Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Vice President of Student Affairs

SUPERVISOR: Vice President for Student Affairs


POSITION POSTED: April 15, 2014

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. As an intentionally diverse and student-centered university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

Southern has recently completed a study of student success and is in the middle of developing a ten-year strategic plan. With new leadership across the University, it is an exciting time to join the SCSU community. A brand new position, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) is responsible for leading broad-based retention programs and services that provide academic and transitional support to enhance student learning and promote student success. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the AVP will work with key stakeholders to collaboratively develop and evaluate strategic efforts designed to enhance the intellectual and vocational development of students. The AVP will work with his/her team to provide an intentional blend of student support programs, opportunities, and services designed to maximize students' personal development and long-term success. The AVP provides leadership and oversight for University Access Programs, New Student and Sophomore Programs, Veterans and Military Services, the Academic Success Center and the Disabilities Resource Center.


The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of ways to promote student success at a public, comprehensive, student-centered university. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the changing demographics and learning needs of current and future students; have demonstrated success in providing leadership for retention initiatives; understand barriers that impede students' progress to graduation; and, possess expert knowledge of the student populations represented in the programs under his/her supervision. The preferred candidate will communicate a passion for making a difference in the lives of college students; possess strong written and verbal communication skills; have significant experience with supervision and building teams; value diversity of thought, experience, and background; and be a conscientious steward of human and fiscal resources. Additionally, the successful candidate will embrace the power of collaboration and shared leadership; demonstrate creativity and innovation; and be an effective decision maker.


A doctorate degree and ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience in higher education, preferably student affairs, are required.


For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Nancy Chucta at Review of applications will begin on May 9, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled.

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