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Idaho State University
  • Position Number: 3895137
  • Location: Pocatello, ID
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Vice President for Student Affairs (5520)
Pocatello - Main

Institution Information

Idaho State University, established in 1901, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, with a culture built on trust, compassion, stability, and hope. ISU serves over 12,000 students in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. Students and faculty at ISU are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We are proud to offer exceptional academics nestled in the grand, natural beauty of the West. We invite you to apply to be a part of our University community!

Job Description

Idaho State University is accepting applications for an innovative, dynamic, visionary leader to fill the role of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), a role that reports directly to the President. Our students are our priority, and the successful candidate must be an innovative thinker, accomplished professional, and a mission driven leader, who manages their department from a philosophy of trust, compassion, stability, and hope. The VPSA will be the University's chief strategist for student-related matters, including student services, enrollment strategy, and student access and success. This position also serves as a key member of the President's Administrative Council, and works as part of a collaborative leadership team, focusing on the positive outcomes for students, faculty, and staff.

Key Responsibilities

The VPSA provides strategic vision and leadership to all units and departments within the division of Student Affairs. Within a University that has a student-centered approach, the VPSA will enhance the student experience while increasing operational quality and effectiveness. The VPSA will also foster an environment in which inclusion and belonging prevails and facilitate student access to University services and student learning that support the holistic development of ISU students. Additionally, the VPSA will have the following key responsibilities related to University and Division leadership:
  • Be the primary activator and creator of the ISU student life experience
  • Provides leadership in overseeing program development, evaluation of services, financial management and personnel administration for all student affairs functions, which includes: Career Center, Enrollment Management, Auxiliary Services, Strategic Communications, Disability Services, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Counseling, Access and Opportunity Programs (TRIO), Academic Advising, and Dean of Students Office
  • Build community through enabling the expression and consideration of diverse voices on campus, developing rich co-curricular experiences for students, and cultivating the identification of shared and unifying values
  • Serve as a fiduciary for student welfare; provide supervision and advisement to student government with regard to all student, university and community issues
  • Form and foster partnerships (public/private) that would improve resources that benefit students
  • Actively engage with University Advancement efforts that will enhance student life experiences
  • Aggressively drive student enrollment and maximize student retention, and serve as an advocate for maximizing customer service to students from all University areas
  • Strengthen the capacity of Student Affairs to support and document contributions to the broader missions and goals of ISU, including student learning, improved retention, and leadership/citizenship development
  • Be close to students and manage crises involving individual students and student groups
  • Maximize effectiveness and efficiency of student affairs operations
  • Must demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and strategic planning that improves sustainability and effectiveness on student services
Reports to: President

  • Career Center
  • Enrollment Management (Registrar, Scholarships, Admission, Financial Aid, International Programs Office)
  • Auxiliary Services (Sub, Housing, Craft Shop, Mail Center, Early Learning Center, Outdoor Adventure Center, Bennion Student, Bengal Dining, Bookstore)
  • Strategic Communications (marketing)
  • Disability Services
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Counseling
  • Access and Opportunity Programs (TRIO)
  • Academic Advising
  • Dean of Students Office (Veterans Services, Leadership and Engagement, ASISU, Bengal Newspaper)
Leadership Requirements:
  • Working within a cohesive and collegial leadership team that manages a mission-driven University as part of a collaborative, mutually accountable team
  • Fully embracing and enacting a leadership philosophy centered on building trust, compassion, stability, and hope
  • Being committed to a relationship-based work environment that values authenticity, integrity, and personal engagement
  • Passionate about leading teams and establishing Division strategic plans and goals in alignment with ISU's student-centered mission

Minimum Qualifications
  • A master's degree, with leadership and administrative experience including direct accountability for, and supervision of, employees, programs, and services
  • At least five (5) years of experience, with progressively increasing responsibility, in strategic planning, human resource management, fiscal oversight, and facilities planning
  • Excellence in problem solving and written, oral, and interpersonal communication and team building skills
  • Ability to analyze and present complex issues to diverse individuals and groups
  • Ability to work collegially and effectively with all members of the University community
  • Ability to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit within the division, and strive for Student Affairs to take the lead in student employment opportunities in an effort to strengthen student retention
  • Strong operational and business management skills
  • Ability to develop and implement key performance metrics and foster a climate of data driven decision making
  • Knowledge of best practices in Student Affairs
  • Experience in student affairs programs and initiatives including: student data systems, multicultural student populations, recruitment and retention, support programs, and service
  • Extensive experience working with a diverse student body
  • Demonstrated record of leadership in delivering student development services to nontraditional students
Preferred Qualifications
  • A doctorate preferred or an exceptional combination of master's degree and relevant accomplishments in higher education administration or an academic field
  • More than five (5) years of professional experience with progressively increasing responsibility at the senior level
  • Strong track record of progressively increasing leadership responsibilities in either student affairs or enrollment management, with evidence of ability to develop further and provide leadership in both areas
  • A successful record of administration including strategic planning, budgeting, resource management, student information systems, program assessment, and program development
Additional Information

You must submit your CV/resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references, including current contact information. This position will remain open until it is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to March 12, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.

Posting Number: req1876
Type: Working 12 months per year
Position: Non-classified Staff
Division: Idaho State University

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

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