Director, Office of Student Affairs


Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Director, Office of Student Affairs

Like the state it calls home, the University of Texas at Austin is a bold, ambitious leader. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs draws on the legacy of its presidential namesake to empower the next generation of public servants. Featuring a world-renowned, multidisciplinary faculty, a diverse and talented group of students, and the resources of UT Austin, the LBJ School is well-placed to help shape public policy across the complexities of national and global issues and range of policy players. The LBJ School’s academic environment is consistently ranked No. 1 in Texas and among the best in the nation. Blending the academic with the practical, the LBJ School of Public Affairs equips students with the skills to be leaders in any sector, in any community, anywhere in the world.

The Position
The LBJ School seeks an innovative, high energy professional to lead and develop the functions, operations, and future strategies of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) with responsibility for student affairs, student recruitment, admissions, and career management. The OSA facilitates students’ progress through their academic program with resources, guidance, and support. Reporting to the Dean, the Director’s essential functions include the development and implementation of a robust and comprehensive recruitment strategy for the LBJ School, attracting a diverse and high-quality student population; creating and implementing an innovative and effective admissions process; and managing the design and implementation of a robust professional development and career management strategy, which includes internship opportunities and employment placement. The ideal candidate will also hire, supervise, and evaluate a staff of five professionals and student workers, leading a professional team that is well equipped to meet student needs, including graduate advising, orientation, registration, and job search strategies and programs. The Director will establish budget priorities in coordination with the Dean and the School’s chief business officer; collect and track data on all student affairs programs using current technology solutions; coordinate marketing efforts with the Communications team; represent the school nationally, internationally, and locally at conferences; and maintain a culture of excellent customer service to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors. In addition, the Director serves on the Dean’s leadership team providing input and support for the School’s strategic focus, goals, and mission.

Required qualifications are a master’s degree with at least five years of relevant and progressive experience managing budgetary resources, personnel, student services, and academic programs within higher education. Preferred qualifications include at least five years of experience in a graduate school environment specifically in public policy, public affairs, or at a public management school. The successful candidate will have significant experience in student affairs, especially the ability to enhance recruitment and career services leveraging technology and management information systems, and increase student admissions with a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Attracting and embracing a talented and diverse pool of both national and international students, as measured by enrollment and retention rates, will be a priority. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work both independently and strategically, have the skills to forge ambitious, respectful, and productive collaborations with potential employers and other relevant professionals, and experience establishing strategic direction and developing and implementing operational protocols, processes, and procedures. Candidates must also have working knowledge of digital and social media and emerging technologies, and an understanding of how they impact students and administrative operations, as well as possess the ability to identify, collect, and analyze relevant data to inform decision-making.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin July 25, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
The University of Texas at Austin – LBJ School of Public Affairs
Heather Larabee, Search Associate

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