The associate vice provost for student success (AVP) reports to the senior vice provost and 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 the 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 and Assessment Director and Huskie Academic Support Center including providing leadership around fiscal, structural and performance-related matters.
The successful candidate will possess a unique combination of strong leadership, interpersonal skills, a student-focused mindset, a visionary nature and the strong organizational skills to oversee the implementation of initiatives at a practical level. Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate commitment to advancing NIU’s mission, vision and values; a deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; and an understanding of innovative approaches and best practices in the field.
The successful candidate will be of unimpeachable integrity and superb judgment, exemplified by fairness, flexibility, empathy, responsiveness, and broad and compelling personal and professional experience. Exceptional communications skills are required — especially strong listening skills and an ability to find and form consensus.
Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body.
Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.
The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.
In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:
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