Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Access, Advising and Transition
University of Alaska - Anchorage, AK

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University of Alaska Anchorage



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University of Alaska Anchorage - (907) 786-4608

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Job Posting Summary

University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications of accomplished and visionary student affairs leaders for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Access, Advising and Transition (AAT). UAA is a growing and maturing institution with increases in enrollment, new academic, research and sports facilities and stable state funding. UAA is a comprehensive doctoral-granting university located at the heart of Alaska's most populated city and the largest university in the University of Alaska system. With nearly 21,000 students, UAA consists of a campus in Anchorage, three community campuses and one community college, and several extension sites in rural communities and on military installations in southcentral Alaska. The UAA community celebrates a rich heritage and diverse student body with Alaska's indigenous peoples accounting for the largest percentage of persons of color. The Division of Student Access, Advising and Transition is entirely new to UAA Student Affairs and the Associate Vice Chancellor will lead the institutions efforts to transform programs, services, and processes for first-year students in transition. AAT is charged with responding to the ever-increasing demands for early outreach to and successful transition of students into the university through their first year. The overall objectives of this division are to improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which students enter the university, receive optimal placement and advising and navigate the first year of college and beyond. The superordinate goal is to provide new students a smooth, cohesive and quality experience from the first point of interest, through admissions, orientation, advising and participation in first-year-experience programs. Toward that end, the associate vice chancellor and the AAT divisional team will build partnerships with student services, academic programs and community organizations to enhance students' first-year-experience, educational opportunities and co-curricular experiences. AAT has a special mission focused on the success of incoming and first-year students, students in transition, associate of arts and undeclared bachelor's degree students, first-generation college students, and pre-college students. The associate vice chancellor (AVC) will provide overall leadership for the AAT Division and direct and develop academic and student support services that include New Student Recruitment, New Student Orientation, the Advising and Testing Center, student success course delivery management for Guidance and Counseling courses, Title IV TRIO grant pre-college educational outreach programs and college student programs, MAP-Works, and UA Scholars @ UAA and Alaska Performance Scholars early outreach, first year support, and enrollment tracking. The AVC has Student Affairs organization-wide responsibility to serve as a liaison with UAA Academic Affairs units, governance groups, community campuses, and faculty in the planning and provision of recruitment, advising, testing, orientation, first year programs, and student success courses administered by Student Affairs. The AVC will lead a highly collaborative MAU-wide standing committee focusing on enhancing students' first-year-experience. Additionally, the AVC represents the broad interests of Student Affairs and UAA on statewide, university-wide, and community boards and committees.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

Executive-level expertise in college student recruitment, academic advising, testing and placement, student orientation, and student transition and adjustment. Executive-level knowledge, skills and abilities related to the theories, principles, practices and standards in organizational leadership and transformative change, the Student Affairs profession, financial management and forecasting, employee supervision and motivation, and positively influencing college student behavior and development. Executive-level knowledge, skills and abilities in strategic planning, personnel management, complex revenue and expenditure budget management (including federal grants), problem-solving, decision making, training/workshop development and presentation, and conflict intervention and resolution. Ability to effectively collaborate with and positively influence UAA's diverse population of students, faculty, and staff, communicate and work effectively within and across University divisions, and foster and sustain effective relationships with external stakeholders including Alaska Native, regional, state, national, and international constituents. Must posses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to positively impact student enrollment, positively shape and influence student behavior to increase student access to and retention in higher education, and develop innovative and collaborative recruitment and retention strategies to meet the diverse needs of UAA's current and future students. Knowledge, skill, and ability to develop, recommend, and implement transformative changes to university recruitment, access, orientation, advising, placement, and transition and retention services, procedures and processes into the mission and core values of the University. Knowledge of and executive-level experience with research methods and assessment protocols for post secondary student services programs and the skill and ability to use assessment results to drive changes in services, procedures and programs. Posses executive-level expertise in current legal issues, federal mandates, risk management issues, federal/state/municipal laws, and professional standards of practice in higher education. Skill and ability to effectively lead and build consensus, excellent written communication and public presentation skills, and strong analytical and assessment skills.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

A master's degree in higher education administration, student personnel services, counseling, education or other closely related disciplines. A doctorate or equivalent in similar fields from similarly accredited post secondary institutions is preferred and may be accepted in lieu of a Master's Degree. Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

A record of eight or more years of progressive and successful student affairs leadership at the level of director, assistant/associate dean, or assistant/associate vice chancellor/president. Experience must include successfully designing, leading, and evaluating: a) student recruitment, access, or outreach programs, b) first year experience or transition programs, and c) post secondary academic advising and testing services for undergraduate students. Post secondary leadership experience should include: demonstrated commitment to diversity and its advancement; comprehensive personnel management, supervision, training and development; strategic and long-range planning and implementation; program review and development, assessment and accreditation; organizational change and development; interpretation and analysis of and compliance with federal, state, local, and higher education mandates, requirements, standards and best practices; developing and carrying out effective problem-solving strategies; designing and carrying out process redesign; developing and implementing varied successful recruitment marketing strategies; working with high school and transfer students, including students from low-income, first- generation, and racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds; supporting student success; proactively and reactively developing and carrying out effective strategies to address and respond to college-related risk management issues; developing and managing complex revenue and expenditure budgets, including federal grants, of at least $1M for multiple departments from a variety of funding sources; providing strong managerial and collegial leadership in student affairs; and developing collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Visionary leadership with a track record of success in developing programs. Professional experience advising associate of arts or undecided/undeclared majors is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to advancing technology and its applications to student access, advising and transition. Ability to strengthen UAA's position as an authentic and comprehensive student success institution. A record of demonstrated commitment to international and intercultural initiatives and their advancement. A successful track record writing U.S. Department of Education Title IV TRIO grant applications and/or reapplications and administering those grant programs. Involvement and leadership in state, regional, and national professional organizations relevant to college student recruitment, admissions, academic advising, and/or first year experience. Experienced in developing first year student success course curriculum, hiring and evaluating course instructors, teaching, assessing the effectiveness of course instruction, and assessing student learning outcomes.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must include a letter of interest addressing how the applicant meets the qualifications described above; a statement of philosophy regarding an open-access university's role in first-year student transition including components on recruitment, orientation, advising, and transition; a current curriculum vitae or resume; and a list of five (5) references with full contact information.

