Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success (AVCSS)
The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success (AVCSS) reports directly to the Executive Vice President/Executive Vice Chancellor (EVP/EVC) and is a member of the senior staff. The AVCSS is primarily responsible for all programs and activities related to the retention and timely graduation of students, and is responsible for the leadership and direction of the following areas: Center for Academic Success (Academic Advising)/Student Success Collaborative, Freshman Academy, SUSLA Connect, Dual Enrollment and other special initiatives.
Central to the work of the entire Division of Student Success is a focus on the quality of the student learning experience. In support of this focus, the AVCSS works closely with the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management on the development of policies, procedures, programs, and services that will promote, encourage, and support student success. In alignment with SUBR’s core commitment to increase retention and graduation rates, the AVCSS will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating access and retention strategies with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap for first-generation, low-income, and traditionally underserved populations. In collaboration with staff, the AVCSS will craft comprehensive goals and objectives, and complete thorough performance appraisals on all staff.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the AVCSS include:
- Organize and implement post-secondary retention-based academic initiatives; conduct training sessions for staff that involve comprehensive master of the primary academic regulations, intrusive advising strategies, and supplemental instruction techniques.
- Keep the team abreast of proven practices and retention research that are effective with first-generation, low-income students and underserved students.
- Work closely with the EVP/EVC to oversee the day-to-day operations of campus-wide student success initiatives aimed at improving the educational outcomes for incoming first-time freshman.
- Directly responsible for supervision of an assisting with the coordination of the Center for Academic Success (Academic Advising), Freshman Academy, SUSLA Connect, Dual Enrollment, and other special initiatives.
- Facilitate the collaboration among Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
- Maintain liaisons with offices directly affecting the functions of his/her staff; coordinate summer programs, supervise the preparation of reports from all subordinate staff.
- Identify funding sources, and coordinate and submit grant applications for additional funding.
- Collaborate with Public Relations to develop marketing strategies that will ensure the effectiveness of student success program initiatives.
- Develop and coordinate programs that enhance the enrollment and matriculation of underserved students.
- Direct and develop tracking and reporting systems for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating retention data and student success reports to the University leadership and other state and federal agencies.
- Work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) and Institutional Research (IR) to analyze the course performance patters and retention rates of students on a longitudinal basis; and conduct on-going research into probationary patterns and academic course taking patterns of students.
- Work with math and English chairs and faculty to promote best practices in developmental and regular education, and learning support programs for first-generation, low-income, and underserved students.
- Lead implementation and coordinate assessment efforts for each of the units that report to the AVCSS and use results to inform decisions related to policy formation, process improvement, and program effectiveness.
- Establish, maintain, and monitor budget resources; write proposals to enhance resources in the division of student success; monitor purchases and resource allocation needs within al units.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the EVP/EVC.
- Master’s degree required, but doctorate preferred from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum of ten years professional experience in higher education managing diverse and complex programs, with emphasis on student success initiatives.
- Demonstrated leadership in academic support services.
- Demonstrated experience with student success best practices and retention initiatives in a university setting.
- Proven experience supervising staff and administrators.
- Ability to understand administrative problems and implement solutions involved in operating retention and completion initiatives.
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
- Knowledge of and familiarity with sociological issues facing underserved, first-generation and low-income persons in the university and in their communities.
- Experience with assessment, design, and implementation of university-wide change efforts.
- General knowledge of the procedures and practices of federal regulations and standards, and their relationship to instructional programs and student success initiatives.
To apply: Please submit the Southern University Unclassified Application, Curriculum Vita or Resume', Cover Letter and Contact information of five (5) references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application is available on the Southern University Human Resources website under downloadable forms at http://www.sus.edu/page/downloadable-forms
Criminal background check and reference verification is required.
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