible for the leadership and administration of institutional student judicial processes, including Athletics, Student Housing, and the ASU Student Code of Conduct. ? Responsible for the communication of University policies and procedures pertaining to all students and student activities, including internal judicial and disciplinary procedures, the Student Handbook, and other documents. ? Responsible for administering the process of complete withdrawal from the University. ? Serve as Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team, Students of Concern Committee, and the Incident Management Team. ? All other duties as assigned.
Required: Master’s degree with at least 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs. Excellent leadership and managerial skills, and the capacity to supervise and lead a diverse Student Affairs team. Demonstrated experience successfully working with underrepresented and minoritized students. Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful experience in improving student retention and graduation rates. Successful experience working in a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI) is preferred. Demonstrated appreciation for the regional, economic, and cultural context of Adams State University.
Preferred: Doctoral degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related discipline; Spanish-language proficiency.
Adams State University is a state-supported regional comprehensive university in Alamosa, Colorado,
United States. Adams State is Colorado’s premier Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is also a Minority
Serving Institution (MSI) with over 54% of our students representing diverse backgrounds. We have a high
percentage of first-generation students with an equally high percentage of students who are Pell eligible. The
university offers undergraduate programs in the physical and natural sciences, social sciences, kinesiology,
fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several disciplines. Adams State also
offers graduate degrees in history, art, business (MBA), and educator programs, including counselor
education; the university also has a doctoral (PhD) program in counselor education. The university has an
active athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training. The Adams State
Grizzly athletic teams compete under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges,
Adams State University is a state-supp...orted Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Alamosa, CO. The vast
San Luis Valley is designated the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. We are, at 7,500 feet, in the
largest alpine valley in the United States. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours
from Taos, New Mexico, and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alamosa has a population of 9,500,
with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. ASU takes a
leading role in local theatre performances and musical events and is in an area where the opportunities for
outdoor recreation abound.
The city of Alamosa was established in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and quickly
became an important rail center. The railroad had an extensive construction, repair, and shipping facility in
Alamosa and for many years headquartered its remaining narrow gauge service in Alamosa with tracks
reaching many points throughout southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Alamosa is a notable
tourist town with many nearby attractions, including the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve,
Colorado Gators Reptile Park, surrounded by national forest and several mountain ranges with peaks
exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. The town hosts "Summer Fest on the Rio" which occurs the first weekend
in June, the Early Iron car show over the Labor Day weekend, and "Weekends on the Rio" on various
Sundays throughout the summer. Alamosa has a population of 9500 with recently built elementary schools,
a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. The city takes its name from the Spanish adjective
Alamosa, meaning "of cottonwood," for the cottonwood forests which grow along the Rio Grande and
Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges of
southern Colorado, Alamosa is over 7,500 feet in elevation and is a high desert basin. Alamosa is located
approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. The
region is known for its abundant sunshine with over 320 days of sun. The altitude and dryness of the air
cause day-night temperature differences to be severe year-round. Surrounding Alamosa, the region is rich
with large and small farms with high agricultural output. Alamosa's geography and nighttime temperatures
account for it often being listed as the coldest city in the contiguous United States. Alamosa features a cold
desert climate with long, cold winters and warm summers, and dry weather year-round. Normal
temperatures range from a low of ?4 °F in January to a high of 82 °F in July. Annual precipitation is only
7.25 inches, with summer being the wettest. The aridity depresses snowfall to around 32 inches and the
median to only 22.3 inches.