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Open Positions - Available Executive Staff Positions

Minot State University is built upon a core commitment to students, learning, service, and cooperation, and upon respect for people and place. Our Vision 2013 is a vision for the future of Minot State University to help people appreciate life and learning and contribute meaningfully to the lives of others.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Minot State University invites applications from exceptional candidates interested in serving as our next Vice President for Academic Affairs. Building upon a strong academic tradition of 100 years focused on students' learning and success, the new vice president will join with an exceptional faculty to lead the University to its next level of academic excellence and stature. Under the vice president's leadership, the academic program will play a significant role in achieving the University's strategic goal.

Minot State University was founded in 1913 to serve the citizens of northwest North Dakota. Campus life is engaging and active, with cultural, community, and athletic events and activities. The arts include two theatre companies, three art galleries, choral groups, and a symphony orchestra and opera company. The University's athletic programs compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, a Division II conference in the NCAA. Minot State primarily serves North Dakota, Montana, and several contiguous Canadian provinces. The University also enjoys a close relationship with Dakota College at Bottineau , a community college seventy-five miles northeast of Minot.

The University has evolved from a normal school to a Carnegie Master's I institution. It is the third largest four-year higher education institution in the state, with a fall 2015 enrollment of 3,348. The University is experiencing notable growth in key strategic areas, including North Dakota, out-of-state, and international students. Three colleges comprise the school's academic offerings: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. Nine master's degrees are offered in such areas as management, elementary education, and mathematics. There is a rich mix of liberal and professional programs offering 60 majors at the undergraduate level. Minot State University is an important member of the North Dakota University System, comprised of 11 institutions representing doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and community colleges. The State Board of Higher Education consists of ten members and is the governing board of the System. The Minot State University Board of Regents, with a membership of more than 60 community leaders, acts as an advisory board and champion for the institution. The University employs approximately 500 employees, with 180 full-time and 90 part-time faculty.

The faculty at Minot State consists of tenured, tenure-track, and special contract full-time positions and part-time positions. While faculty members are devoted to teaching, they increasingly contribute in the scholarship to their respective fields. A growing number of faculty conduct research with students as full-partners. This past year nearly $8.5 million came to the University through soft money.

Minot State has an active research and service agenda, which strives to engage students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in research with faculty. The research enhances teaching and learning, addresses the needs of the community and region, and educates students to think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to the livelihood of our state, region, country, and beyond.

Minot State University is first and foremost dedicated to the success of all students: their growth and development as educated citizens, their confidence, and their life-long devotion to the common good and the welfare of others.

Core values:

  • Teaching and learning with excellence, integrity, and engagement.
  • Serving students and others respectfully and responsibly.
  • Following high ethical and moral principles.
  • Supporting the values of community and place, where all community members are valued and respected for their work, contributions, and freedom of expression.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has specialized accreditation in business, education, music, deaf education, speech-language-hearing, social work (baccalaureate level), nursing, athletic training education, and school psychology.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President and is directly responsible for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, and Business; the Graduate School; Registrar, Office of Sponsored Programs, International Programs, the Honors Program, Institutional Research, the Center for Extended Learning; the Gordon B. Olson Library; the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Vice President has fourteen direct reports, including deans, directors, and support staff.

The University seeks a new vice president who is a strong and progressive leader, respectful and supportive of faculty, students, and staff, focused on academic excellence, a strategic thinker and planner, a team player, and an individual devoted to an engaged campus with service to our place and the greater good.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Characteristics/Qualities:

Minot State University is located in the city of Minot with a population of 50,000residents. With beautiful parks and neighborhoods, the city is served by Allegiant Air, Delta and United Airlines and Amtrak. Abundant outdoor activities are available, including major cultural activities, boating, fishing and camping at the nearby Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Minot is also the home of the North Dakota State Fair and the internationally recognized Scandinavian festival, called the Norsk Høstfest, which attracts as many as 60,000 people from across the country and from other countries annually. A major U. S. Air Force base, responsible for one-third of America's missile silos, is located north of the city of Minot and includes approximately 15,000 military personnel.

Major benefits include health insurance and retirement. Health insurance is provided by Sanford Health through the office of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS). The premium is paid in full by the University. Health insurance covers vision and dental procedures when deemed as medically necessary. Routine vision and dental coverage is not available through this health insurance; however, separate coverage for routine vision and dental coverage is available at the employee's expense.

