Associate Vice President of Student Succ
Associate Vice President of Student Success

Job no: 493420
Department Student Affairs
Work type: Management
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time

Position Summary
Full-time MPP (Management Personnel Plan) position available on or after October 1, 2019 in the Division of Student Affairs.

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Student Success (AVPSS) provides executive-level leadership to advance the university’s and division’s mission through effective, efficient and strategic support of the VP’s priorities and vision, commitment to excellence, teamwork and exemplary service. The AVPSS is responsible for creating a campus environment that supports and sustains student success through a collaborative process with Academic Affairs and other university and community constituents. The AVPSS has oversight for university-wide academic advising, testing, tutoring and learning-centered activities leading to student retention and graduation. The incumbent is responsible for the Academic Success Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Student Support Services, Tutoring Center, Supplemental Instruction, Testing and the Career and Professional Development Center. These programs provide safe and supportive services to promote access, retention, academic achievement and graduation of students. The AVPSS provides overall management, planning, administration, and evaluation of these programs, services, personnel, policies, procedures, facilities, and budgets. This position also provides leadership, management and oversight for program assessment within the Division. The AVPSS performs a wide range of executive and high-level academic and operational duties of broad scope and complexity requiring outstanding professional ability, exceptional organizational skills, originality, mature judgement and a thorough knowledge of academic, administrative and organizational structure. The AVPSS ensures high quality and student-centered approaches to the delivery of services; represents the university and division on internal and external committees; and serves on the division’s senior management team. The AVPSS works with other campus divisions to foster a campus climate that is welcoming and supportive of our diverse student population.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:
• Provide administrative oversight to the Academic Success Center, the Educational Opportunity Program, Career and Professional Development Center, Student Support Services (Trio program) and the Learning Commons, which includes Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Testing.
• Create and maintain a strong collegiate and inclusive culture of advising and retention effectiveness, and oversee the assessment of this effectiveness.
• Strengthen the coordination, collaboration and support of all university academic advisors, tutors, peer mentors, academic coaches and Supplemental Instruction Leaders.
• Work with Deans, Chairs, faculty and staff to address and resolve issues related to academic advising.
• Provide administrative oversight for qualitative and quantitative tools and protocols for program assessment within Student Affairs. This includes oversight of recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluating employees and programs.
• Responsible for initiating and evaluating professional development of staff.
• Responsible for oversight of department budgets.
• Plan, initiate and direct short-term and long-term goals and objectives as part of the strategic planning process at the Division and University level.
• Plan, develop and provide tools and protocols for assessing strategic plans.
• Consult regularly with Student Affairs directors as well as deans, department chairs, and faculty regarding students and procedures.
• Provide vision and leadership for the overall operations of the Academic Success Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Student Support Services, Career Development Center, the Learning Commons, including tutoring, supplemental instruction, and testing.
• Lead retention-based initiatives related to advising and student success.
• Use current data, best practices, research and technology to design and implement effective student success programming that culminates in improved graduation rates. 
• Build collegial, high-functioning teams in each Center to effectively improve student success.
• Integrate professional advisors into the colleges and faculty advisors into the Academic Success Center.
• Provide campus-wide training and development for staff and faculty advisors.
• Provide high-level support for Student Affairs programs, program assessment, and new initiatives.
• Facilitate and oversee campus-wide collaboration, development and implementation of student affairs initiatives promoting student retention, graduation, and success.
• Develop and oversee opportunities for students to fully participate in the university experience.
• Develop and coordinate new programs and initiatives to support student achievement. 
• Provide information, services, programming, and opportunities to facilitate responsible life choices, promote awareness of self and community, and increase rates of student retention and success.
• Create and foster student leadership and involvement opportunities that enhance personal, interpersonal and organizational development.
• Provide safe and supportive on-campus communities in which students may develop holistically as scholars, citizens and leaders; provide curricular and co-curricular experiences to develop and enhance academic success, awareness and appreciation of diversity, and civic responsibility.
• Lead development of assessment strategies for Student Affairs programs using the CAS assessment instrument and other instruments as required or developed in order to assess program effectiveness, operational efficiencies, student satisfaction and improving learning outcomes.
• Work with all of the directors and departments in Student Affairs to ensure assessment activities and reports are accurately completed.
• Create and implement innovative programs in order to improve student retention and graduation rates such as: learning communities, living-learning communities, student interest groups, supplemental instruction, peer mentors, academic coaches.
• Develop and manage programs for facilitating success of at-risk students and students on probation.
• Develop and manage programs to assist faculty with the development and implementation of student academic support initiatives such as the FYE, Faculty Mentor programs, HIPs, SUMMIT and the University Honors Program.
• Regularly assess advising, tutoring, supplemental instruction, Summer Bridge and EOP in terms of retention and graduation rates of students.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Education:  Masters degree in Higher Education Administration, or related discipline. Experience:  Must possess at least 5 years of progressively responsible senior administrative experience in a public or private institution of higher education. Senior level experience supervising professional staff including selection, hiring, training, and evaluation is required. Senior level experience developing and administering budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD or EdD preferred.
• Demonstrated administrative and managerial experience leading a multiple department portfolio in a public or private institution of higher education. 
• Experience developing and leading student-centered retention programs. 
• Knowledge of student development theories. 
• Expressed sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of a diverse student body. 
• Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in administering retention and academic advising at the university level. 
• Expertise and demonstrated experience in leadership, budget management, strategic planning, personnel management, and problem solving. 
• Strong oral and written communication skills, e.g. reports, business correspondence, and policy/procedure manuals. 
• Experience in assessing student service activities in an educational setting and the use of assessment instruments and results to improve services to students. 
• Demonstrated commitment to collaborative teamwork across academic and student affairs divisions, as well as other divisions.
• This position requires the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Required Qualifications

• Specialized knowledge of CSU and federal policies, procedures and reporting requirements. 
• Familiarity with compliance processes including governmental regulations, financial auditing, quality improvement and university policies and procedures. 
• Administrative and senior managerial experience working in a collective bargaining environment.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This is a 12-month, full-time, CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an excellent benefits package. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.  For detailed information on management benefits please refer to the following benefit web page: 

How to Apply
To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page.  

Application Deadline
OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN JULY 15, 2019.  (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

Criminal Background Clearance Notice
Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Additional Information
Campus & Area California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.
Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.
Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:
CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
Clery Act Disclosure
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382, or by calling 209-667-3572.
The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.

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Contact Information
Human Resources
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, 95382