1840 Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students


TITLE Associate Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Student Affairs



The Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students is responsible for policy development, administration, supervision of staff, budget development and oversight, program planning and implementation as well as providing vision and strategic direction to departments and programs within the Student Life area of the Student Affairs division: Student Conduct, New Student and Family Programs, Counseling and Testing Center, student government advising, Disability Resource Center, and the Plaster Student Union. The Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students participates in the formation of student policies and procedures and is the point of contact and facilitator for the Behavior Intervention Team. The Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students serves as an advocate for students and the student voice in University decisions that directly affect students’ education and well-being. The Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students coordinates and implements divisional initiatives such as staff development, new student convocation, assessment, strategic planning, and other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.


Education: A Master's degree in Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Student Development, Recreation Administration, Business Administration or a related field is required. A Doctorate in an appropriate field is preferred.

Experience: At least seven years of successful administrative experience in higher education is required including: experience in managing a large budget and generating revenues to expand services; appropriate supervisory experience; and a demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action. Experience in a comparable professional position and experience in both auxiliary enterprises and student development programming is preferred.

Skills: Requires exceptional organizational, management, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Computer literacy is required. A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires evening and weekend work.


1. Ensures that the out-of-classroom and co-curricular needs of the University community are met through comprehensive and mutually supportive programming and activities by supervising and providing professional support to the Student Life areas of New Student and Family Programs, Counseling and Testing Center, student government advising, Student Conduct, Disability Resource Center, and the Plaster Student Union.

2. Ensures student life areas accomplish the parallel goals of student development and providing quality facilities for the University community by formulating operational policies and procedures which engender an equitable balance between the educational goals of students and their co-curricular needs, planning and coordinating the programs and activities conducted during the academic year, and assessing and evaluating achievement of those goals and objectives through formal assessment, personal observations, reports, student input, and other strategies.

3. Ensures that quality services and programs are provided to the University community by supervising all programs, activities, and functions held in, hosted, sponsored, or developed by the Student Affairs’ Student Life areas of Plaster Student Union, New Student and Family Programs, Counseling and Testing Center, student government advising, Disability Resource Center, and Student Conduct.

4. Enhances academic education through the development of policies and programs which promote the personal growth and development of students.

5. Assures compliance with laws and regulations and minimizes institutional liability by systematically reviewing University compliance with federally-mandated reporting and disclosure requirements, including production and dissemination of the annual notice on Drug-Free Schools and Communities, remaining knowledgeable of federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting areas of responsibility, creating and modifying policies, procedures, and practices in order to become/remain compliant, and advising others in the interpretation and application of laws and regulations.

6. Advises the Student Government Association and Campus Judicial Board and co-facilitates the Executive Council of Student Leaders.

7. Provides leadership by facilitating strategic planning consistent with the growth of the University and the needs of student body.

8. Ensures effective business operations and manages funds by preparing the annual budget, monitoring expenditures, and submitting required fiscal reports.

9. Leads the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team and promotes its utilization among students, faculty, and staff to evaluate and appropriately intervene with those whose behavior may be harmful or disruptive to themselves or others.

10. Assists with emergencies involving the death of students, attempted and/or actual suicides, and other emergencies (e.g., bomb threat or possession of weapons on campus or at University activities and events) by coordinating the appropriate response to such emergencies that may include notification of parents, determining what additional University personnel need to be notified and involved, and issuing suspension from classes if necessary.

11. Serves as a resource for faculty and staff on student behavioral issues in the classroom and workplace.

12. Serves as a resource to parents who have concerns about their children who are students at Missouri State University.

13. Coordinates the Wall of Fame Selection Committee by serving as Chair.

14. Coordinates and implements staff development programs for Student Affairs staff by planning and organizing goal setting and review sessions for the State of the Division, informational sessions on current issues in Student Services, and personal development topics.

15. Coordinates the annual new student convocation prior to the start of the fall academic semester.

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

17. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

18. Contributes to the overall success of the Division of Student Affairs by performing all other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.


The Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students is supervised by the Vice President for Student Affairs and supervises staff in the Student Life areas of the Plaster Student Union, Student Conduct, student government advising, Counseling and Testing Center, Disability Resource Center and New Student and New Student and Parent Programs.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 6 - 4500 Points: Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and methods of an administrative, academic, managerial, or professional field. Knowledge permits the employee to develop new or substantially modified approaches that diverge from standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits the employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge requirements may include evidence of the ability to manage programs and/or lead and direct other professionals. Knowledge requirements for jobs at this level typically include a level of education beyond the Bachelor's degree with comprehensive related work experience, frequently including substantial administrative or supervisory experience, and knowledge of higher education processes, policies, and procedures. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical specialty beyond the Bachelor's with moderate related work experience. The knowledge requirement at this level may also include a terminal academic degree with an appropriate level of leadership and/or administrative experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 6 - 1050 Points: General administration of a large unit or multiple units of employees where the nature of the managerial work involves providing general direction for other managerial personnel. Managers at this level have substantial responsibility for the operation of a functional unit, including responsibility for the budgeting process, budgetary and inventory control, purchasing and regulatory compliance, as well as administrative authority over staffing issues and disciplinary outcomes. General administrative work, rather than direct supervision of others, takes up rather large portions of work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 5 - 850 Points: Interactions are highly unstructured and incumbents are often required to resolve difficult and unstructured problems. Interactions are commonly with administrators, cost-center heads, high level committees, or external constituents in order to defend, negotiate, or resolve controversial and/or long-range issues and problems. Interactions occur in situations subject to divergent views, skepticism, resistance, uncooperative attitudes, and conflicting objectives. Interactions often require high levels of interpersonal skill and require the ability to influence, interrogate, or control others through debate, persuasion, or authoritative recognition and require strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 4 - 850 Points: The employee operates under administrative supervision and makes decisions based on broadly-stated University objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are expressed in terms of project or program outcomes and deadlines with few comprehensive guidelines. Decisions are based on inadequate guidelines that require considerable interpretation and force the employee to plan all phases of the assignment. Assignments may be unrelated in function and the work requires many different processes and methods and a great deal of analysis to identify the nature and extent of problems. The work may require the employee to develop new methods and to deal with many variables, including some that are unclear or conflicting. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing large and/or complex programs, projects, or departments in which the work cuts across functional lines or requires dealing with unprecedented issues.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 6 - 3400 Points: Work involves primary accountability for key end result areas including the major projects, processes, or services of a cost center. Work activities affect a wide range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University, influence internal or external operations, and affect other administrators and a great many students, faculty, and/or staff. At this level, the incumbent may have primary authority for developing large budgets and distributing funds over a number of related functions.