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Position Primary Purpose and General Duties:
Reporting to the vice president for student affairs (VPSA), the
associate vice president (AVP) and dean of student advocacy (DOSA)
provides leadership and strategic direction for student advocacy
and support programs that lead to individual student success on the
Monroe Park and MCV campuses. This position collaborates with
colleges, faculty, staff, parents, and community agencies to
provide resources and address concerns in the best interest of
students. As a VPSA executive leadership team member, the AVP/DOSA
provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the Dean of Students
Office staff and several other offices at this time (Student
Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, Student Conduct and
Academic Integrity, and the inaugural Student Advocacy unit
launching Fall 2023) as well as several key divisional initiatives
(Student Code of Conduct, Hazing Prevention and Discipline Policy,
Ram Pantry, Off Campus Student Services, VCU Families, Student
Emergency Fund, Medical Leaves of Absence). The AVP/DOSA will serve
as the lead DSA executive for all matters related to campus
emergencies, protest protocols, free speech initiatives, and
actively involved with incident command coordination, threat
assessment. The AVP/DOSA will be a primary author and reviewer of
policies related to student life. The university relies on the
AVP/DOSA and designated units to provide urgent crisis response and
problem-solving services to students and other staff and faculty
working with students including evenings and weekends.
Strategic Leadership and Campus Engagement - The AVP/DOSA
will provide strategic leadership and vision for the student
experience. This will involve serving as a strategic and visible
leader by developing close working relationships with key external
campus partners including VCU Police, Equity Access Services (EAS),
university administration, VCU Athletics, Global Education, SEMSS,
and student leaders. The AVP/DOSA will be actively involved with
central academic units, college and school Dean’s Offices, This
will require spending time attending, supporting, and participating
in student events. Lead a seasoned team of colleagues, and recruit,
develop, and mentor staff to achieve stated goals. Promote
collaboration throughout the organization. Manage the Dean of
Students’ portfolio operations, including planning, personnel, and
budget management. Serve as the key leader in determining the
University's response in a crisis, protest and free speech
response, outreach and support to students and their
Student Affairs and Advocacy - Together with the VPSA and
other colleagues, serve as an advocate for and liaison between
students and the University's administrative offices and the
faculty. Advise and help problem-solve with students, staff and
faculty, families, and others as needs arise. Actively support a
community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, and
expect the same from staff. Promote and support opportunities and
interactions that expose students to different experiences and
viewpoints and allow them to learn. Help determine and sustain
policies and practices which promote a safe environment for
students and that support students' general well-being.
Institutional Communication - Maintain open communications
and collaborate with the VPSA and divisional colleagues to share
information and engage in issue identification and creative
problem-solving to benefit the University community. Stay informed
and educate the University community and stakeholders as needed
regarding issues and future trends affecting the student experience
and student affairs practice generally.
Innovation and Transformation - Proactively identify
opportunities to apply an entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, and
creativity to address areas of improvement, growth, and concern.
Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and
non-crisis situations, in collaboration with wellness units and
Divisional Support - Play a key role in divisional planning,
resource allocation, and policy formulation, and ensure compliance
with federal and state laws, including those which govern students'
rights. Work collaboratively with units, departments, Schools and
Colleges stakeholders within and outside the University to enhance
the student experience. Represent the VPSA at meetings and events
as needed; serve as chair or member of University, Vice
Presidential, ad-hoc and other committees. Take on additional
evening and weekend responsibilities, as needed, to further support
Student Engagement - Facilitate collaboration across staff
and students to provide opportunities for students and student
organizations to enhance a sense of community and belonging at the
University. Engage staff in promoting student involvement in
university life, including supporting students in fulfilling the
responsibilities delegated to them by the Board of Visitors and
student self-governance by creating a range of opportunities for
students to partner with student affairs and other stakeholders to
achieve goals and develop skills.
Other Duties as Assigned - Perform other duties as assigned
to support the Division of Student Affairs and/or VCU campus
mission and priorities
Master’s degree in higher education administration, counseling, or
Minimum of five years full-time, professional, related experience
in higher education administration.
Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a diverse,
multi-cultural and complex environment, fostering diverse faculty,
staff, and students as a staff member at VCU.
Ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a
constantly changing environment.
Ability to perform strategically and participate in senior
leadership planning activities.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal and
public relations skills.
Demonstrated administrative skills and experience in:
organizational skills with detailed and complex information and
systems; planning, implementing and evaluating programs; budget
development and fiscal/statistical management; organizational goals
development and reporting.
Demonstrated customer service skills.
Strong communication and presentation skills, including listening,
speaking and writing.
Ability to handle confidential matters.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks
Capacity to work creatively in both collaborative and independent
Terminal degree in higher education administration, counseling, law
or related fields.
Ten or more years of direct higher education professional
experience in a senior role.
For best consideration, please submit application materials by
University job slotting - Assoc VP 1, Student Services
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Dean's Office, Division of Student Affairs
Employment Type: UF - University Employee FT
Restricted Status: No
Exemption Status: Exempt
Contact Name: Dr. Aaron Hart
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 804-828-1244