BAYLOR UNIVERSITY – Associate VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

Baylor University invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor University is the oldest institution of higher education in the state. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service through the integration of academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. True to its Christian and Baptist heritage, the University strives for excellence in teaching and research, in scholarship and publication, and in service to the community, both local and global. With a student body of more than 17,000 representing all 50 states and 91 countries, Baylor offers 128 undergraduate degrees, 77 master’s degree programs, and 46 doctoral programs. Its 13 schools and colleges attract a high percentage of freshmen graduating in the top 10% of their high school classes. Minority enrollment has risen steadily and currently stands at 38% of the incoming freshman class.

 

Nature of Responsibilities:

The Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) is the second highest ranking member of the Vice President for Student Life’s leadership team and in this capacity serves on behalf of the Vice President in his/her absence.  The AVP/DOS has broad administrative, leadership, and student support responsibilities which require the ability to create and maintain positive and productive working relationships with departments within/across the Division of Student Life and with various departments external to the Division.  Specific to the duties within the Division, the AVP/DOS provides overall vision and planning, strategic direction, and management (personnel and budget) to areas related to student health, wellness and well-being as well as student conduct, crisis response, on-call systems, policy review and formation, relevant student communications and parents’ programs, and specific collaboration with student support colleagues in the graduate and professional schools as well as with the Graduate Student Association.  Structurally, the AVP/DOS has seven direct reports: the Executive Director for Counseling Services, the Medical Director of Student Health Services, the Associate Dean for Student Conduct Administration, the Director of Wellness, the Senior Case Manager, the Director for Campus Recreation, and the Assistant to the AVP/DOS. The AVP/DOS works to be aware of and understand all aspects of services and programs on campus related to student support and works closely in an advisory capacity with the Graduate School regarding graduate/professional students.  In this way, the AVP/DOS and her/his staff are responsible for serving in a triage role for students interfacing with parents, faculty, colleagues and community resource personnel seeking to answer questions and make referrals as appropriate.

The AVP/DOS also serves as a Division liaison to Athletics, assists the Vice President with Division-wide initiatives and projects, and serves on a number of committees/task forces.

 

Specific Duties:

 

Student Health Services (13%)

Student Health Services provides healthcare services for students attending Baylor.  Services including general medical care, psychiatric consultation, laboratory services, travel/immunization clinics, and allergy/immunotherapy.  Medical services are provided by board-certified physicians, psychiatry staff, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.  Physical therapy is also made available to students.  Student Health Services provides referral services to students who need care by medical specialists and oversees serves an on-campus pharmacy.  The Student Health Services serves as a resource to campus partners.

 

Student Health Insurance (2%)

The AVP/DOS oversees the Baylor Student Medical Insurance Plan (BSMIP).

Baylor University requires international students and highly recommends domestic students have adequate medical insurance.  As a result, approximately # of students enroll in the BSMIP each year.

 

Student Counseling Services (20%)

Student Counseling Services offers a continuum of mental health care to students attending Baylor and having paid the general student fee.  With a multi-disciplinary staff comprised of licensed clinical psychologists and social workers and a registered, licensed dietitian, the staff provides confidential assessment and a defined scope of therapeutic services including individual counseling/therapy and group therapy for students whose concerns range from the developmental challenges of everyday life to more specialized psychological concerns such as addiction and trauma.  Student Counseling Services also provides outreach and educational programming, offers training experiences for APA doctoral internships, pre-doctoral psychology interns and social work interns, provides on-call afterhours services for students in distress, and serves as a resource to campus partners.

 

Wellness (10%)

Wellness serves as the campus clearinghouse for educational programs with a focus on health and well-being that are offered to individual students and student groups; coordinates a comprehensive offering of non-academic credit fitness classes for students, faculty, and staff; and oversees the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center which provides a variety of services for students in recovery from alcohol or drug use dependency as well as other forms of addiction.

 

Student Conduct Administration (15%)

Student Conduct Administration provides direction and oversight to the University’s student disciplinary and academic integrity processes through education, interpretation, and adjudication of the Student Conduct Code.  Student Conduct Administration works closely with the Provost Office, TIX Office, Campus Living & Learning, Student Activities, Graduate School, Baylor University Police Department, Care Team, Undergraduate Admissions, and other campus partners in seeking to provide a safe, educationally conducive, and faith formative environment for students.

 

Care Team (15%)

The Care Team responds to reports of students in distress and directs faculty, staff, parents, and others to the resources available to help a student in need and is responsible for supporting those students who are identified as “students of concern.”  More specifically, the Care Team focuses on students who have been identified because of a concern about their physical or mental health and works closely with campus partners such as Student Health Services, Campus Living & Learning, Public Safety, Student Counseling Services, Baylor Police, Spiritual Life, the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation, Financial Aid, Athletics, TIX, academic deans and advisors, and community resources such as local emergency rooms, inpatient mental health facilities and providers of mental health services, to address these needs.

 

Campus Recreation (10%)

Campus Recreation provides a comprehensive set of intramural, club sport, and recreational activities to engage students in physical exercise, friendly competition, and spiritually formative experiences.  Campus Recreation staff oversee the Marina, Challenge Course, Parker Brothers Intramural Fields, and the Student Life Center (SLC) which houses exercise and free play spaces, offices, and services areas focused on health and well-being.

 

Other Administrative Duties (13%)

The AVP/DOS:

Assists the Vice President with Division-wide initiatives, projects, and problem solving

Serves as Division liaison to Athletics regarding administration of policy and procedures

Serves on a number of committees/task forces

Leads out on Division policy formation and University policy review

Other duties as assigned including student organization advisement, Compliance Partner committee, oversight of records retention, etc.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel, health care administration or a related field.  Minimum ten years related full-time work experience including progressively responsible positions involving student learning and development, human resource management, finance, administration, cultural competence, and faith formation in a higher education environment.  Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple units with an emphasis on team work, collaboration, assessment, diversity, and continuous improvement. Committed Christian who is active in his or her faith journey and is passionate about serving others through his/her calling.  This person must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

 

Preferred Qualifications

Earned doctorate in higher education, college student personnel, health care administration, organizational behavior, or a related degree.  Full-time related work experience of 12 or more years including progressively responsible positions involving student learning and development, human resource management, finance, administration, culture competence, and faith formation in a higher education environment.  Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple units with an emphasis on team work, collaboration, diversity, assessment, and continuous improvement. Committed Christian who is active in his or her faith journey and is passionate about serving others through his/her calling. This person must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Candidates must submit a current resume and a letter of application addressing qualifications for the position, how faith has informed your work and leadership, how you have created an environment where students can be successful at the highest levels of excellence, and specific experience working with students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.  Screening of candidates begins immediately and continues until the position is filled, however, to receive full consideration, please submit materials by July 3rd, 2019.  Correspondents are strongly encouraged to communicate by email.  Nominations and applications should be submitted to:

 

Martin Baker, Managing Partner

Buffkin / Baker

324 N. Spring Street, Winston – Salem, North Carolina, 27101

 martin@buffkinbaker.com