Reporting to the Vice President for the Student Experience, the Associate Vice President for Student Engagement (AVP) is a strategic partner within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience (ESE) with a focus on enhancing the student experience and increasing student engagement. The AVP is student-centered and provides leadership and oversight to the following departments: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Slutzker Center for International Services, LGBT Resource Center, Disability Cultural Center, Student Activities, Student Centers and Programming Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. With a sharp focus on student development and a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the AVP provides leadership and vision for student engagement to create an unsurpassed experience for all Syracuse University students. The AVP provides focused leadership and programmatic oversight for reporting units ensuring a vibrant, safe, engaging and educational environment for students. The AVP plays a pivotal role with student success by working collaboratively and creatively with the entire campus community to bring a sense of vision and cohesion to student engagement. The AVP serves as a champion for creating a vibrant fraternity and sorority life system that is inclusive, engaged, and values-centered. The AVP provides visionary leadership for the newly renovated Schine Student Center and the Goldstein Student Center, working with colleagues to ensure that the centers are vibrant, responsive to student needs, and serve as the hub for student life on campus.
Master’s degree required, Doctoral Degree preferred, in student affairs, higher education administration, counseling, or other related area.
• Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience.
• Must demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of student development and an understanding of current issues and best practices in Student Affairs and Higher Education.
• Experience designing, delivering, evaluating and/or leading activities, programs and services related to student engagement and success including institutional access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and/or intersectionality in a higher education setting.
• Demonstrated experience effectively working and establishing rapport with diverse populations inclusive of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, class, veteran status, and disability.
• Proven experience working collaboratively with students and colleagues at all levels in a large, complex institution, as well as with various external communities, to facilitate positive and collaborative processes and initiatives coupled with measurable programmatic deliverables.
• Proven innovator effective at creating institutional change.
• Excellent oral and written communication; strong analytical skills.
• The ability to multi-task and remain calm in the midst of highly tense situations; crisis management skills.
• Provide leadership and oversight to the following Departments: Disability Cultural Center, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Slutzker Center for International Services, Student Activities, and Student Centers and Programming Services.
• Assist with the cultivation of an enhanced, inclusive, and engaging student experience that supports campus life. Responsible for supporting the success of students by leading the University’s initiatives to create and sustain a campus culture and climate that welcomes and embraces diversity and inclusion of all members.
• Promote the student experience through advocacy and academic support, diversity and inclusion education, leadership, development, and mentoring that provides opportunities for intentional student engagement. Create collaborative relationships through programming efforts. Promote a healthy and positive campus climate. Work collaboratively to build relationships with faculty and staff in order to enhance learning and campus climate inside and outside the classroom.
• Oversee the execution of co-curricular programs and services that link issues of race, ethnicity, culture, diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and intersectionality to holistic student development.
Internal Number: 035946
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