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Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Division of Academic Affairs (36151)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted May 27, 2021
Title Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Division of Academic Affairs (36151)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Office of Student Engagement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Vice-(Provost/Chancellor)
  • Student Affairs

Primary Function
Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success (AVP) is responsible for providing senior level leadership and planning for the facilitation of key student success and retention initiatives across the university. The AVP will understand and employ national best practices to guide development and implementation of efforts in student success. The AVP will advise the Senior Vice Provost and other campus leaders on key retention and student success issues, provide recommendations for strategic planning, and collaborate with several diverse student support units. The AVP will build and foster collaborations within and outside NIU to establish critical partnerships that support the mission of the University. The AVP will serve on the Student Experience Team (SET) leadership team and foster partnerships with Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Affairs. The AVP has oversight authority for the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-Year Programs (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Navigate and Retention Coordinator, Planning & Assessment Director and Huskie Academic Support Center, including providing leadership around fiscal, structural, and performance related matters.

University and Community Description:

NIU is a high research (R2) and Carnegie-engaged institution that enrolls over 16,500 students, approximately 750 international students and 4,500 graduate students. NIU is home to more than 130 degree programs across seven colleges, in addition to a variety of programs that lead to both undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Located 65 miles from downtown Chicago, in DeKalb, Illinois, NIU is a thriving community of dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, local residents, and friends.
Together, we support the goal of providing upward social mobility to our students as
well as the opportunity to make an enduring impact on our future. The successful
candidate will enhance the university’s growing reputation as a leading public and
national research university, build on the institution’s substantial strengths in teaching,
research, engagement, and outreach, and importantly, share in NIU’s commitment to
creating an equitable and inclusive learning and living environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

  • Work with academic colleges; Student Affairs; Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; students; and advising services (academic, career, and financial) to leverage synergies and respond to issues collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Provide leadership as part of the strategic enrollment plan to identify ways to institutionalize and enhance high impact practices as a means for increasing student retention, persistence, and academic, career, and financial success.
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance for the following units: Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-year Experience (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Huskie Academic Support Center, the Navigate & Retention Coordinator, and the Director of Planning & Assessment.
  • Continue to identify possible synergies among academic service units and encourage and support collaboration and partnership where possible.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities and complete grant proposals.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

  • Doctoral degree with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience leading student success initiatives.
  • Proven leadership ability and demonstrated experience managing complex multi-year projects involving human and fiscal resources.
  • Proven experience working with different stakeholders across the university.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (including writing and public speaking).
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple areas, events, and deadlines simultaneously, and demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain collaborative and effective work relations with all levels of management, staff, administration, and academic personnel.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, and to use judgment in accomplishing tasks of an urgent, sensitive, or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Ability to work with faculty, administrators, and students in a collegial fashion.
  • Experience in working independently in creating new programs.
  • High level of initiative and flexibility.
  • Proficiency with student success and data analytics platforms.
  • Proven experience in grant writing and contract management.
  • Ability to make data-informed decisions.

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