Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Aurora, IL
Aug 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Assistant Vice President of Student Success (AVP) provides visionary and strategic leadership while overseeing the development and delivery of programs and resources in the Career Services Office. The AVP oversees the development and delivery of services, programs and tools to equip students to successfully navigate the path from college to career. This includes self-assessment, major/career exploration and decision-making, job and internship search skill development and implementation, graduate school exploration and decision-making, and professional skill development. This position is Career Services' chief ambassador and collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including academic affairs, student life, admissions, advancement, faculty, alumni, parents, and employers in order to foster effective relationships and partnerships.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Plan, develop, and direct a comprehensive credit and non-credit internship program for students including the development and implementation of policies and procedures associated with the administration of this program.
  2. Plan, develop, and direct a comprehensive program to identify meaningful work experiences for our students and alumni.
  3. Enhance student awareness of personal interests, values, skills, and qualifications through the First Year Experience and Junior Mentoring programs.
  4. Effectively market the Office of Career Services to increase awareness of services among students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff.
  5. Collaborate with Admissions, Advancement, Student Life and academic departments to develop and coordinate initiatives that develop students’ sense of vocation across their AU experience.
  6. Supervise Career Services staff, providing leadership and motivation in order to strategically coordinate comprehensive career development services to all students and alumni.
  7. Collaborate with University Analytics to develop an annual, comprehensive post-graduate report.
  8. Counsel students and alumni in the areas of career and major planning, career development, graduate school exploration, and job/internship search strategies.
  9. Develop and assess learning outcomes in the areas of major and career exploration.
  10. Utilize career assessment tools, including interpretations and presentations to students and alumni.
  11. Connect employers to students through employer outreach initiatives and on-campus recruiting events.
  12. Effectively oversee operational budget for Career Services.
  13. Participate in training as necessary; attending conferences and/or seminars to stay current with education and workplace trends.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Master’s Degree


  • Minimum five years of experience in Career Development in a higher education environment or relatively similar environment required.


  • Commitment to student career development and sensitivity to diverse populations.
  • Ability to motivate and assist students in developing long-term goals and coordinate this effort with faculty, staff, alumni and employers.
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, and willingness to take initiative.

Special Requirements:

  • Some evening and weekend hours required.
  • Ability to travel when necessary to off-campus evening and weekend events, providing own vehicle.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move about campus and other locations.
  • Ability to interact verbally, via electronic media and by telephone.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission included. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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