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Vice President for Student Affairs

Sam Houston State University
Walker County, TX
Closing date
Dec 2, 2023

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Vice President
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Vice President for Student Affairs
FLSA status:
Hiring Salary:
Commensurate with education and experience.
Office of Student Affairs
Division of Student Affairs
Open Date:
Open Until Filled:
Educational and Experience Requirement:
Candidates should demonstrate progressively responsible experience in student affairs roles (including student activities, student organizations, conduct, health services, and residential life). They will also possess knowledge and understanding of student development theory, best practices in student affairs, relevant laws and compliance requirements, and emerging trends in higher education. An advanced degree in higher education administration, student affairs, counselling, or a related field is required, and a doctoral degree is preferred.
Nature & Purpose of Position:
Plays a critical role in enhancing the overall student experience and promoting student success by overseeing a wide range of student support services and providing broad direction to university leadership as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Primary Responsibilities:
In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, the VPSA will have the opportunity to focus on the following:
  • Provide strategic leadership and vision for the student affairs division, aligning goals and objectives with the university’s mission and strategic plan;
  • Lead collaboratively, developing a collegial, inclusive work environment, motivating staff and cultivating an effective team by selecting, managing, coaching, and evaluating staff;
  • Build partnerships with stakeholder groups to cultivate trust and promote effective communication to collaborate effectively with stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members;
  • Manage an increasingly complex budget, including student fees, housing, grants, and general funds;
  • Monitor, evaluate, and assess the effectiveness of student affairs programs and services using data and metrics to inform program design, decision-making, and continuous improvement;
  • Foster a vibrant campus life by supporting and overseeing student organizations, leadership development programs, service-learning opportunities, recreation, student activities, and campus events;
  • Promote a sense of belonging and community among students through the creation and delivery of assessable, engaging, co-curricular programs and initiatives;
  • Develop and enforce policies, procedures, and codes of conduct that promote a safe and respectful campus environment;
  • Cooperate and collaborate with other employees in the spirit of teamwork and collegiality and interacts with confidence, patience, and integrity to provide professional leadership during emergencies; and
  • Partner with campus and Texas State University System stakeholders to educate and promote student risk management and compliance with Title IX, ADA, Clery Act, and other applicable regulations.

Performs other related duties as assigned. Other Specifications:
Provides leadership within the division; works effectively with administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and other outside contacts, and is committed to University initiatives. This position may be designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be sent to
Full Time Part Time:
Full Time
Position Number:
EEO Statement:
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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