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Assistant Vice President of Student Success & Engagement

Portland, OR · Education
Summary Description: The Assistant Vice President of Student Success & Engagement (AVP) will provide strategic leadership and support to student retention initiatives within the Student Success & Engagement (SSE) division. The AVP will serve as an advocate for students and the student voice in university decisions that directly affect students' education and overall well-being. This role will participate in the development and implementation of student policies and procedures and will oversee the 4 parts of the CARE Team which includes: Counseling, Academic Success and Accessibility, Resident Life, Engagement & Career services.

The AVP coordinates and implements divisional initiatives such as staff development, assessment, strategic planning, overseeing external grants, community partnerships, and other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success & Engagement (VP). This role will oversee the day-to-day activities in the absence of the VP.

This successful candidate should have some experience identifying opportunities from a DEI perspective as it relates to education best practices, this lens will be important in making decisions for our students.

Compensation Range: $85k - $96k

Primary Job Duties:
  • Direct oversight of SSE unit leaders (including their subordinates) who have responsibilities for engaging students including but not limited to residential life, student engagement, retention, academic success and accessibility, career advising, etc.
  • Oversee SSE initiatives (Retention Scholars, textbook distribution, special projects, etc.) provide strategic vision, planning, and assessment of equity and engagement efforts within SSE, including the co-curricular and extra-curricular student services in and around the community.
  • Increase DEI and intercultural competencies through training and curricular/co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Serve as co-advisor for the Student Government team.
  • Oversee planning and implementation of large-scale student-related events, budget development and fiscal management in all supervision areas.
  • Serve as Title IX coordinator/investigator, assist with the management of information concerning the student judicial process, including statistical reports and revisions to the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Respond to emergency/crisis situations as needed. 
  • Assess campus improvement needs and facilitate related in-person and online instructional modules, facilitator training, and other curricula in collaboration with institutional stakeholders.
  • Oversee and/or handle crisis intervention with student emergencies and campus-wide situations and in support of the Care Team. 
  • Engage in continual data and assessment-driven recommendations for improvement and in a collaborative leadership role with other departments and divisions.
  • Oversee Student Success & Engagement website content and other student-facing communication tools such as mobile app, text messaging, etc.
General Expectations:
  • Assist the VP in the development of divisional strategic and operational plans.  Contribute thought leadership to institutional strategic planning and engagement master planning.
  • Develop and coordinate policies and procedures relative to all student activities; oversee annual production of student-related communication and other documents such as the Student Handbook.
  • Create timely, consistent, responsive, and effective communication to students, faculty, and staff concerning the activities and events within SSE. 
  • Be present in the office daily, including some nights and weekends.  
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in higher education, organizational leadership, or applicable field.
  • 3+ years of relevant, supervisory experience in higher education is required.
  • Experience directly supporting and advocating for marginalized communities (higher ed preferred).
  • Prior involvement with Title IX investigating and/or coordinating.
  • Tech Savvy - demonstrated experience with MS Office Suite and the willingness to learn additional tech-related tools such as Dropbox, CRM software, and various social media tools.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish).
  • Experience with Colleague (CRM).
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment Agreement: Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.

Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well- being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.

Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on university property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.

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