University of Southern California Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Life
The University of Southern California seeks an accomplished, student-centered, creative, and dynamic leader as its next senior associate vice provost for student life who will collaborate with the vice president for student life to provide strategic organizational leadership and vision for the university student experience. The position will lead a team of executives cultivating a student experience that builds community and belonging, supports students in exploring and developing skills, and fosters a safe environment that promotes student well-being. The anticipated start date for the senior associate vice provost is summer 2024.
Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) is a leading comprehensive private research university located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. As a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, it is recognized for its distinctive research and academic programs. In its comprehensive 2022 ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 19th among more than 1,000 public and private universities. Among the top 25 schools, USC ranked 4th in engagement, which measures student sentiment on how their education prepares them for the real world.
An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for the arts, technology, health, and international business, USC is a constellation of schools, centers, and institutes where some of the brightest minds, working together in a dynamic and collaborative environment, lead the way to the future of education and a healthier, more joyful, and sustainable Los Angeles and world. The university's six unifying values—integrity; excellence; diversity, equity, and inclusion; well-being; open communication; and accountability—are the cornerstone of USC's community. Faculty, staff, and students alike work to create an inclusive culture that furthers personal growth potential and societal progress while emphasizing ethical practices and collective trust. The university is home to over 47,000 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. A quarter of the first-year class are the first in their family to attend college, two-thirds of all students receive financial aid, and 27 percent of the diverse student body are international students.
The Position Reporting to the vice president for student life (vice president), the senior associate vice provost for student life (SAVP) works to expand opportunity within USC Student Life to support a welcoming community where all can thrive. The SAVP will represent USC Student Life and the vice president on university-wide committees and meetings with campus stakeholders and serve as the proxy for the vice president in their absence. The SAVP will directly oversee several areas core to the student experience, including community support and expectations, student development and residential life, equity and inclusion, and engagement operations.
The SAVP supervises four associate/assistant vice provosts to ensure organizational alignment with the mission and goals of USC Student Life. They lead a seasoned team of colleagues and recruit, develop, and mentor teams to ensure an excellent student experience grounded in well-being and success and to promote collaboration throughout the organization. As a leader in the university community, they embrace and lead the organization in exemplifying USC's unifying values. The SAVP is an on-site position that works closely with the vice president and chief of staff to implement the vision for the organization, prioritize weekly meetings and projects, and initiate movement on programs and services that impact all of USC Student Life. This senior leader will facilitate strong organizational communication, equitable and accessible best practices, and information transparency with the university community and stakeholders, including general counsel, public safety, academic programs, alumni affairs, advancement, government relations, and more.
Qualifications An advanced degree in an appropriate and relevant field, a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible leadership and management experience, and a deep understanding of student development are required.
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 SAVP will also be a proven leader, manager, and collaborator with a high level of political acumen and the relationship-building and entrepreneurial skills required to work successfully with a wide range of individuals and constituencies across the university and the community.
The search committee is particularly interested in candidates with direct experience building and motivating an effective team; demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these issues manifest in building community, belonging, and well-being; a record of success working in a highly collegial environment with other student life units and university and community constituencies; and extensive knowledge of student and community development as well as risk mitigation, emergency response, and crisis response.
Application and Nomination The University of Southern California has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin Monday, March 4, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with a position-specific cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at https://spelmanandjohnson.com/position/senior-associate-vice-provost-for-student-life/.
Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel R. Frendian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email email@example.com.
The budgeted salary for this position is $185,000-$235,000. 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.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.