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Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Division of Academic Affairs (36151)

Northern Illinois University
Job Location:
DeKalb, Illinois
Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts

Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success (AVP) is responsible for providing senior level leadership and planning for the facilitation of key student success and retention initiatives across the university. The AVP will understand and employ national best practices to guide development and implementation of efforts in student success. The AVP will advise the Senior Vice Provost and other campus leaders on key retention and student success issues, provide recommendations for strategic planning, and collaborate with several diverse student support units. The AVP will build and foster collaborations within and outside NIU to establish critical partnerships that support the mission of the University. The AVP will serve on the Student Experience Team (SET) leadership team and foster partnerships with Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Affairs. The AVP has oversight authority for the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-Year Programs (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Navigate and Retention Coordinator, Planning & Assessment Director and Huskie Academic Support Center, including providing leadership around fiscal, structural, and performance related matters.

University and Community Description:

NIU is a high research (R2) and Carnegie-engaged institution that enrolls over 16,500 students, approximately 750 international students and 4,500 graduate students. NIU is home to more than 130 degree programs across seven colleges, in addition to a variety of programs that lead to both undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Located 65 miles from downtown Chicago, in DeKalb, Illinois, NIU is a thriving community of dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, local residents, and friends.

Together, we support the goal of providing upward social mobility to our students as well as the opportunity to make an enduring impact on our future. The successful candidate will enhance the university's growing reputation as a leading public and national research university, build on the institution's substantial strengths in teaching, research, engagement, and outreach, and importantly, share in NIU's commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive learning and living environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

  • Work with academic colleges; Student Affairs; Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; students; and advising services (academic, career, and financial) to leverage synergies and respond to issues collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Provide leadership as part of the strategic enrollment plan to identify ways to institutionalize and enhance high impact practices as a means for increasing student retention, persistence, and academic, career, and financial success.
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance for the following units: Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-year Experience (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Huskie Academic Support Center, the Navigate & Retention Coordinator, and the Director of Planning & Assessment.
  • Continue to identify possible synergies among academic service units and encourage and support collaboration and partnership where possible.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities and complete grant proposals.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

  • Doctoral degree with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience leading student success initiatives.
  • Proven leadership ability and demonstrated experience managing complex multi-year projects involving human and fiscal resources.
  • Proven experience working with different stakeholders across the university.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Education and Experience Preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (including writing and public speaking).
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple areas, events, and deadlines simultaneously, and demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain collaborative and effective work relations with all levels of management, staff, administration, and academic personnel.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, and to use judgment in accomplishing tasks of an urgent, sensitive, or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Ability to work with faculty, administrators, and students in a collegial fashion.
  • Experience in working independently in creating new programs.
  • High level of initiative and flexibility.
  • Proficiency with student success and data analytics platforms.
  • Proven experience in grant writing and contract management.
  • Ability to make data-informed decisions.

Working Hours: M-F 8a-4:30p, some nights/weekends

Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)


Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Priority Review Date: 06/27/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Click on The Vice Provost Office for more information on the department, the position and NIU.

    Application materials needed:


    Cover Letter

    List of 3 Professional References

    For full consideration, applications should be submitted by June 27, 2021. Applications received after this date are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

Link to Department Homepage:

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator

Health Services 230


Is Background Check Required: Yes

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person's disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at

Clery Act Information

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

Position Number: 00036151

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