Missouri State University

1023 Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1023

GRADE UN

CLASSIFICATION   Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Provost

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR President

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs is a part of the leadership team for Academic Affairs and is responsible and accountable for planning, coordination, and collaboration of activities in Academic and Student Affairs that promote student development, success, and the integration of the public affairs mission into student learning.  Academic and Student Affairs student development initiatives include support and services following admission to the University through graduation, including, but not limited to student orientation, advising services, supplemental instruction, the first year experience, adult, commuter, and transfer students, and career services.  The Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs is responsible and accountable for planning, coordination, and collaboration of activities which support the public affairs mission of the University.  The public affairs mission promotes community engagement, cultural competence, and ethical leadership and is accomplished through collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and administrators in both curricular and co-curricular efforts.  The Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs works with the Provost, Deans, and Department Heads, the Vice President for Student Affairs, as well as community representatives when appropriate.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A terminal degree is required for appointment as an Associate Provost; the successful applicant for the Associate Provost position, possessing a record of success in all areas-teaching, research, and service, would be eligible for tenure.  Individuals with a master’s degree and extensive experience in student development and success would qualify for appointment as an Assistant Provost.

Experience: Administrative and leadership experience in all areas of student development and success is required for all appointments.

Skills:  The incumbent must be able to develop and implement a vision for student development, success, and public affairs.  Demonstrated leadership ability is required, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  Outstanding oral and written communication skills are required.  Effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity to issues affecting a wide range of constituencies are required.  A demonstrated record of commitment to the values and initiatives of community engagement, cultural competence, and ethical leadership are required.

Other: Requires a demonstrated commitment to high quality undergraduate education.  An understanding of federal and state legislation and compliance issues that affect delivery of quality educational services to students is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Helps to ensure the achievement of the mission of the University by assisting the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

2. Participates in the leadership team in policy development, process, and decisions relating to undergraduate education.

3. Works with other offices, including Institutional Research, to assess student retention and graduation, engagement, learning outcomes, and development plans for improved outcomes.

4. Provides leadership and planning for initiatives designed to improve student success and retention including orientation, advising learning communities, the first-year experience, career planning, and services for adult, commuting, and transfer students. 

5. Supervises the Director of the Academic Advisement Center, the Director of the Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, the Director of the Writing Center, the Director of the Student Success program, including the Introduction to University Life class (IDS110) and the Partners in Education (PIE) program.

6. Oversees planning and coordination of student affairs activities related to student development including University Ambassadors, orientation, living-learning communities, and Career Services.

7. Plans, coordinates, and collaborates on activities in support of student learning and public affairs.

8. Works with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in fostering collaboration and coordination with Student Affairs.

9. Promotes a positive image and maintains effective relationships for the Office of the Provost by representing the Provost at various meetings, communicating with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students in matters related to undergraduate education, and leading or serving on selected University committees and task forces.

10. Abides by and complies with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Missouri Valley Conference rules, academic standards, requirements, and policies of the University, and all guidelines and policies of the Athletics department and reports any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.

11. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to academic affairs are completed in the best interest of the University by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are delegated by the Provost.

SUPERVISION

The Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs is supervised by the Provost and supervises professional and support staff.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

DECEMBER 2011