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Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Office of Student Affairs
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs.  This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified administrative position.  The appointment begins effective January 1, 2019.
The newly redefined position of Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the chief student affairs officer for the University. This is an exciting opportunity to redevelop the role of student affairs, create an improved linkage with academic affairs, and provide executive-level leadership and vision for a comprehensive range of services aimed at developing and retaining students. The position reports directly to the President.
As a key member of the Senior Staff, the Vice President for Student Affairs participates in all institution-wide planning, embraces the University's mission, and supports University goals of creating a learning environment focused on student success.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The primary role is planning and directing all student affairs and services programs: student success, success advising, first-year transition programming, residential life, student conduct, campus safety, health and wellness services, counseling services, multicultural services, career services, volunteer services, and student activities and leadership development.
The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the University liaison to external contractors responsible for campus dining services and residential housing.
The Vice President for Student Affairs also cultivates and fosters communication with students, parents, faculty, community agencies and the public through participation in community organizations, student organizations, and other entities which address student concerns and encourage overall institutional growth.
The ideal candidate will:
  • Demonstrate ability to increase first- and second-year student retention
  • Be able to lead innovative, high-quality and student-centered approaches to student success in curricular and co-curricular experiences
  • Embrace executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of student affairs departments
  • Possess knowledge of and be able to lead investigations in areas related to Title IX, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, Higher Education Act, and related federal laws and regulations
  • Communicate effectively with student leaders to promote positive student relations
  • Be comfortable with assessing and using data to drive decisions
  • Be a change-agent and adept at leading through change
  • Understand the needs of first-generation college students
  • Possess conflict-resolution skills
  • Be adept at developing collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
  • Have effective team-building and team-management skills
  • Be self-directed, well-organized, detail-oriented and focused on results
  • Have the ability to work with and nurture a diverse workforce in a diverse community
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all student affairs departments including programming, policy development, personnel, facilities and financial management
  • Leadership and guidance in implementing innovative, student-centered approaches to student success in curricular and co-curricular experiences. Examples are: Greek life, residential life, multicultural activities, student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, student government, first-year transition programming, student conduct, counseling, accommodation of disabilities, career and skill counseling, placement services, and retention-focused activities. 
  • Work with extra-institutional partners such as religious and campus ministry centers.
  • Advance and enhance activities increasing first- and second-year student retention
  • Guides assessment of the division programs and services to verify that student affairs programs are effective, innovative, proactive, anticipatory and responsive to student and community requirements with periodic program, service, procedures and policies evaluations
  • Utilize analytics and data to design, develop and implement inventive, effective student engagement and retention programs and services
  • Ensure institutional policies and practices assure fair and equitable student treatment
  • Confirm all student affairs programs and services follow state and federal laws and University policies
  • Attend and participate in student programming and other campus and leadership activities
  • Serve as a member of the President's Senior Staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Doctorate or terminal degree in higher education, student affairs, educational leadership or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in administration and/or management in student affairs with a pattern of increased responsibilities; senior administrator experience in student affairs preferred
  • A proven ability to work well with and nurture relationships with students, faculty and staff, community members, and other stakeholders
  • Supervisory and administrative skills that include oversight of contracted student support services such as dining and residence life.
  • A proven leadership record
  • Experience in varied higher education activities such as accreditation, compliance, and professional organization service.
  • The capacity to work well with students
  • An ability to interact effectively with business community and public sector
  • Highly self-directed, well-organized, and comfortable completing tasks with a minimum of direct supervision
  • Successful experiences in conflict resolution


$90,000 to $110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and the name and contact information of three professional references.  Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please submit the required documents to:
Dr. Mitchell Adrian, Provost and Vice President
Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
McNeese State University
Box 93220
Lake Charles, LA 70609

Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.