The Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Student Affairs serves as a thought leader and strategic planner to cultivate student learning, engagement, and success in the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs. The AVP supports student success through developing co-curricular opportunities, serving as an advocate for inclusive communities, and creating an engaging student life experience for a transforming comprehensive research university. The AVP fosters effective collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, students, academic departments, and senior administrators to provide a seamless, holistic learning environment that blends the classroom and out-of-classroom experience among a diverse student body of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and a rich mix of residential, commuter, military, and online students. The AVP serves as a member of the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team, leading Division efforts towards the achievement of the University Strategic Plan and the Division’s Strategic Plan.
The AVP of Student Affairs position will include the following responsibilities:
Provide leadership direction, strategic planning, and supervision for the following units within the portfolio, which include more than 30 staff and 120 student employees: Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, Multicultural Student Engagement, and Student Life and Engagement (Student Activities, Student Government, Jaguar Student Activity Center, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Organizations, and Student Leadership).
Provide strategic vision and oversight to develop and implement programs and services that achieve the university and division mission, vision, goals and objectives. Develop and implement services, activities and opportunities that complete the student’s experience and enhance the student’s adjustment to and participation in university life, with the targeted outcome of increasing student persistence, retention, and graduation rates.
Lead student development initiatives; advocate for students; facilitate continuous improvement of processes, services, and programs; and advise the Graduate Student Government Association.
Formulate and manage the portfolio’s annual $7.2 million budget (including student fee revenue and allocation methodologies) to achieve strategic goals, as well as short and long-term financial obligations.
Assess facility conditions and operations, develop plans for new facilities as needed, and ensure compliance with all emergency protocols in collaboration with multiple departments. Serve as a member of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for campus emergency preparedness.
Lead special projects and strategic initiatives for the division. Participate on division, campus, and university committees or other bodies. Serve in place of the Vice President of Enrollment & Student Affairs as requested.
A master’s degree in higher education or related field;
Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible full-time experience in Student Affairs/Services in higher education;
Strong verbal communication skills to lead presentations and group discussions, assist with public relations, and foster interpersonal relationships;
Ability to collaborate closely with students, faculty, staff, and senior administrators in the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Facilities, along with other senior leadership across campus;
Excellent management, human relations, and problem solving skills while demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of student development theory and current trends in student affairs in higher education;
Proven success in working collaboratively in the development of the co-curricular learning experience and in the development of institutional partnerships focused on improving the quality of life for the broad-based student constituency.
A doctoral degree;
Seven (7) to ten (10) years of related experience in student affairs at the level of director or higher.
Experience with student services, crisis management, strategic planning, supervision, and fiscal planning;
Other Personal Characteristics
Possess the qualities necessary to bring vision and action to the University’s student affairs agenda by coordinating the creation of an environment which values student dialogue, collegiality, integrity, respect, inclusivity, excellence, leadership, cross-functional thinking, and student-centered learning;
Ability to develop inclusive communities, and an understanding of issues facing students from historically underrepresented groups;
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
All candidates are required to pass a Background Check review. For specific positions, the final candidate may be subject to a (pre-employment) physical, drug screen, and/or credit check.
The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.
Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.
About Augusta University
Founded in 1828, Augusta University is a public research university and medical center dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders and health care providers and is at the forefront of groundbreaking research focused on improving and enriching the human experience.
Offering undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business and education as well as a full range of graduate programs and hands-on clinical research opportunities, Augusta University is Georgia’s innovation center for education and health care. The combination of nationally ranked business and nursing schools as well as the state’s flagship public medical school and only dental school makes Augusta University a destination of choice for the students of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
Augusta is a member institution of the University System of Georgia, which is governed by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. It is one of Georgia's four public research universities. With locations throughout Augusta and at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome and Savannah, the university's ten colleges and schools have a truly statewide impact in Georgia.
Home to the Me...dical College of Georgia, the nation's ninth largest and 13th-oldest medical school, the University's Health Sciences Campus is at the forefront of health care innovation. Located in beautiful downtown Augusta and housing the state's largest College of Nursing, the comprehensive College of Allied Health Sciences, The Graduate School and the state's only dental school, The Dental College of Georgia, the Health Science Campus is also home to the state's only public academic medical center.
With locations throughout Augusta and at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome and Savannah, the University’s 10 colleges and schools have a truly statewide impact in Georgia.
The College of Education is located on the historic Summerville Campus, which was built in and around a former United States arsenal and is home to the University’s liberal arts curriculum. In the shade of ancient trees, professors from the Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the nationally ranked James M. Hull College of Business; the College of Education; and the College of Science and Mathematics prepare students for a lifetime of critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurial success.
Augusta University announced a new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, which launched July 1, 2017. The School is housed inside the new 168,000-square foot Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center at Augusta University's Riverfront Campus. Nestled along the Savannah River, the Riverfront Campus is located in Augusta's growing cybersecurity corridor and houses the state-owned and Augusta University managed Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training Center, a state-of-the-art cyber center comprised of the university's School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, a cutting-edge cyber range, a 340-seat auditorium, secure briefing space, incubator space for innovation and entrepreneurship, and classrooms; as well as proximity to industry professionals and innovative start-ups.
Opened in 1991 on AU’s Forest Hills campus, Christenberry Fieldhouse houses 11 of the Augusta Jaguars’ 13 competition sports. In addition to housing all administrative and support staff for the Augusta University Department of Athletics, CFH also houses the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The Forest Hills Campus, on which CFH is located, also houses a full-size golf course, baseball, softball and soccer fields and serves as the home of the Jaguars’ nationally recognized NCAA Division I golf team.
Campus libraries, The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library on Health Sciences Campus and the Reese Library on the Summerville Campus, provide comprehensive information resources and services in support of the teaching, discovery, and clinical care mission of this student-centered research university and academic medical center.