Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
May 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Search for the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement

San Francisco, California

The University of San Francisco (USF), a private, Catholic, Jesuit research university, seeks a collaborative and innovative leader to assume the position of Assistant Vice Provost of Student Engagement (AVP). Reporting directly to the Vice Provost for Student Life, the AVP will serve a pivotal role in assisting the University to enhance student learning, development, engagement, leadership, and success. In collaboration with colleagues across campus, the AVP will have the opportunity to leverage USF's vision, mission, history, and location to provide a holistic and engaged experience for all students.

USF is recognized nationally and internationally for its tremendously diverse student and faculty population and its global perspective. Established as San Francisco's first institution of higher education in 1855, USF is deeply embedded in the intellectual, spiritual, economic, and cultural life of one of the most innovative, diverse, and dynamic cities in the world. The University's focus on social justice, educating the whole person, discernment, and changing the world creates an environment that embraces the development of students and care for individuals in an increasingly diverse and complex landscape. USF presently serves over 10,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Management, and Nursing and Health Professions and has 1,033 faculty members including 474 full-time faculty, 1,029 staff, and an operating budget of over $400 million.

The AVP will be joining Julie Orio, the Vice Provost for Student Life, and her team at an exciting time. Many members of the leadership team are new and they are developing a strategy for student success and how better to engage all students at USF. As the AVP is responsible for the overall vision, leadership, direction, assessment, evaluation, and coordination of services and programs for campus engagement, cultural centers, graduate student engagement, orientation and family programs, and student leadership and engagement, the AVP will be playing a vital role in helping to shape that strategy. Furthermore, like many universities around the country, USF students are also engaging in thoughtful conversations around diversity, inclusion, and social justice on campus. The AVP will find new ways to better leverage the many facets of this unit to encourage healthy dialogues while also tending to the many ways students can participate and be involved. To be successful, the AVP will address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Create a shared understanding for student engagement rooted in social justice and a diverse urban environment
  • Be a visible champion for student engagement
  • Build out a comprehensive orientation and first year experience that invigorates student engagement early in their USF experience and throughout their time at USF
  • Leverage university-wide partnerships to enhance student engagement across campus
  • Inspire the Student Engagement team and manage resources effectively

USF has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti, Lindsay Gold, and Nate Brewer

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic University founded in 1855 to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to work in a culturally diverse environment and to contribute to the mission of the University.

USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.


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