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Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (AVP)
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2022
Title Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (AVP)
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department VPSL Office
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Vice-(Provost/Chancellor)
  • Student Affairs
    Senior Administration

Position Summary
The Division of Student Life invites applications for the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (AVP) position. In this role, you will serve as a student-focused leader responsible for developing and implementing a student experience that builds community, satisfaction, affinity and a sense of belonging. You will provide leadership to several units within the division including The Career Design Center, Entrepreneurship, eSports, Orientation and Transition Programs, Residential Life and Student Engagement.

Your duties will include: Create an overarching vision and provide strategic leadership to create a campus culture that promotes students’ academic learning and career development, provides a safe, healthy, nurturing and welcoming campus environment for a diverse student body, and create a sense of community and connection. Support student engagement initiatives within the Student Engagement and Success portfolio by working collaboratively with campus partners, faculty, staff and students. Develop systems and processes to measure and assess the effectiveness of services for how you impact retention, graduation, engagement, outcomes, and student/alumni learning objectives. Develop and disseminate key performance indicators and accompanying reports on student success and career metrics. Adjust programs and services as needed to improve outcomes and impact.

The successful incumbent is a strong, strategic and transparent leader, with the ability to motivate self and others through building consensus. They will have the ability to work collaboratively with other members of the Vice President’s leadership team to develop and align planning, policies, budgets, and communications.

Our team recognizes the advantages diverse perspectives and backgrounds bring to the workplace. We are particularly interested in candidates who share this value and will work to achieve the university’s goals of inclusive excellence.

About Student Life
As a member of Student Life, you will join service professionals, all driven by one shared set of values designed to help ensure students’ well-being, create a safe and supportive environment and promote student success. In Student Life, growth is a shared passion. We aim for excellence, thinking big and going bold. We pursue our goals tenaciously while stewarding the student experience. We build communities and advance diversity in all forms. We encourage discovery and celebrate success.

About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

Outstanding Benefits
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree
A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in higher education within student affairs/success, student engagement, or a relevant field.
Demonstrated record of leading innovative and equity-focused student success initiatives in a higher education setting
Proven knowledge of trends and best practices in higher education as they relate to career and professional development
The ability to persuasively present data and advocate for decisions based on best practices; and a record of professional accomplishment.
Demonstrated experience in support of a diverse working environment dedicated to principles of social justice, inclusivity and equity.
Demonstrated experience in personnel management to include hiring, supervising, and coaching employees, as well as experience providing leadership and direction in programmatic, budgetary, and operational functions.
Organizational skills to set goals, prioritize assignments, monitor performance, and exceed set deadlines.
Strong oral and written communication skills with experience creating and delivering presentations to small and large diverse groups.
Ability to develop innovative approaches, techniques and procedures to provide more efficient services.
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking based upon in-depth data, substantiating information, while considering and respecting others’ input, personal values, and ethics.

Preferred Qualifications
Terminal degree preferred
Candidates with multiple institutional experiences and perspectives are desired

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