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Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).

This position is highly visible with students, faculty, staff, and the community at-large, which requires tact, diplomacy, and high degree of professionalism. The AVC must be able to work collaboratively with competing groups by gaining their support for issues of common concern and positively influence UAA's diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies. The AVC serves a critical role in student recruitment and retention and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to positively impact student enrollment. The AVC must have the the knowledge, skills, and abilities to positively shape and influence student behavior to increase student access to and retention in higher education, and develop and communicate innovative, collaborative recruitment and retention strategies to meet the diverse needs of UAA's current and future students. The AVC must have demonstrated skills and abilities communicating and working effectively within and across university divisions, commitment to the development of a supportive and responsive collegiate environment, and commitment to a student-oriented philosophy and diversity in higher education. Possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work and lead in a collaborative team environment, be a strong leader and consensus builder, have excellent written communication and public presentation skills, have demonstrated success in leading organizational change, and have strong analytical and assessment skills, and integrate student access, orientation, academic advising and placement, and student transition and success in the mission and core values of the University. Executive-level knowledge, skills, and ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion to minimize risk to students and the University of Alaska's liability and exposure to litigation.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action : The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office. Public Disclosure : Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. Background Investigation : Finalists may be subject to a background investigation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a review of the results of the background investigation by the Human Resources office. Immigration Reform and Control Act : Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. All employees must provide proof of eligibility to work. For foreign nationals requesting employer sponsored visas, a job must qualify as a "specialty occupation" to be eligible for sponsorship of a U.S. H 1B visa petition. You must present your Social Security Card as verification of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a social security number, you must present a receipt from the Social Security Administrations stating you have applied for a social security number within 10 days of your employment with the University of Alaska. Social Security : On January 1, 1982, the University opted out of the Social Security system; however, participation in Social Security is still required for adjunct faculty hired after January 1, 1996, temporary staff, extended temporary staff, and certain student employees. Also, benefit-eligible employees hired after April 1, 1986, are required to pay into Medicare even though they do not participate in Social Security. Benefits : Refer to the Benefits web page at for more information on benefits available to University of Alaska employees. E-Verify : The University of Alaska participates in the E-Verify program for federal contracts only. For our FAQ and F1 student information please see the following: E-Verify FAQ: E-Verify Participation Poster (English): E-Verify Participation Poster (Spanish): Right to Work Poster (English): Right to Work Poster (Spanish):

Job Duties


Provide effective and motivational leadership, long-range strategic planning and administration for complex departments, programs, and processes in the Division of Student Access, Advising and Transition (AAT).

Develop and manage an annual budget of $4.5M: $2.5M GF, $.5M program/service fees and $1.5M federal grants and ensure fiscal accountability and compliance.

Supervise, develop, and mentor 35 FTE regular staff and faculty members, and 30 temporary and student employees.

Conduct periodic evaluations of AAT programs, services, procedures and policies to ensure they are operationally effective, innovative, proactive, and responsive to student and community needs and requirements.

Participate in university-wide initiatives for the purposes of enhancing student access, recruitment, first year experiences, retention, and academic success.

Serve as the academic administrator for counseling faculty. Serve at the Dean's level for the counseling faculty periodic review and retention, promotion, tenure, and post tenure review and associated processes.

Lead AAT's mission to actively recruit new and transfer undergraduate students setting targeted recruitment goals and designing and implementing recruitment plans, which align with the strategic enrollment management plans of the University, schools and colleges. Frequently engage with community organizations throughout Alaska, UAA departments, Alaska High Schools, and HS counselors to sustain effective recruitment relationships. Ensure positive and effective communications with the high school and community college advising/counseling community around the state of Alaska, and at key institutions out of state.

Serve as a principal investigator for externally funded programs related to AAT and provide administrative oversight of federally funded TRIO programs, budgets and associated staff. Ensure program staff meet grant goals and commitments to maintain and renew program grants. Seek new external and federal grant opportunities.

Consult and collaborate with the VCSA and the other Student Affairs executive leaders; support and contribute to the missions and initiatives of Student Affairs, UAA, and UA; and motivate and lead AAT divisional employees in their support of and contributions to these efforts.

Cultivate a campus culture of civility, ethics, and character education placing an emphasis on civility and its ties to diversity, fairness, equality, and learning. Encourage civility and responsible citizenship in the UAA community and create purposeful opportunities and environments that shape good citizens and good neighbors.

Work effectively, sensitively and collaboratively in a multicultural environment; design and advocate for enhancement of programs and services that actively seek inclusion of students, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

In partnership with University departmental and academic leaders, develop and coordinate academic advising and placement testing efforts that support the needs of all UAA students.

Represent the University and the broad interests of Student Affairs on relevant local, state, regional and national boards that support the development, retention, and success of college students.

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