University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

The University of Toledo invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, the AVPSA/DRL is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and provides leadership, vision, and oversight to the Division of Student Affairs and specifically to the Offices of Residence Life, Recreational Services, Counseling Center, and divisional facilities and operation. The AVP/Director also acts as a principal advisor to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, providing leadership in assessment and policy development. The position maintains responsibility for a total staff of 35 full-time professionals and 400 student employees, and budget development and management for combined budgets totaling $27 million including personnel and operations.

About the University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, The University of Toledo (UT) ( is one of 14 state universities in Ohio. It is classified as a Carnegie high research-active university. UT currently has an enrollment of approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate/professional students. Approximately 20 percent of students reside on campus, and most of the remaining 80 percent live within 3-1/2 miles of campus.

The University is located in the sixth largest metropolitan area and the fourth most populous area in the state of Ohio. The population of Toledo is 280,000, making it the 71st-largest city in the United States. The Toledo metropolitan area had a 2014 population of 651,500.

The University offers more than 150 doctoral, professional, graduate and undergraduate programs. UT is just one of 20 public U.S. universities that offer programs in the following seven professional fields: business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. The University consists of twelve academic colleges and a medical hospital. There are six campus locations: the Bancroft Campus (the main campus location), The Toledo Museum of Art Campus and Center for the Visual Arts, the Scott Park Campus, the Health Science Campus, the Lake Erie Center and Stranahan Arboretum. UT has invested more than $300 million in capital projects to renovate, rebuild and revitalize university facilities across all campuses.

With approximately 7,000 employees and an institutional budget exceeding $900 million annually, The University plays a central role in economic development in northwest Ohio.

About Student Affairs


The Student Affairs Division enhances the experience of students by addressing their needs and serves as the hub for student-centered collaborations, programs, and services. The Division provides opportunities and services, resources, and facilities that enhance learning and development inside and outside the classroom.

The Division’s strategic plan informs its short- and long-term goals, including the following:

  • * Collaborate with stakeholders campus-wide to improve the co-curricular experience and enhance student retention and completion
  • * Work with VP for Advancement to raise money to provide more resources for student involvement
  • * Improve and upgrade residence halls
  • * Use OrgSync to tracks students’ service hours and student involvement
  • * Initiate a Bystander Intervention Program for Sexual Assault Education and Prevention

About the Position

The Opportunity

Sharon L. Gaber, PhD began her tenure as the 17th president of The University of Toledo in July 2015. At UT, Dr. Gaber is focused on elevating the national stature of one of the country’s most comprehensive institutions of higher education through increases in externally funded research, student enrollment and graduation rates, philanthropic support, and the recruitment of leading academic and clinical faculty. Since her arrival at The University of Toledo last July, Dr. Gaber has been working to promote diversity throughout the culture of the institution, and recently created and filled a new position of vice president for diversity and inclusion.

These changes provide important and exciting opportunities for the AVPSA/DRL and the other members of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs’ Leadership Team to add both effectiveness and efficiency to its responsibility for supporting student success and wellbeing.

The Responsibilities

The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life includes responsibilities at the division-wide level and for a number of units. With the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the AVPSA/DRL provides Division-wide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the Division strategic plan.

The AVPSA/DRL also provides leadership, supervision, direction and support in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, policy development, operational, and budgeting and fiscal management aspects for Residence Life, Recreational Services, Counseling Center, and divisional facilities operations.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • * Develop key relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus leaders to plan and implement strategic initiatives, develop partnerships and collaborations, resolve issues, and promote a sense of seamlessness in students’ curricular and co-curricular learning.
  • * Establish strategic goals and strategies that support student development in the context of higher education and provide support and oversight for dashboard development and other assessment initiatives within each managed department.
  • * Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and their operational impact institutionally and beyond. Provide consultation on student conflict resolution, student process, and procedure.
  • * Establish and implement an on-going systematic student affairs assessment team and plan.
  • * Assist in the coordination of the Student Affairs response to major crises and other unusual events impacting students in the University community.
  • * Represent the Division of Student Affairs on behalf of the Senior Vice President on campus-wide initiatives and committees, including community partnerships and outreach.

The AVPSA/DRL is a preferred Campus Security Authority (CSA) and accepts all the obligations and responsibilities defined for CSA by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.



  • Masters in Higher Education, College Student Personnel or a related field required, Ph.D or Ed.D. preferred.
  • Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs, including time spent in the role of Director of Residence Life, Dean of Students, Dean of Campus Life, or similar title. Prior experience must also include division-wide leadership roles for planning, development and implementation of initiatives such as student retention and/or fund raising and development.
  • * Experience within large urban public university setting having a large proportion of commuter students.
  • * Successful experience in selection, supervision, evaluation and development of professional staff members.
  • * Current working knowledge and experience with alleged Title IX violations and the Clery Act.
  • * Experience in the areas of student recruitment, retention, facilities, and construction management.


* Broad knowledge of student development theories and higher education law, and ability to apply theories of student development and leadership to professional practice and programming.

* Demonstrated knowledge and competence in assessment of student services as well as use of assessment results in making changes that improve the delivery of services and programs for students.

* Knowledge of processes of and leadership role in strategic planning for a Student Affairs division.



* Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse population, both within and outside the University.


* Advanced analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

* Competence in developing and managing budgets, including maintenance of appropriate departmental correspondence and reports.

* Ability to identify and analyze a variety of issues and problems, making recommendations for policy change and/or taking action to resolve.

* Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions, and effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

* Strong skills in areas of prioritizing, strategically planning, working in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines in spite of frequent interruptions and change of focus.

* Competence in managing complex administrative processes effectively and efficiently.

* Demonstrated skill in ensuring that unit and division project goals and objectives are met.


* Strong crisis intervention and conflict resolution skills.

* Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to multicultural needs.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills.

* Ability to maintain high ethical standards and maintain composure while responding proactively to issues.

* Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with a civil and respectful approach.

How to Apply

Nominators should send their nomination along with contact information for the person nominated.

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the stated qualifications for the position along with a resume that reflects notable achievements.

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to, with the subject UTAVP/DRL.

Confidential inquiries should be made to Leila Moore, Vice President, William Spelman Executive Search. Telephone number (603) 978-0316.

For full consideration, all materials should be received by Monday, September 19, 2016. Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.

The new Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life will begin her or his duties on or about November 1, 2016.

The University of Toledo is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity University Campus.

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