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Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Success (14844)

Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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Assistant Vice President serves as a senior administrative officer of the Office of Campus Life with responsibility for the strategic direction and administration of programs and services related to student thriving, engagement and intercultural learning. Reporting to the Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, the Assistant Vice President exercises functional supervision over six administrative units: Residence Life, Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES), Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), Kay Spiritual Life Center, Center for Student Involvement, New Student and Family Programs.  


The Assistant Vice President will lead student thriving, engagement and further a sense of belonging on campus, working in partnership with key campus stakeholders across the campus life division and academic affairs. The Assistant Vice President will focus on strategic initiatives that advance student thriving, belonging, retention and graduation. This position will be responsible for the continued development, assessment, and improvement of a range of student programs, activities and services consistent with the University’s mission and strategic plan.

Essential Functions

  1. Sets strategic directions with directors of units to ensure that programs and services are responsive to the changing student body and reflect best practices in student thriving, engagement, sense of belonging, and intercultural learning.  Envisions and implements a holistic student success model focused on retention to completion of students.
  2. Oversees leadership teams and financial resources for the units within the portfolio, including the activities fees administered by undergraduate and graduate student governments. Supervises reporting directors' management of their budgets, personnel, service and programming endeavors, and policy implementation, including staff development and training initiatives for residence Life, the Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES), Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), Kay Spiritual Life Center, Center for Student Involvement, New Student and Family Programs and the Associate Director for Student Engagement. Responsible for goal setting and evaluating the performance of reporting directors/senior directors.
  3. Leads OCL work on student success, sense of belonging and Inclusive Excellence with a focus on training, learning and development; campus climate, culture, and community, so that students may thrive and be retained.  Collaborate and coordinate with key campus partners in the Dean of Student Office, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Student Involvement, and Residence Life, Office of Equity and Title IX, Enrollments Services, and Academic Affairs. 
  4. Coordinates programs and efforts related to student groups and organizations in response to campus climate issues with an emphasis on support for multicultural organizations and students.  Responsible for implementing Inclusive Excellence goals relevant to units under purview.
  5. Member of the senior administrator on call duty rotation and other duties as assigned including leading or serving on campus wide or OCL committees, leading special projects, and preparing reports.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervises and evaluates six unit directors - University Chaplain – Kay Spiritual Life Center; Director of Residence Life, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service, Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Director for New Student and Family Programs, Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, supervises the Associate Director for Student Engagement. Indirectly supervises 35+ full-time staff, 70 student staff, and 15 contributing faith community volunteers/representatives. 
  • Oversees budgets and restricted accounts in the amount of $4,000,000+.
  • Expected to develop and promote diversity, equity and inclusion training initiatives for students, professional staff and faculty. Responsible for instituting initiatives to advance students’ thriving and sense of belonging. 

Work Environment

  • The Assistant Vice President reports directly to the Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence and works collaboratively with three other Assistant Vice Presidents, and leadership teams in enrollment services, and academic affairs. 
  • Reporting to this position are: Residence Life, Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES), Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), Kay Spiritual Life Center, Center for Student Involvement, New Student and Family Programs and the Associate Director for Student Engagement. 
  • Responsibilities include formulating policies and developing strategic goals for providing high quality student services and programs that are responsive to the university's diverse population and appropriate for a global university. 
  • This position is indirectly responsible for approximately 35+ full-time staff, 70 student staff, and oversees budgets and restricted accounts in the amount of $4,000,000+.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Division Leader C
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 10 years in student affairs, to include progressively responsible experience managing teams, and working with diverse students.
  • Experience in overseeing student programs and services, diversity and inclusion work, and in meeting the needs of a culturally diverse community, are required.   
  • Must demonstrate cross­ cultural communication and computer literacy skills sufficient to carry out job-related responsibilities.
  • Must have proven track record of effectively leading teams and working with a diverse body of students.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience implementing student success models.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Doctoral degree in related field is preferred. 
  • Experience designing DEI training and programs, for students, professional staff, and faculty highly desirable.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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