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Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Belonging

University of Missouri - St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 29, 2024

Job Details

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice Provost (AVP) for Student Engagement and Belonging plays a critical role in advancing the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic vision, mission, and goals. The AVP for Student Engagement and Belonging works in strategic partnership with students, campus departments, and the community to promote student engagement and success through integrated student engagement programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The AVP assists the Vice Provost for Student Affairs in the management of student programs and services which foster a sense of belonging to increase growth, retention, and student success rates through co-curricular learning and campus connectivity.

The Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Belonging provides expertise in the areas of student engagement and sense of belonging (theory and practice) to support the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate, high-impact involvement and learning opportunities for diverse student populations. The AVP provides leadership and oversight of divisional staff in Campus Recreation, Student Involvement, Residential Life and Housing, Millennium Student Center, and Event Services; and is also responsible for several key divisional initiatives including the campus-wide co-curricular engagement model, student employee curriculum, and first-generation student support. The AVP and their designated units respond to emergent issues and provide problem-solving assistance to faculty and staff working with students. Night and weekend responses are required.

Key Duties Include

· Actively engages with the student affairs leadership team and the Vice Provost on a wide range of long and short-term strategic decision-making and planning.

· Leads the Student Engagement and Belonging areas in the context of divisional and institutional culture, vision, mission, values, and desired outcomes.

· Develops partnerships internal and external to the division to create vibrant, student-centered, learning-focused, and intentional co-curricular experiences.

· Works in collaboration with their directors to develop annual and long-term operational and strategic goals, consistent assessment practices, and external funding opportunities to support the growth and enhancement of the student experience.

· Ensures units accomplish the parallel goals of student development and providing quality facilities for the university community by formulating operational policies and procedures which engender an equitable balance between institutional goals and students’ co-curricular needs.

· Engages with the university community, collaborating with diverse partners (faculty, staff, alumni, families) to serve the institution and our students.

· Maintains a strong understanding of, and connection to, best practices in Student Affairs and seeks to lead their team with current knowledge, data, and insights.

· Supports the overall operation of the Division of Student Affairs and contributes to the organization’s success by performing other duties as assigned by the Vice Provost.


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

· Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training.

· Demonstrated effectiveness in leading a team in collaborative strategic and operational planning and assessment.

· Experience in cultivating meaningful outcomes related to student sense of belonging.

· A demonstrated record of success in working with students and supporting student activities.

Anticipated Hiring Range

The anticipated hiring range for this position has been established as $109,000 - $125,000 annually.
Salary is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the individual’s particular combination of education, skills, and experience, as well as organizational requirements.
Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Missouri provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

To review the University of Missouri’s Staff Compensation Structure you can view the Job Code detail page . Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Materials

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant material should be received by June 15th, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should include a cover letter outlining leadership qualifications and a detailed resume. Later in the search process, further information may be requested, including names and contact information for professional references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Partnering in the search is Kelly Oliver, Lead HR Consultant, for the

University of Missouri System.

Sponsorship Information

Visa Sponsorship Information:
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.

Community Information

The University of Missouri, St. Louis is a metropolitan, public research and teaching institution consistently recognized for strong academic programs across disciplines and is considered a driver of the St. Louis economy. Supported by nearly 700 faculty across nine schools and colleges. The University is a Tier 1 institution, is ranked first in Missouri and ranked in top 75 schools nationally for “Social Mobility” and is a long-time recipient of the Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The University is ranked among the nation’s Best Colleges for educating our Veterans. The University is focused on advancing inclusive prosperity for all our students. The University serves over 15,000 students annually and the mission of the university is to serve the diverse needs of students in the state’s largest metropolitan community. As such, education is focused on both traditional and nontraditional students, student retention, providing academic supports, and graduation of the most diverse college-educated work force of any university in the state. Graduates reside in all 50 states and throughout the world, but most graduates live, work, lead, and contribute to the diverse, economic local economy. Alumni contribute $13.4 billion annually in economic impact to the state of Missouri, including Fortune 1000 companies and by leading large corporations.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.



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