The retirement plan is a defined contribution plan through Teachers Insurance and Annuities Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). This 401a plan requires a contribution from the employee of 4.5% of base salary and provides a matching contribution from the University of 12.5%. After ten years of plan participation the employee's contribution increases to 5.0% and the matching contribution increases to 13.0%. Prior years of service in the NDPERS retirement plan or with another current TIAA-CREF retirement plan are counted toward the number of plan participation years. TIAA-CREF provides for self-directed investing through a selection of stock, bond, money market, and real estate funds. A 403b is also offered for those who choose to contribute more toward retirement investments than the 401a plan allows. Typically, these funds are available for retirement income after termination of employment and the employee's 55th birthday. Funds may also be available should the employee become disabled or for a phased retirement plan.

Another benefit is the accrual of annual and sick leave. Those in this position earn annual leave at the rate of 192 hours (24 days) per year and sick leave at the rate of 96 hours (12 days) per year. Beginning the first full calendar year of employment, 40 hours of annual leave must be taken during each calendar year, and only 240 hours of annual leave may be carried over into the next calendar year. Upon termination, any unused annual leave will be paid out to the employee based on the current rate of pay. Sick leave accrues without limit. After ten years of service, and upon termination, ten percent of the unused sick leave accrual balance will be paid out to the employee based on the current rate of pay.

Other benefits provided by the University include long-term disability insurance, the ability to share and receive leave from other employees in certain circumstances, flexible spending plan for medical and dependent care expenses, and life insurance. The life insurance is a term policy with a death benefit of $3,500. Upon employment, employees may purchase additional life insurance up to $700,000 ($310,000 without evidence of insurability) at their own expense through competitive rates.

Salary amounts are based on internal equity and the most recent data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for administrative positions. The minimum salary for this position is $142,000.

To be considered, applicants must submit a completed MSU Staff Employment Application form (pdf), a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, a one-page statement describing administrative philosophy, unofficial copies of transcripts from all institutions attended, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. Applicants may, but are not required to, submit at most three letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent electronically to or in hard copy to the following address: Wes Matthews, Director, Human Resources, Minot State University, 500 University Ave W., Minot, ND 58707. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2015. The position will be available as early as June 1, 2016, but will remain open until filled. Additional information about the institution and the position may be found at the University web site at:

Minot State University fully respects the need for confidentiality and assures interested individuals that their background and interests will not be discussed without consent of the applicant prior to her or his becoming a candidate. Upon becoming a candidate, the North Dakota open records and open meeting laws apply. Minot State University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women and ethnic minority candidates. North Dakota veteran's preference applies to this position.

Investment in Plant, less depreciation:
Buildings -  $100.5 million
Depreciation ($44.7 million)
              $55.8 million net
Cost of Operating Physical Plant: Salaries - $2.7 million
Utilities - $1.7 million
Other operating - $1.3 million
Total - $5.7 million
Endowment: University - $18 million
Foundation - $25 million
Total - $43 million
Budget: Grants - $11.2 million
Tuition & State - $38.6 million
Auxiliary/other - $8.7 million
Total - $58.5 million
Tuition: $16.2 million per year
Student Enrollment: 3,341 (fall 2015)
Average ACT Score: Average ACT composite: 22 (Fall 2015)
Freshman Retention Rate: 75% (Fall 2015)
Graduation Rate: 4 years: 15%
5 years: 36%
6 years: 42%
Living Alumni: 24,000
Number of Full-time Faculty: 44 tenure track; 170 full-time faculty
Tenured: 55%
Average Faculty Salaries: Professor: $83,513
Associate Professor: $69,322
Assistant Professor: $58,642
Instructor: $48,378
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Degrees: MAT, MS, MME, MED, Ed. Specialist, AS, BA, BS, BSE, BSN, BSW, BGS, BAS (see catalogs for specific information)
Library Volumes: 450,838 total physical volumes and bound periodical volumes

