Associate/Assistant VP for Student Affairs

JOB TITLE: Assistant/Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT:  Student Affairs

REPORTS TO:  Office of the President


The Assistant/Associate for Student Affairs is the lead student affairs professional at University of the Arts, providing strategic direction and oversight for a wide array of student services and programs. (The title will be conferred commensurate with experience.) The position is responsible for the vision, design, supervision, and assessment of the staff and services that promote and support student success, including academic and professional achievement, and social, educational, recreational, physical, and emotional well-being, of all enrolled students. Departments included in the Student Affairs portfolio are: Campus Life, Residence Life, Community Standards, Counseling Services, Health Services, Academic Advising, Career Services, and International Student Services.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the University’s focus on student success and the student experience, building strategic structures and intentional programs in support of a community in which all students can thrive;
  • Serve as the lead student affairs professional, providing guidance to the President and senior leadership and the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees;
  • Direct student retention efforts as Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Student Success;
  • Supervise the Care Team, the University’s committee that identifies and addresses concerns related to the health and well-being of students both in and out of the classroom;
  • Oversee the emergency protocols, procedures, and responses for student-related emergencies and campus-related crises, and build a close working relationship with Public Safety;
  • Facilitate resource planning for the student affairs division, including budgets and finances, staffing and mentorship, and physical facilities and residence halls;
  • Direct the operations of UArts Cares, the University’s supplemental student support program;
  • Lead development and assessment of policies and procedures related to student services and life on campus;
  • Provides oversight of the student code of conduct, and meet with students, families and other parties as needed on related matters.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Advanced degree, preferably in higher education administration/student affairs or a related area.


  • Minimum of seven years prior experience supervising functions related to student affairs.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations regarding policies and records (HIPAA, FERPA, Clery Act, Title IX, ADA, and other legislation regarding students’ rights).

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional communication, organizational and creative problem-solving skills;
  • Strong leadership and management skills, and a commitment to the institution’s values of integrity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Ability to understand and relate closely to a wide range of community members, including students, faculty, parents, and alumni, and to appreciate the interests, needs, and concerns of each constituency;
  • Understanding of and respect for the needs of a unique, arts-focused, highly diverse student community;
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, emotional intelligence, poise, enthusiasm, positivity, and grace under pressure;
  • High level of comfort and collegiality working collaboratively with faculty and staff colleagues in service of student success and the student experience;
  • Familiarity with leading and participating in high-profile university events, and an aptitude for public speaking;
  • Deep knowledge of current issues in higher education and student affairs;
  • Experience with strategic resource allocation and budget management;
  • Experience with technology platforms designed to support student success and effective data analysis/presentation skills;
  • Ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed;
  • Ability and willingness to serve in the On-Call Duty rotation, with 24/7 availability during assigned time, usually one week per month.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Direct supervision of six director-level professionals and overall accountability for division staff of approximately 23 full-time employees.


About the University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for nearly 150 years.

After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater, and writing. It now features 20 undergraduate arts majors, 12 graduate programs, and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and the Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence Program.

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