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Vice President for Student Affairs

Valley City State University
Job Location:
Valley City, 58072
Administrative Vice Presidents

Vice President for Student Affairs
Full-time, 12-month, Benefited

Position Description:

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) reports directly to the President as the Chief Student Affairs Officer of the University. The VPSA serves as a member of the President’s Executive Leadership team, responsible for the successful implementation of VCSU’s strategic plan and serves in a leadership role as the University representative on the North Dakota University System Student Affairs Council. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Department for Student Affairs which includes the following areas: bookstore, career services, counseling, crisis management, dining services, diversity services, financial aid, health services, international student services, judicial affairs, new student orientation, first year experience, parent services, residential life, retention services, student center, student activities, and Student Government Association. The VPSA is also responsible for federal compliance with Title IX, fire safety, crime statistics, and campus safety. The VPSA establishes and implements operating procedures to facilitate recruitment, matriculation, retention, graduation of students and implements activities which complement and enhance the academic programming of the University. This position enriches the experience and the development of students, including co-curricular activity creation, student conduct adjudication, and residential life programming. The VPSA provides strategic vision for the assessment and quality improvement initiatives for the Department.The VPSA oversees the Department for Student Affairs’ budget of $4.4 million and all its administrative units and supervises 15 professional and support staff. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed master’s degree from an accredited University and minimum of 5 years in the following: relevant and progressive senior level administrative experience and leadership in student affairs.
  • Demonstrated success and increased levels of responsibility and accountability. 
  • Knowledge in the following areas: Student Affairs national trends, best practice, student development theory, retention and persistence, and evidence of a commitment to the profession through professional engagement is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree
  • Proven experience in advancing the University’s educational mission by providing leadership for services, co-curricular programs, and activities that enhance the quality of campus life and promote student engagement, development, and personalized learning.
  • Visionary, creative, and collaborative approach and will understand the needs of a comprehensive university with both residential and distance college students. 
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively across campus, as well as in the community, with key partners, including but not limited to faculty, staff, senior administrators, students, area business leaders, and public constituents.
  • Experience managing a full-time professional staff with steadily increasing levels of responsibility. Strong history in developing relationships and building teams.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and advocating for a wide-range of student-oriented programs with a student-centered approach.
  • Strong experience in budget development and responsible fiscal management with specific experience with auxiliary services.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the challenges of the various departments within the Department for Student Affairs.
  • Experience developing strategic initiatives to provide personal and academic support to students, student groups, and student organizations.
  • Experience in leading successful change efforts including continuous quality improvement initiatives.

$120,000 - $125,000 annually and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

VCSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans. Click here for more information.

Application Information:
Submit all materials online, including a cover letter and resume. Preference given to applications received on or before May 1, 2024, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. Click here to apply.

University and Community:
Recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News for the past 26 years, VCSU offers one of the best academic values in the Midwest. VCSU was founded as a teacher’s college in 1890, earning a prestigious reputation for producing some of the best educators in the area. Since then, VCSU’s undergraduate offerings have continued to grow and now include a range of programs. VCSU offers more than 65 undergraduate programs in art, business, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, education, health and physical education, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and technology education. Online Master of Education, Masters of the Arts in Teaching, and Master of Science in Business Information Systems degree programs are also available.The 55-acre campus, one of the most attractive in North Dakota, is bordered on the south by a forested hillside and on the north by the Sheyenne River. Campus architecture features a graceful blend of historic and modern buildings. The entire campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. VCSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is located in the southeastern part of the state in the city from which the institution takes its name. Valley City has a population of approximately 6,500 and is located 60 miles west of Fargo on Interstate 94, making the campus easily accessible both from the east and west. The location of the community lends itself to cultural and recreational activities, and the Gaukler Wellness Center offers a variety of services to members including an indoor pool and fitness center.

Additional Information:
For more information, or for accommodations contact: For North Dakota Relay Services, go to: This position is subject to the North Dakota Veteran's Preference procedure. Proof of eligibility includes a copy of NGB 22 from National Guard or Reserve (with a unit located in ND) or certification from the applicant's unit command that the individual is expected to be discharged or released from active duty in the uniformed services under other than dishonorable conditions not later than one hundred twenty days after the date of the submission of the certification. If claiming disabled status, proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and a current letter of disability. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. A criminal background check will be conducted on all hires. 

Valley City State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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