Vice President for Student Success and E
Vice President for Student Success and Engagement
Dominican University
FLSA STATUS: Salaried, exempt
DEPARTMENT: Student Success and Engagement
REPORTS TO: University President
JOB STATUS: Full-time (at least 37.5 hours/week)
DATE AVAILABLE: July 1, 2018

The Vice President for Student Success and Engagement provides innovative administrative and strategic leadership to the Student Success and Engagement Division of Dominican University. Reporting to the President, the Vice President serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

The Division of Student Success and Engagement provides programs and services that facilitate the holistic development, academic planning, vocational discernment, campus engagement, and purposeful and timely degree completion for all Dominican University undergraduate and graduate students. Fostering this mission, the Vice President has the responsibility and authority to provide the strategic direction and decision making to promote and assess this mission across each of the Division’s units.

Specific units and functions of oversight include: holistic academic advising, academic support services, career development, disability support services, residential life, wellness center, campus activities and programming, new student orientation, student involvement, and leadership development. Providing strategic leadership for the effective innovation, creation, and implementation of holistic academic advising practices, leading to effective student case management and success sits at the core of the Vice President’s role.

To support the University's mission: To prepare students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

Provide strategic leadership and supervision for all operational units of the division (Holistic Academic Advising, Student Life, and Academic Support Services)
Plan, design and organize division strategic plan goals and objectives, guide collaborative and cohesive efforts toward expected outcomes, and evaluate results
Develop policy, procedures, and practices that support efficiency and quality of programs and services
Work with division staff, Provost/VP Academic Affairs, academic deans, faculty members, administrators and other University partners to develop and implement initiatives that support and advance student success and purposeful completion
Assess outcomes to evaluate progress and promote continuous improvement
Hire and appropriately onboard a diverse group of professionals
Assure the prompt and effective delivery of student services by monitoring workloads throughout the Division and prioritizing staffing needs accordingly
Provide guidance, training, mentoring, coaching, and professional development
Promote teamwork and collegiality
Conduct performance plans and annual evaluations
Maximize efficiencies and effectiveness to include technology adoption and tool improvements that promote student success, particularly in academic advising facilitation.
Coordinate the annual budget and retain executive authority over all budgets within the Division
Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and promote student success and engagement concerns across University initiatives
Other projects as assigned by President

Knowledge and understanding of innovative holistic advising strategies that promote student success and purposeful completion. Experience with comprehensive academic advising structures – particularly those that promote student success – is critical to this role.
Knowledge of student success predictive analytics strategies to understand how data driven decisions can inform Division strategy, particularly with regard to student case management and advising/academic planning
Knowledge and understanding of student engagement development theory and programs
Ability to collaborate across University divisions to promote holistic student success strategies
Knowledge and experience in personnel management and evaluation techniques and methods
Knowledge of mediation and/or conflict resolution strategies and methods; skill in mediating disputes; knowledge of student due process; demonstrated ability to manage a student behavioral concern and conduct system
Skill in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with all segments of the college including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community
Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas and concepts orally and in writing
Ability to encourage innovation and problem solving; ability to lead and manage change

Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, Student Development, Psychology, or a related field preferred; Master’s Degree required
Minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressively responsible administrative experience in academic advising, student engagement/student development administration, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience required
Demonstrated experience with leadership, assessment and evaluation in academic support services, advising, and student engagement; demonstrated knowledge of best practices in student success services/functions and CAS Standards
Demonstrated supervisory and management experience; leading teams and collaboration across University units
Student information software experience required; particularly with advising and retention tools; Jenzabar preferred
Demonstrated understanding and experiences addressing practices regarding inclusivity, diversity, and equity required
Demonstrated experience with strategic planning required
Demonstrated ability to analyze and utilize data for decision making
Demonstrated ability to promote a welcoming environment for students, staff, faculty and community members from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
A background screening is required.

Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of over 3,100 students, consisting of 2100 undergraduates and 1000 graduate students across four colleges. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with 50% of undergraduates first generation in college, 67% female, 51% Hispanic of Any Race, and 7% Black/African-American. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see

All applicants must apply online at Please provide cover letter and resume, including a list of at least three professional references. Review of materials is ongoing; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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Human Resources
Dominican University
7900 W Division St
River Forest, 60305