Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8047 / Dir,Opns/Student Affairs
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Single incumbent position that serves as a member of the Student Affairs executive team and is responsible for directing, developing and implementing effective organizational and leadership strategies for the respective units under the Student Affairs. Oversees general operations, strategic planning and implementation of assigned Student Affairs initiatives. Plans, develops, and recommends policies and standards of practice to ensure that division operations efficiently support the overall mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs and coordinates all administrative functions and ensures compliance with university policy and process for the Vice President for Student Affairs; provides administrative guidance and support to all units within of Student Affairs.
  2. Participates in operational, administrative, and strategic planning and decision-making regarding the various Student Affairs units; oversees human resources, facilities, and space allocations/planning initiatives, major and minor project planning, oversight of capital expenditures, internal and external compliance, and reporting for Student Affairs; represents the division in various university processes including strategic, personnel, and capital planning.
  3. Provides strategic guidance and consultation to the Vice President for Student Affairs on a wide range of administrative and operational issues, including matters of policy, student success, accreditation, interdivisional interaction, compliance and capital development, improvement, and management.
  4. Participates in strategic project planning and oversees project tracking for the Vice President for Student Affairs; interacts with internal and/or external constituents as appropriate in the development and administration of projects and programs.
  5. Serves as the Division of Student Affairs lead on the annual planning, assessment, evaluation, and effectiveness process; ensures that planning, assessment, evaluation, and effectiveness measures are consistent, high-quality, and executed on.
  6. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders on the development, maintenance, and execution of comprehensive communication plans and initiatives including division publications to raise awareness of programs, resources, collaborations, and effectiveness in the Division of Student Affairs; establishes and maintains effective relationships with campus partners.
  7. Leads division-level committees or initiatives to enhance the support, development, cohesiveness, and success of division staff.
  8. Liaises on behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs with Fiscal Shared Services in the planning and management of the division and unit budgets.
  9. Serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs' designee on various departmental, divisional, and University policy-making committees.
  10. Monitors and oversees all escalated staffing and employee relations issues; serves as liaison on legal issues, and makes or participates in staffing decisions in the absence of or on behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs, as necessary.
  11. Manages and administers a diverse team of professional/technical and support staff.
  12. May serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Strategic management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and institutional operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of college and university human resources systems.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and university EEO/AA/Diversity laws, guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.
  • Administrative planning and leadership skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/08/2023