Vice President for Administration and Finance
Minot State University is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Administration & Finance (VPAF). The VPAF is responsible for the development and maintenance of infrastructure and support systems. The VPAF also provides management for campus master planning and coordination of the budget process for the University. Major resources include appropriated and non-appropriated funds totaling $60 million and 102 acres with 29 structures.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Business Office
    1. Responsible for the accurate accounting of appropriated and non-appropriated funds to include accounts receivable, accounts payable, and investments
    2. Responsible for the accurate inventory management of major assets
    3. Coordinates the budget process
  2. Payroll
    1. Responsible for the accurate and timely payment of all wages to all employees
  3. Student Financial Aid
    1. Responsible for accurate accounting and disbursement of student financial aid; federal funds, scholarships, grants, waivers, and awards used by students for tuition, books, and fees
  4. Facilities Management
    1. Responsible for the maintenance of all buildings and grounds of the University to ensure the highest standards of repair, safety, and cleanliness are met (currently contracted through Advanced Facilities Services for supervision)
    2. Provides oversight for all new construction and renovation of all buildings
    3. Coordinates on all decisions concerning the acquisition of new properties
  5. Campus Safety and Security
    1. Provides security services 24/7
    2. Responsible for Clery Act reporting
    3. Coordinates with the state Risk Management Division to manage risk factors of the campus including contract management, limitation of liability waivers, and physical security and safety measures
  6. Information Technology Center
    1. Provides the physical infrastructure for all communication lines necessary to support telephone and network connectivity
    2. Responsible for network security
  7. Bookstore
    1. Responsible for the oversight of bookstore operations (currently contracted with Barnes & Noble)
  8. Human Resources
    1. Responsible for the oversight of the HR function including position management, salary administration, and appropriate application of policies, procedures, and practices
  9. Coordination with North Dakota University System office
    1. Responds to requests for information from the NDUS
    2. Assists with presentations as requested by the NDUS, State Board of Higher Education, and ND State Legislature.
    3. Serves as member of the NDUS Administrative Affairs Council

Secondary Responsibilities:

  1. Food Services
    1. Coordinates with the VPSA to manage the food services contract (currently contracted with Sodexo)
    2. Sets room & board rates in connection with food services personnel
  2. Resident Life
    1. Coordinates with the VPSA to maintain residence halls for safety, security, and student satisfaction
    2. Accounts for charges and receipts regarding student residence fees
    3. Sets room & board rates in connection with residence life personnel.
  3. Dakota College at Bottineau
    1. Coordinates with CFO at DCB to provide advice and assistance as necessary.

Performance Standards

  1. Fulfills defined responsibilities for the position and sets strategic annual professional goals and objectives.
  2. Participates actively as a team member of President's Staff and University Cabinet.
  3. Monitors the work performance of staff, clearly communicates expectations and responsibilities, conducts evaluations, and takes corrective actions as necessary.
  4. Provides professional development opportunities for staff, and orients staff to university practices, procedures, and policies.
  5. Ensures an inclusive and participatory working climate in which staff members are empowered and free to express themselves in a non-threatening environment, promoting civility, creativity, and professionalism.
  6. Follows established policies and practices.
  7. Responds to supervisory instructions and guidelines in a timely and responsible manner.
  8. Meets all expectations for university staff members' professional conduct.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Graduate degree in finance, administration, accounting, or a directly related field or CPA
  2. Minimum of five years successful and progressive experience and background in leadership and administrative roles, with direct and administrative fiscal experience in a college or university setting
  3. Outstanding communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. ND Veteran's Preference applies

Other Significant Characteristics:

  1. Be an individual with high integrity and principles, and work ethic
  2. Endorse the principles of shared governance, inclusive and research-based decision making
  3. Possess a philosophy that is aligned with the institutional mission and core values, and possess the ability to work constructively and fairly with faculty, student, staff, and other stakeholders of the University.
  4. Possess a "can-do" attitude, approach problems and issues objectively, responsibly, while exploring cooperatively options and solutions
  5. Possess the abilities to provide effective leadership and to facilitate effective long-term strategic planning guided by a clear vision
  6. Provide responsible supervision and support of employees
  7. Make high-quality judgments and decisions based upon institutional data and input
  8. Have the ability to manage fiscal and human resources effectively, fairly, and positively
  9. Be experienced interacting with auditors, government officials, and legislators
  10. Be active professionally and aware of current developments in professional arenas, with the experience or interest in becoming an active participant in professional organizations
  11. Be willing to be an active and visible participant in the life of the University and the greater community.

Minimum Salary: $130,000

Position is open until filled.

To apply provide employment application, transcripts, cover letter, resume, five professional references, and a statement of fiscal and administrative philosophy to:

Minot State University
Human Resources
500 University Ave W.
Minot, ND 58707

A criminal history background check will be performed prior to start date.

Minot State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and subscribes to the laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, or any other prescribed category. MSU applies ND Veteran's Preference Laws.