Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Life – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Life

The University of Southern California seeks an accomplished, student-centered, creative, and dynamic leader as the next Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Life who will work as a collaborative partner to the Vice President to enhance the university’s commitment to student success and well-being for all undergraduate and graduate students. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life, the Sr AVP will lead a team of executives cultivating a student experience that builds community and belonging, challenges and supports students to explore and develop skills, and fosters a safe environment that promotes student wellbeing. The Sr AVP will oversee several areas core to the student experience, including Community Support and Expectations, Student Development and Residential Life, Equity and Inclusion, and Engagement Operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • With the Vice President, provide strategic organizational leadership and vision for the university student experience.

  • Directly supervise four Associate/Assistant Vice Provosts to ensure organizational alignment to Student Life mission and goals. Lead a seasoned team of colleagues, and recruit, develop, and mentor teams to ensure an excellent student experience grounded in wellbeing and success. Promote collaboration throughout the organization.

  • Create, facilitate, and cultivate campus-wide partnerships focused on student well-being and alignment of the student experience.

  • Facilitate strong organizational communication and information transparency with university community and stakeholders including Office of General Counsel, Department of Public Safety, Academic Programs, Alumni Affairs, Advancement, Government Relations, and more.

  • Work closely with the Vice President and Chief of Staff to set vision for USC Student Life, prioritize weekly meetings and projects, and initiate movement on programs and services that impact all of USC Student Life.

  • Collaborate with the Office of the Vice President team to support all of USC Student Life through meetings, trainings, staff events, and supporting student workers in addressing customer service concerns.

  • Represent USC Student Life and the Vice President on university-wide committees and meetings with campus stakeholders. Serve as the proxy for the VPSL in their absence.

  • Design processes, practices, and programmatic interventions that empower the team in Student Affairs to facilitate a vibrant, world-class student experience for all students.

  • Help determine and sustain policies and practices which promote a safe environment for students and that support students’ general well-being.

  • Lead initiatives, programs, and services that create and sustain a culture of well-being on an organizational level throughout the USC community.

  • Create and sustain student engagement opportunities that promote the university’s commitment to justice, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

  • Lead USCs efforts to address students’ basic needs including but not limited to food, housing and technology.

  • Cultivate a culture of care and student advocacy focused on student wellness, engagement, and flourishing through the development and support of programs, policies, and activities.

  • Meet regularly with student leaders and student organizations to gain understanding of student concerns and respond appropriately. Keep regular contact with student leaders to maintain a deep understanding of the student experience, help elevate concerns and advocacy issues, and obtain their feedback on larger Student Life initiatives.

  • Interact effectively with parents and families of students as appropriate and in support of student success and retention.

  • Serve as the chief student conduct officer and final appeal authority for student conduct cases that may result in suspension and expulsion. Provide leadership and guidance for reviewing, creating, maintaining, and interpreting student policies and procedures. Provide leadership for the development and implementation of the student conduct process.

  • Serve as a key leader in determining the university’s response in a crisis, including outreach and support to students and their families. Serve on the on-call crisis management team for all student-related issues, consulting regularly with Department of Public Safety and other campus leaders and on-call personnel.

  • Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis situations, including collaborating with mental health staff, providing victim advocacy, and working with students and others affected by the crisis situations. Serve as a resource to faculty and staff for addressing disruptive behavior by students within and outside the classroom.

  • Work after hours and weekends as needed to respond to crises and student concerns. Manage crisis response for critical, escalated incidents. Review sensitive documents/correspondence to students. Provide ongoing consultation to academic units around distressing student behavior.

Experience and Skills

  • The successful candidate will be an experienced, student-centered leader who embraces forward-thinking strategies to anticipate the well-being and needs of students.

  • The Sr AVP will also be a proven leader, manager, and collaborator with the relationship-building and entrepreneurial skills required to work successfully with a wide range of individuals and constituencies across the University and in the community.

  • Strong management and leadership skills including ability to interpret, synthesize, and communicate complex issues.

  • High level of political acumen and ability to establish and enhance professional partnerships to build collaborative systems to positively impact student success and well-being with key university areas.

