Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Success, Engagement, and Equity

The Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Success, Engagement, and Equity will serve as a collaborative, engaged leader of the innovative University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) student development team, focused on student diversity, inclusion, retention, engagement and wellbeing. At UMR our diverse student body and commitment to the success of all students, including those who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, are core to our identity and future. Working closely and collaboratively with academic affairs, this AVC will lead and connect student development programs and will represent student development on campus and with University of Minnesota system colleagues.

As a campus devoted to educational innovation, we seek a visible, optimistic, and dynamic student development leader; at the same time, given the size and stage of our young campus, this leader will also need to work side-by-side with colleagues in all aspects of student development. The AVC will lead and facilitate a multi-faceted staff to increase student success, engagement, equity, and retention. That staff includes a team of student success coaches as well as individual staff members with the following areas of focus: health and wellness, residential life, counseling, disability services, and student activities. Together, this leader and their staff also manage student orientation, student conduct, care reporting, biased incidents response, student Title IX issues, and the “living learning communities.” At UMR, all students engage in all of the “high impact practices” identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) while we also pilot and test other potential high-impact practices. This student-centered leader will model UMR values of respect, diversity and inclusivity, community, evidenced-based decision making, and human potential. The AVC reports to the Chancellor, working closely and collaboratively with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation.

About UMR:

Our Vision is to transform higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st-century. In this vibrant context, students are at the center of all we do – including faculty research focused on the efficacy of educational innovation. By offering a distinctive health sciences education, UMR prepares students for a broad spectrum of career pathways including patient care; resilience, wellbeing and mental health; health care research and discovery; global health and public policy; emerging health technologies; and the business and leadership of health care. In its tenth year of serving students, the campus community is growing and currently serves more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of downtown Rochester. Through creative partnerships, this campus aims to grow in size and influence in its second decade. At UMR, relationships and research drive student success.


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides student development, equity, and retention leadership and expertise for the campus, working closely with other members of the Senior Advisory Council.
  • Leads and is responsible for student development staff and outcomes through strategic project management, evidence-based practice, and coordination with faculty and other relevant staff.
  • Provides oversight for student development operating budgets, working closely with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Campus Resources and the Chancellor to ensure alignment with strategic priorities.
  • Manages the policies and processes associated with student-related Title IX/sexual misconduct, general student conduct, biased incident reports, and care reporting for at-risk students.
  • Provides retention and equity expertise as a member of the Enrollment Management Team, the campus Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Senior Advisory Council.
  • Works collaboratively and strategically with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation and faculty to ensure coordination and intentional integration of curricular and co-curricular endeavors and to contribute expertise to foundation and grant proposals that include student development elements. 
  • Works collaboratively with other officers of the University of Minnesota system to meet the student development objectives of the system-wide and campus level strategic plans.
  • As a student-focused leader, provides a positive, dynamic, visible presence on campus, modeling engagement, inclusion, and respect.


Candidates for UMR’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Engagement and Equity must have the following qualifications:

  • A proven record of successful student development leadership including the ability to serve as a catalyst for initiatives that increase student retention; enhance progress related to student equity, diversity, and inclusion; adapt and innovate in response to evidence; and inspire and guide team members to excellence in their interactions with students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to using data to inform practice, with expertise emanating not only from experience but also a deep knowledge of relevant research.
  • Superior public and interpersonal communication competence to provide strongly collaborative leadership and to model habits of interaction that ensure a campus culture of inclusivity and wellbeing including adaptability and humility. The position requires the ability to communicate well with students and with other diverse constituents including team members, faculty, administrators, system colleagues, parents, and community members.
  • Passion for UMR’s vision and demonstrated evidence of commitment to UMR’s grounding values of respect, human potential, diversity and inclusion, evidence-based decision-making, and community.
  • A relevant graduate degree.

The ideal candidate for the position will have the following qualifications, expertise, and characteristics:

  • Doctoral level academic preparation in student development theory and/or equitable practices in higher education.
  • Success in obtaining grant funding, especially for initiatives related to access, diversity, inclusion, and student success.
  • Experience in assessment of student development programming and efficacy.

Key Leadership Competencies

  • Finds joy and purpose in supporting student success. 
  • Models respect for all.
  • Has a visible and positive presence.
  • Excels at collaborative project management.
  • Generates and implements evidence-based solutions.
  • Is reflective, curious, empathetic, and approachable.
  • Thinks strategically and works collaboratively.
  • Facilitates inclusive decision-making communicated with transparency.
  • Motivates, inspires, and empowers students and staff.
  • Listens well and builds trusting relationships.
  • Operates with integrity.


The Assistant Vice Chancellor position is a full-time, 12-month, senior administrative position. The AVC reports to the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester while working in close collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation. The position is open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

  Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and three references to be considered for the position. Application materials should be submitted at the University Human Resources page, selecting “Rochester” as the “Recruiting Location.”

Review of applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, a complete set of materials should be received by Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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