Vice President for Student Engagement and Success
The Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (VPSES) is responsible for providing innovative and strategic leadership, as well as, administrative direction for student engagement and retention priorities across institutional lines. Reporting to the President, the VPSES is the chief student affairs and retention officer at the institution and, in partnership with colleagues across campus, is responsible for the general well-being of the student population, including the development, implementation, and coordination of student support services in alignment with the University’s mission, core values, and strategic plan. The VPSES is the senior administrator for student recruitment, enrollment management, admissions, records, registration, student success coaching/navigation, graduation, testing, services for veterans, international students, financial aid, campus health services and student life/activities. The VPSES must be a visionary, strategic, collaborative, and innovative team member and leader, committed to developing and implementing approaches to promote a student-oriented culture that ensures access, sustains educational excellence, fosters student development, and supports high levels of student achievement and success.
In following the duties and responsibilities of the office, the Vice President of Student Engagement and Success will:
- Create and implement the strategy for a unified vision for enrollment management, student engagement, retention, and overall success across the University in partnership with faculty, staff and GSW leadership team.
- Provide direct oversight to a comprehensive admissions office.
- Provide campus-wide vision and leadership for the development, implementation, assessment, maintenance, delivery, and integrity of essential student services.
- Guide and monitor campus-wide implementation of student success initiatives.
- Work with division staff, Provost/VP of Academic Affairs, academic deans, administrators and other college constituents to develop and implement initiatives that support and advance student learning and success.
- Improve student academic achievement, including progression, completion, and job placement.
- Assess outcomes to evaluate progress and promote continuous improvement.
- Provide strategic leadership for all operational areas of the division: plan, design and organize division goals and objectives, guide efforts toward expected outcomes, and evaluate results.
- Coordinate the annual budget and retain executive authority over all budgets within the division.
- Provide direction and oversight to all offices and services within the Division and create a culture of continuous improvement throughout all functional areas of student services.
- Direct the ongoing evaluation and revision of University standards, policies, and procedures that address the most effective, efficient, and student-centered delivery of programming in support of the University mission.
- Provide leadership and direction to the Office of Student Engagement and Success for development of and recommendation for policies, planning guidance, and procedures for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness.
- Provide broad oversight of and compliance with Federal, State, USG and University policies and processes, including the protection and confidentiality of student records and information (as outlined by FERPA), Lawful Presence, International Students, etc.
- Lead the development and implementation of data-informed strategies to reach strategic enrollment goals.
- Provide effective leadership for staff – including hiring, motivating, inspiring, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating – with the lasting goal of creating a warm, welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and educational University experience.
- Hire and appropriately onboard a diverse group of professionals.
- Conduct performance plans and annual evaluations according to University procedures.
- Maintain a highly engaged relationship with students; be visible throughout the campus community, and support a flexible and motivated work culture that encourages staff to do the same.
- Cultivate collaborative relationships with educational partners, including secondary school district leaders, high school principals and counselors, and agencies/organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
- Assumes other responsibilities as related to student success or as assigned by the President.
- Earned doctoral degree from an accredited university or college
- At least five years of progressively responsible experience as a Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Administrator
- Excellent communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with a diverse student/staff population is necessary