  • Extensive knowledge of student and community development as well as risk mitigation, emergency response and crisis response.

  • The following professional qualifications and personal characteristics are preferred:

  • Demonstrated 10+ years of increasingly responsible leadership and management experience, with a deep understanding of student development.

  • An advanced degree in an appropriate and relevant discipline or field or comparable work experience.

  • Direct experience building and motivating an effective team, including direct experience in recruiting, selecting, supervising, coaching, retaining, and providing growth opportunities for a diverse staff.

  • Direct budget planning and management experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster change management and program improvement using methods informed by data, creativity, and innovation.

  • Demonstrated record of success working in a highly collegial environment with other student affairs units and university and community constituencies, including building collaborative relationships characterized by mutual respect, trust, and commitment to shared goals.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to student learning and development and a passion for working with students.

  • Sensitive, diplomatic, and highly skilled in written and verbal communications with all constituencies.

  • Demonstrated mastery of managing a major crisis, providing outstanding student advising and support, and excelling in a fast-paced work environment with multiple competing priorities.

  • Knowledge of specific trends and issues affecting student affairs practice, including student wellbeing, legal issues, and regulatory expectations such as Title IX.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these issues manifest in building community, belonging, and student health and well-being.

  • Oversight of event planning and facilities operations, services, and communications.

  • Integrity, kindness, creativity, and decisiveness, along with the capacity to engage and inspire others.

  • Ambition to ensure USC has the best student experience in higher education.

  • Versatility, with the ability to lead, listen, and serve.

  • A commitment to practicing open and transparent communication and inspiring trust.

  • Desire to collaborate with colleagues and create a culture that rewards teamwork.

  • Demonstrated sincere enjoyment from working with students.

  • A high level of energy and endurance.

Compensation

The annual base salary range for this position is $176,462.00$245,000.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education:
Master’s degree

Minimum Experience:
10 years

Minimum Skills:
Experience serving as a student-centered leader who embraces forward-thinking strategies to anticipate the well-being and needs of students.

Demonstrated leader, manager, and collaborator with the relationship-building and entrepreneurial skills required to work successfully with a wide range of individuals and constituencies across the University and in the community.

Strong management and leadership skills (e.g., the ability to interpret, synthesize, and communicate complex issues).

High level of political acumen and ability to establish and enhance professional partnerships to build collaborative systems to positively impact student success and wellbeing with key university areas.

Extensive knowledge of student and community development as well as risk mitigation, emergency response and crisis response.

Preferred Skills:
At least ten years of increasingly responsible leadership and management experience, with a deep understanding of student development.

An advanced degree in an appropriate and relevant discipline or field or comparable work experience.

Direct experience building and motivating an effective team, including direct experience in recruiting, selecting, supervising, coaching, retaining, and providing growth opportunities for a diverse staff. Direct budget planning and management experience.

Demonstrated ability to foster change management and program improvement using methods informed by data, creativity, and innovation.

Demonstrated record of success working in a highly collegial environment with other student affairs units and university and community constituencies, including building collaborative relationships characterized by mutual respect, trust, and commitment to shared goals.

Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to student learning and development and a passion for working with students.
Sensitive, diplomatic, and highly skilled in written and verbal communications with all constituencies.

Demonstrated mastery of managing a major crisis, providing outstanding student advising and support, and excelling in a fast-paced work environment with multiple competing priorities.

Knowledge of specific trends and issues affecting student affairs practice, including student wellbeing, legal issues, and regulatory expectations such as Title IX.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these issues manifest in building community, belonging, and student health and well-being.

Oversight of event planning and facilities operations, services, and communications. Integrity, kindness, creativity, and decisiveness, along with the capacity to engage and inspire others.

Ambition to ensure USC has the best student experience in higher education. Versatility, with the ability to lead, listen, and serve.

A commitment to practicing open and transparent communication and inspiring trust. Desire to collaborate with colleagues and create a culture that rewards teamwork.

Demonstrated sincere enjoyment from working with students. A high level of energy and endurance.

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