Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Duke University

An Invitation to Apply

For the Position of

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life

Durham, NC

The Search

Duke University seeks an experienced and committed leader to serve as its next Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life (“AVP”). Reporting directly to Mary Pat McMahon, the Vice Provost/Vice President for Student Affairs (“VPSA”), the next AVP will bring to Duke a strong understanding of and demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusion for students of all identities and socio-economic backgrounds, exceptional organizational development and leadership skills, a deep familiarity with trends and challenges in the field of student affairs, and a proven ability to forge sustaining and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, and university leadership. This is an exciting time for multi-faceted, dynamic student affairs professional to join an innovative Division of Student Affairs under new leadership.

As a senior strategic advisor to the VPSA and a highly visible member of the division’s senior leadership team, the next AVP will lead the university’s efforts to provide the very best student experience and enhance student development in an intellectually rigorous environment. The AVP will play a visible role in advancing the broader strategic objectives of student affairs while overseeing a robust portfolio of 19 key units that represent identity and cultural centers, student leadership development, events, student-facing communications, and professional development for the broader Division of Student Affairs. The Campus Life department includes the University Center Activities & Events (includes Fraternity and Sorority Life, Conference and Events Services, and Student Leadership and Development), Intercultural Programs, the Center for Muslim Life, Jewish Life, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, the Women’s Center, the International House, and the Collborative Learning and Communications team. The AVP will have an operating budget of around $9.1 million and oversee a staff of approximately 100 employees.

This is a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished student affairs leader to catalyze the overall strength and dynamism of a residential learning community at a particularly exciting time for Duke and student life. The next AVP will be a part of a thriving Division of Student Affairs and will collaborate with colleagues across the university community on matters that shape the student experience and campus culture. The position demands creative innovation, results orientation, excellent communication skills, and a thorough understanding of leading a strong and talented team. Success in this role will require a data-driven awareness of the needs of an intellectual and engaged student body, the role the university plays in creating and sustaining a supportive and challenging learning and living community for students, and the interdependence of the academic and non-academic aspects of the student experience. The ideal candidate will have thrived in complex environments of excellence, where expectations for performance and productivity are high. 

An eight member search committee composed of faculty, staff, and students has been formed to lead this important search. The committee is chaired by Kerry Haynie, Chair of Duke’s Academic Council, Associate Professor of Political Science and African & African American Studies, and Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to: Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner; and Martens Roc, Senior Associate at Isaacson, Miller:

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.