The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Student Success serves as
a thought leader and strategic planner to cultivate student
learning, engagement, retention, graduation, and career
development. In the spirit of our Four-to-Finish philosophy,
the AVP frames academic engagement strategies across the
first 59 hours of undergraduate course work, provides academic
guidance as undergraduates explore and refine their academic
pathways, encourages the development of an academic
mindset grounded in an assumption of growth, and crafts an
academic support network that helps students make intentional
academic choices. Additionally, the AVP supports student
success through developing innovative strategies for student
academic progression, academic support and coaching, and career
development. The successful AVP fosters effective
collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, students, academic
departments, and senior administrators to provide a seamless,
holistic learning environment that celebrates intentional and
meaningful academic success. The AVP serves as a member of
the Division of Instruction and Innovation leadership team, leading
Division efforts towards the achievement of the University
Strategic Plan, Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, and the
Division’s Strategic Plan.
The AVP for Student Success position includes the following
- Provides leadership direction, strategic planning, and
supervision for the following units: Academic Advisement Center,
Academic Success Center, Career Service Center, and
First-Year/Second Year Experience.
- Provides strategic vision and oversight to develop and
implement programs and services that achieve the university and
division mission, vision, goals and objectives. Develops and
implements services, activities and opportunities that complete the
student’s academic experience with the targeted outcome of
increasing student persistence, retention, and graduation
- Fosters partnerships with colleges and schools to develop
retention, persistence, graduation, and employability plans for
undergraduate students. Uses data and best practices to inform
strategies. Evaluates plans, in partnership with colleges and
schools, to determine current effectiveness, emerging best
practices, and opportunities for data-informed change.
- Leads the EAB Navigate coordinated success network and
other related initiatives to enhance student success. Collaborates
with partners across the institution, including academic colleges
and schools, Financial Aid & Scholarships, University Housing,
University Advising Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion,
Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional
Research, and others, as appropriate, to leverage a coordinated
student success network to intervene with and assist at-risk
students. Establishes and monitors goals, objectives, and key
performance indicators to determine effectiveness of outreach,
opportunities for intervention, and potential improvements to
practices. Facilitates improvements to processes and
- Leads the University System of Georgia Momentum Approach
planning to implement academic and support strategies to promote
student engagement, mindset, pathways, and purpose.
- Provides strategic direction for the comprehensive programs and
services of the Academic Advisement Center, Academic Success
Center, First-Year Experience, Jaguar Jumpstart, and Inquiry 1000.
Evaluates the effectiveness of services, monitors national best
practices, ensures optimal resource utilization, and facilitates
partnerships to enhance student success. Ensures alignment with the
university’s mission, goals and objectives. Fosters a culture of
best-practice, evidence-based support and intervention.
- Provides strategic direction to the Director of Career
Services. Partners with colleges/schools, employers, and other
stakeholders to enhance career readiness and employment outcomes of
all students. Promotes career planning, experiential learning,
career preparation, and early job search engagement to strengthen
post-graduation outcomes and life-readiness. Seeks guidance,
collaboration, and support from key partners across and beyond the
university campus to support innovative, proven practices to
positively influence career outcomes. Develops new employer
relationships, works with state and regional agencies on workforce
development, and partners with employers on external support for
- Provides strategic guidance to the Director of Academic
Advising to promote strategies to enhance first and second year
progression for student pathways to success.
- A master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, or
other associated academic discipline from an accredited institution
of higher education.
- A minimum of ten (10) years of effective leadership in student
success with demonstrated results and increasing levels of
responsibility working in an academic setting.
- Commitment to shared governance, consensus building, and a team
approach to management.
- A doctoral (i.e terminal) degree from an accredited
- Work experience in research universities, diverse research
methods, and practiced in data-informed leadership.
- Knowledge of student information systems such as Banner and EAB
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS
- Strong verbal communication skills to lead presentations and
group discussions, assist with public relations, and foster
- Excellent management, human relations, and problem solving
skills while demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of student
development theory and current trends in academic student success
in higher education;
- Proven success in working collaboratively with co-curricular
learning experiences and in the development of institutional
partnerships focused on improving student academic
- Strong leadership skills, sound fiscal management, and the
ability to build collaborative relationships among a wide range of
constituents, including faculty, staff, academic deans,
administrators, employers, community leaders, donors, and other key
stakeholders are key competencies. The ability to motivate
and mobilize a cross-functional team toward common goals is
critical. Knowledge of best practices in student success,
including existing and emerging software tools, is important.
- Strong organizational skills, effective verbal, on-verbal, and
written communication skills, ability to allocate tasks and manage
complex projects, ability to function effectively in a highly
ambiguous environment, ability to work well with leadership,
faculty and staff at all levels of the organization.
- Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to
listen to a variety of constituent groups, synthesize input, make
decisions and share information broadly to build consensus and
support for action.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should apply online at
AVP, Student Success and upload a letter
of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and
contact information of five or more references. Confidential review
of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be
received by November 1, 2021. Inquiries and nominations may
be sent to Executive Search at email@example.com.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background
Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.
The final candidate will be required to provide proof of
completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript.
Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be
required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.
All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality,
availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student,
employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising
sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies
during the course of their employment and beyond.
Augusta University is proud to
be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from
underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities