Leadership Positions

Located in the growing and vibrant community of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University has, for more than 150 years, provided a strong student-centric education based on its five core values: Christian faith, liberal arts, excellence, community, and service. The University is committed to its vision of becoming one of America’s premier church-related universities. Guided by its ambitious strategic plan, “Horizons 2019,” in recent years the institution has expanded its pre-professional and graduate offerings, becoming a comprehensive university in the liberal arts tradition. 

The University welcomes applications for the following leadership positions: 

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President of the University, serves as the chief academic officer, will be a member of the President’s senior leadership team and will have an extraordinary opportunity to help shape and enhance the strategic direction of the University. The Senior Vice President provides leadership to an innovative community of scholars to ensure the delivery of an exceptional academic experience.

The Senior Vice President leads the University’s efforts to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service within the University’s mission. Responsibilities include advising the President on strategy, policies, and operations; working collaboratively with the faculty, division chairs and other administrators on academic priorities and building and overseeing the academic budget. The Senior Vice President oversees all aspects of the professional and academic accreditation of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, faculty development, academic personnel, and academic strategic planning. The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree; senior-level academic and administrative leadership experience; strong academic credentials in teaching, scholarship, and service; a track record in fostering collaborative relationships; and a commitment to diversity.

Application Process:

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Augustana University’s consultants Ann Yates, Katy Young, and Melissa Fincher at AugustanaUniversityVPAA@wittkieffer.com.

Director of Athletics

The Director of Athletics reports directly to the President of the University and is a member of the President’s senior leadership team.

The Director of Athletics has overall responsibility to provide positive leadership, vision and oversight in planning, organizing and managing the programs and activities of a highly successful intercollegiate athletics program. In keeping with Augustana’s mission to strive for excellence in both academics and athletics, the Director will lead a program that challenges and develops the intellectual, physical and personal capacities of student-athletes, and that fosters integrity, sportsmanship and fair play. In addition, the athletics program promotes physical fitness, athletic participation and school spirit among all students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans in the Sioux Falls community and the region. See the Leadership Profile for this position

Augustana currently participates in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics in ten women’s sports and nine men’s sports and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).  The NSIC is comprised of sixteen public and private institutions within a five-state region, including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa, that are diverse in size and program. Successful conference membership requires both leadership and cooperation among member institutions while maintaining strict compliance with university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations.

The Augustana Vikings routinely rank among the top-10 schools in DII for academics and athletics.  Over the last decade, recent accomplishments include: two NCAA national championships, including Men’s Basketball in 2016, seven straight seasons of top-15 finishes in the Learfield Cup Standings, and four seasons as the NSIC’s top athletic program. Learn more about athletics at Augustana University.

Application Process:

Augustana invites candidates to submit a letter of application detailing interest in and qualifications for the position, plus the names and contact information for at least three current references to humanresources@augie.edu. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Deanna Versteeg, vice president for human resources, at deanna.versteeg@augie.edu or 605.274.4191, or Dr. Marcia Entwistle, search committee chair, at marcia.entwistle@augie.edu or 605.274.5495.

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.