Assistant Vice President for Advising and Degree Completion Initiatives

Washington, DC
Dec 01, 2017
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NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is accepting applications for a newly created Assistant Vice President for Advising and Degree Completion Initiatives position. The Assistant Vice President will provide leadership for NASPA’s emerging research on effective advising strategies at U.S. postsecondary institutions. Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Policy, the Assistant Vice President will lead a team of NASPA staff to support timely execution of grant activities and manage communications with key stakeholders, consultants, and NASPA members. This is a full-time position located at NASPA’s office in Washington, DC.

The ideal candidate will have had significant experience in scholarly research, assessment, and practice that provides a foundation to engage with the higher education community on topics related to college completion. The Assistant Vice President’s primary responsibilities include short- and long-range planning; policy, personnel, and budget management; and the timely delivery of projects, programs, and services that cultivate student learning and success in postsecondary education. The person in this position must be collaborative and lead projects through cross-functional engagement with NASPA staff, colleagues across the Association, and external stakeholders, as appropriate. The preferred candidate will also have experience in managing external consultants and supervising project staff.

Applications for the Assistant Vice President for Advising and Degree Completion Initiatives will be accepted until the position is filled, but candidates should submit materials by December 22, 2017 to ensure full consideration. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. The position is located in the NASPA office in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Executing the five-year strategic vision for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop assets and implementation guides for high-quality advising and manage a hub of associations and organizations that will work towards scaling advising solutions at two-year and four-year institutions;
  • Supervising staff who will provide support for the grant;
  • Managing project work plans, including budgets, project timelines, tasks, and deliverables;
  • Convening scholars, practitioners, and researchers to advance the work of advising processes and various completion agenda content areas;
  • Delivering presentations and authoring publications, blog posts, and other commentary for multiple audiences;
  • Manage the development of print, web, and social media communications and marketing strategies in collaboration with NASPA’s Communications and Marketing department and external consultants;
  • Contribute to the day-to-day operations of various NASPA professional development and research and policy initiatives pertaining to student success initiatives;
  • Ensure that program-related functions and data management are consistent with the NASPA Guiding Principles of Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inquiry; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred, ideally with experience in higher education or student affairs with at least 5 – 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Knowledge of current advising strategies, particularly approaches that are data-informed and technology-driven;
  • Knowledge of current issues related to student affairs administration, college affordability, student success, and higher education governance;
  • Superior critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify, assess, and order competing interests and priorities;
  • Proven ability to identify key issues and carry forward ideas or projects from conception to execution;
  • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on written communication in a variety of mediums including analytical and research skills with the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear, concise, and logical manner;
  • Good judgment, discretion, tact, and the ability to work with senior leaders within a member-driven association;
  • Project management experience, preferably in grant-funded, nonprofit, or higher education setting, including an ability to coordinate multiple projects;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and,
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and application software in a networked environment.

About NASPA:

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 16,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.  

Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry.

NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

Application Process

The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected. The priority deadline for applications is December 22, 2017. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume/vitae, writing sample, and salary requirement to Omari Burnside, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at [email protected] with “Assistant Vice President for Advising and Degree Completion Initiatives” in the subject line.

NASPA is an equal opportunity employer. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services.

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