Illinois State University seeks a strategic and mission-oriented collaborator and leader committed to the mission, vision, and values outlined in the University’s strategic plan to serve as assistant vice president (AVP) in the Division of Student Affairs. The AVP reports to the vice president for Student Affairs, serves as a member of the senior leadership team, and assists with the direction and operations of the division in providing educationally purposeful programs, services, and facilities that foster student development, persistence, and success. Additionally, the AVP provides overall planning, direction, and executive management for designated departments in the division.
The AVP serves as a first point of contact between the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and constituents (e.g., students, faculty, staff, family members, community members, etc.) regarding high profile challenges and opportunities that impact the Division of Student Affairs and must develop a high-level of understanding of the institution and organizational structures to serve in a "problem-solving" role for the vice president. The AVP will oversee University Housing, University Police, Emergency Management, and Divisional Marketing and Communications.
As a member of the senior leadership team, the AVP will assume responsibility for the planning, coordination, and facilitation of various division projects, research, and/or initiatives as assigned by the vice president in addition to representing the interests of the vice president and the Division of Student Affairs on an extensive range of university committees, task forces, and ad hoc committees. The AVP will also serve as the primary public relations officer in the Division and serve in an on-call capacity to direct crisis communication.
The AVP will contribute to the building of a healthy culture of collaboration, teamwork, transparency, and openness throughout the Division and campus to aid in the enrichment of student life quality empowering our students to make the most out of their experiences at Illinois State University.
Information about the Division of Student Affairs and a full leadership profile for this position can be found at https://studentaffairs.illinoisstate.edu/who/about/.
- Doctorate fully earned by August 16, 2023
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in Student Affairs and/or higher education administration with increasing levels of responsibility
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in supervising staff and working directly with college students
- Experience in assessment, strategic planning, and complex budget management at a department or division level
- Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the university community
- Demonstrated leadership ability in decision-making, performance management, and problem-solving
- Proven ability to manage conflict
- Experience with building effective partnerships with diverse campus constituencies and community leaders
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and ability to effectively interact cross culturally
- Ability to successfully prioritize, coordinate, and facilitate multiple projects and deadlines independently and with limited supervision
Doctorate in student affairs administration, higher education or related area
Initial review of applications will begin after March 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, an application along with a resume/curriculum vita, reference list (specifically, the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references), and cover letter must be submitted online at https://jobsearch.illinoisstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/516124/assistant-vice-president-student-affairs.
Illinois State University:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.
Illinois State University is in the Central Illinois community of Bloomington and Normal, with a combined population of approximately 132,000, and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Rivian Motors, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitbn.org and Bloomington-Normal Advantage as www.bnadvantage.com for more information.
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer