AVP/Dean of Students Evaluation

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have experience in student care, crisis management, fiscal matters, student conduct, and conflict resolution. Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders when considering the position of AVP/Dean of Students: 

  • A demonstrated record of leadership in student affairs where responsibility for student development, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a central focus.
  • Exhibit strategic thinking and an ability to effectively plan for the future, build capacity, and anticipate change.
  • Possess a high degree of positive energy and enthusiasm that will inspire, motivate, empower, and stimulate students, administrators, and staff to achieve their full potential.
  • Be a champion for social justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Capacity to provide forward-thinking, innovative ideas to keep the institution on the forefront of trends and best practices.
  • A deep passion for working with and advocating for students.
  • Possess a solid understanding of the threat assessment and behavioral intervention processes within the context of higher education and have direct experience working with teams addressing these concerns that impact student learning and success.
  • Be comfortable as a highly visible campus administrator supporting all types of campus, student, and community activities and events—maintain a high level of student interaction and engagement.
  • Enjoy serving as a strong partner and resource to faculty, staff, students, parents, and the Gainesville community.
  • Demonstrate success in being a persuasive, effective, and politically sophisticated advocate for student life and the student body within the larger university community; be comfortable articulating the value of student engagement and value of student life contributions to the overall educational experience.
  • Possess strong budget management capabilities, including the ability to creatively develop funding sources to support new initiatives.
  • Committed to ongoing efforts to enhance collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs that support student success and transformation.
  • Possess personal traits that include a good sense of humor, self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, passion for student development, and a friendly and engaging style.
  • Demonstrate a positive track record of managing and developing professional staff and graduate students.
  • Promote trust, honesty, and transparency.
  • An ability to remain calm, constructive, and sensitive to multiple constituents in response to crisis situations, while leading others during these critical times.
  • A supervisory style that promotes trust, accountability, and mutual support.


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12 - 1 =*