Associate Vice President, Retention, University Academic Advising, and Learning (Administrator III)

Carson, CA

Posted: 2/25/20
Deadline: 3/16/20
Reference Number: 1829553

About This Organization

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University Dominguez Hills was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise The California State University System. CSU Dominguez Hills is an urban, comprehensive public university that serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of approximately 14,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located on a 346-acre site in the South Bay portion of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSU Dominguez Hills has a highly pluralistic student body, which includes a significant number of non-traditional, working adult students as well as approximately 2,000 students enrolled in distance learning programs statewide. The University, with its five Academic Colleges, has more than 300 full-time faculty members and is situated in an area characterized by an extraordinary heterogeneity of people, and an extensive array of high technology industries and professional services.

Job Duties

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning provides executive-level leadership in order to advance the university’s mission through effective, efficient and strategic support of the Provost¿s priorities and vision for the university, commitment to excellence, teamwork and exemplary service. The AVP of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning is responsible for creating a campus environment that supports and sustains student success through a collaborative process with various university and community constituencies. The incumbent has oversight for university-wide academic advisement, testing, and learning center activities among others leading to retention and graduation. The incumbent is responsible for the effective innovation, creation, maintenance, data tracking, implementation, and assessment of all academic advisement policies, procedures and Advising Task Force Report recommendations. The incumbent is responsible for the University Advisement Center, the Toro Learning and Testing Center, leads the University Advising Council and promotes student advising EAB- SSC (Educational Advisory Board-Student Success Collaborative) initiative. The incumbent will work and collaborate with deans, department chairs, the VP of Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Student Success, and the Associate Vice President of University Effectiveness, Planning and Analytics. The incumbent provides vision, general direction and assessment for testing, advising, and learning center services across the campus. Testing services includes the administration of all CSU mandated and optional testing events, alternative tests required for entry into this campus or other institutions of higher education, and those required for international, regional, or state testing programs; and administration of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) functions. Advising services cover advising centers across the campus including the University Advisement Center, college-based and pre- major academic advisors plus a “dotted line” relationship that coordinates, collaborates, and guides other academic advisors who are housed in other university divisions (e.g., EMSA academic advisors, NCAA academic advisor, Veterans Center academic advisor, Disabled Students academic advisor). The incumbent is charged with building a collegial, high-functioning team and implementing a robust training program to regularly convene (at least twice a semester) all professional academic advising staff, as well as work with department chairs and deans to train and support faculty and peer advisors for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for convening and informing other external advising constituencies including for example, high schools, community college advisors and others as relevant. Finally, the incumbent is charged with designing and collecting methodologically sound campus-wide data to assess, evaluate and document positive student progress to degree, satisfaction and other outcomes, and assessing and evaluating all academic advisors on campus.

The AVP of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning is a member of the provost’s senior management group and the Academic Affairs Council. The incumbent performs a wide range of executive and high level academic and operational duties of broad scope and complexity requiring outstanding professional ability, exceptional organizational skills, originality, mature judgment, and a thorough knowledge of the academic and administrative and organizational structure of the campus. The AVP of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning is a key player in advancing the university’s mission through analysis, assessment, creation, planning and execution of large-scale strategic advising and retention initiatives. The incumbent will build and reinforce collaborative relationships with other CSU campuses, California community colleges, and campuses within the UC system. The AVP of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning also develops administrative, planning, and assessment for first year programming for both freshman and transfer students with a view to retention, persistence, graduation, and closing the achievement gap. The AVP of Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning works closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to recommend policy to guide the university’s strategic enrollment management plan.

Required Qualifications

Required Education:
An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university in
a job-related field, or the equivalent.

Required Experience:
Demonstrated minimum of seven (7) years successful university administrative experience at the department chair level (or equivalent) and above; demonstrated collegian leadership, effective management skills, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; a demonstrated record of achievement in academia, experience managing a complex organization with budgetary responsibilities; evidence of team building and an ability to build collaborations. Knowledge of and commitment to voluntary national accreditation; strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity and to interaction with the community; commitment to academic governance. The position provides opportunities for strong visionary leadership.

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