Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Adler University
Chicago, Illinois
Jul 25, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Adler University seeks Associate Vice President (AVP) of Student Affairs

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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The Opportunity:

The Associate Vice President (AVP) of Student Affairs is a full-time professional staff member and promotes strategies and programs designed to positively impact student satisfaction, engagement and success to Adler University students across its campuses in Chicago, Vancouver, Canada; and Online. The responsibilities of the position are centered on Adler’s mission to support the academic and social development, as well as the retention of Adler University students.

The AVP directs and participates in efforts provide assistance to students, faculty and staff who are seeking information, guidance and support about a range of student related academic, health, behavioral, and personal issues. The AVP serves as liaison to students and faculty departments within the university for the purposes of maintaining current information about resources as well as processes and procedures relevant to the most prominent/common needs of students. The AVP facilitates an optimally respectful, diverse, and inclusive campus culture that promotes student well-being and success. The AVP serves as the chief student advocate and leads the Office of Student Affairs providing a range of student support services including disability support, international student support, conduct and grievance adjudication, and student orientation and event planning. In addition to support for students, the AVP serves as a primary information resource for faculty, staff and administration in the advisement of students.

The AVP reports to the Vice President of Administration and serves on the Vice President’s leadership team. The AVP has three direct reports – a Manager of Student and Career Services for each of the three campuses (Chicago, Vancouver, and Online). Work-study students also provide additional support.  The position is based in Chicago.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages all aspects of student engagement and success across three campuses (approximately 1,600 students).
  • Provides leadership in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment and student wellness through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences that encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.
  • Serves as primary liaison to the Adler Student Government, responding to student concerns and helping to resolve student problems.
  • Provides strong academic, budgetary, capital, and infrastructure leadership across the three campuses.
  • Participates in the University’s strategic planning process, supports and implements institutional and strategic goals.
  • Serves on University committees and other University related events as needed. This may include some after-hours activities.
  • Represents the University, as appropriate, in the community and in professional organizations.
  • Serves as liaison with the State and local community on issues when appropriate.
  • Provides assistance to students, faculty and staff who seek guidance around a range of student related academic, health, behavioral and personal issues.
  • Administers and supervises compliance with ADA, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title IV, HEA, Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVIS), and other applicable federal and state requirements.
  • Directs international student support and provides relevant training to promote international student support. Provides support for study abroad coursework.
  • Assists and advocates for students experiencing crises. This includes working with students directly as well as consulting with faculty and staff colleagues to assist them in managing student crises.
  • Develops, maintains, and administers institutional grievance processes and procedures.
  • Oversees the implementation of University policies and the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Chairs the Student Evaluation Committee.
  • Advises student government and student clubs and organizations.
  • Leads and coordinates a range of student centric strategies and initiatives to enhance student satisfaction and encourage student involvement in campus life.
  • Plans and directs New Student Orientation for campuses.
  • Plans and manages campus graduation and annual commencement exercises.

Qualifications and Skills:

The successful candidate will possess or demonstrate the following:

  • Master’s degree with a record of progressive and relevant responsibility and leadership in student affairs;
  • Evidence of successful collaborations with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Skilled and effective communication skills;
  • Collaborative decision-making skills (transparent with staff and students);
  • Experience working within a multi-campus university structure and a philosophy of shared governance;
  • Commitment to social justice and student advocacy, including commitment to examining and providing solutions to barriers that students face within a system of higher education;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Understanding of the importance of fundraising and development initiatives in student affairs;
  • Knowledge about best practices for student success in online and ground campus environments, critical student issues, crisis response and higher education trends;
  • Experience in the interpretation of policies related to risk management, student conduct, and Title IX requirements;
  • Highest level of authentic rapport with students and staff.

About Adler University

Established in 1952 to build on the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. The University changed its name from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in January 2015 to reflect its growing scope of programs and more strongly support its vision as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society. Over 1,600 students are enrolled in Adler’s masters and doctoral programs for social change on campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, and an Online Campus. Through practica, internships, training and community engagement with hundreds of community partners, Adler’s students provide more than 580,000 direct service hours to communities each year.

Adler’s Institutes and Centers engage students, faculty, practitioners and communities in advocacy, applied research, and action for social justice. Adler University holds the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing higher institution practices for exemplary community engagement.

For 63 years, the institution has adhered to the Adlerian principles upon which it was founded and will continue to do so. In fall 2014, we embarked on developing a new five-year strategic plan envisioning Adler University’s impact through the year 2020. A team of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees solicited input from across our campuses, alumni, and external partner communities. The result is Adler University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Through realizing the strategies and goals of this plan, Adler University will:

  • Become even more clear, vibrant, and powerful in our work to advance a more just society--through fidelity to its legacy and to the vision and principles of Alfred Adler.
  • Offer baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral-level education in a range of practice-oriented disciplines, with academic programs designed to advance community health and social justice.
  • Be recognized for leadership in socially responsible practice, innovation in measuring mission and impact, and breaking ground in online pedagogy.
  • Offer a degree or certificate program within a marginalized community in a radical new format.
  • Have completed our first comprehensive fundraising campaign and will enter our second campaign, ensuring long-term sustainability, engagement, and excellence in higher education.

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Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Procedure for Candidacy:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position, along with your CV/resume.

For nominations or further information:

Stephanie Fowler

Senior Consultant

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.

Direct: 530-677-9945              

Adler University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.